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    Smile Down in London (3 Questions)

    Down in London our fist-gnawing Prime Minister was nowhere to be seen, like President Bush on Sept 11, 2001.

    Flickering TV screens showed images of Alistair Darling being interviewed in a building with a long white corridor but it was not automatically clear where he was speaking.
    It may have been that psychiatric hospital where Inspector Clouseau's boss Dreyfus used to be taken by coated orderlies.
    Q1: What does 'down' mean here?

    Q2: Why did the columnist use 17 words to describe the environment as part I highlight in red? What's the connotation of it?

    Q3: What does 'coated' refer to about 'coated orderlies'?

    Many thanks!


    PS: The quoted source is from Daily Mail.


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    Re: Down in London (3 Questions)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Q1: What does 'down' mean here? In the past people in the country rferred to going up to London and going down to the county. This distinction is nearly gone, and "down in [somewhere]" just means in that place that I am not in. It also reflects the feeling that London is at the bottom of the country, so to get to it from northwards, you go down to it.

    Q2: Why did the columnist use 17 words to describe the environment as part I highlight in red? What's the connotation of it? He's a journalist! He setting the scene.

    Q3: What does 'coated' refer to about 'coated orderlies'? white coats as word by the attendants in the hospital.

    Many thanks!


    PS: The quoted source is from Daily Mail.
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    Smile Re: Down in London (3 Questions)

    Thank you for your help, Anglika.

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