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My Train Stops at Whatfosters?

Warning: Vulgar language and sophomoric humor approaching. During my first hour in London, I left Heathrow’s Terminal Three dragging my wheeled suitcase behind me, and stepped onto a Piccadilly Line train on my way to the Earl’s Court Tube station. … Continue reading

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The Top of the Monument

The pigeons were starting to freak me out. There are more than a million feral pigeons in London. I say feral because just saying “pigeons” infers something cooingly cute, pecking the ground around wandering feet looking for lovingly dropped crumbs. … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Completely Different

At first glance the London Tube map looks a lot like a schematic for something aboard the USS Enterprise. Once you get the hang of it, though, and stop giggling every time the automated voice aboard the train says, “This … Continue reading

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I Hate it When the Harbinger of Death Gives Me the Finger

The raven bothered me. Walking through Highgate Cemetery in the late afternoon with a small group of students looking for the graves of one of my favorite authors (Douglas Adams), and some guy named Marx (not Groucho, the serious one … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Cardigan

Walking home from teaching my first week in London, a man in a white T-shirt and work pants standing at the open bonnet (hood) of a lorry (truck) stuck out a hand and said in a thick British accent, “Excuse … Continue reading

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Nerding Out Across London

The massive doors of Westminster Abbey are imposing enough without looking up to take in the 100-foot-tall roof and even taller gray stone towers. The abbey, the largest Gothic church in Britain, was built in 1245 A.D. (although a church … Continue reading

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Douglas Adams: So Long and Thanks for Everything

Highgate Cemetery is at the top of a ridiculously steep hill in the London borough of Islington. A red telephone box, one of only 2,000 traditional boxes left in the country, sits on a stretch of pavement that takes pedestrians … Continue reading

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