Monthly Archive for February, 2008

Earthquake tremor… in London!

I thought I was losing my marbles about half an hour ago when the house started shaking. It couldn’t be an earthquake, surely? Not in Britain?

Well, apparently it was: Earth tremor felt across England [BBC News]

UPDATE: Apparently the epicentre was a little south of Kingston-upon-Hull. In the excitement I filed a witness report for the US Geological Survey. Summay details: Magnitude 4.7 – ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM [US Geoglogical Survey].

Friday morning

Here’s something not to do on a Friday morning:

  • Hit a dislodged pavement slab on a paved cycle route whilst trying to dodge pedestrians and giving a hand signal to for the up-coming junction…
  • …and fall off…
  • … and hit the ground directly in front of an on-coming bendy bus…
  • … a couple of hundred metres from ITV’s London HQ…
  • … in sight of a TV camera crew…
  • … filming for a documentary about cycling safety in London…
  • … who then ask you for an interview…
  • … only for you to say, on camera, and in all seriousness, that cycling in London is "perfectly safe… as long as you know what you’re doing" (or words to that effect).

In my defence, it only happened because I had just missed a train and so, unusually, decided to take a relaxing ride through the "safe" cycle route from Waterloo Bridge to the station (which goes along the South Bank, past the back of the Royal Festival Hall) rather than sticking to the main road with the scary roundabout (the one with the IMAX cinema).

Funnily enough the point of the ITV documentary was to show that many cycle lanes in London are actually worse for cyclists’ safety than normal roads. They did eventually get me to rant about that – and lorries with insufficient mirrors.

Recycled magazines

Walking out of Waitrose yesterday I could have sworn that I had seen the front cover of John Lewis’ Greenbee Source magazine somewhere before…

Sure enough French & Saunders seem to not only have been the cover story on South West Trains’ e-motion magazine, the photos appear to have come from the same shoot. Clearly there’s an industry in producing generic magazine content for shops and services’ customer publications.