Sunday, 24 April 2011
Cycling the Royal Wedding Route
We'll be away whilst the Royal Wedding is taking place.
We're joining some friends on a boat which will mean we are in a minority by not being glued to the television on Friday.
To get a sense of the occasion, I took the bicycle around the Royal Wedding route today, which is already in advanced stages of preparation. In some areas around the Palace there's already flags flying, but further out its still flagpoles and some rather impressive looking bright yellow rope.
The Mall is closed to traffic (my bicycle was still alright), the area outside Buckingham Palace has been rigged with a huge number of commentary boxes and many of the television cameras are already in place.
There were random film crews with big camera and cat on a stick microphones wandering around looking for people to interview. All of them dangling many badges and identity.
Slightly funnier was the big press boxes at Westminster Abbey.
They face the main entrance but behind them was a gas-man scene where the road was being dug up and a slight whiff of gas, like there was an urgent need to mend a gas main more or less underneath the main stand. A sort of James Bond/Jason Bourne moment.
Today's weather was idyllic.
Let's hope Friday is as Landau fine.