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Day 2, Monday 9 September 2019, London

London, Day 2. It was supposed to be the first stop on our trip. We were supposed to have three days there; Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

For those who came in late:
- #QantasSucks has been clipping the tickets on most of my purchases for the last 3 years now as well as harvesting that sweet, sweet marketing data on me so that I could obtain (what are essentially valueless) Frequent Flyer points.
- 9 months earlier I had asked for a business class upgrade and to do so I had to shell out for a higher grade of ticket.
- For this, I got nothing.
- Nothing save an under-maintained A380 which departed Sydney late, was stuck for over a day at Singapore due to faulty smoke detectors (130 year old technology), and which therefore landed us in London part way through Monday morning (peak commuting time) instead of early Sunday morning (quiet city, easy commuting). This was the same day that immigration systems at Heathrow had a nervous tizzy and left everybody queuing for about an hour.

The net effect? The traffic was so bad that the taxi fare ended up being about £75 courtesy of slow progress and constant stoppages, and we didn't get to the hotel until about an hour before lunchtime. In effect, then, we actually lost about one and a half days out of the time that we had in London. That time can never be made up again, so screw you Qantas.

Incidentally, if you see any grammatical clangers, don't assume that I'm illiterate; rather, assume that the artificial intelligence behind Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking is as thick as a plank. I've cleaned up quite a lot of the dictation errors but may not have found them all.
20190909_073917 Hey, This Piece of S**t Is Gonna Get You To London! Er, Eventually.
20190909_073917 "Hey, This Piece of S**t Is Gonna Get You To London! Er, Eventually."
20190909_074948 The Difference A Day Makes
20190909_074948 The Difference A Day Makes
20190909_085649 The Ol' Black Cabs They Ain't What They Used To Be
20190909_085649 The Ol' Black Cabs They Ain't What They Used To Be
20190909_100501 First Contact, Finally
20190909_100501 First Contact, Finally
20190909_100551 All You Need, but Not Much More
20190909_100551 All You Need, but Not Much More
20190909_100917  Space Is at a Premium
20190909_100917 Space Is at a Premium
20190909_111939 The Belgrave From Outside
20190909_111939 The Belgrave From Outside
20190909_112418 The Bus at the End of Our Street
20190909_112418 The Bus at the End of Our Street
20190909_112422 The Cyclist at the End of Our Street
20190909_112422 The Cyclist at the End of Our Street
20190909_112528 Going Underground
20190909_112528 Going Underground
20190909_113000 Stage 1 - Hotel To Baker St And Back To Green Park
20190909_113000 Stage 1 - Hotel To Baker St And Back To Green Park
20190909_113141 Down the Tube
20190909_113141 Down the Tube
20190909_113235 Branding
20190909_113235 Branding
20190909_113251 Incoming
20190909_113251 Incoming
20190909_114222 The Next Stop
20190909_114222 The Next Stop
20190909_114353 Watching the Train Come In (More Motion Blur Fun)
20190909_114353 Watching the Train Come In (More Motion Blur Fun)
20190909_114623 Built for Frequency, Not for Comfort
20190909_114623 Built for Frequency, Not for Comfort
20190909_114717 Old School
20190909_114717 Old School
20190909_114841 It Wouldn't Be Baker Street without...
20190909_114841 It Wouldn't Be Baker Street without...
20190909_115048 Another Holmes Tale
20190909_115048 Another Holmes Tale
20190909_115332 Holmes, Holmes Everywhere!
20190909_115332 Holmes, Holmes Everywhere!
20190909_115743 Underground, Aboveground
20190909_115743 Underground, Aboveground
20190909_120146 Missing The Number 13
20190909_120146 Missing The Number 13
20190909_120200 May Be Doing It to Death
20190909_120200 May Be Doing It to Death
20190909_120453 Where There Is a Legend...
20190909_120453 Where There Is a Legend...
20190909_121123 Inside the Souvenir Shop
20190909_121123 Inside the Souvenir Shop
20190909_121423 The Gatekeeper
20190909_121423 The Gatekeeper
20190909_121537 Coattails
20190909_121537 Coattails
20190909_122016 So, You're Going to Give That A Miss?
20190909_122016 So, You're Going to Give That A Miss?
20190909_122125 Begin Your Monopoly Collection Here!
20190909_122125 Begin Your Monopoly Collection Here!
20190909_125000 Stage2 - The Open Bus Tour
20190909_125000 Stage2 - The Open Bus Tour
20190909_125443 Puttin' On The Ritz, And A Monopoly Education
20190909_125443 Puttin' On The Ritz, And A Monopoly Education
20190909_125941 Nerrr-nerrp....
20190909_125941 Nerrr-nerrp....
20190909_125953 Puttin' On The Piccadilly
20190909_125953 Puttin' On The Piccadilly
20190909_130327 Marks, Until The Sparks Go Out
20190909_130327 Marks, Until The Sparks Go Out
20190909_130412 Through A Piccadilly Window: Afternoon
20190909_130412 Through A Piccadilly Window: Afternoon
20190909_130436 You Lie To Me!
20190909_130436 You Lie To Me!
20190909_130452 I Wouldn't Brag About It, If I Were You
20190909_130452 I Wouldn't Brag About It, If I Were You
20190909_130521 Delicious... Define That for Me?
20190909_130521 Delicious... Define That for Me?
20190909_130548 Looking Back At The Duke's Place
20190909_130548 Looking Back At The Duke's Place
20190909_130624 Wellington's Arch. Sort Of.
20190909_130624 Wellington's Arch. Sort Of.
20190909_130708 And Speaking of the Royal Artillery Memorial...
20190909_130708 And Speaking of the Royal Artillery Memorial...
20190909_130714 A Better Look at The Duke's Pile (Apsley House)
20190909_130714 A Better Look at The Duke's Pile (Apsley House)
20190909_130727 Apsley House Front On
20190909_130727 Apsley House Front On
20190909_130810 Choose Your Path
20190909_130810 Choose Your Path
20190909_130838 Wellington As Ach... You WHAT??
20190909_130838 Wellington As Ach... You WHAT??
20190909_130936 In the Footsteps of Napoleon Solo (Or Maybe Not)
20190909_130936 In the Footsteps of Napoleon Solo (Or Maybe Not)
20190909_131303 Welcome to Marble Arch
20190909_131303 Welcome to Marble Arch
20190909_131310 You Can Lead A Horse To Water
20190909_131310 You Can Lead A Horse To Water
20190909_131352 Cruising Down Park Lane
20190909_131352 Cruising Down Park Lane
20190909_131452 Marble Arch From The Other Side
20190909_131452 Marble Arch From The Other Side
20190909_131548 Luxuriously Rough
20190909_131548 Luxuriously Rough
20190909_131725 In Contrast
20190909_131725 In Contrast
20190909_131900 And Back to Number One
20190909_131900 And Back to Number One
20190909_131907 Arch in Profile
20190909_131907 Arch in Profile
20190909_131922 Bomber Boys
20190909_131922 Bomber Boys
20190909_132015 Green Park Gates. That is all.
20190909_132015 Green Park Gates. That is all.
20190909_132201 The Street Outside Patisserie Valerie
20190909_132201 The Street Outside Patisserie Valerie
20190909_132254 A Palace Is A Palace, I Suppose
20190909_132254 A Palace Is A Palace, I Suppose
20190909_132323 Since 1612. Sort of.
20190909_132323 Since 1612. Sort of.
20190909_132339 So What's The Story With Santa Maria Novella?
20190909_132339 So What's The Story With Santa Maria Novella?
20190909_132357 Half Of 300 Years
20190909_132357 Half Of 300 Years
20190909_132428 From One Form Of Art to Another
20190909_132428 From One Form Of Art to Another
20190909_132503 Witty
20190909_132503 Witty
20190909_132948 No, Not Eros at All
20190909_132948 No, Not Eros at All
20190909_132955 Going Wide at the Circus
20190909_132955 Going Wide at the Circus
20190909_133122 The Long View Back
20190909_133122 The Long View Back
20190909_133253 Born 1720, Still Going Strong
20190909_133253 Born 1720, Still Going Strong
20190909_133324 Hello Farmer George, Goodbye Big Ship
20190909_133324 Hello Farmer George, Goodbye Big Ship
20190909_133654 Trafalgar Square - Under Repair Both Physically And In My Imagination
20190909_133654 Trafalgar Square - Under Repair Both Physically And In My Imagination
20190909_133715 The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
20190909_133715 The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
20190909_133742 Watch Your Foreground
20190909_133742 Watch Your Foreground
20190909_133819 Sheltering at the National Gallery
20190909_133819 Sheltering at the National Gallery
20190909_134026 I Guess Enough Time Had Passed
20190909_134026 I Guess Enough Time Had Passed
20190909_135721 Piatti Locali
20190909_135721 Piatti Locali
20190909_135725 Within The Crypt
20190909_135725 Within The Crypt
20190909_141846 The Remaining Monuments
20190909_141846 The Remaining Monuments
20190909_143236 St Martin In The Fields Up Close
20190909_143236 St Martin In The Fields Up Close
20190909_143418 Look Out Above
20190909_143418 Look Out Above
20190909_143428 A Wider View of St Martin's Lane
20190909_143428 A Wider View of St Martin's Lane
20190909_143910 See Not Just Nelson, You Will...
20190909_143910 See Not Just Nelson, You Will...
20190909_144008 Who Can It Be Now?
20190909_144008 Who Can It Be Now?
20190909_152608 Yellow
20190909_152608 Yellow
20190909_152643 Looking Along The Field
20190909_152643 Looking Along The Field
20190909_152833 Same Time, Different Place
20190909_152833 Same Time, Different Place
20190909_152940 El Gato Demanding Her Dinner
20190909_152940 El Gato Demanding Her Dinner
20190909_153802 The Hay Wain Plus Cameo
20190909_153802 The Hay Wain Plus Cameo
20190909_160000 Stage 3 - The Walk To Westminster
20190909_160000 Stage 3 - The Walk To Westminster
20190909_161115 Between The Paws
20190909_161115 Between The Paws
20190909_161213 More Dignified
20190909_161213 More Dignified
20190909_161225 Show Me Some Tongue, Baby!
20190909_161225 Show Me Some Tongue, Baby!
20190909_161252 The Dons Go Down
20190909_161252 The Dons Go Down
20190909_161318 Straight down the Lens
20190909_161318 Straight down the Lens
20190909_161359 England Expects
20190909_161359 England Expects
20190909_161450 Nelson And The Sky
20190909_161450 Nelson And The Sky
20190909_161533 The Sign
20190909_161533 The Sign
20190909_161633 The Mood
20190909_161633 The Mood
20190909_161735 The Sign, Part Two
20190909_161735 The Sign, Part Two
20190909_161841 The Admiralty Arch
20190909_161841 The Admiralty Arch
20190909_162014 The Arch Closer In
20190909_162014 The Arch Closer In
20190909_162144 The Other Side of the Arch
20190909_162144 The Other Side of the Arch
20190909_162216 Marines
20190909_162216 Marines
20190909_162411 Toward Buck House
20190909_162411 Toward Buck House
20190909_162622 The Grand Old Duke of York
20190909_162622 The Grand Old Duke of York
20190909_162951 The Other Side of the Mall
20190909_162951 The Other Side of the Mall
20190909_163315 The Horse Guards' Building
20190909_163315 The Horse Guards' Building
20190909_163459 Duck!
20190909_163459 Duck!
20190909_163518 The Squirrel
20190909_163518 The Squirrel
20190909_163656 Geese!
20190909_163656 Geese!
20190909_163827 These Are Not the Ducks You're Looking For
20190909_163827 These Are Not the Ducks You're Looking For
20190909_164031 Clive
20190909_164031 Clive
20190909_164140 Boooorrriiisss.
20190909_164140 Boooorrriiisss.
20190909_165921 Once Upon A Time
20190909_165921 Once Upon A Time
20190909_170020 Let Us Begin with Lord Palmerston
20190909_170020 Let Us Begin with Lord Palmerston
20190909_170115 History on a Stick
20190909_170115 History on a Stick
20190909_170136 David Lloyd George, With Cape Flying
20190909_170136 David Lloyd George, With Cape Flying
20190909_170236 You Aren't Him
20190909_170236 You Aren't Him
20190909_170316 Scaffolded
20190909_170316 Scaffolded
20190909_170345 A Civil Dispute
20190909_170345 A Civil Dispute
20190909_170500 The Gathering of the Levers
20190909_170500 The Gathering of the Levers
20190909_170823 Arise My People, and Buy Tacky Souvenirs!
20190909_170823 Arise My People, and Buy Tacky Souvenirs!
20190909_170846 Not Boarding Today
20190909_170846 Not Boarding Today
20190909_170917 A Wider View of the Thames
20190909_170917 A Wider View of the Thames
20190909_173843 Parking: Anything Goes
20190909_173843 Parking: Anything Goes