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115. A Tale Of Two Cities*

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.

Canada has an embassy in London…

as does South Africa

and about 150 other countries.

The EU has offices in London.

London is still at the centre of “The Commonwealth”…

… whatever that means.

Nelson Mandela loves his visits to London,

… as does The Marharaja of India.

It appears that the Swiss must like London, at least two parts of the city are named after them.

The flamboyant French aim to have the biggest flag in the city.

But London doesn't have it all. The pirates have their embassy in Southend.

and it looks as if they've visited our house.

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      2009.03.13 Edited

      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).

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      2009.03.12 Edited

      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!

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      2009.03.12 Edited

      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 ?? ;-)

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      2009.03.12 Edited

      A pirate embassy? Now I've heard everything! Fantastic set :-)