This could be the year that a skateboarding area defeated a major renovation of one of the world's leading arts centers. The story so far...London's Southbank Centre has expended a great deal of time and energy on drawing up plans to renovate their premises with the promise of lots of free arts activities for all. Last month, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson essentially said, "Fine, but you're leaving the skatepark alone." Problem.
There's an odd comment in a BBC report on the South Bank Center new season launch. Referring to the comments of SBC boss Jude Kelly that the classical music business is still weighted against women -- in many ways a fair comment and one that has been widely reported -- the Beeb suggested that there were dissenting voices from Marin Alsop's selection to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013