Gazing out the window of the train from Ealing Broadway to Slough, I see it every day. And I always wonder what purpose it serves. The fact that it’s a crisp light-blue makes me think that it must be a water tower. It’s obviously a very prominent landmark - as it can be seen for miles around. It’s so tall that it has mobile phone masts mounted on its sides - and it has a big black sign painted on it: the letters “LHR” with a big black arrow underneath - pointing airline pilots in the direction towards Heathrow Airport.
(Taken from window of train headed towards Ealing Broadway. Raindrops out of focus on the window.)
To me it’s a symbol of Southall (which is the Punjab-town of London.) It’s the very same blue tower that figured in the film “Bend It Like Beckham” - the bit in the film at the beginning when you see the girls playing football at their practise ground. That blue tower can be seen quite clearly in the background landscape:
UPDATE: Thanks to Nigel - I’ve learned that the blue tower is actually part of what was formerly known as Southall Gas Works - and you can watch a video of it at their website: http://www.southallgasworks.com/thesite.htm. There are some other fascinating videos on the same website - including one which shows scenes of life on Southall Broadway.Posted by jag at April 08, 2004 08:03 PM