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115. A Tale Of Two Cities*

2009.03.11
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Canada has an embassy in London...
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as does South Africa
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and about 150 other countries.
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The EU has offices in London.
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London is still at the centre of "The Commonwealth"...
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... whatever that means.
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Nelson Mandela loves his visits to London,
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... as does The Marharaja of India.
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It appears that the Swiss must like London, at least two parts of the city are named after them.
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The flamboyant French aim to have the biggest flag in the city.
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But London doesn't have it all. The pirates have their embassy in Southend.
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and it looks as if they've visited our house.
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You can tell a lot about a place by the interactions it has with the outside world. Here we compare two places in England and the way the world engages with them.

*Yes, I know that Southend isn't a city having failed in it's bids for city status on 2000 and 2002. But with a population of 160,000 it is bigger than several of the UK's cities and I didn't want to let the facts stand in the way of a good title.
15 Comments
????? You are so lucky to be in London..in my home if you go with a camera in you hand even near a police station or Government building they will shoot you in a second...Beautiful London
????? · 2009-03-11: 22:51
eternity65 great set again, i'm ejoying the views of london, haven't been there for ages, must take some time out again for a visit. And i think you'd better get a canadian flag shot, or you'll have Mariana comming after you.. hahaha ;-)
eternity65 · 2009-03-11: 23:19
chrisbuchan I added #5 to my favourites, great set
chrisbuchan · 2009-03-11: 23:33
chrisbuchan Oh and by the way #5 has a canadian flag right in the middle!!!!
chrisbuchan · 2009-03-11: 23:35
jet28 A pirate embassy? Now I've heard everything! Fantastic set :-)
jet28 · 2009-03-12: 04:29
Ryana Great set...
I love it how your photos always tell a storry !!
Thanks for sharing ! ;o)
Ryana · 2009-03-12: 04:44
Aghdam I want pair of that gloves, Colorful and great shots!!!
Aghdam · 2009-03-12: 06:09
Nadir Great set, great views! Thanks, my friend!
Nadir · 2009-03-12: 07:53
lookagain What a great idea for a post - just excellent!! You've captured so many amazing and colorful shots - wonderful place, London! Guess a Canadian flag was discovered....but an American flag ?? ;-)
lookagain · 2009-03-12: 09:20
busybee36 I knew there was a reason why I haven't been to Southend - no wait a minute, is Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom there, that would make me visit!
busybee36 · 2009-03-12: 09:38
????? Great reportage AND shots, well done!!!~
????? · 2009-03-12: 11:25
????? Wow... I could write a few pages about this theme, but I'll try to be brief.
The world, we like it or not, is globalized. So relations between countries are very important. But I cannot stop thinking about the differences North / South.
About the pictures... where is the Spanish flag? (It's a joke)
#5 and #6 are awesome, but my fovorite is the one of the Maharaja of India :D
????? · 2009-03-12: 12:12
Nubster Excellent as always! They won't shoot me here if I start walking around with a camera, but I am afraid someone will call the police if I start taking lots of pictures of strip malls (the local version of Embassy Row).
Nubster · 2009-03-12: 21:17
dontblink Great set! I especially like 5 and 6.
dontblink · 2009-03-12: 22:46
kormoran Un petit faible pour la #11 ;-) ...normal!!
A small weak-willed person for #11;-)
kormoran · 2009-03-16: 15:06
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Category: Architecture
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Tagged: india malasia africa south canada embassies london southend mandela nelson slovenia
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