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Kevin

Location:

London
Hometown: Canada

Member since:

January 10, 2012

Why would you like to join the London European Club?

As a North American, Europe puzzles and fascinates me. Why is it when Britons talk about going to Europe for vacation when they're already there? Does a European identity have any meaning when it embodies so many different cultures? Why is Russia typically viewed as part of Physical Europe but not political europe? If Albania, predominantly an Islamic country, is part of Europe, then does that blow the idea that European kinship is based on religion? Should places like Georgia and Turkey be thought of as Europe? Where does this term start and end?

Why do you live in London?

Right now I work for the Medical Research Council as a software developer for people who study long-term ageing diseases. That's the economic reason for being in London. But when I left Manchester, I decided I wanted to live somewhere where being foreign was utterly ordinary. London is a patchwork quilt of villages rammed up against one another. It's a place where even the locals are foreigners. And the microcosm of this mega-city feeds the mentality of global citizens.

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I'm a Canadian who is now a naturalised Briton and now... European?! I find issues of cultural identity interesting. Ever notice how terms like Western civilisation, political europe, geographic europe and cultural europe all seem....vague?


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