A rose by any other name...
The Millennium Dome, the Dome, the white elephant, the O2 Arena, Tony's Folly - there are plenty of naming options available for the wretched thing without having to think too hard. None of these proved suitable for a rather breathless press release from Livingstone's office about the NBA (National Basketball Association) setting up an office in London - apparently it is 'London’s new state of the art NBA-style arena'.
Now this is alarming on a number of levels, as given the 30 odd teams in the NBA does this mean that North America is littered with Rogers-inspired buildings that cost the earth and serve little or no purpose, and if this is 'new state of the art', what are my chances of selling a seven year old car or computer on ebay and terming it thus?
Back at the plot, I suspect that the NBA's main ambition in these parts is to sell more baseball caps and the like to individuals incapable of finding on a map the host city of the team whose colours they sport.