The annual trip to Dublin saw me visiting the city for 3 reasons. To catch up with friends.To visit the Funderland fair.To defend my two-time go-karting championship.After a few hours at the airport, due to a slightly delayed flight Friday evening was spent having drinks and a lovely Mongolian Barbecue in the Temple Bar area
Saturday morning was go-karting day and I don't know what had happened to the track but you had to steer into the bends really early if you were to get around. As a result I was unable to get to grips with the track, pun intended, and wasn't doing as well as in previous years. In the end I came 4th and had to relenquish the title to Richard. It gives me a good reason to come back though!
After a quick break, we then made our way down to the Funderland arena for the fair.
This was the sight that welcomed us to Funderland. This year they were debuting their new coaster, Shockwave.
Salvaged from Luneur in Italy where it has been sitting in storage the ride was res…
I'd seen the Chemical Brothers before play a Tribal Gathering event over a decade ago. They were touring again and a mate had a spare ticket so I thought I'd go along. It was one of the best concerts I'd been too. The atmosphere was great.
A warm up DJ set the scene, he was hidden away to the left.
The main support act was Simian Mobile Disco, who looked like two guys chasing themselves around a bunch of electrical equipment set up in the centre of the stage. The LED vertical lighting that made up most of their visuals was amazingly bright though and was leaving lines on my retinas. The place did go mad when they mixed into Hustler though.
Then it was onto the main event and the Chemical Brothers really rocked the crowd, starting with Galvanise which set the crowd off perfectly.
The visuals for "do it again" were great. Here's a youtube that someone else took. I don't understand why people go to events and watch the show through their mobiles, but the flipsid…
Some pictures from this year's Winter Wonderland event in Hyde Park London during Christmas 2007. In the past they've had a great fun fair, but wanting to attract a more family based crowd they'd dropped that for a few kiddy rides, an ice rink and a German style Christmas Fair.
The ice rink was very popular, it was also the largest in London this year.
This came out quite nice I think, its the baby millennium wheel that must have taken some time to put in place.
Cheesy simulator themed to Raymond Briggs cartoon movie.
The rides were pretty bad but then none of them were intense. For kids it would have been ideal, but for me, not so great. Hopefully they'll reconsider this event for next year. They need to have nice balance of the two.
The aim of this mission was to find the Banksy Baby with Building Blocks piece beside the canals in Hackney. Unfortunately the piece is inside the border of the new Olympic Village and closed to the public. I did contemplate ducking under the cordon to get along the river to take the pic but spotting a patrolling policeman made me reconsider. I like finding Banksy pieces but wouldn't want to be arrested in doing so...I'll try again when the police aren't about, or whenever the Olympic Village opens in 2015 :D
So I made do taking pics of some of the other pieces along the canal.
The baby is just behind this and to the left...next time.