>I knew it wasn’t a good idea…

>… for The Man to turn the westbound section of the Bow Flyover into a single lane. The three lanes from Stratford suddenly funnelled into one just isn’t a barrel of laughs at the best of times. Now there’s another hazard. The line that originally separated the lanes on the flyover was removed some time ago, and the new road markings laid down. Suddenly, the old line has turned into a long groove, about 3 inches deep and more or less the width of a motorcycle’s tyre. I’ve no idea how this could happen so quickly. Maybe it was the cold snap over the weekend. So that’s another thing to be wary of, as well as the worst drivers in London. Seriously, this is Bandit Country. The spiritual home of the untaxted, un-mot-d, unlicenced driver with one working tail light and a mobile phone clamped to his ear. You soon learn which drivers to be extra wary of. Tinted windows? Be wary. Minicab? Be wary. Foreign plates? Be Wary. BMW? Be wary. 4×4? Be wary. White van? The dirtier it is, the more wary you should be. I see things every day that make my blood freeze, but one special memory was following a car to Stratford Morrisons, just because it was being driven so badly. I was curious to see what such a dolt looked like. What I didn’t expect were no less than eight people to get out of the small car – and one of the passengers was sat on the driver’s lap. Welcome to East London.

About teninchwheels

Designer, photographer and Vespa-fixated pub bore. Born in Yorkshire, living in that London these past 20 years. Get in touch at teninchwheels@gmail.com, especially if you'd like to send me some free beer.
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