At London Living, we know that listening to and experiencing music is often a very personal experience; hearing a familiar melody can bring back memories in haunting detail, while a new song can excite and inspire. As John Lennon once said, ‘Music is everybody’s possession’.
Following on from our recent article uncovering London’s hot spots for board gamers to unite and play, we’re rolling a double by looking at the board game’s more sophisticated cousin, chess.
December saw the Olympic Conference Centre host the annual London Chess Classic, a tournament attracting some of the chess world’s finest tacticians. It was won by Russian Vladimir Kramnik, who triumphed over British hopeful Luke McShane to scoop the €50,000 prize money.
Mark, the proprietor of As Easy As Riding A Bike, used to be ‘a relentless optimist, holding the belief that cycling is just such a naturally brilliant way of getting around that, sooner or later, everyone else is going to realize it, and leap onto the bicycles that are gathering cobwebs in their garages.’
Realising this vision was perhaps a little optimistic, Mark revised his stance and adopted a more ‘realistic’ approach.
It will not have escaped your notice that 2012 is set to be a massive year for British sport. But this summer will also see the culmination of a four-year cultural celebration of all things British.
Beginning at the Tate Britain with Lord Coe back in 2008, the Cultural Olympiad will reach its climax this year. Offering a mouthwatering breadth of cultural festivities throughout 2012, it has been billed as: