The Road to the White House

Day 1 - LA

23 September 2008 | 0:05 - By Charles Firth

Just landed in Los Angeles. Great city. Feel really safe in downtown. There hasn't been a riot here in years, they tell me. Great time to be in America, of course, with the collapse of the entire financial system. McCain is being criticised for saying that the "fundamentals of the American economy are strong", but frankly, I can see where he's coming from. Where else can you get a 54oz Slurpee for $1.14 - INCLUDING sales tax?

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Day 1 - Nich's Report

23 September 2008 | 0:10 - By Charles Firth

We landed in LA this morning. It's everything I thought it would be. I'm still trying to get used to how much to tip when we go out for meals, it's all a bit foreign to me. But Charles said he'd leave it up to me for a few days to get the hang of it, so I'm sure I'll work it out.

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Charles Firth Charles Firth's months in America taught him many things – that a country that touts democracy doesn’t practice it, that the spectacle is more important than the message, that 54 oz Slurpees don’t mix well with expensive and vital equipment. It was a long, arduous, uphill battle, but he had a story to tell and through it all persevered with a singular goal in mind – meeting George Negus on the publicity tour.