London, England, Jan. 16, 2013


One day in London and I have a solid idea why the rest of the world is lapping the United States in educational achievement testing – there’s nothing to watch on TV here. Nothing!

Nobody had much gas left in the tank after the overnight flight to London and a busy day of activities that followed on Tuesday. So I wasn’t looking for much on the tube, which is good. Our TV offerings included one channel each from Germany, France and Italy. The Italian channel was showing a dubbed “NCIS” episode. I don’t speak a lick of Italian, but it was still the most entertaining thing on TV.

So I turned on BBC1 when I awoke Wednesday to their version of our “Today” show or “Good Morning America.” The big news on the Beebs: Freezing fog had caused a helicopter to crash into a crane near the Thames. Freezing fog!

The Brits are a hardy folk, though. As I strolled through the streets near Canary Wharf Tuesday night along a string of restaurants, bars and cafes, most had outdoor seating and – in about 25 degree weather – most of those with outdoor seating had patrons quaffing a pint of ale, weather be damned.

Watching the Pistons practice at O2 Arena as I write. More later.