Poo update #2

Enlightenment! It’s the fault of foreigners, naturally.

Edited so I don’t have to link to the Daily Mail, since the BBC now has the story too:

A foul smell hanging over southern England is being blamed on easterly winds bringing either farming or industrial smells across the Channel.

Labelled “Euro-whiff” by the Met Office, the source of the smell – alternately described as sulphur and manure – is under investigation.

Take another look at that:

Labelled “Euro-whiff” by the Met Office

The Met Office is the UK’s national weather service, responsible for processing and interpreting reams of information gathered from satellites and weather stations in order to warn us when we’re about to be flooded, or burned, or blown away. They even issue the Shipping Forecast, for heaven’s sake – these are serious people, people! So I am underwhelmed that their initial response is to call it a “Euro-whiff”. It doesn’t seem an appropriately businesslike reaction.

Poo update

Well, Westminster and the surrounding district smells entirely innocuous, as far as I can tell. But in addition to a similar conversation happening on, of all places, Yahoo Answers Australia, I’ve just had a look at my stats and these are the search terms which have sent people here today:

london smells of poo

poo smell in all over london today

london smell of poo

scariest playgrounds (people find me using this search term every day; it’s the most-viewed post after “No congestion charge for NYC“)

bad smell all over london today

So it’s obviously real, but the only suggestion anyone seems to have made as to the cause is “is it aliens?”. More investigation is required, clearly.


I know I said I would link to some eco-friendly skyscrapers, but instead I want to talk about poo. A lively conversation is going on over on Kudocities about London smelling of poo today. Apparently it’s been noticed in places as distant as Walthamstow, Kilburn, Clapham and Beckenham. Somebody also mentioned that Slough smells of poo, but since Slough always smells of poo, that’s probably unrelated. (That’s not a lame-assed joke at Slough’s expense: Slough genuinely does often smell of poo as you drive past it on the M4 – I think there must be a sewage works nearby.)

I haven’t noticed any unusual odours myself, but I’ll be going out for lunch shortly and I’ll keep an, um, nose out, and report back.