I live about 12 miles from Heathrow and, for about the past 3 weeks or so, I've watched planes fly past my window from, roughly, due south, flying towards due west (I'm autistic, my sense of direction and geography is shite), because they're so frequent, I'm almost wondering if it's not just the one plane (I know the time because I've sat here and timed them). There are hardly any during the day (I think I see about 2 an hour, maybe). Four have gone past as I've been typing this - now five. They have very bright lights and, often, they seem to have some kind of a searchlight - could they be military (I'm also 6 miles from RAF Northolt). Make that six. Seven. Has the government given permission for airports to increase night flights…? I'm assuming they are commercial, but it's the frequency. They've usually stopped by about 00:15. Eight now.