Fela! The Musical

Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti

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.
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The Shard

Computer generated image of the Shard Building in London

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.
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London 2012 Mascots Unveiled

London 2012 Olympic Mascots

Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville

London 2012 unveils Games mascots Wenlock & 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 Fountains for London

Drinking Fountain Sign

Drinking Fountain Sign

London’s new drinking fountains a challenge to bottled water industry

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.
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