I've been thinking recently about how London-centric this (the UK, um, if you haven't worked it out) country is; most of the main rail routes go to London, most of the motorways do (and they're even numbered based on radial sectors from London), parliament sits, in London, and "naturally" London was awarded the Olympics above other possible options.
I accept that with London being the capital, that alot will be focused there. I don't expect the government to relocate to Bristol, Newcastle or Plymouth anytime soon. I also accept that, alot of the media and press, etc will be based there, for similar reasons.
However, does anyone living outside of London ever feel like, they're second to everything and anything in London? And that we're somehow portrayed just as "Northern" because we're beyond the Watford Gap (a motorway service station, in case anyone doesn't know)?
I find it a little, patronising and stereotyped to be honest; I get the impression that the rest of the country is still seen, in many peoples eyes as "the Regions" or "the Provinces" or something similar.
There is life outside of London, there is architecture, some stunning natural scenery, historical sites and great entertainment values. Perhaps we need to make ourselves heard a little more?
What are your thoughts?