Mary Anne goes to London
One of my favorite books when I was little was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. If you don’t remember it, it’s about a competition between diggers. Our hero, Mike Mulligan, and his antiquated digger Mary Anne win the competition, but it looks like a tragic ending when Mary Anne gets ends up trapped in the hole for the new foundation. Luckily the story has a happy ending.
The New Statesman had an interesting article the other day. Apparently, land is becoming so expensive in London that the foundations are now going very deep. Deep enough that it can be very expensive to get the diggers back out. What happens next isn’t quite as happy as it was for Mary Anne.