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Lost in LA LA Land

Grouse Beater is an essayist, filmmaker and troublemaker
The kissy, huggy nature of Angelinos is rarely made uncomfortable when you sit next to them and your thigh brushes against theirs

AS A SCOT visiting Los Angeles for the first time I felt it wasn’t all that far removed from my first visit to Glasgow as a youth except with palm trees and better dental care.

The City of Angels is vast, mostly one or two story properties – a result of frequent earth tremors and quakes - except Downtown, a carbon copy of New York, often doubled as such by television drama series. The sprawl spreads thirty-eight miles on either side of LA’s backbone mountain range.

Areas nearest the ocean, Marina del Mar, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach are cooled by the sea breeze, sometimes shrouded in morning haar.

Over the mountains it’s serious desert, dust, tumbleweed, and 110 in the shade: Burbank, San Bernardino, and Thousand Oaks. Pasadena is the exception, leafy, verdant, topiary gardens, a city within a city, an art deco time warp. Not for nothing does Pasadena house LA’s botanical sanctuary – the Huntington Gardens.

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iScot Magazine April 2017 - issue 28 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with 'Blaze the mountaineering dug' front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Will MacLeod, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Ann MacKinnon, Angela Robb, David MacKenzie, and Jason Michael McCann