I love to run along the banks of the canal and not only for the athletic satisfactions. The sociology is pretty good too: the rich array of human life, all those mid-rise new build flats packed with young professionals. And then there's the odd, enlightening culture clash.
Judging by the half hour I spent hanging around the bus stops by the Pond first thing this morning, the first London-wide bus strike for decades has been well supported by the drivers. I spotted just two in the space of about an hour. The aim of the stoppage, called by Unite, is to bring about a single, pay deal for drivers employed by all the different bus companies that operate routes in the capital.