Notes About London

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The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 17 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Dateline London.

The Underground is awesome. Even better then Metro.

You notice the standard differences:

  • Car park vs. Parking lot
  • Mobile vs. Cell phone
  • Queue vs. Line

But there are some weird things too. For example, everyone knows that they drive on the left-hand side of the road, but when I cross the street (as a pedestrian), I almost always look the wrong way first.

Many times are expressed in the 24 hour format.

Dates are written as Day Month Year (e.g., Today is 6th August 2006). This makes sense if you think about it in terms of significant digits.

There are very few trash bins. People just pile trash where ever.


Internet cafes run about £1/hour.

Speaking on computers, the keyboard layout is kind of funky too. The major issue is that the @ key and the ” have moved. Here’s the US Layout:

And the UK Layout:

There are not a lot of homeless people. I’ve seen perhaps a half dozen homeless persons.

People don’t sag their pants. No durags either.

It seems like there are more tourists then actual citizens here.