Yesterday, down to London. Ladysolly and I were recruited as babysitters while daughter.1 and husb attended an Olympic event. We left early, as per what all the notices said, and had to stand all the way in to London on the Chiltern Line train because I think we caught the tail end of the rush hour. But once in London - where was everybody?
It was like a ghost town. Taxis were plentiful, traffic was light. The taxi driver said that this had been his experience too. I guess that the combination of all the bad news about queues at Heathrow, the big question mark over the security situation caused by G4S and the general perception that London would be a place to avoid, has led to a situation where the only people going anywhere near London were bicycle racers and volleyball fans, and the usual tourist masses in London have gone elsewhere. And who can blame them?
Daughter.1.husb said that his sister has closed her flower shop for the duration of the Olympics, on account of uncertainties about whether delivery would be possible,
I can't help feeling that when the costs are counted, the Olympics will be a success, but that will be because most of the costs won't be counted. Inspector gadget says that policing is currently very weak anywhere away from the Games, because so many police have been drafted in to London. And the leave situation is dire.
Ladysolly did a great job looking after grandson.1, with some assistance from daughter.2. Later on, daughter.1 and husb got back, daughter.2.boyfriend turned up and we all had a Lebanese takeaway delivered to our door, which was very nice.