We headed out East today. After the rain and wind of last night, it was a really nice bright day, so we did something we've been meaning to for a while - go on the Emirates Airline or whatever ridiculous thing it's called.
Basically, it's a cablecar over the river - part of the London Transport network, so you can use it with your Oyster card, but privately sponsored, hence the name.
Anyway, it was great. Some places it would be some sort of tourist attraction, not just a way of crossing the river.
Here's the view from near the start of it:
That looks a bit dark - hope you can see it! Sherlock, despite being told not to move about to much, was like a caged monkey inside the car, scrambling about and making everything sway. I felt sorry for the old couple who were in with us! The lady looked like she was unsure of the whole thing to begin with, never mind being stuck up there with us :)
She also dared to say "The ones coming back the other way look as if they're going faster. I wonder if they are?" To which Sherlock whipped around and fixed her with a glare and said "We're on the same cable! They can't go faster! That's not how it wooooorks.", before John or Mycroft or I could clamp a hand over his mouth... Anyway, she took it very well, and said of course he was right and how silly she was... hmmm.
Anyway, here's a view of a boat Sherlock wants to go on:
I think it's the sort you can do boat trips on. And on the left hand edge of the pic is the Millennium Dome, or whatever it's called now. There were people climbing it, so Sherlock's declared he wants to do that now. And visit the Thames Barrier, which you could see the other way down the river.
After all that excitement we had to get coffee at the Dome, before heading off to do some shopping and things. Sherlock didn't come to earth for some hours...
When we got back, Mycroft showed us this - it's incredibly cool:
And since then, the boys have been up to something which I'm not allowed to know about. I'm not sure if John is or not. He was permitted to take them refreshments in Mycroft's room, at least, which I wasn't allowed to...