15 Feb

london 7.49pm 11C dry night friday 2019

 

the daffodils are out , in my area of london. i think it is early but it is difficult to tell, as london has a mini climate that is warmer than the surrounding areas. certainly these few days have been mild.

i was going to meet ian at the ageuk tavis house and was setting out from my flat at about 2pm,  when i noticed the bus 11 coming down my street. it is way off course, it never comes this way, so i suspect something is happening in parliament square to divert it here. and sure enough, when i walked to the square , there was a bunch of student types sitting on the road just outside parliament and hence blocking all traffic. its a tactic they are using now, in the past they would sit in the middle of a bridge , lambeth bridge is a popular spot for them to do it, but i guess this time they realise doing it in parliament square is more disruptive.

there were some signs they were carrying which was  talking about climate change, so i wonder if these are supporters of that student strike that i hear about, something about students going on strike and not going to school. it sounds rather silly to me really.

one of the students was interviewed and i caught that interview and he was saying uk is actually quite good about responding to the climate change issue, but they are striking to show the world they are not doing enough. well,i  suppose china will hang their heads and ask for forgiveness and consider themselves to be well told off and will be quite scared and will promise to do better after they see the students doing this strike. ah if only life is that simple and its problems so easily solved.

added 9.14pm, found this article from the daily mail, talking about that strike. i came back at about 5pm, passing through parliament square, but the traffic jam was all gone by then. so i missed that black cab protest that followed the student strike.

my bus 88 was jammed with people, and now i realised why, they were the backlog of office workers who were held up by the blockage. i thought it was the usual office rush and was always so crowded like this, but of course now i come to think of it, normal days the buses come at short intervals and so are very frequent and so they can cope with taking these workers home, so they are never so crowded like this.

everyone on the bus is very good natured about the crowded conditions which is quite characteristic of the people here. 

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