THE LONDON MotorSport Show proved to be a roaring success with the public despite the terrible weather conditions.
The centrepiece of the show held at ExCeL London, in the Royal Docks, over the weekend (December 8-9) was the London Masters Rallycross racing series, where some of the best drivers in the business put their driving skills on display.
The wet weather added to the excitement on the purpose-built outdoor circuit as the drivers battled the conditions and each other. The crowd were kept entertained with a fast and furious exhibition of racing, as well as a few bumps, shunts and crashes.
WINTER might be tightening its icy grip on Canary Wharf but this team of happy ladies proved too hot to handle as they claimed a league title in fine style.
Team 118, featuring Bank of America employee Sarah Lyons, won the winter netball league at Langdon Park School at a canter. They clinched the title on November 27 without losing a single game against the seven other teams in the division.
Captain Jen Liu said: "I'm really proud of the girls. We've come a long way in quite a short space of time. This time last year we were in Division II but we've now managed to claw our way up to the top. To go through the season unbeaten is quite an achievement and it was a bit of a surprise.
WHAT do you get that West Ham fan in your life for Christmas?
The answer could be West Ham United - The Managers, a superb new book from Football World, the publishers of the popular EX magazine. And The Wharf has a copy of the book - signed by Hammers legend Billy Bonds - to give away.
The book is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the men who have steered the club's fortunes over the years. From Syd King through to Alan Curbishley, this labour of love is packed with anecdotes and rarely-seen photographs, and contributions from many of the managers themselves as well as a host of former players.
THE cheers that rang out around The Valley just before five o'clock on Saturday were born as much of relief as they were celebration.
Relief partly because the 3-1 defeat of Ipswich kept Charlton in touching distance of the top two teams, but also because the way they played - particularly in the first half - suggested that the recent blips at home were just that.
There was some much needed reassurance, too, that when everything falls into place this is a side that is capable of beating just about anyone in the division.
DARREN Ambrose was the goalscoring hero against his old club, but it was only an eagle-eyed linesman that saved him an ear-bashing from his manager.
The two-goal man was ready to step up for his hat-trick after a penalty was awarded for handball in the second half of Saturday's (December 8) 3-1 win against Ipswich, before the linesman persuaded the referee it had come off the defender's chest.
While that meant he missed his chance for a third goal from the spot, it saved him the wrath of Alan Pardew, who after the game said he would have given Ambrose a piece of his mind as only Andy Reid is allowed to take penalties.
IT WAS a mixed week for Lions supporters as we got a great, if somewhat unexpected, away win on Tuesday in the derby match with League One high-flyers Leyton Orient.
But then we had our match away to Luton last Saturday called off just one hour before kick-off when most Lions supporters were either at the ground or very close by.
Personally, I was on my second pint at a nearby pub and was left frustrated at having to make another trip to Luton but this time on a midweek night.
"IT WILL always for me be the one that got away. Losing any game of rugby is a disappointment but losing a world cup final is bitterly disappointing."
Rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio was in Canary Wharf on Monday (December 3) and admitted England's defeat by South Africa in October is still something that upsets him.
"It's something you remember for the rest of your life," he said. "I was lucky enough to win one before but there are some in the team who won't get another chance. Hopefully there are many who will."
A TOUGH quiz from a panel featuring the fearsome Dragons' Den experts was one of the tasks Dan McGuire passed to win a top award.
The MD of Broadbean Technology, in Marsh Wall, was not fazed by notorious entrepreneurs Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones from the TV programme and their fellow judges.
He was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Growing Business Awards, organised by the CBI and Real Business magazine.
AN OFTEN overlooked corner of Canary Wharf could be set for a £5million facelift - and a top-name restaurant.
Harbour Island, the three-storey floating building in Millwall Inner Dock, will be completely refurbished under plans submitted to Tower Hamlets Council by owner Tiger Developments.
If successful the existing 68,500sq ft structure, now used for office and retail, will be stripped out and new restaurants and shops installed. It will be finished off with copper cladding, giving the building a distinctive green sheen.
THE SHEER number of women crammed into the carriages of the eastbound Jubilee line on Monday was an indication that Take That have lost none of their appeal in the last 10 years.
And the thousands who have made the trip to North Greenwich since the group brought their Beautiful World tour to The O2 Arena last week won't have been disappointed.
As a somewhat sheepish Jason Orange pointed out, 37 is really far too old to be in a 'boy' band - but then Take That is no ordinary boy band.