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Jerry Sadowitz @ Leicester Square Theatre

Saw Jerry Sadowitz tonight at one of his last of a run of shows in Leicester Square. He was totally offensive but hilarious to boot. If you're offended by jokes about human misfortune e.g. the Haitian earthquake then you don't want to be here.

Like Stewart Lee a few weeks ago its nice to see some of the genuinely funny comedians who don't pander to the PC brigade. Stewart managed to get a BBC series last year. I doubt we'd ever get another one from Jerry (anyone else remember The Pall Bearers Review?). He's still way too wrong for TV, yet right to see live; its just a shame he doesn't play out more often.

Oh and he's a brilliant magician too, starting the show by making a piranha tank appear from nowhere (why bother with rabbits and doves) and ending by producing a suited Royal Flush chosen by the audience using sleight-of-various-body-parts.

Oh, and if you're Amanda Holden, don't be there for the start of the show :D


January 2010 saw me taking a long weekend to visit Bucharest in Romania. This was my 30th capital city (if you include San Marino and Vatican City) and as most of Western Europe has now been done it means longer flights and longer breaks to make the most of my time in Eastern Europe.

The city had a major public uprising in December 1989 where the Dictator Nicoleau Ceacescu was killed and became part of the EU a few years ago. So to the tourist it offers an interesting mix of West and East.

The view from the Intercontinental Hotel, which for a long time was the only hotel in the city.

This is Ceacescu's Palace which is the second biggest building in the world (after The Pentagon). It is an absolutely immense structure and an unwelcome reminder of his reign. He levelled more than 10% of the city to build this so its not too much of a surprise that its not well liked.

Aside from the Palace the city is home to some amazing architecture such as this building which is now home to a bank.


The Elephants are Coming

We've had cows in the past and I've also been to cities that have featured bears but now it looks like this Summer the Elephant Parade is going to be hitting London. I love this sort of thing, I just hope I don't feel the urge to try to find all of them :)

Banksy vs Robbo

First there was a Robbo piece on the Regents Canal. It remained there for 20+ years.

Then Banksy came along and made it look like this. This upset some of the Robbo camp.

Who got their own back by doing this :D

The second and third images are mine, the first comes courtesy of Citrus and his flickr page can be found here.

2009 in Review

A quick summary of where I managed to visit in 2009.
New Capitals Athens Ljubljana San Marino Seoul
Parks visited
Ireland Funderland (temporary)
Greece Allou Fun Park International Luna Park Ta Aidonakia Luna Park
Slovenia Poletno Sankanje Straza
Italy Movieland Latemar Meran 2000 Gardaland Mirabilandia Fiabilandia Zoosafari Fasanolandia Miragica
South Korea Childrens Grand Park Lotte World Seoul Land Doocoland Everland Kumdoriland O-World Suseong Land Woobang Towerland Gyeongju World Tongdo Fantasia
Japan Uminonakamichi Seaside Park Kashiikaen Dazaifu Yuenchi Mitsui Greenland Harmonyland Kijima Amusement Park Space World Universal Studios Japan Nagashima Spa Land Japan Monkey Park Fuji-Q Sega Joypolis Aqua Stadium Tobu Zoo Toshimaen Tokyo Disneysea Teine Olympia Maruyama Kidland Rusutsu Resort Hokkaido Greenland
UK Bayside Pleasure Park Botton's Pleasure Beach Fantasy Island Flamingoland Thorpe Park Tulse Hill Park (temporary) Winter Wonderland (temporary) Neverland (temporary)

and totally tempting fate, this is what's on the cards for 2010