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[Mar. 18th, 2007|01:43 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Bah - I didn't get lucky in the ballot for Arctic Monkeys tickets - pause for you all to sneer about how that obviously means that I did get tickets - but I have just bought a ticket for Squeeze in December. They're taking the piss more than ever with booking fees now aren't they? I've just been charged £44.50 for a ticket with a face value of £35. I know the answer is "If you don't like it, don't pay it" but gigsandtours.com seem to have a virtual monopoly on selling tickets these days so it isn't as if there's any choice, beyond a great expedition to Hammersmith to pay cash at the venue I suppose. Am I right in thinking that there's been a whitewash investigation into booking fees by the appropriate authorities recentlyish? If not, there should be. Perhaps I'll write to my MP, although in all honesty I suspect I won't.

I went to the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup at Arsenal on Wednesday. Tickets for that were £10 on the night, or for pre-booked tickets a very reasonable £3. Unless paying cash however - only possible 9-5 Monday-Friday so to all e's and p's impossible - the cheapest way to get one's hands on one was to book it on the internet. There was no booking fee as such, but the postage cost - for sending a small piece of thin cardboard through the normal post - was £2.80. By my reckoning that's at leasrt £2.30 clear profit on the actual cost of postage and packing, and that's if they used a gold envelope, which they didn't.

Look! London Zoo's new gorilla enclosure is opening soon! I'm looking forward to seeing that - they have a similar thing at the Bronx Zoo in New York which is excellent, and being more modern you'd hope that this is even better.

Finally, in TV news, it's Tube Night tonight on BBC4.

[User Picture]From: internetsdairy
2007-03-18 02:07 pm (UTC)
They're also making a rainforest enclosure - for chimps, if I remember - which you'll be able to walk through at ground and 'canopy' level.
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[User Picture]From: several_bees
2007-03-18 02:10 pm (UTC)
I enjoy that the second half of the article appears to have been stolen from your livejournal, with its scattered bold and its alleged famous gorillas.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-03-18 02:18 pm (UTC)
And they didn't even mention Floquet de Neu. Or Guy.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-03-18 02:17 pm (UTC)
Will that be safe? Those chimps are murderous swine.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-03-18 03:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe they'll give you cattle prod things on the way in. That'd be good, I'd go hunting.
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From: metallikat
2007-03-18 05:11 pm (UTC)
That Graun article is way off - the male gorilla's name is Bongo, not Bobby! They started letting the gorillas out in their new enclosure last weekend, so if you peer through the gaps in the mesh, you can see them already. I'm meant to be going to a sneak preview party on 29th March, but I'm not actually a big fan of gorillas, so will be going for the free food and beer. I'm far more excited by the re-opening of the Clore pavillion near the meerkats, where mammal world has been replaced a rainforest exhibit instead.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-03-18 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, is that opening at the same time or later? If it's later, I'll wait for that to open before I go.
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