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I love seeing London from and around the Thames, so I was curious to see it from a new (to me) perspective today - the view from the Palace of Westminster terrace.

This is the terrace that played a bit-part in one of the world's great engineering projects, namely the London sewer system devised by Joseph Bazalgette. In 1858, it's said that the Thames stank so badly that MPs could no longer use the terrace or even open the windows on the river side of the building, and it was this that finally persuaded the selfish gits to approve the project's huge budget!

The view is a little disappointing, although I suppose that shouldn't surprise, given how large a part the Palace plays is the nice views from elsewhere.




It was Budget Day today, so we were also treated to a floating demo, which was amusing but possibly didn't reach many MPs:

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