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Rant: 2012 Olympics Carnival Goes Critical

London bids for 2012 Olympics


That’s the only adjective to describe today’s news in the Evening Standard (and briefly on the Beeb before it seemed to mysteriously vanish!) that “The organisation in charge of keeping the costs of the 2012 Olympics down is to receive a £10 million bonus in recognition of its success”.

OK…let’s just rewind slightly…

Did I imagine it or isn’t the Olympic budget currently under scrutiny – largely because the estimated cost has exploded to a gobsmacking £9.3 billion – more than 4 times the original estimate (with 5 years still to run)?

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Rave: NOT a stairLIFT to Heaven!

Led Zeppelin at O2 in concert, Dec 2008.

Well…last night’s Led Zep gig was a bummer to miss (even with all the anti-touting procedures) and on the whole the reviews are pretty good.

The video clip on the Beeb’s website looked awesome.

Gone of course is Robert Plant’s screaming vocal, and from all accounts the band’s more legendary excesses have been replaced with requests for cups of tea. But the band doesn’t seem to have lost any of it’s showmanship and raw, growling sound.

Jimmy Page’s recent finger injury seems to have recovered well and he certainly proved that his talent remains undiminished by time. Likewise, John Paul Jones’ amazing musical versatility has definitely improved with age and Jason Bonner did his dad proud.

*sigh* wish I was THERE.

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Goin’ Underground

Green Park Station - London Underground

Now that I’m back into the whole London commute thing after a prolonged absence, I’m pleased to see that while a few aspects of the whole rail network have improved, some things are just as I remember them.

But it’s too nice a day to go through the whinge list so instead I browsed around the web and came up with the following ditties, all of which are good for a Friday larf.

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Back in the City

Tower Bridge, London

After finishing up with my previous contract in June, I have to confess I’ve been a bit lazy. I was hoping for a long hot summer of dossing around, punctuated by a few great gigs.

Sadly neither the weather or Ticketmaster was playing ball and the summer was a bit of a washout.

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Rave: Hyde Park Calling

Photo Credit: Phil McKenzie © 2006 The Bandanna Club.

What can I say? Absolutely excellent weekend! 60,000+ people enjoying a range of top musical talent and classic rock!

Full details are in the Bandanna Club Good Times section

Includes a Photo Gallery.

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