30 July 2012
Did you ever see (Sir) Danny Boyle’s film ’28 Days Later’? The brilliant opening sequence as the hero walks across Westminster Bridge to find he is the only person alive in London…. Well, I won’t say that London is entirely deserted… but it is a bit of a ghost town out there.
Where have all the people gone? I just had a meeting down by Buckingham Palace. I was expecting the worst… I had heard the radio this morning saying “It’s going to be the worst day yet… London transport creaking at the seams… as spectators and commuters meet for the first time”. Um, hello?
I cycled down Shaftesbury Avenue and for about 2 minutes my bike was the ONLY vehicle on the road. Nothing else. At 12 noon on a Monday morning. This is unheard of. A few groups of vacant-eyed tourists wandering like zombies around Chinatown.
It would be fascinating to know the population of London at this precise moment. I think everyone’s escaped.