Around London in 80 days
In these uncertain times, I need a lifeline and a horizon so I have — somewhat arbitrarily I’ll admit — set a date. April 1st will be my horizon ; my lifeline will be the 80 days separating me from it.
And as I cannot go around the world right now, I give you A Mad Belgian’s “Around London in 80 Days” : eighty impressions of London, eighty stories, places, thoughts from my experience of this wonderfully mad and maddening city.
Day 55: Flying MAMLs
London is an eminently cyclable city: it’s mostly flat and recently a lot of new cycle lanes have flourished on its streets. You can grab a shared bike and start to explore, or go on a cycle tour if you’d like to learn more. But whatever you do, you should never forget to keep an eye out for flying MAMLs.
Flying MAMLs are a dangerous breed. Just like cab drivers and white van men, they are always in a rush. Day or night, you will see flying MAMLs zigzagging quickly between pavement and cars. Whizzing through town impatiently, from cycle superhighways to quiet cycle paths, they don’t have much time. And they never stop, not for anyone.
If you stand in their way they will shout at the top of their lungs but they won’t slow down. So you’d better be quick to react: you do not want to end like that, ruthlessly run over by a one of them MAMLs, squashed by a Middle Aged Man in Lycra.