One of the advantages of flying out of Heathrow (especially if you are departing out of the easterly runways') is that you get treated to some marvelous views of the capital (weather and visibility prevailing!). Though it must be said that with a take-off speed of around 250 knots/287mph (and increasing!), and an increasing altitude, it doesn't offer hope that the views will last for long- especially as it takes only around 6 minutes to get from Heathrow to the other side of London! The views never fail to captivate (camera ready at hand, I even managed to get a photo of my home as we flew over it for a final goodbye!)
Never expected my neighborhood to be in the GLOBAL news (check this), but it happened.
Woke up to go and get the bread from the local Sainsbury's, and was shocked to see that the immediate area around Herne Hill had been submerged under a metre and a half of water when a main from 1925 burst. Most people were trapped in their homes after the 88-year-old pipe failed at around 5am. Cars, bus stops and shops were half-submerged and residents were told to stay indoors as the water rose above waist height, forcing the fire service to launch their rescue boat (which was weird to see in the middle of a South London street..)
While Herne Hill (and Dulwich) are both quite affluent areas, however, it's another sign of the U.K. being the Western world's cleanest (almost) 3rd world country (!)...old tacky infrastructure (but one that has lasted so long...until today).
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