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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:38 AM
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Cheers, DUers from London!
Hey y'all,

Taking a break from the States right now....

Here's some quick observations:

1) It's pretty cold and rainy, but the sun fights through every now and then
2) UK ladies are very nice... ;-)
3) Why did I have to fly all the way over here to get real news? Between the BBC and Sky News, Bush & Co. damn-near look like war criminals in Iraq. Nobody bought that appearance on Arab TV. They keep replaying the fact that Bush didn't apologize himself, Scott McClellan did.
4) My Verizon phone is useless...Can you hear me now? I didn't think so...(Qualcomm keeps pushin CDMA (even in Iraq) when over 80% of the rest of the world is GSM)
5) THE DOLLAR IS WORTHLESS!! The fist time I was here, the exchange was 1 British pound was worth $1.50 now it's damn-near 1 pound is worth $1.79 (I don't wanna even talk about Euros)

Best wishes,
KeepItReal



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Guy_Montag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:41 AM
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1. Strangely: Sky news comes from the same stable as
Fox news.

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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:44 AM
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2. I guess they don't have to wrap themselves in the Stars and Stripes
They (Sky News) seem like legitimate news. Very professional.

I think the British seem to be very well-informed and educated, thus they may not be too succeptible (sp?) to the B.S. propaganda wrapped in a pretty package Faux News (and now CNN) would put out.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:47 PM
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13. TV news is regulated
so that it must be neutral or else.

In fact if there is one thing that our tory party love to do it is accuse the BBC of being biased to the left when it is being anything but. The BBC was actually considered the most pro-Iraq war of all the UK TV news channels.
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:03 PM
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16. I remember how they went after the BBC
That was a trip!
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:08 PM
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18. That was the Hutton whitewash
Here's a good article on the whole sordid matter

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,6903,11364...
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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:47 AM
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3. Little old lady got mutilated late last night,
DUers from London again.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:58 AM
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4. my brother Mark works in Piccadilly Circus
small world, huh? :D
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:16 PM
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6. Cool! I passed through there last nite on my way to a nightclub
Piccadilly Circus looks really nice at night.

:-)
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:42 PM
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12. yeah
he works "across from the Queen's grocer". Whatever the heck that means!!!
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:09 PM
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5. You are so very fortunate.....
Edited on Thu May-06-04 12:15 PM by jus_the_facts
....oh how I wish I could visit Sussex England m'self...there's a 900 yr. old castle in Sussex that bears my first name....Amberley Castle! How I'd love to be able to visit there one day! *dreams on...* :)
http://www.amberleycastle.co.uk/home.html
http://www.keyholetours.com/javajcontenet/P7_java/P7_in...

:hi: In London...from Sweet Home Louisiana!! :hi:

on edit...ironically I was just IM'in with a friend in Worchestershire in fact! :D


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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:20 PM
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7. Thanks for the greetings!
If you dream to visit the U.K., I'm sure you'll get to do it when you have the chance.

I miss the heat and humidity of Louisiana! Not the mosquitos, though...

Unfortunately prices are really bad for travel to Europe. However, airlines are kicking out discounts since not alot of American folks are travelling, I guess.
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:34 PM
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11. Ack...miss the heat and humidity???
....I dread it!! :D And don't EVEN get me started on the now deadly enchephaloid 'skeeters!! :scared:

Cheers to YOU in the UK!! :toast:

I was just tellin' my friend over there how I envy him the hisoric essence of his homeland as I've always been a lover of castles and cathedrals..all the gothic structures and architecture fascinates me! :loveya:
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:08 PM
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17. The history and archictecture is awesome
You really get to see why they call our side "The New World" for good reason.
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:24 PM
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8. Will be over soon
The job is sending me to London for a week. I had thought to hop over to Holland for a visit with some old mates, but the airfares were too dear for a couple days. So I guess I'll while away my time in pommyland.
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:28 PM
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9. Sweet...enjoy the trip!
Hope you have better weather than me. I actually got hailed on yesterday (only for a little while though).

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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:34 PM
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10. Easy-Jet has channel-hops starting under 50 Pounds
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:50 PM
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14. I checked
It would've been a hundred quid, both ways. Seemed too much for a couple days. But then, perhaps the poor, frugal backpacker of years past within me was speaking.
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:02 PM
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15. easyJet is making it happen!
I'm flying them all over! Couldn't believe they are so cheap.

I hope they are as cool as Southwest Airlines....
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:14 PM
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19. uhmm How cool is Southwest?
Expect no legroom and you'll have to pay for drinks and sandwiches. However Ryanair and Easyjet are excellent ways to get across Europe.


So, where are you going with EasyJet ? :thumbsup: .
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:17 PM
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20. Yeah the dollar is REALLY cheap
What's with that?

Feel free to drop me a PM if you want to get in touch!
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