Cultural Learnings of America for make Benefit Glorious Blog

Some little observations from my trip to New York.

1.  New York taxis deserve their bad reputation.  The taxi driver who took us from the airport to our hotel looked like a kicked puppy when I gave him the exact fare.  I’m sorry, but if you crash into the central reservation then no tip for you.

2. My only other trip to the US was to Florida, where people were noticeably fatter.  In general, people in New York seemed no fatter than people in London, but the exception was the policemen.  Is there no kind of fitness test to join the NYPD?  Either these guys took the test a very long time ago, or it’s a policy decision that since they have guns there’s really no need for them to be running after suspects.

3.  UK budget cuts were on US news, putting paid to the idea that Americans don’t care about the rest of the world.  They referred to “the new British Conservative government”.  Nick Clegg wouldn’t be best pleased.

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