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Written on November 22, 2005, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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Whether air pollution is up or down, they say that living in London is the equivalent of smoking two cigarettes a day. What they don’t say is that living in London is the equivalent of being on twenty years of Prosac. It’s the never-look-down attitude, millions of lives built upon shifting estuary sediment layers of denial. It’s “of course we would have gone years ago but we’ve a small place in (small provincial spot anywhere in Europe) we get away a couple of times a year…” it’s “honestly there is nothing to do outside of town”, it’s “frankly only the job that keeps me here…”

No. This is all tosh. London is a habit, a dangerous one. Money, endless churning ex-Empire self-aggrandisement, plus some bizarre belief in our own shit heap’s superiority over others equals a refusal to countenance the awful truth: that London is extremely bad for your health, and we are all hooked.

Mind you, all those airborn particulates still make London fog the most beautiful fog in all the world.

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This thing has 3 Comments

  1. karma
    Posted 22 November, 2005 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    i just looooove London! can’t wait to get back there. but i don’t know when 🙁

  2. rws
    Posted 22 November, 2005 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Great entry (and lovely pix).

  3. quin
    Posted 23 November, 2005 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to get out of London. And I was born here!

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