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  1. Well, in 8 hours I'm headed to Newark airport, and flying over to England for a week. I'll be staying in the heart of West End London and catching some sights. It'll be my first time out of the country (or anywhere off the east coast), and also my first time in a plane. This was a Christmas present for myself and my mom. The only thing that worries me (other than having a panic attack on the plane or crashing into the ocean) is that I might not have much/any money to spend over there. I can fill up on Continental Breakfasts, but that's besides the point. I was planning on getting some British invasion CD's while I was over there.

    So... my mom wants to go to the British Museum, see Abbey Road, maybe Strawberry Fields (see a pattern?)... I'm really not going over there to 'see' anything. Although you guys can still help me out on some points:
    - Anywhere interesting I can go with my mom? We're both nerds, if that helps. Also: my mom's open-minded, but she's still a mom (well, grandmom actually).
    - Where's the cheapest Guinness in town?
    - Where are the non-crappy music stores? Supposedly, we're going to be near a huge music store (Virgin Megastore or something), but I have a feeling they're filed under "crappy".
    - My family tells me that I'll get attitude from the locals because I'm Irish Catholic (technically). Will I be better off not giving a shit (because I don't), or should I bring a "Not My Bush" t-shirt or practice my Canadian accent for personal safety?
    - That last one was an attempt at humor. I'm going with "not giving a shit".
    - Supposedly, the in-flight movie is Five Children and It or Sideways. Should I bring my chess set instead?

    P.S. Before anyone asks: no, I'm not going to meet any of you weird shits at some dive.

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    2. darknation

      darknation

      I hope you meet some nice butch skinhead who will hump some humble into you.

    3. Kristian Ronge

      Kristian Ronge

      Numbermind said:
      - Anywhere interesting I can go with my mom? We're both nerds, if that helps.


      I liked Madame Tussaud's (which is extremely nerdy, and touristy), especially since I pulled off a mean prank there, pretending to be a wax dummy (standing motionless for minutes on end) and frightening people by randomly starting to talk and move towards them. :-)

      You can also go see a musical in the West End (also extremely touristy).

      Tate Gallery was also great (*also* extremely touristy).

      There are tons of museums and various historical tours (e.g. Jack the Ripper tours, Chelsea pub tours, etc.) that are a fun pasttime.

      If you like football (not the American kind) then go watch a game; it'll be hard getting a ticket to the Premier League games, but there are plenty of lower division clubs in and around London. QPR, Watford, West Ham, ...

      There's also a market at Portobello Road in Notting Hill(?) once every week, IIRC, that's not too shabby, although most of the things on sale are junk (as expected).

      - Where are the non-crappy music stores? Supposedly, we're going to be near a huge music store (Virgin Megastore or something), but I have a feeling they're filed under "crappy".


      The Virgin Megastore is *enormous* (several stories high), chances are they have what you're looking for. I spent an entire afternoon there, and didn't see nearly everything.

    4. Kristian Ronge

      Kristian Ronge

      Grazza said:
      Play blindfold instead.


      Heh, I've tried blind chess. I usually get completely lost after 10-12 moves. :-)

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