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01 May 2009

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Hurry Up and Slow Down
All this week London has been gripped with ‘slow fever’
  • If you’ve been in the capital, you may have noticed people walking slowly in front of you, passengers knitting on the tube and folks generally taking it easy – and they weren’t even tourists!

    The explanation for this loafing is the Slow Down London festival and if you didn’t know about it you have a few more days to catch up before it ends on 4 May
  • There have been low-key, relaxed events across the city, from talks and workshops to slow food cooked traditionally and served on the South Bank, city strolls with the Metropolitan Walkers and participation in those age-old, laid-back practices of tai chi, qi gong and Buddhist meditation
  • You could find out how they chilled out in medieval Europe and ancient Egypt and learn what people did before emails (we got fed up with writing endless letters, remember?)
  • And you could meet some slow travel chaps who crossed the UK on a milk float (it needed eight hours charging time for every twenty miles – explain that to our environment editor)


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