When a Chinook loiters over Cripplegate, we all wonder… Is Prince Andrew driving it? Are they filming Spooks again? Will it crash and kill us?
The first two are unlikely, but not impossible. Prince Andrew was a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War. And the underground garages on the Golden Lane Estate have been used by TV spies from Britain, Russia, America, China. Codes have been passed, shots fired.
The crash is a remote possibility, but still achingly potential when the Chinook is hanging there, humming in your head and rattling your windows. Amanda thought her fillings were falling out.