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  1. One person's centrist is another person's dangerous communist and yet another person's rabid right winger.
  2. at9

    Boot "season"?

    Remember you'll be shifting with the "wrong" hand. Complete guide to Oyster Cards: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/how-to-pay-and-where-to-buy-tickets-and-oyster/pay-as-you-go/oyster-pay-as-you-go You could choose to get Visitor Oyster Cards but I'm not sure it's worthwhile: https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/visitor-oyster-card I've never had to use trains from Croydon (I live in the northern suburbs of London) but it looks like there are loads of trains to several London termini. Waterloo for the Southbank. London Bridge for Borough Market, Bermondsey, the City etc. Charing Cross for Covent Garden, Soho and the West End. If you travel in to London Bridge and follow the river on foot towards Waterloo (or vice versa) you will find lots of interesting places. If I have visitors from outside London I often take them there. Loads of places to eat on that route. I can recommend Borough Market itself, especially on a Saturday. Lots of free samples there too:-) Also the small group of Tas/Tas Pide/Ev Turkish resturants. Various locations around the Southbank, look them up. My favourite of those is Ev. For a view over the river there's an almost secret free viewing gallery in the Oxo Tower. Go to the top floor restaurant and ask for the public viewing gallery. It feels like you're gatecrashing the restaurant but it's 100% public and free. There are 100s (thousands?) of restaurants in the West End, Theatreland etc. If you like indian vegetarian food then I recommend Sagar: http://www.sagarveg.co.uk/covent-garden/ They have other branches but you're less likely to be near them. You could easily spend your entire trip in London and still have lots of interesting things to see and do. For theatre, go to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. Lots of reduced price tickets for the same day. Apart from the major museums and galleries there are lots of smaller and quirky places. A few favourites of mine: John Soanes (now need to book a timed ticket online. Still free entry) https://www.soane.org/ Grant Museum of Zoology : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/grant-museum-zoology Last Tuesday Society. Weird and wacky. I love it. Not recomemnded for younger children: http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/museum-curiosities/ Also found a nice cafe near there recently. It's vegan but don't let that put you off. https://www.loveshackldn.com/ Wellcome Collection: https://wellcomecollection.org/ Time Out magazine is distributed free on Tuesdays. Lots of theatre, music etc lsitings. Available at many stations and elsewhere. The paper magazine is backed up by a big website. London is like a huge all-you-can-eat buffet. There is more happening and more places to see than you'll manage in half a lifetime. So don't try to rush round as many as you can. Choose a few and really enjoy them. Within central London distances are fairly short, so consider walking rather than using the tube. You'll see all sorts of things. On Sunday one great area to be is Brick Lane/Spitalfields/Petticoat Lane. Lots of vintage fashion, unusual art etc. The Old Truman Brewery complex has many interesting stalls. Loads of food stalls but the Brick Lane Beigel Bake, one of the few remnants of the old Jewish East End, is a "must do". Open 24/7 every day: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d717862-Reviews-Brick_Lane_Beigel_Bake-London_England.html Most of the Indian (mostly Bangladeshi) restaurants in that area are not very good, whatever they may claim. Tayyabs, walkable from Brick Lane, is good. http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/ Also in that area, Dennis Severs House is a unique experience: https://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/ Also nearby is an urban farm: https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/
  3. " Journalism in its current form has devolved into so much group think heavily slanted toward left-wing liberal thinking and skewed against straight, white, conservative men in so many countries " In the UK HiH seems not to have noticed the Mail, Telegraph, Express, Times and Sun, all of which have conservative policies. They account for the vast bulk of national daily circulation. Of the national printed daily papers in the UK only the Guardian and Mirror have a left of centre position. The other 2 significant dailies (Star and FT) are really soft porn and finance specialists respectively. The "How I spend it" weekly feature in the Guardian has covered a wide range of people. Rich and poor. Gay and straight. Male and female. Young and old.
  4. at9

    Boot "season"?

    Cali, London public transport (TFL) ticketing is more complex than that. If you have a contactless debit or credit card (you need a different one for each of you in the group) then this will always give you the best fares. There's a daily cap, which depends on various factors. If you don't have contactless (also some non UK cards don't work with the TFL system) then get Oyster Cards when you arrive at Heathrow or at any station or at many shops. Then you load them with money and they give you the same fares and caps as a contactless card. In most cases you can cash in any money left on them and get your deposit back at any tube station when you go home. Buying individual tickets is hopeless and expensive. All buses are cashless - Oyster or contactless only. It's a little more complex because trains to Croydon and some other areas, mainly in South London, are not part of the TFL network. However AFAIK Oyster and contactless work seamlessly with these services within the London boundaries. In all cases, you must touch in and touch out on trains and tubes. Even if there are no barriers. If you don't, you'll end up with excessive charges. With buses and trams you just touch in. I think there is something a bit complicated at Wimbledon when you change from tram to train. I've never been there (and I'm now old enough to have a free London travel pass) so don't know the details but you might be using it during your stay. All information is on the TFL website. https://tfl.gov.uk/ Google maps is a better journey planner than the TFL site. Don't know if you've driven in the UK before. We drive on the correct left side of the road, unlike Americans and continentals :-) Also, you'll get a manual (stick shift) rental car unless you have specifically booked an automatic. Petrol (gas) is a lot more expensive here than in the US due to high taxes and the weak pound. Though the weak pound means your dollars will go further.
  5. at9

    Boot "season"?

    Croydon is quite a long way out from the centre of London. It's also known, sarcastically, as "The Manhattan of South London". Assuming the A23 and M25 are not too crowded you'll be able to drive down to Surrey, Sussex, Kent etc fairly easily, counties that are south of London. Getting to places north of London will be much slower.
  6. at9

    Boot "season"?

    Although distances in the UK are small compared to the US travel times can be surprisingly long. If you're planning to rent a car please remember that London is not a good place to drive. London's outer orbital road, the M25, is often badly congested. You definitely don't want a car in central London. Parking is difficult and expensive, plus you have to pay the Congestion Charge. Public transport in London is good, even if we Londoners always complain about it. Outside London public transport is very variable. Some areas have good services, others not. Have a great time in England but plan your journeys carefully in advance to avoid frustration about how long it can take. For example see this for Heathrow airport to Warwick Castle: https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Heathrow-England/Warwick-Castle
  7. Seen in Saturday's "Guardian": https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/sep/14/starting-a-business-has-made-me-a-lot-more-frugal
  8. An article about high heels and class. Especially the British Royal family and nobility plus high ranking men from other countries. https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/charles-ii-art-power/the-queens-gallery-buckingham-palace/high-heels-fit-for-a-king I think the expression "well heeled" derives from the wearing of heels by wealthy men of high social class.
  9. Practice. These are the sort of ultra high heels that not many people (male or female) can walk in gracefully. There's a big difference between being able to walk in a particular heel and doing it gracefully. Yesterday I was at a party where one guy, probably in his 50s, was wearing approx 4.5" ankle strap stiletto pumps without platforms. His walking was utterly natural and effortless, even on grass. He must have put in a lot of practice to be able to do that.
  10. @Pierre1961 your inch/cm conversion seems to have gone slightly wrong. 4" is 10cm. Actually 10.16cm but I don't think we need to worry about that level of accuracy.
  11. Pleaser make a wide range of gogo boots. Available from many suppliers, for example: https://www.fmheels.co.uk/vintage-retro-go-go-boots Qaulity will be no more than average but the price is pretty low.
  12. at9

    Red OTK boots

    I do my image resizing on a PC using Irfanview or a "right click" app called Image Resizer fo Windows. If you're on a phone there are loads of possible apps. Here's a review of some for Android: https://photo.wondershare.com/photo-editor/best-android-apps-to-resize-images.html
  13. at9

    Red OTK boots

    I think you have to pay for Lightroom. Irfanview (Windows only) is free and will do the job quickly and easily.
  14. at9

    Boot "season"?

    Plenty of castles in the UK. From fairly modest to huge. I rather like Bodiam: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle If you plan to visit more than a couple of places that belong to the National Trust then it's worth joining. Or possibly joining the Royal Oak Foundation which is the US based supporters group for the NT. Incidentally, although Stonehenge is managed by English Heritage, NT members get in free as it's on NT land. The "country" branch of Kew Gardens, Wakehurst Place, is also free to NT members. Conveniently on the way from London to Brighton. Stonehenge isn't a wonderful experience. Too many people, can't get close to the stones. Heavy traffic roaring past on the A303. Avebury stone cricle is much nicer to visit. Not as dramatic but far more personal. Not sure which stone circle Cali is referring to in his recent post. I like Hastings. It's a very hilly town. Less busy than Brighton which I reckon is a good thing. FIsh and chips at Maggies or Undercliffe: https://goo.gl/maps/CPxCdEEdSJjXGg1g7 followed by ice cream at Di Pola's: https://goo.gl/maps/NKtdem9yiMWEJUGV9 Just a few miles from Hastings is Rye. Exceptionally historic and picturesque but most visitors forget about Winchelsea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchelsea Unlike most English towns this is built on a grid of roads, just like many in the USA. Except it was laid out in the 13th Century! Look for Spike Millgan's grave in the churchyard.
  15. at9

    Boot "season"?

    As Puffer said, unless you have a specific reason to visit the castle etc, Dover wouldn't be high on the list of great places to see in the UK. Yes, the White Cliffs are famous but best seen from a boat in the channel. I've walked along the top of the cliffs from the Dover visitor centre to the South Foreland Lighthouse (open to visitors) and on to Deal. It's a lovely walk but I did it because I was down in the area for other reasons. The county of Kent (in which Dover is situated) has many wonderful places. The strange landscape of Dungeness, Canterbury with its cathedral, Chatham Historic Dockyard (you can go aboard a submarine there), the national apple and pear collection at Brogdale, assorted castles and gardens, vineyards and much, much more. If you want to use the UK as a base for seeing other parts of Europe it's great that you can get on a train in London and be in Paris or Brussels a couple of hours later. PS: My post crossed with Shyheels, who lives in south coast seaside town. I won't say which, to protect his privacy. You can spend a lifetime in London and not see all of it. Shyheels mentioned the V&A. There are several other world class museums and galleries, mostly with free admission. Plus a load of smaller places. A few that I like and come immediately to mind are John Soanes museum, Grant Museum of Zoology, London Museum of Water and Steam, Last Tuesday Society.
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