Tuesday 18 October 2011

What the Immigrant Saw - the video

Today we launch the first video of our autumn 2011 season. Below you can watch JP Floru talk about his new book "What the Immigrant Saw"

Britain as seen through the eyes of an immigrant from Belgium. Amusing, serious, incisive, but always affectionate, JP Floru brings an outsider's eye to look at Britain.

In this book JP Floru takes us on his journey to get to know Britain, his adoptive home. He recounts events both amusing and serious. He looks at British towns and countryside with a fresh eye, revealing us as others see us.

"I nearly walked under a car when I spotted my first ever bus queue. A dozen people of all ages and walks of life stood neatly behind each other (without touching!). I stared at it in wonder."

"Initially I thought people really wanted to hear more when they said "how interesting"; and I appreciated the compliment when they said "nice tie"."

"I wonder what Marlborough, Wellington or Churchill would have thought about the EU."

"Conviction is key: people can spot from a mile away if a politician just speaks spin manufactured to please them."

About the Author
JP Floru arrived in Britain in 1994 with a single suitcase and a scholarship to Leeds University. He has since become a full time artist selling his works at galleries in Londong and New York. He has also entered politics becoming a councillor in London and standing for the European Parliament in 2009.

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