by Gene Callahan
settled in a bit here in the UK, so I'm sending off my first
dispatch to LewRockwell.com:
pubs are notably different than US bars in terms of how
devoted the patrons are to conversation. At 5PM in a London
pub, the volume of noise produced by the multitude of conversations
occurring is startling to anyone accustomed to US bars.
Lights here have brown filters: What's up with that?
way I cope with crossing British roads where they
drive on the wrong side, as you know is by frantically
swinging my head back and forth in both directions.
One great aspect of being at the London School of Economics:
I'm writing this sitting in the Lionel Robbins library; my
department is housed in the Imre Lakatos building and was
founded by Karl Popper; one of the staff is holding the Lachmann
Chair; soon I'll be seeing Pete Boettke deliver the Hayek
Memorial Lecture; and the second holder of the chair in politics
was Michael Oakeshott.
here, if you want to emphasize something, you turn it into
a question. For example, LSE hasn't issued me a student
ID yet. I was about to try to make copies at the student
copy center, and I imagined answering, in response to a
request for my ID: "They haven't issued me one yet, have
went down to Picadilly Circus. Not only did I not see Marcus,
I couldn't find the circus at all no tents, no clowns,
no elephants! My advice is, "Don't bother."
the suburb to which I just moved, there is an eatery called
I'm not making this up "New Jersey Chicken."
All right, what the heck is "New Jersey chicken"? I grew
up 100 miles from NJ, and I've never heard of such a dish
or style. Do you get a little map of the turnpike carved
into your roaster?
the breakfast place nearby offers "Bubble and Squeak" on
its menu. I have to order that one day, just to find
out what it is.
sidewalks in London seem to be made of some specially polished
stone but that's OK, because it's not like it rains
here often or anything.
headline in today's Daily Mirror promised a profile
of "Britain's Worst Pedophile." Maybe tomorrow they will
follow up with one of "Britain's Best Pedophile."
saw Tony Blair on TV today saying that the invasion of Iraq
was necessary because "sanctions weren't working." I
agree. Saddam had merely been reduced to having zero weapons
of mass destruction. Clearly, the only sign of the sanctions
working would have been if he had had a large negative
number of WMDs.
block from LSE I found Drury Lane. I've been searching up
and down it for the Muffin Man no sign of him yet,
but I'll keep looking.
near LSE is a building declaring itself, in very large letters,
to contain "The Government of Gibraltar." What is it doing
way up here? Oughtn't it to be down in Gibraltar?
first few days here, I would look outside in the morning
to see if it was going to rain. I've learned to stop doing
that: It is going to rain, however the morning
may try to deceive you with its bright and sunny appearance.
turns out New Jersey chicken means really dry, overcooked
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