A long way from home Originally uploaded by sbisson . The combination of leaves, a coconut, brightly coloured hindi magazines and assorted flotsam from the 21 st century made me think of Ian McDonald's wonderful River of Gods . Though this wasn't the turgid, turbid Ganges flowing down from the Himalayas. Instead, this was Old Father Thames at Kingston. To paraphrase Purnelle and Niven: "Think of it as globalisation and multiculturalism in action."