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25th Jan '18 12:24:22 AM Hbb
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*** The IOC stated that although any UK city was welcome to bid for the Olympics, only London had any chance of winning.
6th Jan '18 8:19:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''The '''Radio Times''' Guide To TV Comedy'' has plenty of entries for American comedies as well as British ones... as long as they've been screened in the London area (for reasons of space, admittedly, since not all the series imported by {{ITV}} were shown in all ITV regions). Hence no entries for ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', ''The Ugliest Girl In Town'' or other series which showed up in other regions but not in the Thames/LWT area.This can scupper the chances of imported sitcoms in Britain; Granada TV, for instance, showed the imports of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' where it was extremely well received, but as neither Thames nor London Weekend thought it worth screening, it passed with barely a ripple.

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* ''The '''Radio Times''' Guide To TV Comedy'' has plenty of entries for American comedies as well as British ones... as long as they've been screened in the London area (for reasons of space, admittedly, since not all the series imported by {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} were shown in all ITV regions). Hence no entries for ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', ''The Ugliest Girl In Town'' or other series which showed up in other regions but not in the Thames/LWT area.This can scupper the chances of imported sitcoms in Britain; Granada TV, for instance, showed the imports of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' where it was extremely well received, but as neither Thames nor London Weekend thought it worth screening, it passed with barely a ripple.
19th Dec '17 1:41:57 PM bwburke94
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* London is featured less than you might think in the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series. It's definitely the main place in ''Lost Future'' but the good professor also visits other places in the other games like [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage St Mystere,]] [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter Misthallery,]] [[ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Labyrinthia, etc.]] Although he doesn't seem to visit any other real-life British places...

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* London is featured less than you might think in the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series. It's definitely the main place in ''Lost Future'' but the good professor also visits other places in the other games like [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage St Mystere,]] Mystere]], [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter Misthallery,]] [[ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Labyrinthia, etc.]] Misthallery]], [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney Labyrinthia]], etc. Although he doesn't seem to visit any other real-life British places...
28th Oct '17 6:20:38 PM Actua11y
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This one is fairly understandable when you consider that London has been by far the biggest conurbation of the British Isles in the past millennium[[note]] At present some 12% of the UK's population live in Greater London and this figure increases to 20% if you include the whole of London's metropolitan area. By comparison, less than 7 percent of Americans live in the New York City area [[/note]], and for most of that period it also was by far their most important political, economic and cultural centre. And London's importance extends beyond the British Isles, as for centuries it not only was the capital of England and the UK, but also of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, and the world over people measure their geographical position and their standard time with reference to the Greenwich Meridian in London. As a European metropolis London for several centuries could only be compared in its aggregate of size, importance and influence to one other city: UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. From a non-British point of view, London is exciting, overwhelming even, in its labyrinthine sprawl of streets and underground lines, in its mix of various British (London Irish, London Scottish, London Welsh...) and foreign populations. Most foreign travellers find what they want to see in an urban context on a trip to Britain within a 100km radius of the Houses of Parliament and they might not even be able to name a museum, gallery, theatre or store outside of it. It's not that they don't want to see more of the wider British Isles, but there they are usually interested in individual buildings (Canterbury Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, the [[Music/TheBeatles Cavern Club]] in Liverpool, ...) and scenic areas in the countryside.

From the point of view of people outside London it does not help that -- whether they travel by air, ship, car or train -- most foreigners come to the British Isles via London, and that the vast majority of UK film and television is made in or around London. [[Creator/TheBBC The Beeb]] (and various film councils and what-have-you) are making a serious effort to change this, handing ''Series/DoctorWho'' duties to the capable BBC Wales (although most stories set in the UK in its first three series were London-based) and bringing BBC Scotland's locally-popular sitcom ''Series/StillGame'' to the rest of the country. ITV even got told off by Ofcom for not producing 50% of their shows outside London.[[note]]The original concept of ITV regionalisation ensured ''at least'' 50% of ITV programming broadcast nationally was made outside London. But the amalgamation into the [+ITV+]1 monolith centred on London destroyed this, with extensive production facilities in Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere now empty, idle, or sold on. [[/note]]

It also does not help that London as a whole really does tend to regard the rest of the British Isles as an appendage of it. Furthermore, Londoners, who are by and large comparatively sophisticated, liberal and cosmopolitan, think very differently from those in the North or in the small towns and countryside of England and Wales, something shown very clearly by the EU Referendum - where almost all of England and Wales outside of the big cities voted to Leave, London voted by a two thirds majority to Remain. This has left a lot of Londoners very resentful towards their rural compatriots (who are usually stereotyped as ignorant, inbred bigots) and half-joking petitions for London to either declare Independence or join similarly pro-Remain Scotland (abbreviated as 'Londependence' and '[=ScotLond=]' respectively) quickly gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures, cementing the ideas that a) London is a place unto itself, b) London and the rest of Britain enjoy a mutual hatred.

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This one is fairly understandable when you consider that London has been by far the biggest conurbation of the British Isles in the past millennium[[note]] At present some 12% of the UK's population live in Greater London and this figure increases to 20% if you include the whole of London's metropolitan area. By comparison, less than 7 percent of Americans live in the New York City area [[/note]], and for most of that period period, it also was by far their most important political, economic and cultural centre. And London's importance extends beyond the British Isles, as for centuries it not only was the capital of England and the UK, but also of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, and the world over people measure their geographical position and their standard time with reference to the Greenwich Meridian in London. As a European metropolis metropolis, London for several centuries centuries, could only be compared in its aggregate of size, importance importance, and influence to one other city: UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}. From a non-British point of view, London is exciting, overwhelming even, in its labyrinthine sprawl of streets and underground lines, in its mix of various British (London Irish, London Scottish, London Welsh...) and foreign populations. Most foreign travellers travelers find what they want to see in an urban context on a trip to Britain within a 100km radius of the Houses of Parliament and they might not even be able to name a museum, gallery, theatre or store outside of it. It's not that they don't want to see more of the wider British Isles, but there they are usually interested in individual buildings (Canterbury Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, the [[Music/TheBeatles Cavern Club]] in Liverpool, ...) and scenic areas in the countryside.

From the point of view of people outside London it does not help that -- whether they travel by air, ship, car or train -- most foreigners come to the British Isles via London, and that the vast majority of UK film and television is made in or around London. [[Creator/TheBBC The Beeb]] (and various film councils and what-have-you) are making a serious effort to change this, handing ''Series/DoctorWho'' duties to the capable BBC Wales (although most stories set in the UK in its first three series were London-based) and bringing BBC Scotland's locally-popular sitcom ''Series/StillGame'' to the rest of the country. ITV even got told off by Ofcom for not producing 50% of their shows outside London.[[note]]The original concept of ITV regionalisation regionalization ensured ''at least'' 50% of ITV programming broadcast nationally was made outside London. But the amalgamation into the [+ITV+]1 monolith centred on London destroyed this, with extensive production facilities in Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere now empty, idle, or sold on. [[/note]]

It also does not help that London as a whole really does tend to regard the rest of the British Isles as an appendage of it. Furthermore, Londoners, who are by and large comparatively sophisticated, liberal and cosmopolitan, think very differently from those in the North or in the small towns and countryside of England and Wales, something shown very clearly by the EU Referendum - where Referendum--where almost all of England and Wales outside of the big cities voted to Leave, London voted by a two thirds majority to Remain. This has left a lot of Londoners very resentful towards their rural compatriots (who are usually stereotyped as ignorant, inbred bigots) and half-joking petitions for London to either declare Independence or join similarly pro-Remain Scotland (abbreviated as 'Londependence' and '[=ScotLond=]' respectively) quickly gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures, cementing the ideas that a) London is a place unto itself, b) London and the rest of Britain enjoy a mutual hatred.



* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka, Soul, Tsubaki and Black Star fight [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Free]] for the first time on what appears to be Tower Bridge [[note]] Although it looks nothing like it, so it might be Albert Bridge or another suspension bridge in London. Either way the geography's messed up. [[/note]]

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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka, Soul, Tsubaki and Black Star fight [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Free]] for the first time on what appears to be Tower Bridge [[note]] Although it looks nothing like it, so it might be Albert Bridge or another suspension bridge in London. Either way way, the geography's messed up. [[/note]]



* This attitude is satirised in the comic strip ''The Critics'' in ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}''. The Critics are completely ignorant of the UK outside of London, to the extent they sometimes don't seem aware it exists at all. Even when they are aware, they believe large cities such as Liverpool or Newcastle are small villages, and are very snobby and condescending about them despite admitting to knowing nothing about them. And of course, on the rare occasions they ''venture'' outside of London, their attempts to "go native" by adopting various outdated rural stereotypes make them look like complete lunatics.

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* This attitude is satirised satirized in the comic strip ''The Critics'' in ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}''. The Critics are completely ignorant of the UK outside of London, to the extent they sometimes don't seem aware it exists at all. Even when they are aware, they believe large cities such as Liverpool or Newcastle are small villages, and are very snobby and condescending about them despite admitting to knowing nothing about them. And of course, on the rare occasions they ''venture'' outside of London, their attempts to "go native" by adopting various outdated rural stereotypes make them look like complete lunatics.



* Fully justified in ''Film/ARoyalNightOut'' since the events on which the film is based took place entirely in London. Done with a dash of realism though, as Elizabeth gets lost in the city - showing how big London actually is.
* Lampshaded in Film/DerWixxer. One location (Blackwhite Castle) is described as "Not in London, but in England".

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* Fully justified in ''Film/ARoyalNightOut'' since the events on which the film is based took place entirely in London. Done with a dash of realism though, as Elizabeth gets lost in the city - showing city--showing how big London actually is.
* Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} in Film/DerWixxer. One location (Blackwhite Castle) is described as "Not in London, but in England".



* Subverted in the English author Robert Rankin's comedy novels such as ''Raiders of the Lost Car Park'' and ''Nostradamus Ate My Hamster''. All of them technically take place in Greater London except it's Brentford -- one of the most boring, bypass-overshadowed suburbs in all of England. Of course it's also where all the aliens land, the seat of the hidden king of the world, a virtual reality utopia, the only place in the world you can find the Perfect Pint (at the Flying Swan) and the real location of the Garden of Eden.

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* Subverted in the English author Robert Rankin's comedy novels such as ''Raiders of the Lost Car Park'' and ''Nostradamus Ate My Hamster''. All of them technically take place in Greater London except it's Brentford -- one of the most boring, bypass-overshadowed suburbs in all of England. Of course course, it's also where all the aliens land, the seat of the hidden king of the world, a virtual reality utopia, the only place in the world you can find the Perfect Pint (at the Flying Swan) and the real location of the Garden of Eden.



* Averted and lampshaded with knobs on in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Not only does all the main action center on the West Country, the side-actions take in Oxford, Scotland, Salop, Worcs, Cheshire, Wales, and Westmorland. On the rare occasions anyone goes up to London, it's practically at gun-point, bitching all the way; and "London" is a metonymic toponym for everything that is wrong with the world. Even former Londoners now retired to rural Wilts have taken on the attitude.

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* Averted and lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} with knobs on in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series. Not only does all the main action center on the West Country, the side-actions take in Oxford, Scotland, Salop, Worcs, Cheshire, Wales, and Westmorland. On the rare occasions occasion anyone goes up to London, it's practically at gun-point, gunpoint, bitching all the way; and "London" is a metonymic toponym for everything that is wrong with the world. Even former Londoners now retired to rural Wilts have taken on the attitude.



** The first new series lampshaded this by having a hostile alien become mayor of Cardiff; when asked how she's getting away with it, since she's in many ways ObviouslyEvil, she goes on about how nobody in London would notice if UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} fell into the sea, then catches herself and realizes she's GoingNative. ([[TruthInTelevision She probably has a point.]])

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** The first new series lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} this by having a hostile alien become mayor of Cardiff; when asked how she's getting away with it, since she's in many ways ObviouslyEvil, she goes on about how nobody in London would notice if UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} fell into the sea, then catches herself and realizes she's GoingNative. ([[TruthInTelevision She probably has a point.]])



* Averted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff series ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Instead of London, the series is set in Cardiff, Wales. (This is partly because most of the filming for both ''Doctor Who'' and ''Torchwood'' is done in Cardiff anyways.). This makes ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' the trope namer for AliensInCardiff.

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* Averted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff series ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Instead of London, the series is set in Cardiff, Wales. (This is partly because most of the filming for both ''Doctor Who'' and ''Torchwood'' is done in Cardiff anyways.).anyway). This makes ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' the trope namer for AliensInCardiff.



* Lampshaded on ''Series/TheKevinBishopShow''. One of the characters is a camp American who opens a sketch by confirming where an English woman's from. She explicitly states she's not from London, and of course he starts ranting about how he loves London. A likely inspiration is TruthInTelevision -- see bottom of page.

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* Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} on ''Series/TheKevinBishopShow''. One of the characters is a camp American who opens a sketch by confirming where an English woman's from. She explicitly states she's not from London, and of course he starts ranting about how he loves London. A likely inspiration is TruthInTelevision -- see TruthInTelevision--see bottom of page.



-->You know what that view says? It says: WELCOME TO ENGLAND (You'll Find Most of It Outside London).

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-->You know what that view says? It says: WELCOME "WELCOME TO ENGLAND (You'll Find Most of It Outside London).London)".



* In the British sci-fi comedy series ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'' lampshades this when the BigBad (played by David Tennant) is asked why aliens only invade London. His response? "Isn't it obvious? For tax reasons!"
* ''Mark Steel's In Town'' is an intentional aversion of this trope with each show coming from a different British town with a stand up routine based around the town.

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* In the British sci-fi comedy series ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'' lampshades {{Lampshades}} this when the BigBad (played by David Tennant) is asked why aliens only invade London. His response? "Isn't it obvious? For tax reasons!"
* ''Mark Steel's In Town'' is an intentional aversion of this trope with each show coming from a different British town with a stand up stand-up routine based around the town.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs the Reapers attack Earth]] ''en-masse''. After Shepard assembles TheCavalry to retake Earth, the final part of the game is set in the wartorn streets of London.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs the Reapers attack Earth]] ''en-masse''. After Shepard assembles TheCavalry to retake Earth, the final part of the game is set in the wartorn war-torn streets of London.



* ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' had a memorable sketch about 'Curtis Land', a version of Britain based on the romantic comedies of Richard Curtis, actually a walled compound protected by massive barbed wire fences, searchlight towers and armed guards, where everyone is either posh or a Cockney, living in [[FriendsRentControl unrealistically well appointed flats]] with no visible means of support, obtained by carting off or killing all the coloured people.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' had a memorable sketch about 'Curtis Land', a version of Britain based on the romantic comedies of Richard Curtis, actually a walled compound protected by massive barbed wire fences, searchlight towers and armed guards, where everyone is either posh or a Cockney, living in [[FriendsRentControl unrealistically well appointed well-appointed flats]] with no visible means of support, obtained by carting off or killing all the coloured people.



* Most American media will refer to British newspapers as "the London papers". While this is accurate in the sense that their offices are indeed in London, it creates the impression that they only circulate in the city limits (only three do). This may be more to do with Britain being smaller than America, and national newspapers therefore being a lot more feasible.

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* Most American media will refer to British newspapers as "the London papers". While this is accurate in the sense that their offices are indeed in London, it creates the impression that they only circulate in the city limits (only three do). This may be more to do with Britain being smaller than America, and national newspapers therefore newspapers, therefore, being a lot more feasible.
6th Sep '17 6:15:09 PM GrammarNavi
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* In [[http://transmission.thecomicseries.com/comics/52/ one strip]] in ''Webcomic/{{Transmission}}'' the characters from OopNorth [[note]]well, kinda; the exact dividing line between the north end of TheMidlands and the actual North is subject to some debate[[/note]] visit the Britannia casino in Las Vegas and are a bit offended at the employees' fake accents. [[http://transmission.thecomicseries.com/comics/54/ "There is more to England than London you know."]]

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* In [[http://transmission.thecomicseries.com/comics/52/ one strip]] in ''Webcomic/{{Transmission}}'' the characters from OopNorth [[note]]well, kinda; the exact dividing line between the north end of TheMidlands UsefulNotes/TheMidlands and the actual North is subject to some debate[[/note]] visit the Britannia casino in Las Vegas and are a bit offended at the employees' fake accents. [[http://transmission.thecomicseries.com/comics/54/ "There is more to England than London you know."]]
6th Sep '17 1:10:39 PM DavidDelony
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* After the Brexit referendum in 2016, there were proposals to make London, where the majority of people supported remaining in the EU, a city-state. Observers have noted with varying degrees of seriousness that Greater London already constitutes a city-state politically for all of its cultural and political differences between it and the rest of the United Kingdom.
15th Jul '17 1:14:31 PM AgProv
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* ''The '''Radio Times''' Guide To TV Comedy'' has plenty of entries for American comedies as well as British ones... as long as they've been screened in the London area (for reasons of space, admittedly, since not all the series imported by {{ITV}} were shown in all ITV regions). Hence no entries for ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', ''The Ugliest Girl In Town'' or other series which showed up in other regions but not in the Thames/LWT area.This can scuppewr the chances of imported sitcoms in Britain; Granada TV, for instance, showed the imports of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' where it was extremely well received, but as neither Thames nor London Weekend thought it worth screening, it passed with barely a ripple.

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* ''The '''Radio Times''' Guide To TV Comedy'' has plenty of entries for American comedies as well as British ones... as long as they've been screened in the London area (for reasons of space, admittedly, since not all the series imported by {{ITV}} were shown in all ITV regions). Hence no entries for ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', ''The Ugliest Girl In Town'' or other series which showed up in other regions but not in the Thames/LWT area.This can scuppewr scupper the chances of imported sitcoms in Britain; Granada TV, for instance, showed the imports of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' where it was extremely well received, but as neither Thames nor London Weekend thought it worth screening, it passed with barely a ripple.
15th Jul '17 11:17:12 AM AgProv
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* ''The '''Radio Times''' Guide To TV Comedy'' has plenty of entries for American comedies as well as British ones... as long as they've been screened in the London area (for reasons of space, admittedly, since not all the series imported by {{ITV}} were shown in all ITV regions). Hence no entries for ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', ''The Ugliest Girl In Town'' or other series which showed up in other regions but not in the Thames/LWT area.

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* ''The '''Radio Times''' Guide To TV Comedy'' has plenty of entries for American comedies as well as British ones... as long as they've been screened in the London area (for reasons of space, admittedly, since not all the series imported by {{ITV}} were shown in all ITV regions). Hence no entries for ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', ''The Ugliest Girl In Town'' or other series which showed up in other regions but not in the Thames/LWT area.This can scuppewr the chances of imported sitcoms in Britain; Granada TV, for instance, showed the imports of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' where it was extremely well received, but as neither Thames nor London Weekend thought it worth screening, it passed with barely a ripple.
5th Jul '17 1:49:20 AM AgProv
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** Manchester had been promised significant government investment in expanding the successful (and economically significant) Metrolink urban tram system to cover more areas of the conurbation with new lines. local people were less than enchanted when the Blair government suddenly did an about-turn and cancelled the project, diverting the funding to the Crossrail project in London, on the explicitly stated grounds that this was far more important and Manchester was just going to have to wait. Even local MP's normally supine and sycophantic to Blair were moved to protest. Manchester is only now (2017) finishing the upgrades that might have been in place fifteen years ago.
20th Jun '17 3:25:27 PM Malady
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** The [[OOpNorth northern]] city of Manchester made three creditable attempts to be chosen as host city for the Olympics. Despite each bid being highly professional and well-regarded by those who mattered, the metropolitan intelligensia responded with patronising sniggers and mutters about provincials not knowing their place. There is a suspicion Manchester's bids were not properly backedor even taken seriously by London governments. It was a different story when London applied.

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** The [[OOpNorth northern]] city of Manchester made three creditable attempts to be chosen as host city for the Olympics. Despite each bid being highly professional and well-regarded by those who mattered, the metropolitan intelligensia responded with patronising sniggers and mutters about provincials not knowing their place. There is a suspicion Manchester's bids were not properly backedor backed or even taken seriously by London governments. It was a different story when London applied.
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