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    Posted July 29, 2012 by
    Parliament, London, United Kingdom
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    Why this represents more than London being the Olympic host.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter welshy74 found this beautiful sculpture of wooden flags representing different nations near London's landmark Big Ben to be a perfect example of all the best parts of the Olympic games. "What I noted is the emphasis on 'London welcomes the world' but what struck me is that this is something we do all the time, not just for the Olympics," he said. "London is a true global city!" This mage was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for August 10, 2012!
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    Like many Londoners I am very proud to call this city my home. However, like a huge number of 'Londoners' I was not actually born in London, I moved here in 1994 for college and never looked back. I was born in Cardiff, Wales so I am indeed British but what makes London so special is the fact a huge percentage of Londoners are not British by birth.
    London is the gigantic melting pot of the world with residents from every corner of the globe. My office is a good example of this, there are just as many Italians and French as there are Brits, not to mention Spanish, Polish, Chinese, South Africans, Japanese, Indian and Germans. I sit across from a Frenchman and sit next to a lady from the Maldives. After work I might meet up with friends from Canada, Ireland, France or Turkey and when I get home chat to my neighbours from Russia or the Seychelles. So when a wooden sculpture displaying all the participating countries was erected in the shadow of The Houses Of Parliament, the seat of British power, I saw this as the true symbol of this city. It does not take a sporting event to bring the world to London, the world is already here, as it has been for many years.

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