Returning to Pudding Island

Forgive me, I have just finished reading William Boyd’s masterful Any Human Heart and in it he refers to the UK as ‘Pudding Island’; I concur. You’ll need to read the book to understand the term, suffice to say it isn’t a term of endearment…

Anyway, a few pictures of my final approach into London Heathrow yesterday and also a little video I took. You aren’t meant to use any electronic equipment during take-off and landing – pah! In the photos, look out for the Shard (it looks like a rocket installation at present). When completed, it will be the tallest building in Europe.

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The video is on the boring side (having started it after Kew and Hampton Court Palace which might have been worthy sights). However, to my mind it provides a glimpse of what one might call ‘Ballardian’, suburban Britain. It was taken at the end of a 9 hour flight from East Africa.