||[Mar. 18th, 2007|01:43 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
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 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 |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.