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(03-18-2019, 11:30 PM)Dust Bowl Wrote: One of them travels to compete in the marathon and does not stick around.

That's not referring to me and my mother, is it? :P I recall telling you my mum has taken part in rather a lot of the marathons and we went to London three? years in a row in recent times, although not this year.

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There's definitely a different feeling you get by being in London, different to being in other parts of England and even Britain as a whole. Now I'm more used to London and the Underground and all that, once I get into London I'm in the 'London Zone'; you've got to be prepared for London's 'ways' otherwise you're just going to get overwhelmed, like I used to feel when I visited prior to actually living there for a teeny bit. Two summers I spent there working, and on my days off I made sure to visit various places of interest and also just places where I could sketch. After all that there are still plenty of places in London I haven't visited! It's so convenient never being too far from a Tube and being able to get from A - B without too much difficulty. There's plenty going on all around to keep things interesting. Could I live there for longer? I'm not sure. Probably for a bit, for ease of getting places, but I think on balance I need somewhere I can better switch off and then visit and enjoy London in smaller chunks (as I do now - although come to think of it I haven't been back that many times the last few years through one reason or other). Also air pollution. D: My experiences there have generally been positive. I did happen to be staying there when the London Riots were going on >_o which changed my route to where I was staying for a bit. That was a bit of a dodgy time. I was also there for the Olympics, although sadly didn't see any of it myself! 

Might get back to this thread with what sights, etc. I personally recommend and don't recommend at some point.
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Well, today marks the 160th anniversary of one of London's most famous landmarks. On this day in 1859, Big Ben struck the hour for the first time:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-48924345

Sadly, it wasn't really in any state to mark the anniversary, since the entire clock tower is undergoing a massive maintenance project right now. Though, it'll be nice to see it when it's completed in 2021!
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Apparently, there was going to be a tulip-shaped tower in the City of London, next to the Gherkin - but, its planning application was rejected:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48989805

Good. It has very little floor space, and I just find it ugly :( .
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