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On a hill in Richmond, a luxurious suburb of southwest London, many newlyweds gather every Sunday morning to get photographed. Their pictures aren’t only taken by professional photographers, but also by countless tourists passing by, who find the scenes rather picturesque. Richmond is a tourist magnet. Thousands of visitors flock there to see the famous park where deer run free.
Immortal English humor
When a bald groom saw flashes from the tourists’ cameras shining around him, he said jokingly: "My head shines a lot and may burn your film. If I made every photographer passing by pay me a two-pound fee I would be able to afford a hair transplant". His chubby bride, who found her husband’s joke very smart, burst out laughing and made the birds from the nearby trees flutter.
All the guests at the wedding were speaking with a proper English accent and were abided by etiquette religiously. Women were wearing colourful, eccentric hats, men were wearing starched tuxedos and elaborate canes, their children looked like something out of a Harry Potter movie and the flower decorated Rolls Royce’s were sparkling after being excessively polished.
English-style through and through. It was an impressive scene for tourists from around the world -especially the Japanese, who were frantically taking photos of everything around them.
Although England is not far from Europe, the English Channel seems like an ocean. Its eccentric people have something that makes them quite different from the rest of the Europeans. Even in the space-age that we live in, English people stubbornly insist on preserving their phlegmatic values.
TEXT-PHOTOS: GEORGE ZAFEIROPOULOS