When A Man Is Tired Of London

It’s been 15 years since I was last in London. But here I am, sitting on a bench alongside the Thames with Big Ben, Big Ferris Wheel, and Waterloo Bridge to my right, the National Theatre directly across from me.

(The Missus and I saw Anthony Hopkins there in Pravda in – when? – 1985.)

Anyway, we’re back, this time on very different business than before. Throughout the ’80s, the Missus would come here to check out the fabric shows for the shoe clients she did trend forecasting and product development for.

Eventually, though, we shifted to Paris for the fabric shows, largely because it was just more pleasant to be there.

There’s a coarseness to London that’s only gotten worse over the years. We saw it tonight in the young men and women who populate the West End every day.

The great Dr. Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Maybe. But back in London after 15 years, I could get tired of this place pretty quick.

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2 Responses to When A Man Is Tired Of London

  1. Bob Gardner says:

    I felt the same way the last time I went to Somerville.

  2. Colleen. says:

    Hi. Well, as you know, I was not in London, but Florence. However, I did see Anthony Hopkins in Pravda in the Nat’l Theater back in 1985 on one of the annual visits to London that I had the glorious opportunity to take for about 4 years or so. Those were wonderful years in London. My last trip there (New Years 2009) was just a nice, but I was focused on the museums, so if there were coarseness in London society, I did not sense it very much. Is this John Carroll from Emily’s show? If so, I miss him. I always liked his comments. Dennis

    From: Colleen _ [mailto:laughingluddite@earthlink.net]
    Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 11:09 PM
    To: Dahill, Dennis P
    Subject: Fwd: [New post] When A Man Is Tired Of London

    is this where you are ?
    John, the Campaign Outsider (who used to be on Emily Rooney show) is a friend who lived & made life enjoyable, at Harvard Park Condos.

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Campaign Outsider
    Date: November 4, 2010 11:01:56 PM EDT
    To: laughingluddite@earthlink.net
    Subject: [New post] When A Man Is Tired Of London

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