It has been pretty cold. Luckily not too much wind.
The Great Heathrow Snowup
- The airport finally has both runways open. Our respective flights were in the air today, so very good chance that we will be in the air tomorrow as planned. My flight has been consistently delayed by two hours today and yesterday, so good chance there will be a delay. But it will not be enough to make me miss the CYVR KSEA connection.
- Flight on a Dash-8 coming up….. mmmmm….
- Saw a great little comparison between Heathrow and Gatwick on the BBC today – Gatwick has less than 1/3 the passenger volumes, but they spent twice the money on snow moving equipment last year, and have three times the number of snow specialists on staff. No surprises, Gatwick was reopened much faster than Heathrow.
- The unions are saying that BAA has lost interest in Heathrow…. that would be a problem as it is one of the highest volume airports in the world.
- Very impressive building…. mostly empty space.
- Very odd mix of stuff. A lot of ‘exploring sexuality’ type things which are just very odd. Mostly crap actually.
- A number of pieces that are just mostly either solid blocks of color, or random splashes of colour of something similar, with intricate write ups about what is supposedly going on in them. Extremely pretentious. My conclusion: Modern art museums do not display art: They create it arbitrarily. Not sure how you would break into this world, must suck to be an artist…
- Saw Lichtenstein’s famous WHAM! which is a (massive) enlarging of a comic book panels showing a Mustang blowing up another plane. Turns out he lifted the frames from a real DC comic. Apparently he was criticised for plagiarism, but hey, no consequences for him, isn’t it great to be at the top.
- Saw some great cubist stuff. Picasso was there with a couple of pieces.
- Some nice photography exhibits – groups showing living spaces, people, etc gives you a good overview of a single theme.
- Amazing book collection for sale in the gift shop.
- The restaurant was on the 7th floor, overlooking the Thames. Amazing vistas.
221B Baker Street
- Ed was stranded because his flight to India got canned, so we walked with him to Baker street
- It’s a long street and we got a little lost. After a coffee break we found the famous address
- It is disturbingly close to Lord’s cricket ground. I could feel the evil vibes wobbling through my hair…
- There was a queue to see the actual flat – and actually I was not too keen, because even though it’s called a museum, it doesn’t really represent a real thing (how meta).
- We did pop into the gift shop to pick up some presents. Ilda got herself the iconic deerstalker cap – you’d expect it to look like fancy dress, but it looks pretty normal. You could easily wear it around Seattle, and it protects your neck nicely from the rain.
- Best thing to get there: A ballpoint pen that looks like a half full syringe. 🙂
- In the evening we met up with Gerard and Yumna for dinner on the South Bank. Very nice evening, and I got some good photos. It was very, very cold.