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Minus Six and the City

Last week, I was on the DLR looking out at great views of the place that runs the world's money.  It had been a few years since I was in the City, so I stopped to take a couple of quick shots.  It still surprises me how much, and how little, this place impresses me.

I can't think of any faults.  There is a convenient small airport, good modern buildings, great links to trains and tube, good roads, a small park, restaurants and malls.  You feel the efficiency cutting through all types of waste - and this impresses me.  But I can't ignore the lack of flavour and character.  It feels very plastic and cold.  That doesn't really matter though - since this place is only home to a bunch of bankers.

Speaking of cold, it was way below cold.  The temperature was -6°c early morning. This attractive small marina in a near-by residential block had a thick layer of ice on top.

Reader Comments (8)

lovely title ;) hehe

o il7amdlila 3al salama (if home on twitter meant Kuwait :P)

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ80BOY

Its my favourite part of London. The coldness and clinical-ness of it is what i like. Its like being in New York.

I love sitting in the coffee shops, watching the fancy suits rushing around with the blackberries... its why i could never get a blackberry, they belong to the suits.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

:) Thanks... Allah ysalmik. Yes back home (Kuwait) - arrived this morning (Thursday).

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

It's nothing like New York!

I love London (real London). Its history and richness in heritage & culture gives it, in my opinion, a higher score than New York.

However, when I compare the city to Manhattan, I'm afraid modern-to-modern New York wins! I suppose it's the fact that New York offers people (as well as suits).

For its purpose, it's perfect. The city and specifically the Canary Wharf area is tidy, and to use your word, clinical - but that's what I think lets it down.

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

The pretty old buildings are like a mirage. You start off thinking it's what it's all about; big ben and prêt a manger. Then someone will vomit on you. Literally.

I already see too much raw london, it makes you hard.

To me the city is pure escapism. couple that with voyeurism and you've got yourself an interesting afternoon. Its so unlike the real london i cant help being enchanted. Its like going to the cinema after an annoying day.

But sometimes I do remind myself to look up from the phone, and give whatever old brass man on a horse in the vicinity an appreciative smile.

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Tried hard to imagine an ice-fishing...
The first picture looks like San Antonio though, but I am sure there is no Mexican music :)

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

I meant the second picture looks like San Antonio, Texas. Nice boats, would fit Arabian Sea.

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

7amdilla 3ala Salamah!

I have a special place for London, there is something about it that has character! Love the pictures! :D

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

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