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Some Highlights From A Trip To London

September 17, 2010 by  

*One for the record books. During a trip to London last month I managed to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records — for a day. And the interesting thing is you can do it, too. How? By attending a performance of Agatha Christie’s wonderful mystery, The Mousetrap. It’s the longest-running play in the history of British theater, so each performance sets another world record. I attended the 24,057th performance… and was promptly replaced in the record books the next night.

*When the Queen’s away. Another highlight of that trip was visiting 19 of the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace. This is only possible when the Queen is out of town in the summer. If you’re ever in London when the public can visit, put this high on your must-do list. It was a phenomenal experience. But get your ticket in advance; the queue for walk-ins was two and half hours long when I was there.

*Does that bridge have a captain? Another experience from that trip I will remember for a long time was seeing the city of London from a ship cruising the Thames River. As we passed under the Tower Bridge, our guide explained that it is the only bridge in the world that is insured by Lloyd’s of London as a ship. When I asked him how that came to be, he said he didn’t know. I researched the answer when I got home. But rather than spoil your fun, I’ll let you dig out the explanation on your own.

*Who are they trying to kid? And my last London experience I’ll mention today occurred while I was strolling the streets and back alleys in the West End where there are more venues for live theater than Broadway. Walking along the Strand, I came across a large plate-glass window with a huge display titled, “Zimbabwe — Moving Forward.” I wondered who was responsible for this ridiculous propaganda, but in two more steps I had the answer — it was the Zimbabwe consular office in London. That’s some mighty expensive real estate for an impoverished, bankrupt country. But as George Orwell explained so well in Animal Farm, under socialism some pigs live a lot better than others.

— Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Anthony

    Nice report, Mr. Wood. On a certain level it brought back my time (USAF/NATO) living along the northern edge of Bavaria, down along the MOSEL RIVER VALLEY. I was at HAHN AB, which is now a 24/7 International Airport. Winefesting all summer long is alot more fun than waiting for Oktoberfest. From Kirschberg to Kaiserslaughtern. It was a lot of fun, getting to know another Country as more than a simple tourist. Actually was in MUNICH, in JAN ’76 … during a time called Pfasing, and it also just happened to be the Winter Olympics at Innsbruk, Austria. You could catch the Bus, for 5 marks at 6am to Innsbruk and come back at 6pm. It didn’t hurt we would go TDY to Zaragoza, Spain twice a year, either. ‘Course, my impression (from what I’ve read) is that hanging out in Europe in the 70′s was probably alot better than it might be today. I was there before Paul Volcker began the damage under Jimmy Carter.

    You didn’t happen to take any pictures, eh?


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