London 2012 Olympic
April 30, 2012
Meltdown Countdown – Host Boroughs To Be Military Bases!
I hadn’t been caning it the night before, and I didn’t eat cheese before I went to bed. Yet waking up on Sunday to the news that a gated apartment block would soon have surface-to-air missiles placed on their roof, here in sunny Tower Hamlets, had me scratching my head, then laughing hysterically. It had to be a joke, right? Wrong. This is for real, ladies and gentlemen. For real.
The residents of Bow Quarter, a former match factory in Bow that was transformed into luxury apartments in the late 80s, with a gym and pool, will have the added cachet of the military hunkering down for the Olympic period. It is, but a small price to pay for having a great view of the stadium (but not the activities inside, obviously).
The first these poor people knew of this occupation was finding a leaflet in their post boxes, informing them of this lucky draw. It looked like this:
You know, that image of the helicopter reminds me of something. Now, let me think…
Do you think the residents will get a free ride over the Olympic Village on one of those fine machines, as a thank you for putting up with all this? If I was living there, it would be the very least I’d expect from them!
It has since been revealed that there are other sites rich for the military picking, including Blackheath Common, Epping Forest and another set of lucky people residing in a tower block in Waltham Forest. I don’t think they have a gym, or a pool.
But we’re not worried about the debris raining down on us if anything kicks off. We’re from the East End. We’re tough. We’ll gets through it somehow, ‘cos we knows our place, we do. Maybe The Queen’ll come an’ see us, like her muvver did when we was bombed aaht in the woaahr. Gawd, bless ‘em, one an’ all!
I hope you have a spare bed or couch well away from Londinium, dear reader. I may be paying you a visit.