Dean Owen

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Hometown Boy - London


Well it’s the weekend so I thought I would share my hometown with you.

I spent the first 22 years of my life in London before moving to Asia in 1989. I don’t very often go back. Using Asia as a base to explore the World is kind of ideal, but once in a while it’s good to go back.

This time around it was a passport renewal, but I had plenty of time to stalk my old neighborhood.


The house of my childhood, my prep school, my first job, and my first date all in this one picture.

Riccardo’s used to be a Tapas bar and I got fired as a waiter there when a customer complained. He’d ordered a glass of fresh orange juice, which I served. “This is not fresh” he quipped, at which I responded “It is fresh sir! I opened the carton myself”.


Not much has changed in all these years compared to transformations we have witnessed in Singapore, Shanghai and other cities. This perhaps is the beauty of European cities. Houses can be hundreds of years old, Georgian, Edwardian etc whereas in Asia, houses have a life expectancy of 40-50 years.

What follows are just some random pictures of My London Town. Incidently, the title picture was taken through a window in Kensington Palace using no filters. The windows however, were orange tinted!

Bon Weekend!

























Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.


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Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #26

#33
Dean Owen I left London 17 years ago, I was back there recently to visit family and friends. I miss the art galleries and being able to walk through the centre of town and take short cuts through the parks.... However I don't miss the dark winters!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

4 years ago #25

#32
I had no idea that you were a Londoner but it makes sense given your written accent....

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #24

Hi Dean Owen thanks for the fabulous pictures of London, feeling slightly homesick now!

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

4 years ago #23

#29
This challenge is working out better than I could imagine. There's some real gold being dug up, and my down- under dirt doctor dad dude is certainly finding some great gold. Thanks Ken Boddie for this gem.

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #22

Following on from @Kevin Pashuk's recent challenge to look at some of our favourite bees in Producer, and to re-ignite a favourite buzz or two for our newer bees, here again is Dean Owen's "London Pride". This buzz brought back memories to many bees back in June.

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #21

Hey, Pam, Dean's sown the spark, I'll suggest the title. Perhaps "From Corn Liquor to Coast: Memories of a Ridge Runner's Offspring"? Now you just need an old family photo, a few more well chosen words, and, hey presto, we're in business, a beBee best seller! 💰#25

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #20

#25
This sounds like the basis for a wonderful article. It has everything about America that I love. I suspect there is a veritable Legend of the Falls in your repertoire waiting to be penned.

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

5 years ago #19

Nice piece and fabulous pics!!

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #18

Dean/Kevin did somebody mention wine? The sun's just gone under the yard arm here. Cheers! 🍷

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #17

#21
He was very lucky Dean Owen. His wife got the chance to transfer to London from her US based Company. He worked for Webtrends while there. He ran in the London Marathon and began doing Triathlons while there. He now competes in Ironman competitions. I think he will always be thankful for the friends he met while there who encouraged him to follow his dreams and not fear them. They have a dog and named her Surrey after the town, of course! I have relatives in Scotland and would love to visit there one day too.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #16

Thank you Lisa Gallagher. Your son was lucky to have stayed in the garden of England, Surrey. I do hope you get the chance to do a long trip across Europe sometime soon. If you like Maine, you will love the seaside towns in the UK (but the food is a not quite as good to say the least!). Thanks for dropping by, commenting, and sharing. Time to get this post off everyones feed. Had no idea London resonates with so many people.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #15

Dean Owen, loved your intro! Your photos are beautiful. The colors you captured through the window at Kensington palace are phenomenal. I also love the picture of the geese? It's nice to see photos of places I've yet to venture as well. I would love to visit Europe one day. My son lived in London (Well, Surrey, England) for 3 years. He had many great experiences while over there and a lifetime full of stories to tell. I love the fact that you can take the rail to so many places and flights are inexpensive to travel within Europe. Thanks for sharing.

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #14

#17
Perhaps someone in Shanhai would want a Canadian consultant, and while there, I would certainly take you up on an offer to try some dry beer.... and a good conversation.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #13

Do you like a sweet white wine or dry white wine Kevin Pashuk? - Well why can't that apply to beers ! :)

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #12

I'm not sure about 'dry beer'. Where I live, there's been a resurgence of craft breweries, creating a whole new class of beer snob. While I'm not a snob, I do prefer my beer before it's been filtered through a horse.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #11

I get you Ken Boddie. I feel like a tourist too! Now go to a store near you and pick up a pack of 6 Asahi Super Dry beers (I am pretty sure they are sold everywhere). You'll never drink Fosters again!

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #10

Love the photos Dean Owen I had a great vacation a year ago in London with my family. We plan on returning.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #9

Thanks Donna-Luisa Eversley. You are making me want to move back! I can relate to your Harry Potter moment! When I read the books many years ago, Hogwarts as described was just like my boarding school in Surrey - huge dining hall, quadrangle. Warner Bros in my opinion, destroyed the magic of the books (but I may be the only one who thinks so!)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #8

Dry beer? - Umhh 🤔 I prefer mine wet! 😀. We'll need to talk about this further before the wife and I go to Japan. Incidentally, in the five years or so I was based in London, I always felt like a tourist. There are so many things of antiquity to see, so many amazing museums and such a depth of history. #9

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #7

Ken Boddie lol yes. I wonder how well known Paddington Bear is outside of the UK. Seems like a missed opportunity to build a huge brand and make lots of money off the cuddly creature. The pub scene has changed dramatically in central London with the advent of Gastro Pubs, but the beer is still, well, tepid! - Give me an ice cold Asahi Dry any day! (one of Japan's best inventions is dry beer!).

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #6

Much appreciate dear Franci Eugenia Hoffman. It is a great city and a lot more cosmopolitan than it used to be. And the service has gotten better as the Europeans have almost taken over catering and hospitality!

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #5

Aha...Lud's town (London) so ancient, so beauteous! :)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #4

Brings back a few memories, Dean, including the trad jazz band, London buses, Houses of Parliament, etc. I was based in London for quite a few years, after my education in Scotland, using it as a base for various work travels to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. This was, of course, prior to my being banished to the Empire, then settling in the penal colonies. I miss the atmosphere of the pubs - but not the hot beer - ugh! 🍺 Bye the way, should you see him again soon, please send my regards to Paddington Bear, who appears to have now taken up residence in a painted furniture shop, presumably to escape the frequent inclement weather? ☂

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

5 years ago #3

I lived in England for 5 years. The pictures bring back many fond memories!

Qamar Ali Khan

Qamar Ali Khan

5 years ago #2

Beautiful and exquisite Dean Owen!

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I realize this is an overused word but these photos are awesome! I visited London twice and loved it. Oh, and your story about the orange juice is priceless.

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