Wednesday, 1 July 2009


It's summer in London and this week temperatures are nearing 30 degrees. The overall feeling around the city is that of a natural disaster looming. Public announcements in the underground give instructions as to what to do in case someone falls ill and advise people to carry water bottles in the tube. The city council is urging businesses to relax the dress code and allow people to wear shorts to work. The end of the world is near, etc.

At first I found it all very amusing. But just try walking onto an overcrowded tube in this heat during rush hour whilst wearing a suit and you will start taking the announcements seriously pretty fast.
It's not that bad in the morning, but by 4 p.m. all the heat emanating from each of the 4 million souls that travel on the underground every day has worked things up to such a state that you are properly steamed by the time you leave the train.

Other than that, I don't mind the heat. It's good for once going outside without carrying a coat. And a spending a sunny afternoon at the local park is worth all those hours sweating in the underground sauna.

1 comment:

Haemogee said...

Awesome :) I'm choosing the right time to come :) How are the flatting arrangements looking at the moment?