"Let the weight of the world drift away instead."

London from space, taken by European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers. 

It's hard to believe I only have a fortnight left in this incredible, lovely, lonely, hectic, most beautiful of ugly cities.*

Then it's home for Christmas, and on to West Africa for three months. 

If there was such a thing as a list of "songs to run away to", or "songs for moving on to the next step in your life", this beautifully mournful Beck track would be pretty high up on mine.

*Qualifying statement: I actually think Tokyo is the most beautiful of ugly cities. But it's hard to contest just how beautiful London is. In any case, I just love that phrase, which is from Florent Chavouet's wonderful graphic novel Tokyo SanpoIl paraît que Tokyo est la plus belle des villes moches du monde.

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