What to do on a Saturday morning?

July 9th, 2005 by MrLuxuryFashionGuru

Was going to go to Kew gardens today….  but brrrr.  I think it’s a little too chilly and overcast right now.  Perhaps tomorrow.

In the meantime,  I’m really tempted to either go back to one of the street markets or just wander around Oxford Circus.

I really like how here in London books are commonly advertised on these huge posters in the Underground.  I think it says something about how much of a market there really is for popular books here.  And these ads are not just for light beach-reads or books by Sophie Kinsella (i’m a fan!) or popularist self-help books like Who Moved My Blackberry?, but also more serious non-fiction works like The Corporation, and Niall Ferguson’s Colossus (parts of which I had to read for my International Relations class last semester). 

Similarly, a good third of the posters in the London Underground are for cultural events, concerts, historic places, West End productions and exhibitions.  Contrast this with Boston, where advertising in and around the T is essentially monopolised by print ads for purely-consumeristic goods and services that at most only pretend to have some kind of cultural content (like the Boston Marathon-themed Addidas campaign).

I figure if I’m going to have to look at ads anyway, I may as well discover something about Hampton Court Palace or learn that the Australian Ballet will shortly be in town performing Swan Lake.  Very few ginormous cK underwear ad-type billboards in this city (actually, I’ve seen none to date).

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