Goldsmith’s College, London University where I studied French and English sounds so grand but unfortunately it was situated in the arse end of London.
New Cross is not on the tourist map and my experiences there and around South East London probably colour my memories of London somewhat, or rather make them fade to grey. No wonder I spent most of my time there saving money to escape or hitch-hiking to Paris.
But here outside Buckingham Palace we can see London’s grandeur: the Victoria Memorial hewn from 2,300 tonnes of marble, surrounded by majestic lions and guarded by golden angels.
Impressive, imposing, improbable.
It almost makes me proud to be British.
What makes you feel patriotic?