I'm straying from the topic of the thread. Yes, London is "cosmopolitan" in the sense that it has many non-English people. In this sense the English are right in not considering London (or Manchester or Birmingham) as representative. But there is also an element of fantasy and nostalgia involved. The English still like to believe that true England can only be found in rural and small town settings. They haven't reconciled themeselves to a modern England which is largely urban."Bill" said:In my past world travel adventures, I visited London England. When I mention this to English people, they often say "ah, but that's not really england is it?" What they're getting at is that the biggest major city isn't the best representation of a country since... it's a big city like so many in the world with big city problems and a cosmopolitan population.