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My London, and Welcome to It – A.A.Gill

My London, and Welcome to It – A.A.Gill

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To an outsider London is one of the most refined cities in the world. But to the natives it is just another day in life. One of the common thoughts we hear about London is the changing of the guards. According to Gill, he never actually witnesses this. But to tourists this is one of the details we pick up on. One may ask why this is, but the answer is quite simple. The things you see everyday become to blend in and you stop noticing them, but when you see something out of the ordinary it becomes new, something you’ve never seen before. Just as Gill mentions the loud shouting on the streets of New York, a New Yorker may see this as a common occurrence. The difference between a local and a tourist is as different as it gets. Gill menations how the people in London are not very nice. Although this may very well be true, a tourist may see it differently due to underlying stereotypes such as “English teacup manners” and the “exaggerated please and thank yous.” Gill does a good job illustrating the differences between a local’s point of view and a tourist’s point of view. The local is much more likely to notice the smaller details that they may describe as a pet peeve. Whereas, a tourist is much more likely to overlook these little details because of all the good things that they may see in the place. In Gill’s writing he notices all the minor flaws of London, something tourists are likely to miss

One reply on “My London, and Welcome to It – A.A.Gill”

I think this is quite a good analysis on tourists versus those who actually live in the place. Mentioning the changing of the guard and the loud commotion of New York City are very good examples of what tourists go to see, and how to those that live there, these are just everyday occurrences. I also liked the point about stereotypes that Americans have for British people such as being very polite. Overall, a good analysis.

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