Smog - what smog? Londoners are more concerned about camels than Saharan dust
Residents in the capital have taken a rather more humorous approach to dust storms and 'very high' levels of air pollution
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Thursday 03 April 2014
London may be among the areas worst-hit by the “very high” levels of air pollution that have seen the Government issue health warnings and children kept indoors at school, but Londoners themselves appear to be taking it all in their stride.
Pollution levels hit a maximum ten today in the south but while health warnings were circulated across the internet the capital's residents decided to fill Twitter with more speculative thoughts on the Sahara dust and what else it might bring.
In fact, the Saharan dust seemed to cause more chatter over the (rather unlikely) prospect of camels appearing on crowded streets than fears over the possible health implications of breathing in poor quality air.
One cyclist felt compelled to make her helmet "camel-proof" while others pondered the possibilities of the animals falling through sky, along with the African dust.
But for most people it has been business as normal, although Twitter has seen its fair share of car-covered-in-Sahara-dust related “why did I bother cleaning it??” wails.
Wondering if there's some of the Sahara on the car or if it's just overdue for a clean. I suspect the latter.; Chloe Barr (@chloeb_91) April 3, 2014
Don't understand the complaints about dust blown in from Sahara. It's not every day you find a startled nomad & his camel in the garden.; Liz Anderson (@liz_lizanderson) April 2, 2014
Off for a run. If I don't make it back, blame the Sahara desert.; Simon Conway (@SimonConway) April 3, 2014
I'm going to rush outside and make tiny sandcastles from wind-blown Sahara sand.; Ian McMillan (@IMcMillan) April 3, 2014
Scientists now believe the dust storm sweeping England did not originate in the Sahara. Someone opened the door of Arsenal's trophy room.; Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) April 3, 2014
Damn. Heading into London this morning and forgotten my gas mask. Hopefully I'll at least be able to hire a camel at Paddington.; James Bonnell (@jamesbonnell) April 3, 2014
I have a camel-proof helmet. If sand is coming in from the Sahara, why not flying camels?! Cant be too careful... pic.twitter.com/U8eT5L6sC9; Emma Young (@Emmarulez7) April 2, 2014
Sahara dust falling on London - people laughed at me when I bought a camel ...— Joe O'Shea (@josefoshea) April 2, 2014
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