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23 Jul 2005

Message from London
Just to let everyone know, even though London is in a bit of trouble at the moment it is still worth coming and working in this country. It is a life changing experience and is far more safer (even with the bombs) than SA. You have more chance of getting killed in SA than in London. I earn 4 times more than I did in SA and like the doc says it is a life changing experience. It makes you grow up knowing you cant run home to momy and daddy.

More of you should pack in your jobs and come to London!
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01 Jan 0001

Good to hear from you, lady, and from a city I have loved for decades, and one of the most civilized cities on earth. Did others notice the statistics during last week, showing that each year in SA more people are killed in Road Traffic accidents ( leaving out hijackings, murders, etc ) than are killed by insurgents and bombers in Baghdad and Iraq in the same year ?
Waterblom seems to be getting confused. The statistics for British crime are enormously more inclusive than for SA, where there has been an interesting determination for much of the crime statistics to be officially hidden from us, and for shifting of the definitions so as to avoid acurate comparisons. In terms of personal safety there is no possible comparison, London would win hands down. How often do you hear of farmers being murdered on their farms in Britain ? And there is still not a part of London where I would not feel safe to walk home through at 3 am. How many places in SA allow you to feel that safe ?
When comparing expenses, don't cost things at British prices paid for in SA rands, but as a proportion of average and typical British salaries.
But time spent abroad can also help us to recognize what is loveable about our own country, and to learn that not everything we take for granted here is inevitable, so maybe we can also return more energised to want to improve it rather than accept the bad things that also abound here.

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