Wednesday, 8 September 2010
My Kind Of Town
Ive worked in London all my life, East, West and North, but Ive never looked at it before. Ive gone to work head down getting to point A from point B as quickly as possible, not paying much attention to what is going on around me. I suppose like everyone does, don't look at me stranger, don't talk to me, I must get to where I'm going as fast as possible. As we passed Trafalgar Square tonight and I saw it all lit up, I watched as group of tourists took pictures of each other on the lions. I did this as a kid myself, Ive got the photo somewhere. The thing was it felt like I was seeing London for the first time and I suddenly realised what a great city it is.
The history of the buildings, the architecture of St Paul's for example, the famous landmarks and how they all look so different at night. It really was something special. I know its got its faults, its dirty, the people aren't the friendliest in the world, the crime rate is appalling, everything is expensive, but what it has can only be described as character. Its amazing sometimes where my blogs come from, Ill be doing nothing then BANG an idea pops into my head and off I go, this one being an example of that.
Convent Garden is another example of this, there is always something going on there. From mime artists to people signing opera, its a great place to spend a summers evening. There are countless examples of places to go and see in London Ive mentioned but a few. We look at New York, Paris and Rome and envy them, why? They are just as dirty, rude and expensive as London but the one thing they don't have is our character, our history and our culture. New York has the Statute of Liberty, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Rome has the Colosseum. Amazing things to see but they don't have the amount of different things we do. I bet you'd be surprised at what you actually walk past every day, what you didn't even realise what was there, I know I was.
Its a fascinating place,.you have just got to lift your head every now and then and have a look. If you want to see bad things then this is what you will see, if though you want to be amazed then you will. Lift your head and look at your surroundings for once. Get a coffee and drink it at the table outside looking at the buildings, the people that are around you. Trust me the next chance you get, stop and have a look at London, it really is an amazing city that we live in.