21 Oct '12, 3am

Monocolumn – Put down that guidebook [Monocle]

London has been my home for two years. I’ve memorised the street maps, learnt to stay silent on the underground and have extinguished the memory of sunny Australian beaches with lukewarm English ale. Don’t be fooled by the accent; I’m a local, mate. You can imagine my excitement then when my parents arrived for a visit earlier this week. Stephen and Maria Craddock, don’t mind a trip abroad. In fact my mum is always quick to tell people visiting our suburban house that our renovated kitchen “was – ya know – inspired by that – kind of – New York loft style”. I was keen to show them my favourite restaurants, bars and afternoon strolls. I started off suggesting a place to eat for the coming Friday. My dad hesitated. “We probably won’t have time on Friday,” he said. “There’s apparently a great Welsh choir that’s performing that night.” I tried for the...

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