So this is probably about as non science/tech/hacking related topical as I get, which is to say I am only about two weeks after everybody else saw it and discussed it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/artic...ing-at-alarming-rate-industry-figures-suggest "The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), which represents venues, says in 2005 there were 3,144 clubs and this is now down to 1,733." Or if you prefer the number has more or less halved in 10 years, though some of the statistics are worth considering further in more detail. Now the closest I get to a club these days is when one puts on a concert for a band I like, and that usually involves a train ride of a hour or more. Of course I never liked clubs -- none around here ever played music I care for (which is to say I do not care for pop and bad electronic music of the day, I would also add opera to that list but opera club night I would have to go to just to say I did), paying way over the odds for drinks just seemed silly and pre smoking ban was not great and often left me wondering if I should even try to wash the clothes I wore out, post smoking ban is also not great but for different reasons and being in a place too loud to hold a conversation. Oh and I never got the logic behind no trainers. On the flip side I am a miserable bastard when all is said and done, and combine the worst aspects of old before my time and perpetual adolescence. To that end what do fellow UK based/aware 'tempers think about the UK side of things and I would also be interested to hear the opinions of others about what goes where they are.