1. Merah London Club Opening – The clear winner (though I never would have guessed it) with almost ten times as many pageviews as any other page on the site was this post about the opening of a new posh club. My ticket in the door was a result of my old company doing the design and branding for the club. Have a look:
“Well, the opening of yet another “super exclusive” club seemed to go off without a hitch last night. Merah — a new club over by Oxford St. (on Wells St. to be exact) — opened its doors to the public for the first time last night. In addition to the typical cast of d-listers (former X Factor stars, comedians, boy band members, etc), a full paparazzi, and free booze galore the club boasted a couple of solid DJ sets (atop an absolutely stunning deck), a nice design, friendly staff (particularly for this type of place) and the type of predominantly young/beautiful you might expect at this sort of thing.Of course these are all the steps one would take for an opening, but it did seem a little bit “off” as their real target clientele seems to be less the youngsters spending Daddy’s oil money and more Daddy spending his own hard-earned scrilla while on an international business trip. Going forward Merah will have a tough decision to make as to whether they would rather aim for the d-lister/football crowd (and all the groupies) that frequent a place like Boujis and spend money like it ain’t no thing, or whether they pursue their proclaimed niche of SUPER exclusive gentleman’s club (and no I do not mean ‘the rippers’ here).
Tough call but will be interesting to see whether they “stay the course” of caviar and £120,000 bottles (not exagerating) or opt for trendy cocktails for £15-20 for the young and beautiful.
All in all, a great night out and a strong opening. The bionic finger-printing system used for the coat check was nothing short of class (and made for a much smoother/quicker process as well)…”
2. Behold… The Apple Tablet – This page didn’t receive nearly as many views but it is interesting that not a lot has changed since the early speculation in August. Apple looks set to unleash this beast (now called the iSlate) later this month (according to Gizmodo)… many of the specs and the price range appear to be quite similar to the predictions made when I dropped this post in August:
Absolute Fire… the wait may finally be over! Apple has been working on a tablet for some time now and though it could “change at any time” it is rumored to be basically like a “giant iphone”. The screen on the mock-ups is 10″. Early figures are coming in at $700-$900 and it will come in two editions (one for education and one with a webcam). Gizmodo did not publish the code name under which this project is being worked on but claims that the first prototype emerged in 2008 and that they have been working on this concept for 4-6 years.
Look for the official release coming as early as this fall!
3. Drogba Does Something Cool – This post wasn’t anything special, but I suppose the mention of a superstar (Didier Drogba) doing something that a lot of people needed/wanted answers to is what generated the popularity of this post:
I was trying to figure out why on earth Didier Drogba was wearing red laces in his boots at the Emirates this weekend as Chelsea demolished Arsenal (3-0). I saw him pointing to the boots after the match and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why… well now we know.
Nike and project (Red) have launched the laces as a fundraiser/awareness campaign and Drogba as the (Nike)RED global ambassador was just doing his part. The launch took place at the Nike store last night and featured many famous footballers (Arshavin, Dempsey, Joe Cole, etc.) and everyone’s least favorite do-gooder (Bono).
The laces are available at the Nike Store as well as at NikeTown, London (presumably they will be available at other major sports outlets as well). For the full article hop over to Nike Football.
Hopefully 2010 will bring many enjoyable posts for all to read! I’ve really enjoyed doing this so will definitely try to keep things fresh this year. Thanks for reading!