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  • - Welcome to "Real Deal."

  • "Real Deal", "Real Deal", "Real Deal."

  • Joining me today are The Happy Pear.

  • Welcome to the studio.

  • (cheering)

  • - Welcome to "Real Deal", this is Brian Rose,

  • and I am live here at London Real Studios

  • to talk to you today about how to get London

  • back to work and back to school,

  • I thought long and hard about

  • what I want to talk about today.

  • And look, this doesn't just apply

  • if you live in the greatest city in the world,

  • which is London, but wherever you live,

  • I think we're all facing the same types of problems

  • and I really want to talk about them today.

  • I want to talk about three major points today.

  • I want to talk about business,

  • I want to talk about transport,

  • and I want to talk about education because quite honestly,

  • I'm a bit frustrated over the past six months

  • to watch the city that I call home, the city that I love,

  • the city that I named my show after

  • really disintegrate.

  • It's been frustrating to me to watch

  • the boarded up shops, to watch the homelessness increase,

  • to listen to the stories of black cab drivers

  • and retail shop owners and friends of mine

  • that runs small and medium sized businesses in this city

  • struggling barely to make it economically, mentally,

  • and this all has knock on effects to our health as well.

  • And I don't see anybody providing solutions,

  • let alone our politicians, who, in my opinion,

  • aren't doing anything correct.

  • And I want to get out there and talk about these issues.

  • I want to go into the field and really have conversations,

  • which I've been doing this week.

  • I want to bring people into London Real Studios

  • and quite frankly, come up with some better ideas.

  • I honestly think we can do better

  • than what we're currently doing now

  • and I really welcome your input.

  • So please help me today and send me your questions.

  • We're live here on all sorts

  • of different social media platforms,

  • but I got questions for you right now,

  • and I want to ask them to you now.

  • What is the single biggest challenge

  • you are currently facing as a business owner

  • in this new reality, this pandemic lockdown reality/

  • And again, you don't just have to be in London.

  • You can be in any city around the world,

  • but what's the biggest challenge you face

  • as a business owner.

  • Second thing I want to ask you is this.

  • What's the biggest challenge you face as a parent?

  • What is the thing that is making your life most difficult?

  • I think that's really important

  • and that's why I want to talk about education later.

  • And finally, I want to talk about

  • what is the biggest challenge that you have

  • when it comes to transportation, to moving around?

  • Because the essence of commerce, you know,

  • the essence of being human to a certain extent

  • is where we can go and how we get there.

  • And that's a really important part as well.

  • So please type in those right now.

  • I'm gonna be going to those questions live here shortly

  • and really giving you my opinions on all that.

  • And today, I want to talk very seriously about

  • how to get London back to work and back to school

  • and I want to talk about that today.

  • It's been super busy here at London Real.

  • As you know, we are constantly

  • putting out incredible conversations here.

  • We've got people in our studio,

  • we've got people coming in live on Zoom

  • and having these live conversations

  • and broadcasting them on our platforms.

  • We've got incredible guests coming up.

  • We've got Jeff Thompson who was in the studio last week.

  • Really is a national treasure here in Britain.

  • He's an incredible writer.

  • He's a BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter.

  • He's got a brand new book out,

  • which talks about his whole life

  • growing up in the middle of England in Coventry,

  • and about how he went from working on a shop floor

  • to being a bouncer in a club

  • to being an award-winning writer.

  • He's got a movie out this year that he wrote

  • starring Orlando Bloom, great British actor,

  • that's potentially gonna get

  • Golden Globe Awards in America,

  • and I was super excited to have Jeff in the studio.

  • We also had Peter Hitchens,

  • the legendary writer who has an incredible column.

  • I think it's one of the most read columns in Britain

  • that's on the mail on Sunday.

  • And he was here to talk about his thoughts about life,

  • about lockdown, it was amazing.

  • I also had David Martin here,

  • the star of a recent very controversial film.

  • And of course, Jay Shetty,

  • who was talking about how to think like a monk,

  • great having him on there.

  • Next week, we've got Michael Franzese,

  • a noted mob boss to talk about his story of redemption

  • and of course, we got Alex Jones back on the show.

  • So as usual we're putting out messages

  • and the good thing about this is

  • it means that I'm in a position

  • where I can have conversations with people

  • that normally, maybe you wouldn't be able to talk to.

  • And so I'm gonna use our platform of London Real

  • over the next four weeks to get out there

  • and speak with business leaders, with first line responders.

  • I want to speak with healthcare workers, community leaders.

  • I want to speak to parents.

  • I want to speak to people in our governments,

  • people in our cultural institutions,

  • people that are our tourism chiefs

  • and find out how can we get London back to work?

  • Because I really think it's a quintessential element

  • of us recovering as a group of people,

  • socially and even with our mental and physical health,

  • we've got to get back to work and it's never been so clear.

  • To be honest, this has been clear to me since March,

  • which is why we have stayed busy here at London Real.

  • It's also been because we got to get this content to you,

  • which is really important.

  • So look, first, I just wanted to talk about

  • why am I talking about this.

  • Why is some American coming to talk to you

  • about the city of London?

  • You weren't born here,

  • you don't have an accent like the queen,

  • and that's true, I don't,

  • but this has been my home for the past almost 20 years.

  • I've actually called London my home.

  • This city speaks to me.

  • It has an energy that is so similar to me.

  • If you don't know my background,

  • I'm from San Diego, California.

  • I grew up on the beach.

  • San Diego has one of the greatest climates in the world.

  • People always, "Why did you leave there?"

  • And I left because London's a better city.

  • It gives me everything I need.

  • It's got incredible culture, it's got incredible history,

  • It's got incredible people.

  • The people of London I think are the best in the world.

  • They are hardworking, they are open minded.

  • They've got a history of always being able to fight

  • and fight back whenever they encounter crisis.

  • Look at the battle of Britain in 1940.

  • I mean, incredible, the resilience of the people here,

  • and it's something that I've always felt the same about.

  • And so when I've been here over the past 20 years,

  • it's a city that,

  • it's something that always meant a lot to me.

  • I love this city so much.

  • I've lived in so many places around the city.

  • I've engaged with people in almost every single borough

  • of the city in so many different manners,

  • from volunteer work, to working in the city of London

  • in the financial district.

  • And for the past nine years,

  • I've had a show that I named after the city

  • called "London Real."

  • And for the past nine years,

  • we've had nearly a thousand conversations

  • that we broadcast out for free to the world

  • that had been watched to half a billion times

  • in order to get people,

  • to help them get the information,

  • to make giant transformations in their life,

  • mentally, economically, physically.

  • And so this city means a lot to me.

  • And when I see it really going down the tubes,

  • when I see it disintegrating,

  • when I see irreparable harm happening,

  • it makes me want to stand up and do something about it.

  • And that's why I'm here talking to you today

  • and that's why you're gonna see me posting the videos.

  • A lot of you saw the videos I posted yesterday on Instagram

  • and on YouTube of me having conversations

  • with people in London about how we can get this city

  • back to work and back to school.

  • And that's what I want to talk about today.

  • I'm also gonna play some of those videos for you as well.

  • So you can watch me having conversations with everybody.

  • I had a bunch of conversations

  • and I always speak with the taxi drivers in London.

  • We call them black cab drivers

  • because the iconic British taxi is black

  • so we call them black cab drivers.

  • And these are the men and women

  • who I think are almost the backbone of London,

  • the bedrock of London.

  • They see everything, they know everything,

  • they talk to people,

  • and that's why I really love talking to these drivers

  • because they see everything.

  • They can see what the consumer habits are.

  • They can see what's going on with the traffic

  • and the transportation.

  • They really have their fingers on the pulse of this city

  • and that's why I really liked talking to them a lot.

  • And so, look, this is why I'm here to talk about London.

  • This is my city, it's my favourite city.

  • It's the place I chose to live.

  • It's the country I have citizenship in.

  • My children will grow up here

  • and I plan on dying in this city. (laughs)

  • And so that's why I want to talk about it today,

  • 'cause I'm so passionate about its welfare and its future.

  • So let's jump in and talk about one of the three things

  • I want to talk about today.

  • Again, if you're following me,

  • please put these questions in the chats here below,

  • what is the single biggest challenge you face

  • as a business owner?

  • What's the single biggest challenge you face

  • when it comes to transportation?

  • And what's the single biggest challenge you face

  • as a parent?

  • That's what I want to know.

  • And again, it applies to any city

  • because I think all of ideas

  • that we're gonna come up with here together

  • are going to apply to cities around the world.

  • Also, I'm looking to other cities

  • to bring those ideas into London

  • so we can take London to be the next level.

  • And again, this is the greatest city in the world,

  • and we need to start acting

  • like the greatest city in the world

  • and show people that we are on the forefront

  • when it comes to solving these problems,

  • whether it's around COVID,

  • around economic depressions and recessions,

  • around our mental health, around our physical health,

  • around our parenting and around our schooling.

  • I want to lead the world with the solutions