How to tell if you are a Londoner...

panography of Trafalgar Square after the rainI am a photography amateur: I shoot some pictures once in a while, I enjoy others' the rest of the time. This is why I have joined several groups on FlickR beyond posting my own images on this brilliant website. One of them is called "London by Londoners" and, as it names explicitly states it, is all about photos taken by inhabitants of the Capital.

Recently one of the member posted a comment about "how to tell if you are a Londoner", quite judicious a question to verify whether or not you qualify for the Group!!! So you can tell that you are a Londoner if...

1. You say "the City" and expect everyone to know which one.
2. You have never been to The Tower of London or Madame Tussaud's but love Brighton.
3. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Shepherd's Bush to Elephant & Castle at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can't find Dorset on a map.
4. Hookers and the homeless are invisible.
5. You step over people who collapse on the Tube.
6. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multilingual.
7. You've considered stabbing someone.
8. Your door has more than three locks.
9. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
10. You call an 8' x 10' plot of patchy grass a garden.
11. You consider Kent the "countryside".
12. You think Hyde Park is "nature".
13. You're paying £1,200 a month for a studio the size of a walk-in wardrobe and you think it's a "bargain".
14. Shopping in suburban supermarkets and shopping malls gives you a severe attack of agoraphobia.
15. You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the UK pay in rent.
16. You pay £3 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28p.
17. You actually take fashion seriously.
18. You have 27 different take-away menus next to your telephone.
19. The UK west of Heathrow is still theoretical to you.
20. You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
21. Your idea of personal space is no one actually physically standing on you.
22. £50 worth of groceries fit in one plastic bag.
23. You have a minimum of five "worst cab ride ever" stories.
24. You don't hear sirens anymore.
25. You've mentally blocked out all thoughts of the city's air / water quality and what it's doing to your insides.
26. You live in a building with a larger population than most towns.
27. Your cleaner is Portuguese, your grocer is Somali, your butcher is Halal, your deli man is Israeli, your landlord is Italian, your laundry guy is Philippino, your bartender is Australian, your favourite diner owner is Greek, the watch seller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was African, your newsagent is Indian and your local English chippie owner is Turkish.
28. You wouldn't want to live anywhere else until you get married.
29. You roll your eyes and say 'tsk' at the news that someone has thrown themselves under a tube / train.
30. Your day is ruined if you don't get a copy of Metro on the way to work.
And the amazing thing is that despite these flaws... I love this city! Weird, no? Or maybe I am just a S&M fan without knowing it... Anyway here are some pictures from the above mentioned Group. Enjoy!


  1. how re the londoners different from others in things comparable

  2. Looks like i'm already a london girl then ;o)
    Apart from question 19 where i don't fit to the survey, i match all the other questions...
    12, 13 and 28... ah ah ah !!!