Thought I'd do this just in bits and pieces - just things that stand out about my trip, rather than a long traditional travelogue. The long and short of it is that I flew to London and arrived Friday, June 10, met the great Jules, Lorna and Kam for the weekend, then went off to drive around Scotland on my own from Sunday to Saturday.
Part 1 - Radios and Newspapers are so much better in Great Britain!
Seriously! It's strange, but even though so much of the radio programs are like NPR and I just get depressed listening to NPR in the states, the stories in Great Britain area interesting and real and you hear real people with real stories. Plus, radio stations used to play a much wider spread of music, when there were fewer of them. You'd hear rock, pop, country - all together - along with oldies - and there are some stations in GB that actually program like that, so I heard sogs I hadn't heard for a long time. And, of course, when you get up to Scotland... Scottish accents. *moans* *L*! And the newspapers... actually give you the news! And they're interesting!
Yes, there are some drawbacks - mainly the trashy newspapers with the trashy covers... and waaaaay too much technopop on too many channels - but, on the whole, there seems to be less "dumbing down" of the newspapers and the stories on the radio for the general public. In fact, there seems to be less "going for the lowest common denominator" overall. You get on a boat, and instead of zillions of safety signs and long talks about what to do, they tend to assume you can figure out the obvious yourself.
But that's just the impression I got... and why I listened to a lot of radio when I was there. But I didn't get much of a chance to watch TV; the days were so long and I was always ready to sleep when night came.
Tomorrow: "Guys and Dolls" with Ewan McGregor