Right now I wish I could upload photographs from work. I guess I'll just have to use 1000 words instead....
And a link to a map location: City Road/Colebrooke Row
(just NW of the circle; my office is pretty much right under the circle).
The junction of Colebrooke Row and City Road is a tight one. In fact you can't turn left from City Road into Colebrooke Row unless you're on a bicycle (or right for that matter, but that's a moot point as City Road is one-way at the junction - apart from a Bus Lane but I'm not taking that into account). There's room for regular-sized vehicles to turn left from Colebrooke Row into City Road. It's still quite tight, especially with a no-entry sign and a traffic light getting in the way. Then there's the traffic island with various signs and lights on it opposite the exit. Hopefully, you get the picture by now.
Right now, there's a sodding great artic truck blocking up the junction. There's no way on earth it can make the left turn. It can't back up because there are parked cars all along both sides of the road and, well, there's no way the driver would be able to get the trailer to swing out to miss them. It can't make a wide arc in either direction because the traffic island is blocking it. It can't make the left turn because it'd end up demolishing the no entry sign, traffic light, and possibly a low wall. At least it's reversed back a bit and isn't backing up City Road traffic all the way to Kings Cross (and probably on Islington High Street/Upper Street and St John's Street as well). It's just backing up Colebrooke Row, apart from those cars willing to go round it and squeeze through the very narrow space afforded by the bicycles-only entrance from City Road.
I'm looking forward to seeing this truck make its way out. It'll be amusing. More amusing than the work I'm doing right now (anyone have any idea which installation of Apache is the one that is actually running on our development server? Not the one in /usr/apache2, it would appear, but it's definitely Apache 2 because the header says so!)
have a picture on my 'phone, which I'll upload when I get home.Edit:
We're all speculating on ways the driver could get the truck out of its predicament. Work Being Done --> 0.Edit 2:
Enter the police. This would be a good conversation to eavesdrop. They're probably having a good laugh. Did I mention that the truck is Dutch (not that it matter that much really I guess)? Oh, and another police car, this one arriving with lights flashing.Edit 3:
In amongst that, he did have another go at getting it out; what a time for my phone's memory card to fill up! (I knew I should've slotted in one of the 2Gb cards I got with the new camera.) The new coppers have white hats. Does this mean anything?Edit 4:
Finally, with the aid of the police (who removed a couple of bollards from the small traffic island that separates the cycle lane at the entrance to Colebrooke Row), the obstruction has gone. I have enough pictures to create a semblance of a story, so I guess I'll attempt that this evening.