Month: March 2013

London as a narrative

Grateful Graduate Project 2013: Reasons to be Grateful 27-36 of 365 It is probably not unique to London. All spaces tell a story of the priorities, character and history of  any given society. London is  perhaps, like all large cities, is  a very concentrated hub of signs,  symbols that  give insight into London’s ‘story’. In effect, London is very much like a giant ‘text’ that one can read carefully as one goes about everyday life. I am grateful that London gives so much away of his history (for he certainly is a man or a very masculine woman) through so much that is encoded into buildings, signs and the very fabric of the city. Here are a few things that stand out to this blogger about the ‘text’ of London: #27 Signs The city’s signs for different purposes are interesting to observe. There is the colour (which will be referred to later) which often tends toward red but there are other interesting facets of how the city is marked out:  I’ve not observed a lot …

London, first things first

So, it has taken over a month to get around to creating a post about the grad student experience offered by London partly out of paralysing procrastination and partly because I’ve felt the need to have a little bit of credible experience of the city and overcome my prejudices about London. In short, I’ve tried to develop to a measured perspective and acquire a taste of this city. If anything, London is certainly an acquired taste. London has never really been this blogger’s favourite destinations. Apart from a few areas of this city, it has always seemed a bit less structured and less gorgeous than the beloved City of Lights. The cultural differences seemed to be stark and weighed in the favour of Paris. Yet, each and every French person that I’ve spoken to who lives here – perhaps evidently – prefers London to Paris hands down They find it to be more dynamic, less stifled by the pressure to conform – and an all round more exciting place to live. The first things that …