|Boxes in Wood Green|
When barbarians from The North descend upon London they are often amazed. They see where the lion's share of our nation's wealth is spent. There's Big Ben undergoing a lengthy refurbishment (estimated £61 million) and there's Buckingham Palace ready to undergo its own improvements (estimated £369 million) and there's the new Crossrail project (estimated £14.8 billion). There are many other costly projects, including of course The London Olympics of 2012. Yes - that's London for you. Plenty of capital in the capital.
Meanwhile, London's senior citizens enjoy free public transport use from the age of sixty and schools, the police and local councils receive preferential funding too. Folk from The North can only look on with mandibles sagging. We are poor cousins but we are used to it. National politicians live and work in London so we guess it's only natural that they'd want to look after number one first and scorn The North. It's what they have always done.
To people from The North, London is another country.
And here's a random parade of pictures of the place - snapped this very weekend gone by.
|Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square|
|St Paul's seen from The Oxo Tower Pier|
|London Eye pod with gull above it|
|Cafe in the South London suburb of Morden|
|In Wood Green - photo in the style of Steve Reed|
|Statue of Jan Smuts in Parliament Square|
|The Walkie Talkie Bulding|
seen from Tate Modern