1. How many London residents were born outside England in 2001?
There were born 30% London residents outside England in 2001.
2. What happened to the size of the white population in Greater London in the ’90s?
The size of the white population in Greater London fell the ’90s.
3. How many non-indigenous communities with populations of 10,000 or more were there in 2001?
There were 50 non-indigenous Communities with populations of 10,000 or more in 2001.
4. ”Few lofty social ideals can be observed in Victoria station at 8 am” – what does the author mean?
With the sentences ”Few lofty social ideals can be observed in Victoria station at 8 am”, the author means that people are impolite and inconsiderate.
5. What is the main attraction of London to the many new arrivals?
The main attraction of London to many new arrivals is job opportunities – the possibility to make a living and make money.
6. Explain what the author compares to a ”convection current”.
The author compares to a “convection current” that central London attracts a “current” of young immigrant workers while middleaged indigenous Brits move into the suburbs and surrounding countryside.
7. No explanation is given to why ”fluency in English is a great gift for one’s children” – but what is your explanation?
My explanation to why “fluency in England is a great gift for one’s children” is that speaking English is one of the most important skill to communicate in the world.
8. Why are foreign foods so popular in London? What effect does this have on job opportunities for foreigners?
Traditional British food is heavy and simply not very appetising compared with foreign foods. So the immigrants carry an important qualification with them: they can cook good food.
9. Explain ”the mongrel English, fissured with post-imperial self-doubt, neither American nor fully European – nor even Welsh, Irish or Scots – have a rather thin national identity all round”.
The English have a thin national...