I’ve just moved my desk at work so that I didn’t have the office TV flickering in my peripheral vision. But I had to turn around and look. The BBC is covering Arafat’s funeral in Ramallah. The helicopters have just touched down in the Arafat compound, greeted by thousands of waving Palestinians, hanging off rooftops: lots of shots being fired in the air, the crowd surging foward…security forces vainly trying to hold the crowds back. Arafat’s successor is trying to get the crowd to stand back, but I don’t think he’s having much success. Given that the Palestinian people are reported to be mourning more out of respect than love, this is impressive.
A bunch of brats from the local school just threw a firework across Vauxhall Bridge Road, then stood about laughing and blowing kisses at us.