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28/12/2003, By Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford

Reader Rating: 2.9 from 19375 votes


We are a little disappointed – since we changed the procedure – that so few readers have registered to be able to comment Online about articles in the Lantern; it is rather sad that the last Lantern only received one posting from all the 30,000 plus readers.

Sadly we were forced to introduce that alteration as a few, silly people were starting to abuse the ability to make observations about or criticise the contents of the Lantern and the postings of other readers. As we could be legally liable for what they had written, we had to put in a form of protection.

This means that we have lost some of the interactivity that the Lantern had before, when individual articles could generate up to thirty or more responses, so I really would encourage you to visit the Sign-Up Page and enter your details to get a User Name and Password.

We promise that you will not be committing yourself to anything else! We will certainly not be bombarding you with sales literature or allowing anybody else to gain access to the list.

Do also consider sending me an E-Mail about your own experiences in London or Suggestions about articles that you would like to see included in a future edition of the Lantern.

Maybe there are certain things that have always puzzled you about London or places that you have heard about and would like to consider whether they are worth visiting; in which case don’t keep your queries to yourself, but share them with me.

Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford

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Re: Your Lantern - Register To Respond

By carowfl 01/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 18256 votes)

I think that sometimes we are just lazy. Often I am reading on the fly and say I'll do it later and of course later never comes. London is probably my favorite of all the large cities I've been to. I've been there several times and never fail to find something new and interesting to see. Of course we often return to favorite places as well. Don't give up, just give us all a chance. If someone feels strongly enough they will respond.

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Re: Your Lantern - Register To Respond

By Robin Poot 01/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 18099 votes)

I must admit I missed the change and this article was the first signal for me to register. I can quite imagine that the necessary change of procedure led to disappointment on your part, if you only had one posting. However, keep at it and people will most probably register and start sending in their reactions again!

For Anglophiles and expatriates like me your site is always interesting and you can be sure that it is widely read (though sometimes not carefully enough, as you have noticed).

Best regards from Den Helder, Netherlands,
Robin Poot

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By Kim from Key West 01/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 17988 votes)

I plan on visiting London for the second time in April 2004, I can hardly wait. I loved it so much. I also miss your article from the aspiring actress, reading the London Lantern always takes me back to your wonderful city. Missing London from the Florida Keys.
Kim

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Re: Your Lantern - Register To Respond

By Carole Martin 01/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 18153 votes)

Ah, give them a second chance, Richard. I think a lot of people (especially on this side of the pond) are frazzled. Or they are just tired. I love the London Lantern as it keeps me connected to London. When you are the child of a war bride and the only one left on this side, connections become very important. If I had my choice, I'd move to that side, but governments being what they are, they won't let me. So I'm stuck here.

I can't wait to come back and oh, what I'd give for Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding at Porters right now :)

Take care,
Carole

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Re: Your Lantern - Register To Respond

By Dave Richmond 01/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 18182 votes)

Is it because people, like myself, spend ages compiling "readers reports" about their experiences in London and never hearing about or seeing their efforts again..... I was very disappointed. Makes one deflated doesn't it?

Editor: I well remember your e-mail (from Ginner), but I never realised - from the way that it was written - that you wanted it to be included on the Lantern; so please, don't be put off and try again. I also replied to you at the time.

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Re: Your Lantern - Register To Respond

By Sara 02/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 17969 votes)

I love the Lantern also. Even though my comments may be rare, I always read every article, every month. I know I'd miss the Lantern if it left! I think my favorite series of articles are the Newly Arrived American Resident in London ones. I read them over many times. I registered some time ago, and don't mind doing so. I know when I leave a comment or kudos, which I'll try and do more often, I don't mind logging in.

Sara (future London resident from America)

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Re: Your Lantern - Register To Respond

By Martine 05/01/2004, (Rating: 2.9 from 18168 votes)

I understand your disappointment. As you know, I have already commented on a few articles and asked you for advice. I would like to contribute more to the London Lantern. My knowledge of London and command of English are not sufficient. I would be sad if you would stop the London Lantern... I always look forward to receiving it.

Happy New Year to you and your team!

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