Honestly? Southern Trains caused a huge amount more disruption and fuss today...
...this lot will be lucky if anyone even notices, especially when the hoard starts to pour around them on the big commute home again...on a normal day there are more people sat there having a smoke than there are people protesting today...bit of an anti-climax really...
Yep, so a bit worried what the office would be like this morning (as there is an "Occupy" protest due to happen this week, starting today)...
...the answer? A bit of scaffolding around the escalators covered in anti-climb paint, a bit of glue on the windows (I guess to make it easy to remove any spray paint/permanent marker pens), a *lot* more security guards and a lot more police...and basically nothing else!
I guess it's tough to get up early in the morning and commute to a protest eh?
Update - According to Facebook it's at 11:30am that they plan to "Take the space"...let's see what happens! ;) Update update - You can watch the protest live here - http://bambuser.com/v/5372441 (their cameras)
So we all gathered on the terrace on the 14th floor to have a look and see what (if anything) we could see of the eclipse...(it was very cold and super windy up there - and I didn't bring my coat so I didn't want to stay long) -
- and actually it did get really quite dark, it was definitely twilight, all the buses and taxis put on their headlights, looking out over London you could see loads of other groups of people gathered on rooftops -
- but thanks to that "toxic smog" from Russian factories, the actual sun itself was completely impossible to pin point (bit of a shame) -
- oh well, there is always 2090! ;)
Wow...how did we get to December already? Things are starting to get distinctly festive in London, the Shard has started to get glittery, the Salvation Army brass band was in London Bridge station playing a selection of Christmas hits this morning and a small(ish) tree -
- (with what appear to be temporary decorations) has appeared outside the News Building (you can see where someone tried to put the lights up and then threw them on the ground in frustration)... ;)
Still, I think we have about 90% of the Christmas shopping is done (a couple of gifts and the food to go), so this year, with a bit of luck we will be able to relax into it - if my last couple of bits of holiday are approved today then my Christmas break begins in two and a half weeks...! ;)
Argh...and I thought I had cleverly missed all the mess...!
With my usual platforms now completely destroyed (as I mentioned previously) - the journey into London Bridge has been much the same as normal (just slightly narrower platforms to disembark - walking up the train instead of the platform skips the queue - so no big deal)...getting home again last night was another matter entirely though (I'm hoping this was just a blip, but last night no-one knew where to go - it was bedlam) -
I'm fairly sure I visited all the remaining platforms at least twice before I found a train heading in the direction I wanted...so things aren't quite sorted yet...see how we go tonight...welcome back to work, Fink! >:P