ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Living in London, New York ... The Politics, Cost of Living; Education.

Updated on November 10, 2016
manatita44 profile image

Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

London | Source

The Chard

London | Source

Prior to coming to London in October, 1973, I was inspired by the Queen … the Monarchy … and my curiosity was filled with excitement when the good news came. Post some initial medical examinations which I took in Grenada, WI, I had visited Barbados and obtained a student visa for travel. I was truly elated, and so when I arrived at the airport, I was prepared for a new and different experience.

London is a busy city, always buzzing with life. It is also very cosmopolitan and in some ways, has become a victim of its success: crowded trains; high cost of living; little or no affordable housing, etc. Here people are busy either at work or going shopping and doing their social errands: taking the kids to nanny’s or school as the case may be.

Still, I love the vibrancy of this City, which, including the suburbs, houses close to some 12,000,000 people. It has its famous Parks such as Hyde Park, Richmond and Battersea Park. There are landmarks such as the Chard, London Eye, Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, of course, as well the famous Madame Tussauds or St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, for both locals and interested tourists.

Buckingham Palace


London also houses some fantastic museums and art galleries. Some great places to visit and shop are Piccadilly Circus, Knightsbridge, Harrods and Oxford Street and many traditional and ethnic restaurants have evolved over time, catering for the 300 plus ethnicities that exists here. Food and transportation is – in my view – generally more expensive than some European cities, as well as New York. But there are some great restaurants and chefs.

I first visited America in 1978, five years after I arrived in London. My father, Neville Hutchinson, had sent me the necessary papers to file for my Green Card, and so using this, I arrived in what to me was a relatively strange country and away from home: England.

Statue of Liberty


Nevertheless, I spent eight months, during which time I got a job, did the High School Equivalency Diploma and was preparing for the State Board License, to become a Registered Nurse (RN). I returned to London, but have since visited 3-5 times yearly for 20 years and at least twice yearly in the last 13 years. I guess I initially found the Health, Educational and Parliamentary system very unusual indeed!

Brooklyn and its subways were quite different to London, as was the street designs and understanding how they work. ‘Do a right at the next block’ was initially quite unfamiliar, and I also had to get used to the transportation system. By and large America presented the opportunity to work; to study, free from the clutter of the studious mind such as in London, where the ordinary or advanced level certificates were very important to progress in one’s career.

I felt that America offered more freedom, opportunities … the knowledge that if I was prepared to work hard, there was very little barriers standing in the way. My father lived and thought all his life like an entrepreneur. He read the Financial Times, Times magazine, worked at the America Stock Exchange on Wall Street and mixed with the socially elite.

I could easily have got used to this. Actually, I only swung full circle when I read a book in September 1982 while in London, married with one son and a total re-birthing started which, by God’s Grace, has lasted till this very day some 34 years later.

Brooklyn Bridge


Manhattan is like London, brilliant and superb at nights and buzzing with activity during the day. The city of New York, and especially the Borough of Manhattan is so vibrant, so alive! Central Park is huge and famous; Port Authority and Grand Central is always full of life and the people are open and liberal, sometimes too much so, but would generally help if you seem unfamiliar with things or are truly lost indeed! Happens!

As to the bridges, they are a marvel of great inventions and water itself signifies Consciousness which does so much for the serenity of my well-being! The Cathedrals in New York are also famous, enhancing the beauty and reverence of the ideals of the American dream.

Coney Island and the Statue of Liberty are worth visiting, and the latter still stand as a symbol of Liberty, Equality and Justice for all. I loved visiting Maryland where my X lives; especially Silver Springs with all its green; its solitude as well as amusement Arcades, and good food. Virginia was also quite appealing to me as well as Connecticut and as far afield as Chicago. Few go to America without visiting the White House grounds and there is a very Native American museum not too far away.

It was nice to visit Philadelphia, and to be reminded of America’s great and good Thomas Jefferson; to visit Austin, Texas, and spend a day in what is essentially a great American City. My sister lives in Houston, an oil industrial city, which is awfully hot!

Central Park


Politics is like Science. Perhaps they are like brothers and sisters, in the sense that they both act as conduits to influence our lives in a diversity of similar ways: school, environment, workforce, laws, nature … science takes over when it comes to great inventions, whether it’s the Law of Gravity; the discovery of the Atom and hydrogen bombs, of Penicillin, electricity or modern day electronical systems, which can become frightening in the wrong hands.

I see only Spirit, by the way. In my world there are no two’s, no boxes. So politics and science are playing critical and essential roles, all as a part of this one giant plan of the Absolute Supreme. In a flower garden, they all carry fragrances, but the rose will have its own beauty; the lotus its own charm and the daffodil its own elegance. Yet together, they enhance and contribute to the entire garden.

American Politics is sometimes more colourful, encourages more pageantry … more circus…the system of congress and two terms is also special and unique. I rather enjoy that one individual is not given more than eight years, as this can become dangerous as we have seen in some countries.

The British system, to an extent, follows the way of the Crown, parliamentary democracy with a Prime Minister, rather than a President as in the U.S. It is currently bound by or affected by an EU legal system and I feel that America has a less knotted one. It is not tied to anyone.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


The United Nations is a potent force not only in American but in world politics, working towards the ideal of a better, more humane and just system for all. This includes Education, and both our great Countries have taken credit for the outstanding abilities of their universities, whether it be Oxford, MIT, Stanford, Cambridge, Harvard or California Institute of Technology.

Of course Britain has the private Grammar schools and America has perhaps a more open system, where everyone with ambition, is allowed to excel. Colleges are quite useful for this.

All in all, I love both countries, one for its dynamism and speed, courage and great inventions; the other for its nobility, self-giving and sacrifice; its willingness to come forward and serve less fortunate countries in times of need. Britain is not so great in the sense of an Empire anymore, and perhaps America seems to be drifting, or rather unsteady with the higher ideals of Washington, Payne, Lincoln, Luther King Jnr, Jefferson, Emerson …

Yet they both share much in common and indeed some of the strengths that I have mentioned, do merge or overlap. The belief in Something Higher or in Christianity is common to both and I suppose that they believe they are both doing their best for their respective citizens. I wish them well.

Manatita. 5th November, 2016.

England Vs America

England and America

Do you feel that England and America have by an large worked well together?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Come! I look after you. Much love.

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I've enjoyed reading of your experience and observances, Manatita. I've never been to England. You're fortunate to have seen so many different cultures.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, now get some sleep, my Dear Chela. Jai Bhagwan! Jai Surabhi!

    • profile image

      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      I’ve recently come to know that I have an Aunt who lives in Swansea, London. She is a Nurse. We’re planning to visit her sometime soon. Would love to meet my Acharaya as well :)

      This is a very informative hub, both about London and America. Loved the pictures. You've covered it all. Wholesome hub. Excellent work here!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha. I chose his because he was serious and being sincere. I like that.

      You're very busy today. An ardent fan, eh? I like that. I would love to call you one day; to just chat for a while. Have a great evening.

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed your description of the various communities. I am grateful that, being brought up in a military family, I was able to experience different parts of the world. No matter how different or similar, there are nuances to be enjoyed everywhere. One of my favorite things to do when I move to a new location is to visit the local museum and art galleries. I also do that when vacationing. I find it fascinating to learn and be among different cultures. Oh, by the way, Ricky Gervais is my favorite comedian. I start laughing as soon as I see his face because I know he is about to say something that will tickle my belly in a hearty way. He was more serious in the video, still he managed to plug in a little bit of appropriate humor.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Wow! Nellieanna, so much done in so short a time!! You've covered a lot! Glastonbury or Stonehenge is becoming ever so popular! Many foreign singers, including famous Americans come. Aylesbury is also not too far away.

      Our Sri Chinmoy's Oneness-Home Peace Run is almost in its 30th year and we have ran through all these places and quaint little houses and towns.

      Your America has some great places too. More perhaps. I didn't mention the Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountains etc, and you do share Niagara with Canada, I suppose. We have a Peace plaque there and I was at the Inauguration many years ago.

      Dover is very beautiful and there are some great restaurants. I trained for the English Channel and stayed there a bit. Alas! The cold got me and they had to pull me out. There is a Castle near the white cliffs and it's interesting to see.

      I'm so happy that you came. I'm happy also that I wrote this Hub after all. Good on Norine. I'm battling with a ceaseless cough and a tickly throat right now. Much Love.

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      I appreciate this hub, dear Manatita. So good to share some of your personal experiences with the cities and countries of your lifetime from your special perspective. It was like a conducted tour among the times and places which have helped shape the person you are and one feels how you have helped shape them!

      You’ve captured so much of what is special about this country of mine, too. I appreciate that.

      I’m a modest world traveler, but places I have traveled have been highlights. I’ve seen a wide variety of U.S. places, but much fewer beyond these borders. In 1998, a month-long stay in southeastern England, including special guided tours in London and its amazing historic places are among my valued experiences. It was all in our visit to an online friend who invited us to come stay with her and her husband in their home in an Essex village near Chelmsford.

      His career was with the London police, so on trips into the city, we got special V.I.P. treatment at the main attractions. But most of our forays were into less touristy, more in-the-country places where we got to witness amazing life in progress and to feel the history in the very reality of it.

      Just ‘living’ in an English home for a whole month was an amazing experience, especially in the company of Gus, his police dog who was the sweetest pet, but who was trained to seriously attack at his master Bob’s command, - and even would attack his master’s wife, if commanded. Yet we fell so in love with that dog, we wished we could bring him home with us. They had several other pets and all got along admirably, including a wicked looking tropical fish named Damien. We got to read the daily newspaper with our coffee each morning. We shopped in the local markets. We visited many English pubs, both in the city, in the village and around the countryside. It was from April 19 through May 19, so we got to experience Spring in all its glory.

      We visited Dover and the amazing mementos to WWII there. As a youngster during that war, the song,"The White Cliffs of Dover" was etched on my memory. It was amazing to actually see and walk on them. Then we crossed the Channel on a rapid Hovercraft and visited a French village, Boulogne, one day, too. One could even shop for French perfume and such things duty-free on board the Hovercraft. Such delight.

      We regretted not making it to Stonehenge, Wales or Scotland, and always intended to return and tour around on our own, but it didn't happen.

      I loved the aura of England, though I’m untempted to live there.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Well, my sweet Paula, if the Tourism Industry here gives me a job, then I will write much better. For a start England has some truly great tourist attractions. There is the Peak District ... there is Matlock with it's Abraham Heights and Lovers Leap; there is Buxton with great caves, water and scenery; Dovedale with its meandering streams and Bakewell. A charming little village with its home-made famous tarts, tea and scones.

      Of course there is internationally known Glastonbury, and changing the topic slightly, we do have these trendy market in London such as Petticoat Lane and Campden Town. You can also walk along the river and visit the House of Commons. They are must visits!

      I ran through Austria on our World Harmony Run and got lost. They took four hours or so to find me, and that was a miracle described in my book. We held a Public event at the Mayors Parlour, and I did some great work with schools there. So you see, I'm familiar.

      I have done a ten-city German tour and been there many times. I have a piece of the wall at home, chiselled with the compliments of my own hands. Ha ha.

      Thank you so much, Paula. I'm drifting here. Any writings lately? I'll look you up tomorrow, God's willing.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Man....Another interesting read by you. Although I have been to many places is Europe, Paris, Austria and much of Germany, I missed London, unfortunately. Should the opportunity present itself, I'd love to visit! England in general has always fascinated me.

      Have a beautiful Sunday, my friend. Peace, Paula

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Cute remarks, Dee. I love it! Go ahead, be jealous, in fact why not come? I'll look after you. Bring one of the kids. A girl, is it? Much Love this Sunday.

      Bill, only seven hours from your side. Just think, you can probably get to shake the Queens hand. (chuckle). Can't be worse than your ... 'you know who, friends.'

      Ah! The money, eh? Let us pray. L.O.L.

      Venkatachari M, I thank you. Much Love, Bro.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting hub comparing and relating England with America (or London with Newyork). You have showcased the salient features of their cultures and lifestyles. I learnt much from this article.

      Thanks, Manatita, my Bro for sharing this and my thanks to Norine Williams also for inspiring you to write this article.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've always wanted to spend some time in London, but that ship has sailed. Now, the thought of spending all that time on a plane just to get they say in Brooklyn, forgetaboutit!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Can I be jealous just this once? You've had the best of both good worlds and I'm still longing to see London. Great write by a native Caribbean pen. Good read for a fellow- Caribbean soul. Proud of you, homey!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, threekeys. Best indeed!

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      Interesting read manitita. You seem to have the best of both worlds

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london


      Thank you so much. You came a long time ago, right? I could not see the Plaza not having a refrigerator. Lol. Funny, one of the best Hotels that I've stayed in was in Cambodia. It was to me a six-star, not five. Ran by Germans, I believe, with super-excellent food.

      Travel more, and yes, Paris have some truly great places. I have mentioned the Jardins (gardens, Louvre and the Eiffel Tower in my poems. There is also the Cathedral, Monte Marte, I believe, and I have travelled outside of Paris, of course. Nancy and Mt Pellier are awesome!

      Next time walk along the Champs Elysees in Paris. You will need to be 'seriously chilled.' (smile)

      Hi Ruby,

      So sweet of you! No, I did not know him then. I am an Anglican and studied the Bible a lot!! I spoke of reading the English and American poets and doing poetry since four. I was innately spiritual and followed the Evangelists everywhere! I was so fired with the love of God! I cemented the missing link in England in 1982, some 30 years later.

      Nice to know of your connection and of course you are welcomed here. Pilots are dauntingly brave and I wrote a poem for Emge (Madan) about this. Sacrifice can be a very noble thing indeed!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita, this was a great way to blend the world together. I have a connection with England through my uncle Jimmy, my mother's brother. Before WW2 started here in America, he went to England and flew for the Royal Air Force. There is a picture of him wearing the pilot wings. I wish I had known him, it seemed like a brave action to fight a war in a foreign land when he was not obligated to do so. After reading this it is apparent that you have lived and learned in the best places. I remember reading that you sat under the tropical trees in the Caribbean listening to Sir Chimney teach. Your life has been full and rich. I am proud to call you a friend and a wonderful poet. God bless..

    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Interesting, manatita. I never liked the idea of actually living in a big city or within a metropolis. However, I did really like it in London and probably would not mind living there. It was easy to get around and I found that the people there were generally friendly. I think we stayed at the Plaza on Hyde Park. I remember my roommate and I were a little too amused by the drinks we purchased. The instructions on the side said to "serve seriously chilled." It was cold there in January so we stuck our items that needed to be refrigerated out on the window ledge since there was not a refrigerator in our room.

      Aside from Dallas and Fort Worth....oh, and Chicago since I grew up in IL, I've never spent a lot of time in any other major city area here in the U.S. I have been to Paris and Rome, but I wasn't a huge fan of Paris. Maybe some day I will make it to New York.

      By the way, very kind of you to take Norine up on her suggestion to do this hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)