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One Direction? Out Of the Mander Centre. Possibly

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This Tuesday was a comedy of errors. At least I can say that now.

I’d just had some rather depressing news at a work meeting (I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say, while the news in itself wasn’t a  surprise, it didn’t make it less easy to deal with when it actually came).

I then had to hot-foot it from this meeting to the train station where the weather meant delays & re-platforming made finding ANY train a matter of luck rather than reason, only to find Wolverhampton town centre essentially sealed off due to a concert of  Simon Cowell’s X Factor pop foetuses, One Direction.  A bit of a problem, as I had to attend another (non-work related) meeting in Chapel Ash.

No buses for love nor money, I decided I’d at least try to get around the assembly by taking a short cut through the Mander Shopping Centre along with two other people,thanks to a kind hearted security guard taking pity on our frozen souls.

However, once in, we ended up in a nightmare as the rest of the Centre was locked & secured, the only other visible staff in being the cleaners and a TJ Hughes employee, just coming from a meeting.

We eventually found an exit yet to be secured, manned by the staff who’d been at the other entrance, & I slowly made my way, on foot, in the freezing cold, only to be sent to the wrong meeting once I got to the venue ( the 2 staff I encountered were probably nice people, but seemed to have a combine IQ that ironically would ever trouble a thermometer).

That said, spare a thought for the people that were injured during the gig. Having taken time out to attend in sub-zero temperatures, to have your evening end in hospital is no joke. I do hope Wolves City council, X Factor production teams & all those involved will do all they can to help these people, investigate the incident, as well as make sure they (re)consider the safety aspects of such events so things like this don’t happen again.

(Update: The Wife bumped into them being bundled into their vehicle as she was making her way home. Turns out the group were staying at a Travelodge nearby. Bet St Simon of Cowell wasn’t ‘slumming it’ – Oh, the glamour of it all!!