London vs New York? Bovvered?
As any Londoner worth a £3 a minute cab ride will tell you, London 2007 is as good as it gets. From the Tate to Topshop, the Southbank to Spitalfields, the Olympics to the Old Vic - London is a helluva town. And New York magazine is at no pains to recognise this, going so far as to ingratiate us with "in short, New York is cardiganed Woody Allen, and London is party-dressed Lily Allen." Now, doesn't that just make you smile? Except I was thinking New York is more tough talking toreador Tony Soprano and London is S&M Willy Wonka Russell Brand. Surely?
So what did New York magazine actually decide, you ask? Let's just say the coin was definitely weighted. In today's age of die another day magazine sales a publication entitled New York was always an unlikely bedfellow for bigging up Blighty's bonanza. And as for what I think? I just hope that today's opening of London's first Abercrombie & Fitch store isn't an indication of direction. Certainly chinos are for daytime golfing in the burbs, not all-night boozing at the local.
So, is it London or New York? You decide. I love both equally and individually like children. Or like a parent I convince myself. No, forget column inches on the subject. The next time somebody posits the two all I need is one word -"bovvered?"
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