Due to one aeroplane having to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport 200 Flights were cancelled
We were told we would not get a flight that day & we were sent away from the airport in a state of disbelief. This made no sense whatsoever to us, and we were not offered any alternative flights. Arriving back at Brixton in the pouring cold rain was a miserable way to begin our Bank Holiday Weekend. We were looking forward to going to Berlin for what had promised to be an exciting Gig /Birthday Party. That was now out the window. 200 Flights were cancelled at Heathrow does not make a good headline. I’m astounded as to how one plane had an issue and the casing came off the jet engine, meant they had to cancel all of the flights going out to Europe that day. Surely they could have just done a quick check.
There was little we could do about it, the money for the flight and hotel would be refunded, but what now? Our Long Bank Holiday Weekend. ? We had missed the gig therefore, we weren’t going to go back to the airport the following day to pay again and hang about with thousands of others trying to find a flight. Surely British Airways could have shifted the plane and got some planes out to Europe! So close yet so far! It’s not like it was a major catastrophe just a fault in one of the plane’s engines.
I won’t book with British Airways again.
We were without a plan and peeved off but decided to just have a walkabout and managed 10 miles on Saturday, starting at Aldgate in the East End. I had thought maybe we could meet up with the South Bank Walkers who were following Jack the Ripper’s trail through Victorian London’s sinister East End but somehow got off at the wrong station and it was too late.
I will spare you the details, but we missed this walk by about five minutes. Feeling a bit jinxed at this point we wandered over to Petticoat Lane Market.
This was an area I hadn’t visited in years. I picked up a few goodies at the market then we walked through the city of `London’ The City of London is surprisingly quiet at weekends. We then walked to London Bridge, where we stopped off and had a lovely pub lunch by the river.
I spotted a massive dead fish floating down on a very a fast tide along the Thames. It looked strange just bobbing along being carried downriver with the waves.
We carried on walking over Southwark Bridge to Blackfriars where we stopped for a drink. The sun was beaming at this point and a nice breeze blew from Father Thames. We then carried on down the Embankment towards Vauxhall and walked to Oval then further to Brixton. The day out was nice due to the weather, but you know I would have preferred to have been to Berlin.
On Sunday I took my book out with me – ‘Walking Haunted London.’
I wanted to test out a short 3 mile walk around St James & Green Park area. There are some very interesting stories in the book with plenty of historical references and stop off points. A nice lunch was had at Shepherds market Mayfair and then a walk back through Green Park, past Buckingham Place to Victoria train station and back to Herne Hill. It was the best we could do under the circumstances. We tried to get away and just couldn’t, what a blow.
I want to try a few more of these walks and possibly lead one in the autumn when the dark evenings set the stage for a good Ghost Walk. I’m aware there are professional walks available all over London already, for more information try.
Until next time Keep your chin up and one foot in front of the other.
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