Essay by Luke Foster
“You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.” Germaine Greer
Germaine Australia’s most loved expat lives in Essex England but when I thought about London for some reason I immediately thought of her. She is a powerful voice for women and women rights. In other words she is a feminist.
I have been to London once about five years ago and had a wonderful time.
My favourite attraction was the Tate Modern and I visited there with my Aussie expat friend Nick Millen who is also an artist. The most interesting work I remember was Marcel Duchamp’s urinal in a plexiglass plinth. His idea of the found object has revolutionised contemporary art for over a century.
The Queen of England is one of my favourite people as she is a grandmother and grandmothers in my books are the most kind and wise people on the planet.
“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” Queen Elizabeth II
I shall be doing it cheap and staying in backpacker dorms and catching public transport and Ubers and taxis.
A place I haven’t been that I would like to see is Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
I remember reading his plays at school but could only understand the old English with Crib Notes.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” William Shakespeare
My favourite English celebrities from London are David Beckham and Posh Spice/ Victoria Beckham.
One of my favourite movies about him is the movie Bend it Like Beckham about female English soccer players.
“Now do you want a clean-shaven boy like your sister, or a proper Sikh with full beard and turban?”
-Woman at party from Bend it Like Beckham
There are many exciting English writers and one of my favourites is Nick Hornby and particularly his novel About a Boy that was made into a movie with Hugh Grant, Toni Collette and Nicholas Hoult.
My dream is to see the Ashes cricket match between England and Australia at Lords cricket ground in London.
I look forward to London and shall metaphorically be one of the Queens loving Corgi dog pets.