Drummond Puddle Watch brings the City to a standstill as nearly 20,000 people watch a live stream

 
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Could this be the solution to the UK's productivity puzzle?

Never mind HSBC’s ongoing online banking crisis, or North Korea’s latest announcement that it is testing hydrogen bombs: City folk are far more concerned about how people are going to get across a massive puddle hundreds of miles away.

In fact, of the 20,000-odd people who have been watching the trials and tribulations of passers-by trying to ..er... pass by the puddle, more than a few herald from financial institutions.

Deputy head of policy at the IoD Jimmy McLoughlin admitted the live stream had brought his office to a standstill.

https://twitter.com/jimmym/status/684748314118590464

A spokesperson added dryly (sorry): “The IoD has long been a passionate advocate of disruptive innovation and the Northern Powerhouse.”

Staff at YouGov were also gripped by the action.

https://twitter.com/JoeTwyman/status/684746912998797313

But the excitement of watching people attempt to cross the puddle has not, it seems, been an unproductive afternoon for everyone.

One Newcastle-based photographer has collected water from the offending pond-like basin and is selling it on Ebay. Although the initial bids would suggest she might not have struck oil with the idea...

https://twitter.com/katiebyramphoto/status/684771357150851072