|This Olympic Logo has no surface-to-air missiles.|
MAY 2 MISSILES PLACED ON ROOFS OF APARTMENTS TO PROTECT LONDON OLYMPICS
It was just like any other day in East London for bank manager ALISTAIR HOLMES. After eating his tea and crumpets and reading the LONDON SUN, he checked his letterbox prior to setting off. He found the usual: One bill, two annoying adverts for pizza delivery and a yellow leaflet. Not fond of pizza, he tossed those. He saved the bill and glanced at the flier. Then...imagine the shock Alistair had when he discovered the innocuous leaflet was not junk mail...but very important information from the MINISTRY OF DEFENCE! As part of the national security operations for the upcoming Olympic games, surface-to-air missiles will be placed on top of Alistair's roof!
Not surprisingly, everyone in the BOW QUARTER RESIDENCES is up in arms about the MoD's installment of explosives on their homes. In fact, the usually quiet, tree-lined red-brick buildings haven't seen this much hub-bub since 1888. Back then, the structures housed the BRYANT & MAY MATCH FACTORY....the site of the famous "Match-girl strike." Over 1,400 workers became inflicted with "phossy jaw," a medical condition caused by prolonged exposure to phosphorous. Anyhow...the historic buildings have long since been converted into 700 flats. All that remains from the factory days is the iconic 100-foot high Lexington Water Tower. Which...according to the MoD..."provides excellent view of the surrounding area and the entire sky above the Olympic Park."
|The Lexington Water Tower and the Bow Quarter Estates.|
While some residents are organizing a protest, it's all for naught. Estate management already approved the measure months ago. "I am happy with it," said Stephen Taylor, 51, who lives in a flat beneath where the missiles would be positioned. "I think people are getting their knickers in a twist. There's a 'meet the missiles men' meeting on Saturday and there will be a kneejerk reaction of nimbyism." We here at the DUNER BLOG don't know what 'nimbyism' is, but agree with the sentiment. When London won approval to host the Olympics five years ago, it was all joy and optimism. Now that it's two months away, some of the less glamorous aspects of the international games are painfully apparent to Brits like Taylor: "This latest development brings the sharp reality of London holding the Olympics much closer to home."
|The Bow Quarter buildings are above and to the right of the stadium.|