Ref: blog A Tale of Two cities.

We’re asked:  If you could split your time between two cities, and only two, which would they be?


Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, that I love London so.  That’s one city, and the other would be New York, (that’s New York, New York!)

I suppose almost everyone loves the city that they were brought up in.  I am a city person, not one much for views.  I see a pleasant vista and think: ‘that’s nice, let’s move on.’  People – there’s the thing.  People make the world go around, not always very well, but better than scenery.

London and New York have characters whom I understand.  They have quick wit and a tongue to match.  Dorothy Parker, who wrote for the New Yorker once said:  “The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”

I was once in a very frightening situation, of which I may write another time.  It involved a long dark corridor down which I was being pushed, helped along by a gun in my back.  I stopped dead: not going to go there.  I heard a London accent say:  ‘Use your loaf, duck, and you’ll be alright.’  So I did.  That voice was very comforting:  my virtue would remain intact.

‘Loaf’ is cockney rhyming slang for for ‘head.’  (Work it out.)  My head told me it was a robbery, and insurance would cover it.

The city of London has the tower.  The Tower of London is filled with ghosts:  history is in every stone.  I can feel those people.  John Donne, who married his cousin at the King’s displeasure.  He scratched on the wall:  “John Donne.  Anne Donne.  Undone.”  Wit, at a time like that!

New York has Ellis Island.  More ghosts, so many poor souls went through there.  Ellis island is, for me, steeped in anguish.  The people who got through, had made a hell of a journey and arrived in time for the Depression, and survived.  That is spirit.

There are so many great cities, most of which I don’t know, but I would be happy to split my precious time between London and New York.


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