Saturday, November 25, 2006

Charlton vs. My Car

Well I had my car ticketed this morning, parked somewhere that it shouldn't have been on a match day. I've got no excuse, I knew there was a match today and also knew that it was starting early today. It's just that I was expecting to go out in the car last night and on the way home park it around the corner. I didn't, so I didn't. Hands up it's my fault entirely.

However would it be too much to ask the council to put up the parking suspended signs a day early? As is they only do it two hours before the restrictions come into force, which is no real use to man or beast.

I guess the counterpoint is that the date of the next restrictions is shown on the board up near the station. However that's quite small and easy to miss, the yellow signs would be more obvious.

I'm not trying to find an excuse, as I said this is my fault, but I do think earlier signage would be nice.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Blackheath Fireworks - Conclusion

I never mentioned the fireworks again. Well I did go and they were great, very happy with it all. A great show with a nice atmosphere in the crowd, I can really recommend it.

I got the train up there to save some time and then walked home through the crowds. The only downside to the evening were the handful of people who thought that trying to drive a car through the crowds would be a good idea. The roads were meant to be closed, it looked like people who were inside the closed area were trying to drive out. The bemused security staff were trying to guide them to somewhere to stop.

Trouble at the tunnel

I was visiting friends north of the river yesterday and as per usual roadworks were going on in the Blackwall Tunnel. I'm sure I read somewhere that they were meant to be finishing over a year ago, it's been like that ever since I moved south of the river in 2004.

I approach the tunnel on the A13 and there are two lanes, the left hand one for the tunnel and the right hand one that goes straight on. I've always got a decision to make about whether to queue or go on and cross through the Rotherhithe Tunnel. If going straight on at the junction were easy and quick then this would be an easy decision.

However what happens is that selfish idiotic drivers (and that's far more polite than I want to be) that want to use the tunnel drive right up the right hand lane past the long queue for the tunnel and then indicate that they want to cut into the head of the queue. The queue moves slowly, combine that with aggravated drivers who don't understand why the pusher in is so important and special so are reluctant to let them jump the queue. The right hand lane is now blocked, traffic can't go straight on into London. Horns will sound and occasionally the queue jumper will realise the knock on effect they're having and give up, more often than not they just sit there and the traffic builds up behind them.


And it happens every week, without fail.

If that didn't happen then going to the Rotherhithe would be a no-brainer, it should take seconds to clear that stretch of road. As is when you've got to queue 10 minutes just because of self centred idiots then it's a much harder decision to make.

I should take a photo one night. It's amazing the trouble that those idiots can cause.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Blackheath Fireworks

The fireworks display at Blackheath is happening on Saturday the 4th of November.

Here are two links with some information on it:
Greenwich Council
View London

The View London page is a bit weird, it says "This year marks the 401st anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot and as such, visitors to Blackheath can expect something special." So what's so special about 401 years? Are they just trying to say that they forgot it last year?

Anyway last years show was great and I hope to go again this year. It's free too :)