Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Carry-on Running

I see the BBC SE Today team are whipping-up the Olympic Torch relay excitement this morning, with the cheerful announcement that the flame had entered Sussex. Switch to camera footage of lots of people milling around trying to find out where the flame is in Brighton. The BBC did explain that it does move rather quickly and if you aren't exactly at the right spot at the right time, then you risk missing it as it flies past on lightly running feet or even a fast-moving wheelchair.

At Westgate Station, you can see from the photograph that someone has been up bright and early, indulging in some vigorous, pre-Olympic Torch preparation for Thursday lunchtime. Please note the judicious and proper use of the Lucozade, to ensure the proper level of athletic hydration.

Fortunately,the long-arm of the Olympic brand police won't reach Thanet until Thursday and so the Tetley's 'Original Ale' is unlikely to be confiscated before then. My advice is to drink Heineken to play safe, as they are an approved Olympic sponsor and of course 'carb-up' before the run with plenty of McDonalds french fries too.

Wearing purple caps and tops, the real Games security police, the experts in trading and advertising working for the Olympic Delivery Authority, (ODA) are heading the biggest brand protection operation staged in the UK. Under legislation specially introduced for the London Games, they have the right to enter shops and offices and bring court action with fines of up to £20,000 for anyone caught with a can of Stella, a Nike banner or wearing a loud beard in a built-up area.

In Westgate, Bill Parr's traditional Japanese Taiko drummers will be welcoming the Torch outside Westgate library and I'm guessing around 1pm. Don't forget, there will be a certain degree of road havoc around the Torch route and so driving is probably not a good idea.

Yesterday afternoon, I had my first experience of attempting to transit the Olympic airspace security zone; moving an aircraft back to Rochester from Thanet in awful flying weather.

Responsibility for aircraft movements through the red airspace, has been passed-over to a military controlling unit named 'Atlas' and could have proved disastrous for a less experienced pilot, in similar circumstances, left hanging, off Whistable for over seventeen minutes in a battering wind, rain and low cloud.

I've made a complaint to the CAA as a flight-safety issue and you can read here, what is worrying other pilots attempting to move around the heavily restricted south of England.Much like the G4 security debacle, it appears that Atlas, is overworked and unprepared to deal with the demands being made upon it and Sky News may be doing a report in the next or day or so.

Locally, weeds are proving to be a subject of concern and politicians of all parties and colours are keen on opportunities to be photographed by a good urban crop of dandelions. I took the picture below, this morning and these have to be the biggest yet. I did report the phenomenon to Kent County Council some weeks ago but as you may be aware, until the vegetation dries out, they can't spray them to any real effect and so parts of Westgate are now starting to look like a scene from the movie 'Day of the Triffids.'


Readit said...

A carefully choreographed complaint to KCC got the weeds removed from London Road roundabout, Ramsgate before the Olympic torch passes there.

Slightly off topic I saw a sign at the soon to be closed Richborough Recycling Centre which said "Flytipping - see you in court".

I was sorely tempted to place a sign underneath saying "Well don't close the tip then"

Tim Clark said...

I thought your latest ward councillor was going to sort out all Westgate's problems; once she'd worked out where Westgate was.