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Explaining Londoners

Can’t get enough of Rog? Here’s his contribution to a recent NYTimes Magazine feature.

If you had to make a snap judgment about a Londoner, how would you do it?

Start with the newspaper he or she is reading.

The Daily TelegraphOlder conservatives who mourn the loss of the empire by placing cricket before family. Last truly happy on D-Day.

The Guardian (or The Observer on Sundays)Bikram-practicing middle-class liberals preoccupied with ending all wars and rolling their own cigarettes.

The Times of LondonDefinitely a member of the political and corporate elite; fancies him-or herself as tolerant; has zero middle-class friends.

The IndependentSlightly depressed and overeducated underachievers who are really worried about the environment.

The Daily MailMiddle-class housewives who live in fear of rising house prices, Elton John and Gypsies. Loves: Lady Thatcher, talented-pet stories and George Clooney.

The Daily ExpressIntolerant, easily outraged and yet to recover from Lady Diana’s death. Constant fear of terrorist attack is blunted by gin and reality TV.

The Daily MirrorA really great night out starts with binge drinking at the greyhound track.

The SunBeloved by working-class conservatives eager to read a tabloid that goes for the jugular whether the topic is politics, soccer or topless women