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Placebo gearing up for O2 show

By Simon Hayes on December 4, 2009 2:17 PM |


Their name is Latin for "I will please" and that's exactly what alt-rockers Placebo will be aiming to do when they arrive in North Greenwich next week.

The band, best known for hits like Nancy Boy and Pure Morning have been touring Europe to promote new album Battle For The Sun and arrive at The O2 on December 9.


As the crunch continues to bite, students are looking towards businesses for their future careers with an increasingly nervous gaze.

But can businesses grab a lifeline by going back to college?


It closed in dramatic fashion on Sunday, then re-opened two days earlier than expected.

But does the Blackwall Tunnel's short hiatus highlight the need for extra river crossings in the east?


Boris Johnson's key transport aide has slammed Tube Lines over the delayed finish to upgrade work on the Jubilee line.

Kulveer Ranger, who advises the Mayor of London on all transport issues, admitted he was "disappointed" by Tube Lines' failure to meet their December 31 deadline.


A new college cricket club is set to appear in the new year.

Tower Hamlets College is to plough a £1,500 grant from the Mayor of London's Play Sport London initiative into the formation of the Tower Hamlets College Cricket Club in January.


Allotment holders are feeling more secure after "positive" talks over the future of their plots.

Council representatives met with Mudchute plotholders over the weekend to explain their plans to test for possible contaminants in the land.


Eurostar hasn't completely dismissed the notion of stopping at Stratford, but admits it has "no immediate plans" to do so.

Stratford International station had been billed as London's second Eurostar station before it opened in 2006, but it remains out in the cold in the current set-up.


An exhibition billed as edgy and dynamic has seen a Greenwich shop turned into an art-filled living room.

The show, called See Through Rose Tinted, has been organised by Greenwich resident Katie Rose Whiting and includes the work of 20 artists from the borough and the curator's home town of Hastings.

Concrete Pencil: Reunion

By John Hill on December 3, 2009 11:04 AM |

Dan Bourke will never get to shoot Dan Aykroyd


I have been experiencing strong jealousy, hatred, shame and regret. It's reunion time.

I can't think of this kind of thing without hearing Blister In The Sun by the Violent Femmes, from that reunion classic Grosse Point Blank. In fact, thanks to Grosse Point Blank, any 10-year-on get together is doomed to be disappointing.


A Swiss company named after the founder's Indian grandfather, Baboo is not a run of-the-mill airline.

So while most carriers would baulk at taking up a route from London City that was dumped by Air France owned-Cityjet during a financial downturn, Baboo saw an opportunity.