|What London Means To Me - By Skandar Keynes
London Means to Me
Skandar Keynes – 4S
As I sit on
number four bus to and from school, I can see what London Means to me.
On the way into school in the early hours of the morning, I see the sun
gently rising in the east as it illuminates our wonderfully
multicultural city. I pass through a variety of areas, from housing
estates to mansions and luxury apartments. I see all different people
from every walk of life. At Highbury & Islington station, I see
jolly European builders (with paint-splattered overalls and all with
their heads bowed due to obvious height constraints) sit down alongside
the bankers (with their highly maintained suits). At the Angel, I see
other school children from every school intermingling amongst each
other, united by the common enemy of school.
I pass through roaring high streets, where you would be hard stretched
to find ten quiet metres, and then into back alleys that are riddled
with opinionated graffiti. As my bus progresses through the City, you
can see nearly every type of sight there is to see about London.
On the way home, I see almost the same sight but the main difference is
that now people, winding down, are preparing for another day. With a
setting sun on their backs, the diverse people of London, tired from a
hard day’s work, get back on my bus and head home.
What London means to me is a bus route, that takes me to and from
school, and takes so many others along with their life. It shows London
for what it truly is, a combination of people from so many different
origins. London to me is a weekday morning on the bus, with people
sitting side by side. A group of people that as little as fifty years
ago, would never be sitting together, that would be scattered around
the world. This to me is an achievement, that has been made by our
modern city, that so many other cities should also encourage. This is
what London is to me, an achievement.
This great article was publised in ''The
(CLS weekly newsletter) for the 10th issue of the 2006 Autumn Term.
Skandar Keynes was awarded commendation (and cheque to match) at the
London Metropolitan Archives Award Ceremony for this article. It was
selected as one of the best articles of the ''What London Means to Me''
competition. You can see a caption of the original article here.