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Published: November 12th 2008
Liberty decked out
Christmas is the them of downtown London.
There is so much in London, it deserves a second blog.
The stores along Oxford Street are geared up for Christmas now. The front windows are works of art with animated characters dancing to canned jingles piped overhead. I wasn't the only person snapping photos of the displays. Too bad I didn't have a video camera so you could see the show. I was reminded of the movie 'Love Actually'. I could almost see Mr.Bean wrapping up jewelry across the Christmas counter.
One downer was the aggression of sales clerks thoughout the department stores. 'No, I don't want the flyer or coupons' seemed to fall on deaf ears when I walked past the people at the doors and escalators. 'No, I don't want my hair curled' 'No, I don't want my nails done while I wait' and 'No, I don't care if it is free or takes only five minutes' Surprisingly, there were as many men as women working in the make-up department.
In November, there are fewer crowds on Oxford Street. The Christmas lights are relatively simple, but the effect is beautiful against the sky.
We managed to squeezed in the British Museum, an incredible place to visit. If you
Beside the escalator Santa watches people. (me, too)
haven't been there in years, you will be happy to discover they covered the central square with a glass roof which multiplied the space. The mummy rooms have not changed, and the Rosetta stone still sits in the lower rooms beside the Egyptian coffins and Assyrian statues.
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