My RideLondon-Surrey Race Stats
Participated in the inaugural RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle sportive earlier in the month which was just brilliant. Been too lazy to blog about it before but this graphic came through from Garmin last week and has given me some impetus.
London’s South Bank has been a mainstay of the British skate scene for decades but the Soutbank Centre now wants to turn the area into more retail units and move the park elsewhere, this isn’t their first land grab either.
Radiohead on stage
I was offered a ticket for last nights Radiohead King of Limbs concert at the O2 Arena last week and after some serious procrastination, largely over the £70 cost of the ticket and not really having liked the King of Limbs album particularly, I decided to bite the bullet and go.
The Good, The bad and the Queen, courtesy of wheelzwheeler on Flickr
I think that The Good, The Bad and the Queen album is my favourite of the last decade but I thought my chance of seeing it performed may have passed so I was all over it when the tickets were released for this gig at the Coronet.
Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti in the musical Fela! at the NT
I’d normally run a mile, actually I’d probably run a marathon, at the thought of going to see a musical. Perhaps the most painful two hours of ‘entertainment’ of my life was watching the musical Chicago, I could’ve really thrown some chairs after that one.
The Shard by Renzo Piano
Shard London Bridge becomes the UK’s tallest skyscraper
The Shard London Bridge, currently under construction, has been crowned the UK’s tallest skyscraper.
The tower, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, outgrew previous holder Canary Wharf’s One Canada Square, which stands at 235m (771ft).
I live fairly close to the Shard and have been noticing the speed with which it has been growing over recent weeks.
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 with Shimano 105 Groupset
Finally got a new bike, a Bianchi road bike with Shimano 105 groupset, haven’t riden it yet but I think she looks great.
Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville
London 2012 organisers have unveiled cartoon animations named Wenlock and Mandeville as the mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Focus groups of children and families helped form the designs and children’s author Michael Morpurgo added a story concept for an animated series.
“We’ve created our mascots for children,” said Locog chair Lord Coe.
“They will connect young people with sport, and tell the story of our proud Olympic and Paralympic history.”
The characters are named after the village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire – which hosted a precursor to the modern Olympic Games in the 19th Century – and the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire.
Mascots often seem like a lame side-thought to me, created for the purposes of selling tacky merchandise. However I do quite like these ones, especially the concept behind them and the idea of having a story behind their existence.
Drinking Fountain Sign
London may soon follow in the footsteps of Bundanoon, the Australian town that last week banned bottled water and set up drinking fountains for thirsty locals.
The capital’s first water stations will be set up this month in a move that could have serious repercussions for the £1.5bn-a-year bottled water industry, with companies finding it increasingly difficult to justify their carbon footprint as the quality of tap water improves.
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I was bemoaning the lack of drinking fountains yesterday and remembering an article I read about the ban on bottles water in Bundanoon and then saw this article on the very subject in the Observer a few hours later.