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“Why would you want to live in London?” people from home ask me. This is why

“I love this city. Defiantly, pigheadedly, maybe even sometimes rudely”

By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett  

“I like London, for a day or two as long as I can leave again,” says the man at hotel breakfast, who has asked me where I live. He is from Worcester but I do not say anything about that. We are in rural Snowdonia, a place popular with tourists because of the beautiful scenery. And it is, indeed, beautiful, when the wet mist of rain clears long enough for you to see it.

It is where I grew up, mostly, and I left as soon as I was able to,…

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