Borough Market is a kind of urban farmers’ market /delicatessen stalls type place near London Bridge. I go there sometimes to find some real cider and to pick up some wet fish or game. The cider stall is from the New Forest, oysters from Colchester, lakeland rabbits, and lots of speciality bread, olives and cheeses. Today’s star is a monkfish head.
I live in Newham, so everything I put in my wheelie bin is collected once a week, taken to a plant at Jenkins Lane where it’s crushed into solid bales which are then put onto the back of a lorry, driven to Essex and dumped in a hole in the ground. This is called “Landfill”.
In Lewisham where I work however, waste is taken to this place with a big chimney and burned – “Incineration”.
Railway stations and Underground lines closed yesterday while streets, homes and shops flooded, as reported in ThisisLondon
I wouldn’t have blogged another boat trip normally, but by some bizarre coincidence, I happened to be sitting onboard the Mercia looking at the Thames Flood Barrier which remained in the open position while the high spring tide filled the pool of London.
The Storm Tide Forecasting Service monitors tides along the East Coast and issues warnings of dangerously high waters. Their estimates are based on meteorological information from satellites, oil rigs in the North Sea and from land based meteorological stations. Yesterday the incoming tide was forecast not to be a danger, and The Barrier was not closed.
A coincidence is all I am reporting here as the flooding was caused by rain not the tide.
If you want to see the Barrier closed, try visiting during Maintenance Closures
Queen Mercedes (1860-1878) was the wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain. Reina Mercedes, an unprotected cruiser for the Spanish Navy, was launched 1887, captured by the US Navy 1898, salvaged and used as a sort of prison ship, then scrapped in 1957. The River Thames passenger cruiser Mercedes was built in 1960, and brought over from the Continent in the late 1980s to sail the ‘circular cruise’, from St Katherine’s Pier to Westminster, returning via Festival Pier, Bankside, and London Bridge City Pier.
With a travelcard, the ‘hop on hop off’ day pass is only