By hard I mean compared with the soft gray focus of the video in my last post, “Fifty soft minutes in Paris.” This is the Rick Steves tour of Britain’s capital. Steves’s voice is mellow enough, and the photography, unlike that in the Paris vid, is lit with the color of a sunny day. But you can turn the sound off if you’d like to banish the Stevesterian murmur. Steves’s cameraman is to be gently applauded for excluding as many of the city’s modernist vandals, invaders these past fifty years, from the viewfinder’s frame – a task that was much less difficult for the videographer working in Paris. One must labor through a brief segment about Canary Island, but most of the abominations one might fear in this 25-minute show from 2014, such as the Gherkin, are set discreetly in the background. Rick Steves seems to have a pretty good idea of what most viewers don’t want to see. So, please enjoy!