November 26, 2004
Urban Glamour

Been a while since Iast posted. And how very different our weather has been since then! With December almost upon us - we’ve had some really bizarre warmth over the last few days. 14 Celcius - it’s been like the Bahama’s out there!

The sun shone bright and low as I stepped off the Route 83 bus at Ealing Broadway this morning. It occurred to me, suddenly, that the term “Broadway” has a semi-glamourous ring to it. I suppose there is something slightly glamorous about urban London High Streets in a way - but it’s hard to pick out just one thing that makes them so.

The kebab shop with pavement-cafe, al-fresco-style, seating for a variety of exotic-sounding breakfast options certainly makes a brave attempt at being so. Not quite Paris. Not quite the Mediterranean. But - hey: it’s November, it’s warm - and this is London.

Glamorous Ealing Broadway.

Posted by jag at November 26, 2004 07:41 PM

Now that’s what I need to find around here… a decent english breakfast for £4.50!!

Posted by: Pewari on November 26, 2004 08:51 PM

This reminds me of a story I heard of a tourist in New York City. A woman walks up to a hot dog vendor and asks him …Do you know how to get to Broadway?… He looks right at her and delivers his deadpan response…Can you Sing and Dance?

Posted by: Fritz on November 27, 2004 03:14 AM

It is nice not to have to pile on the fleeces.

Posted by: stroppycow on November 27, 2004 07:55 PM

awww the 83!! I used to catch that to college in Hendon… many moons ago, great memories. also could catch it’s sister the 183

Posted by: Brom-man on November 27, 2004 08:28 PM

ahh yes, ealing broadway, mention it to a new yorker who’s never set a foot in london, they would be thinking bright lights. i think dodgy alley ways.

the weather definitely has been warm, oddly enough since my folks got back from portugal. they must have brought the weather with them. before they came back i had to de-frost the car in the morning!

Posted by: Jaina on November 27, 2004 10:37 PM

Buses have sisters?
Well, here too we have these kinds, but they are not sisters. 183 would be a limited stop service of the 83.

Breakfast for 4.5 pounds - way too expensive, I would say.

And 14C for me, is freezing.

Posted by: sat on November 28, 2004 07:29 PM

Broadway? It’s interesting to imagine the visions that were around in the 20’s and 30’s when London expanded so rapidly out into the suburbs.

Posted by: David on November 29, 2004 08:04 AM

Hi Pewari: I hope there’s somewhere round your way where you can get a full English brekkie for that price (or even lower!)

Fritz: Well I have to admit that “Broadway” does bring those things to mind! (Singing and dancing that is.)

Strop: agreed!

Brom-man: I get the 83 quite a lot. And the 183 actually serves my local High Street! (Kingsbury). So I know them both very well!

Jaina: yep - couldn’t agree more: dodgy alleyways. Nothing like Manhattan’s Broadway at all!

Sat: yes - £4.50 is expensive - even more so at today’s USD/GBP exchange rate - nearly equal to 9 USA bucks! But as for 14 Celcius - this is luxury in the winter! You are obviously accustomed to much warmer climate in Chennai!

David: Indeed - and that brings me on nicely to the topic of “art deco” style architecture of that very period you refer to …

Posted by: Jag on December 3, 2004 10:22 PM
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