Going slow in the UK

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

As a luddite response perhaps to our fast modern age, more travellers are trying to travel without stepping on a plane, or taking two years to travel a distance they could in an overnight flight.

And now in London . . .

Millions of Londoners are being urged to try swapping their frenetic lifestyles for a much slower and relaxing way of life.

A 10-day Go Slow festival will kick off in the British capital on April 24, offering Londoners a range of activities designed to help them relax.

Organisers will host leisurely strolls across the city's famous Waterloo Bridge, hold letter writing workshops and issue "speeding tickets" to pedestrians deemed to be in too much of a hurry.

"We're not saying that people should be going slowly all the time," Tessa Watt, who helped organised the event with two friends, told The Times newspaper.

"But stress and speed are major issues for most people in big cities.

"This is an opportunity to highlight the issue and help people create a little bit of space in their lives."
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