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^^^^^^

See, when in England, you just can't avoid the irony. Anyway, they refurbished it a few years ago and it's quite impressive now.
My favourites are the V1 and V2 rockets that Adolf fired at London. The V1 so simple and the V2 so complex and advanced.
My granparent's house was hit by a little German fire-bomb and I have the tail section somewhere. Years ago, one of my German brokers visited my office in London and I asked him to bend over and close his eyes. When he asked why, I told him I wanted to return something his mates left at my dad's house. Oh how we laughed!
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I should hasten to add that we were and are still very good friends.
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Sound like you maybe need a break from the place.

I lived in San Francisco over 25 years, and at times it seemed like a pisspot and a hellhole. There are really some filthy and dirty and disgusting and boring things about the place, believe me. And familiarity breeds contempt too

Living in a place for years isn't the same thing at all from visiting there on vacation. I've been to London only twice, and really loved it both times, and thought Paris was pretty cool the time I saw it. (As a tourist) But I saw parts of London and Paris suburbs that looked horrible too.
This is so true. We've been having a St. Louis "love fest" in another thread, which is amazing given how urgently I wanted to leave that area having lived there basically all of my life.

When we go back, about 7 days is enough - I start calling people names I'd otherwise forgotten. I do however love visiting.
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Oh, I agree I need a change of scenery! When I lived in NY I got fed up with the place and came back to London, but there are few places better for a short break than Manhattan.
I agree about the little breaks in Manhattan. I was disappointed that both Coliseum Books up on 42nd [used to be on 57th] closed as did that big used book store down by NYU [brain fart fogs name at this hour]. They do not compare, however to Foyles on Charring Cross however. I end up spending half a day there and shipping 50-75 or more pounds [weight] of books back. And where else but London can you bump into one of the robots from Dr Who at an art deco antique shop in soho?

I am hoping to get to London for the Silverstone Grand Prix this year before Bernie closes the damned thing for good. I have not been in a few years. You you guys go to the races?

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"I lived in San Francisco over 25 years, and at times it seemed like a pisspot and a hellhole. There are really some filthy and dirty and disgusting and boring things about the place, believe me. And familiarity breeds contempt too

Living in a place for years isn't the same thing at all from visiting there on vacation. I've been to London only twice, and really loved it both times, and thought Paris was pretty cool the time I saw it. (As a tourist) But I saw parts of London and Paris suburbs that looked horrible too."
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Oh, I agree I need a change of scenery! When I lived in NY I got fed up with the place and came back to London, but there are few places better for a short break than Manhattan. That said, London has undoubtedly deteriorated over the past decade-not so much the central touristy areas but the burbs have been uglified by both the residents and the town planners/councils. I could go on, but that would be very boring!


BTW-a fairly comprehensive list of London songs here for your collection. (End of list)

LONDON LOST AND FOUND I unusual : secret south
Many many thanks to you! That entire link also is real motivation to come to London! (and to avoid certain areas when I do) - the results of town planners' cockups are equally in most large cities in the USA also. Unfettered immigration hurts also, I am sure you agree.
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I agree about the little breaks in Manhattan. I was disappointed that both Coliseum Books up on 42nd [used to be on 57th] closed as did that big used book store down by NYU [brain fart fogs name at this hour]. They do not compare, however to Foyles on Charring Cross however. I end up spending half a day there and shipping 50-75 or more pounds [weight] of books back. And where else but London can you bump into one of the robots from Dr Who at an art deco antique shop in soho?

I am hoping to get to London for the Silverstone Grand Prix this year before Bernie closes the damned thing for good. I have not been in a few years. You you guys go to the races?

Until recently, I made sure I got to all the major motorcycle events and load of minor ones since I sponsored a friend who ran a heavily modded 'blade in clubmans. Brands Hatch is literally just down the road from me and is a lovely circuit-I should make the effort more often!

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The Times January 17, 2007


Top lawyer sues for millions over bedbug ordeal at hotel
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An American entertainment lawyer and his wife are seeking millions of dollars in compensation for being traumatised by bedbugs at one of London’s top luxury hotels.
Sidney Bluming, 62, who has represented Dame Elizabeth Taylor and the model Claudia Schiffer, claims that he and his wife, Cynthia, were covered in red, itchy welts from the insects after a five-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel last May.



Lawyers acting for the couple confirmed yesterday that they had filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with the federal court in Manhattan, for the “mental harm and anguish” that they suffered as a result of the infestation.

Michael Weinstein, representing the Blumings, told The Times: “They have obviously suffered physical harm as well as mental harm. People associate bedbugs with more of a lower-end class of hotel. Clearly, that’s not the case here.”

Mr Bluming, who has 35 years’ experience in entertainment and intellectual property law, and his wife claim that the bugs found their way into their luggage and wound up infesting their own apartment in New York, which then had to be fumigated.

Cynthia Bluming, 60, who is in remission from cancer, said that she was emotionally traumatised by the incident, and that she had to be careful that her immune system was not harmed by the unwelcome insects.

The couple were staying in a £250-a-night room at the hotel, which has suites costing up to £5,000, during a five-day business conference.

The lawsuit alleges that they were humiliated and embarrassed by the unsightly wounds on their skin as they flew home and, for weeks afterwards, they were haunted by fear of the bedbugs. As a result, they woke up in the middle of the night with real or imagined itches that led them to conduct a frantic search of their bedroom and clothing for the insects.

“They wake up fitfully to check their bed for infestation or see if they’ve been bitten by bedbugs,” Mr Weinstein said.

He added that the hotel had been slow to respond to requests for information about the infestation and has still not handed over a report prepared by an exterminator.

The hotel chain is accused in the lawsuit of fraud, deceptive trade practice, negligence, recklessness, nuisance and in- tentional infliction of emotional distress.

Danielle DeVoe, a vice-president of Mandarin Oriental Group in the Americas, confirmed that there was “a regrettable but isolated incident of infestation”. She said that a full investigation had been carried out after the problem had been reported.

“There have been no subsequent incidents and the matter has been referred to our insurers,” she said. “Our policy is to operate with the highest standards of conduct with stringent hygiene systems at all of our hotels to safeguard the health and safety of our guests.”

Late-night bite

The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, is a small, red-brown, wingless parasite that feeds on blood


The adult is less than 5mm (0.19in) in length


Mattresses are usually their habitat of choice, but they may also be found in carpets and cracks in walls


Each female lays two to three eggs a day. The cream-coloured eggs (1mm long) are cemented on to surfaces of hiding places


They are attracted by their hosts’ body heat, carbon dioxide in exhaled air, human sweat and/or odour


To kill the bedbugs wash, vacuum and clean surfaces and bedding. Use hot water and a dryer on the hottest setting source: Kill Bed Bugs
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... Brands Hatch is literally just down the road from me and is a lovely circuit-I should make the effort more often!

Would you call her a stunning cunt?
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London can be the best place, it can be the worst.
The key to enjoying living or working here is to leave the city as often
as possible, whether for business or pleasure.

I'm from the North of England, and moved here purely for my career.
I need to be based here to get enough work to survive - however, my career
also involves a lot of international travel, and without it London would drive me insane.

Professional Londoners (like Robert Elms, Janet Street-Porter etc) make me puke - they're so narrow-minded that they don't deserve such a great city.
They would, ironically, be better off in the suburbs.

Unless you're living in Westminster or Chelsea, this city is never clean enough.
The transport system is so overpriced, slow and offensively overcrowded that i rely on a Mercedes and two bicycles to get myself around.
There's nothing i can say about its people, as everyone's lives and social habits are so disparate here that the population of London can't be generalized.
I see London as one of the world's hardest-working cities and a place of convenience for which its inhabitants pay dearly.

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