Posts from 13th December 2007

13
Dec 07

The Lives And Times Of Pandora Peroxide

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the ladies voted (yet again) Kerrang!’s most fanciable female, by their creator. Not safe for post-adolescence.

(I will only take the NME annual “cool” polls seriously when Th’ Lone Groover is the automatic winner every year.)

Post-Loll: Its Just Not Rollerball

Do You See + Lollards Podcast11 comments • 707 views

OK, from the FUTURESPORTS desk on last nights FT & The Lollards Of Pop we first take a look at Keirin which chief engineer Carsmile Steve cited as the closest we get to Rollerball in actual sport. OK, there is a scooter involved SOMETIMES, but as texted by Rick to us after the show, Keirin has been around since 1948, with the role of the scooter/motorbike often been taken up by a racing tandem instead. What soon transpires from the Wikipedia page is that Keirin is two different sports really. The super serious pro-betting sport in Japan, and the rest of the world who might do it in the Olympics. In Japan standards of fairness are rigourously applied, in as much as all the bikes (bar the scooter of course) must be of identical standardised make. Which actually seems pretty fair: no knocking up bikes from washing machines in that version of the game. Basically Keirin is probably the purest form of velodrome speed cycling when there is an attempt to reduce wind turbulence* until optimum speed is reached. It also uses a repechage system for qualification, which is nice because repechage is a terrific word**. They tried to hold a Keirin race in London this year but nobody came.

BUT Keirin, for all its use of an electrical scooter (or what seems to be a gas guzzling moto-cross bike in that photo nicked from Wikipedia) is not Rollerball.