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Today is 07-07-(20)07, whichever part of the world you come from! For Londoners, this date will forever be remembered for the bombings of 2005. 52 people died in those attacks. But today promises to be one of the busiest and happiest days on the British capital's calendar. The 94th Tour de France kicks off later this afternoon in Central London. It's the first time the mother of all professional cycling events comes to the EU's biggest city, and only the 4th time it is visiting the Isles. More than 500,000 visitors are expected to attend the event and there will be 4,500 policemen maintaining the peace. In many cities, this would be the only major event taking place during the course of a single day, but not London. As I type, the London edition of the Live Earth concert is underway at Wembley. Eight other cities around the world are being treated to a day of entertainment to raise awareness for global warming and man-induced climate change. Madonna, Duran Duran, Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighers, Justin Timberlake, Keane, James Blunt, the Beastie Boys and Snow Patrol are some of the prominent acts taking centre-stage here in London. How often does one get a chance to see all these awesome artists get together on the same stage and at the same event? Multiply that by 8 and you've got the most awesome display of musical entertainment ever witnessed in the history of humankind. And all for a good cause. Not bad humanity, not bad. (Side note: Only 60,000 fans will be be to watch the Live Earth concert in person)

let's not forget about the other major event taking place in South-West London, ie Wimbledon! As I type, Federer has just defeated Gasquet in straight sets to qualify for his 5th consecutive Wimbledon final, the first man to do so since Borg in 1980. Can he emulate Borg and go on to win a 5th consecutive Wimbledon title? We'll find out tomorrow as the only thing standing between him and that incredible achievement is the no small matter of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard was lucky to win his S/F on default as Djokovic retired hurt in the 3rd set. It appears as though he went into the match with an injured foot and it was just a matter of time until it gave way. To go out in this way must be extremely frustrating for the Serbian, particularly as it wasn't his fault that he had to play so many matches in the 2nd week, but if there was anything under his control, it was the amount of time he took to win his matches! Including the S/F, Djokovic was on court for just under 20 hours, compared to 8 hours for Roger Federer. Not surprisingly then, his feet could not take the heat any longer. Hopefully he'll be back next year to make up for this year's tragic ending. Meanwhile as I type, the women's final has commenced.

As far as international sporting/major events are concerned, that's as much action taking place in the city today, but like I mentioned above, it's an astonishing load for a single city to handle in a single day. Elsewhere in the country, the West Indies are playing England in their final cricket ODI at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, India are playing Sussex at Hove and up-and-coming British driver, Lewis Hamilton, has secured pole position for tomorrow's British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. And that's not all! There are several music festivals taking place across the city and the country, including the City of London Festival. And if music's your thing, then very few cities can compete with London's ability to attract the biggest names in world music, even fewer cities host several big names on the same night. Although tonight is not one of those nights, at least three big names will be playing to audiences across the country: The Killers, Rod Stewart (hey, he was very famous once upon a time!) & Justin Timberlake (who's playing at the refurbished Millenium Dome, now known as the O2 Arena).

And even beyond the world of music, there's just so much else going on in the city that isn't document on the front page of newspapers. Then there are the millions of tourists who will no doubt be taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to hit up London's pubs, clubs, restaurants, bistros, cafes, theatres, cinemas, points of interest, green spaces, museums, art galleries... the list goes on! We can't forget about the ethnic communities either. They've surely got a lotta shit goin down today as well. There are several exhibitions taking place across the city, including one commemorating Tony Bliar's 10-year regime. Club cricket, domestic rugby, equestrian events, etc. etc. ... how could you not love this city?
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