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trying to blend in
Blending in is right - I am wearing my 'urban street gigapanographer' outfit.
Interesting question: is the phemomenon of youths wearing 'hoodies' (sweatshirts with hoods like I am wearing) international or local to the UK? Over here they are associated with hooligans etc because the hoods can be used to cover faces. Gangs of kids on street corners, all wearing hoodies, are commonplace and considered to be very threatening.
That reminds me: those crazy French! Making it illegal to cover your face in public?! Does that mean I can't wear a face mask like the Japanese do if I have a cold? Or a balaclava (preview.tinyurl.com/6lu9tw /) if it's cold outside? Yes, I agree people who cover their faces in public look suspicious, and of course if you are going into a bank or an airport then there are good reasons for making sure people show their faces, but I don't see why I shouldn't be allowed to cover my face in public if I want to.
Anyway, I am flying to France on Friday with a cold and a face mask to protect my fellow passengers. If you don't hear back from me any time soon, then assume I was shot on sight by French anti-terrorism police (or lynched by the 200 other passengers on my flight for giving them all colds :-).
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