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The Bright Lights Fade [Mar. 31st, 2014|11:36 am]
Tony Grist
My mother's carer is back from a weekend in London. She was telling us the prices. £88 for a ticket to The Lion King.  £95 to buy snacks and diet cokes for five people in Covent Garden. I haven't been to London for years now. Less and less am I tempted. I think agoraphobia comes into it too. Mild agoraphobia. All those people, all that traffic.

When my sister was 4 she "composed" a song (different lyrics at every rendition- different tune too) which began "Too old to go To London".

That's me now- too old to go to London. Also too poor
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2014-03-31 11:45 am (UTC)
In a way, i prefer quiet backwaters rather than busy cities these days. When i was younger it was the other way arouns.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-31 04:49 pm (UTC)
Me too.

We went through Lewes the other day and decided it was too crowded.
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From: cmcmck
2014-03-31 12:04 pm (UTC)
It's the usual story of any capital city though- go where the tourists go and you'll get ripped off- go where the locals go and you won't.

Lunch and a drink in town? Under a fiver where I tend to go.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-31 04:51 pm (UTC)
True.

No way I'd choose to eat in Covent Garden.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2014-03-31 06:10 pm (UTC)
You can see The Lion King for a fiver if you stand up. (I've done this twice. Bit of a fan.)

I suppose I'm lucky, living in London, in that everywhere else seems lovely and cheap by comparison!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-01 04:47 pm (UTC)
Standing up all the way through a show? Not an option for me anymore :(
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2014-04-01 05:36 pm (UTC)
There's a rail to lean on :) But I agree it's far from an ideal option. I've done the standing up thing at the Proms and that got a bit much very quickly!
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2014-03-31 08:03 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's a matter of what you're used to. I'm always outraged that most classical concerts (in Reading or Oxford) easily cost £20-£30, because I can go to the Proms for a fiver. (I believe there's a similar price for groundlings at the Globe).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-01 04:49 pm (UTC)
The Proms and The Globe- two great cultural institutions.
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[User Picture]From: butterscotch711
2014-04-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
Sydney is currently facing this problem - it prides itself on being a centre of cultural innovation and alternatives and youth, but it is becoming too expensive a place for it to have any of those things.

I think in the 21st century cultural innovation is much more distributed and doesn't need to be linked to the centre of big cities.

But then, I've lived in Seoul and I love living in huge cities. I just want them to also be affordable and have quiet leafy living areas too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-01 04:55 pm (UTC)
I fall in and out of love with London. Right now I'm out.
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