The show itself was fantastic. In retrospect, and at a more existential (Pretentious? Moi?) level, it’s a lesson in the power of preparation. Or, as they used to tell us on pretty much every ’80s management training course, ’The 5 Ps’, ‘Poor Preparation leads to P- – – – Poor Performance’. Those three hours must have taken months of planning and rehearsal. You can’t go on and blag it in front of a dozen people, let alone 100,000. And you could tell which were the unpracticed bits, those with Special Guests Bruce and Dave. Whatever your age, the prep is the hard part, even if you wrote all the songs. No adrenalin to carry you through, just 9-5 practice/change/upgrade/practice again. So respect and much to emulate, I’d say.
“Britain is braced for a winter of strikes – yet a public backlash just hasn’t happened”
There’s a lot of support, I know, for the striking nurses/rail workers/posties/firemen et al. But you don’t have to go far to hear quite a bit of ‘you know some of them earn £40,000 a year not bad is it and they get great pensions don’t know what they’re complaining about there’s no money anyway’.