“What a shame Stormont is on a hill..”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport got on his bike today to have a closer look at the great hole in Cromac Street. And he learned a couple of things

1. Even with gravity on my side, I am not as fit as I used to be when I cycled to work every day back in the 1980s.
2. I now know Belfast is built on sleech, the sludgy estuarine deposits on the banks of the Lagan. So many Belfast buildings are propped up on timber piles, effectively built on sand. What a shame Stormont is on a hill, it really feels like it should be a sleechy place.

I couldn’t possibly comment on (1).. but on (2) he might have a point.