What To Do With Heathrow

4 06 2014


I don’t know if you watched Question Time on BBC One last week, oh you did. Well for those who didn’t, the show was being held in the brand new Terminal 2. Now I thought that Terminal 2 had been in existence well before the construction of Terminal 5. You’d think that wouldn’t you. Well apparently it has been re-built and will apparently eventually cover Terminal 1 and 3 as well. Fun little fact there. Anyway, because of where they were they used it as a chance to YET AGAIN discuss the construction of a third runway at Heathrow and the construction of Boris Island, or the “London Britannia Airport” as it has now been dubbed. So as a fan of the hit show MegaStructures and also someone who is very much interested in Large Buildings and Aircraft particularly of the large variety as well as having had enough of a load of complaining hippies talking over and over again about why a third runway is bad for the environment (yet not mention how useful it might be for the economy, or maybe they are saying they just don’t want a job) I thought I would give my own analysis as well as opinion as to what I think they, as in the airport people (whatever they’re called) should do. So let’s start with the third runway.


That’s what I honestly think. The largest and busiest in the United Kingdom and the third busiest in the world and yet for a currently four soon to be 5 terminal airport, there is only two runways. How is it supposed to cope or even reach maximum capacity if it all the terminals are restricted to 2 terminals? That’s a case of two and a half terminals to one runway. Surely the largest of those terminals should have at least one to itself allowing the other four to share one runway each? Now it has always been the case that one thing has stood above most about Heathrow and that is noise pollution. Heathrow is in a busy area, it is not really on the outskirts of London at all, it is in a built up area. But most of that area is housing and people have complained for years about the amount of noise being produced at the airport. Now I can understand that, who would want to live in that, all the sound being produced, I bet you don’t you get much sleep. So in the case of those living in the area I can see why a third runway would be a problem. Fair enough. So I think in that case then it should be the case that instead of a third runway at Heathrow, why not a second at Gatwick instead? I don’t hear anyone complaining about that, I am actually surprised that a second runway at Gatwick does not exist at all. Second largest and busiest in the UK, why not?

Terminal 5

While it is the case that a third runway will cause a lot of sound problems as well as a lot of dreary talk from hippies about global warming and whales – even though I don’t know what giant metal birds and their giant concrete nests have to do with whales? But on the up side, a third runway will create a lot more available uses for traffic at the airport and as such will create jobs to service such traffic and increase income from the airport. So theoretically a third runway; or if not that, a second at Gatwick should help to boost the economy for years to come. So, for the benefit and prosperity of the UK, it should be built. Now as for Boris Island.


When I was first shown pictures of the proposed Boris Island, (so named due to it being put forward in some capacity by London Mayor and coolest man in UK politics, Boris Johnson) several years ago, I liked the idea of it. Based on Hong Kong International Airport with two terminals with a runway for each one and build it in the Thames Estuary. I have always liked the idea of it, but over the years they have over thought about the idea. It has gone from a relatively small airport design to something so big and costly that they are now suggesting that if it gets built that they close down Heathrow. Now I can understand that a six runway is better than a two runway airport. But I don’t understand why Heathrow should be closed. What would the point in that be?

Boris Island

Closing down an airport that cost billions to build for one that’s going to cost billions to build and create a giant waste ground in the middle of a built up area that will be unable to serve only one purpose, being an airport. While it does bring up development ideas and possibilities of real estate and entertainment, which could take years to do, and knowing what this country is like, years before anything is approved. So it would more likely become a giant play park for kids and immature youths of all ages as well as a possible scene for drug dealing and other immoral crimes. The only way of preventing that would be to immediately demolish everything once it was closed down, but as stated before, it would take years to approve even after the closure of the airport. It will look a lot like that episode of Top Gear with that Airport in Spain.

Abandoned Airport

What I think should be done is easier. Build Boris Island in its original format, two runways, two terminals (and maybe include the connection to the new London Gateway Port to possibly include an ocean liner and cruise ship dock too, just an idea), build it in the Thames estuary and instead of closing down a fully functioning and large airport, close down a much smaller one; London City Airport. Boris Island is very close to that side of the city and if it were to be able to cope better than London city, close that one down instead. That way, there will be two large airports assisting both a large city and the country instead of one, and real estate opportunities for close to the city center will pop up quickly instead of a 5 mile wasteland.

Deserted Airport

While that is a more brief overview of what I think they should do, I believe it is a lot more valid an idea than the one they, as in government and airport people are seemingly wanting to go through with in both directions. In the end it is really up to them, but I think they are going about the whole thing the wrong way and in many respects need their hands banging together. But as once again stated previously, it will be a long time, more than 20 years probably, before anything is approved.

Airport Vehicle On Motorway


Animal First Words: A Compendium Of First Words That Will Be Used By Animals If They Suddenly Became Sentient

16 05 2014

War Horse (Scholastic - 2010)

After recently reading the book and book of the play of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo at University, during one of the lessons where we looked at the book, I wrote this piece about what animals are likely to say if they suddenly gained sentience. Now while this list only covers a few animals, I may update it later on. Enjoy.


Crocodile: “Morning”


Donkey: (Slightly Surprised) – “What?”


Labrador: (Happy) – “Hello”




Snail: “What’s the point?”


Mouse: “Is this Norway?”


Bat: “Who turned out the lights?”


Cow: “Moooo”


Rabbit: (Texan Accent) – “I need a cigarette”


Songbird: (Perturbed) – “I am singing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!”


Kangaroo: (Annoyed) – “Stop singing that song!”

Barn Owl

Barn Owl: (Posh) – “How do you do?”

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl: (Annoyed) – “Get on with it!”


Horse: (Angry Retaliation) – “What’s wrong with your face!”


Shona and Isla

16 04 2014

Shona and Isla

In the need of a quick post and under the idea that everyone on the internet likes looking at pictures of Cats. Here are some pictures of my family’s Cats; Shona and Isla. Enjoy.

Shona Isla Isla Shona Isla Isla Shona Shona Isla Shona (in the sink). Shona and Isla



5 02 2014


After going to see The Hunger Games in 2012, I got back into reading for the first time in years, (despite the fact that I had been unsuccessfully trying as well as struggling to read “the Smash Hit Debut Novel Mogworld by internet sensation Yahtzee Croshaw” – YAHTZEE). Since then I have regularly visited my local Waterstones looking for more books to read. One of the first ones I noticed was a book called FEAR. It was a round about the same time I was reading The Hunger Games that I noticed it, and the one thing that struck me about it was the front cover artwork. It looked interesting and so I went in for a look, and saw that it was part of a whole series of books, the first of which was called GONE. I was interested to read it, but I didn’t want to interfere with my current reading schedule at the time, So I just kept it in my mind. This past June after almost a year of wanting to read it, I started reading GONE, the first book in the series, and since then I have read through every book in the series. GONE, HUNGER, LIES, PLAGUE and I have just finished reading FEAR.


This past Saturday I went into town, and it was a very auspicious (if that is the right word) moment as I purchased LIGHT, the final book in the series. Since June I have been consistently reading a thrilling and almost unstoppable book series, and now the end is coming. I have known about the coming of this day for a while, and it is one I am greatly excited about, and sad that it is approaching too. I feel like I am in this amazing world created by Michael Grant. I can feel like I am there and have my own feelings towards the characters and how I want their story to end, but also the world. I also have my thoughts as to how if I was in it, how I would want it to end.

GONE (Michael Grant)

One thing I am certain of though, is that whatever the ending will be, it will not be sedate. As the series has progressed, life inside the FAYZ has gone from bad, to worse than traumatic, and while FEAR has somehow ended the paranoia I have felt as the reader from LIES and PLAGUE, it is probably nothing more than the beginning of the end, a possible calm before the typhoon. But what that ending might be, I am sure it will be worth it.


The one thing getting to me at this stage though is; What am I going to read next? I have some ideas; I could finally get round to reading Mockingjay, or I could get back into The Spook’s series, or maybe read the copy of BATTLE ROYALE that is staring at me from my bookshelf. Or maybe, just maybe, I might take a gamble on a couple of books I have spotted, Stone Heart or The Fire Within. Will need to make a decision soon though.

Stone Heart


A Fire Every Thursday

29 01 2014

Fire Alarm

You know that feeling when you are in bed and suddenly the fire alarm goes off? No? Well I do. When I was at Teesside University there would be a fire every Thursday. Why? Because that’s when they as in the people who managed the residence would test the fire alarms. An ideal thing to do yes, but not at 7:00 am when you’re trying to sleep.


When I first went to Teesside University, within a week of moving in, there was a fire alarm going off. At first I thought it was the alarm clock, so I covered my ears, and the sound drowned out a little. Then (a couple of minutes later) I realised that it was still night time and that the sound was louder than the alarm clock. So I got up (with only some pants on) and tried to leave, but then I was told by a flat mate to get some trousers on, which I did before the head warden urged me to get out of the building, the alarm still going off. Eventually the sound finished and all was clear, no explanation as to what happened. A few minutes later it went off again but that was due to it not being turned off properly, but that didn’t stop people running for the door. The following Thursday it went off again at 7:00 am, so me and my house mates bolted for the door to be told that it was just the time when the alarms were tested. And it was the same for the next few weeks until I got to the point that I could have a mini lie in and not notice it, something that was probably not a good idea to do at the sound of a fire alarm. But we could rest assured that Fire was an impossible eventuality on Thursday’s, and even if there was one, it was nothing to worry about as it was only a test gone wrong, so back to sleep.


My halls of residence, well the whole university was weird but that’s a story for another time, but I will say this. The common space in our block had one of the world’s greatest inventions in it; a shopping trolley.

Shopping Trolley

Well a couple of weeks after the first fire alarm, there was another one, thankfully at a better time, so that’s at least one thing, however it turned out to be a drill, So I don’t know what the one ‘TWO WEEKS EARLIER’ was about? I remember what the woman said after the drill, “Next time, it will be real”. Well that was not exactly the case. We still got the fire every Thursday, but the next 2/3 times we had a fire alarm going off it was mainly mistakes made by students (sorry, residents) who couldn’t do the ironing.

Halls Of Residence (Teesside)

It was about January when the last one (back in 2011) took place. It had been snowing outside recently (I think it was January) and when the alarm went off at about midnight, you instinctively knew (unless it was Thursday) to get out of the building. I was wearing nothing more than a t-shirt, trousers and shoes and I had to cross my arms in hope of keeping warm, while everyone from the upper floors thought that when the alarm went off you took your time to put your dressing gown on instead of running out of the building. They were there, all nice and warm while I was freezing in the snow at about midnight wanting nothing more than to get back inside. In the end this one turned out to be almost real as it was indeed someone leaving the iron on. Disaster averted and then there were no more fire alarms for the rest of the year……….except for Thursdays of course.

Freeze-side University



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