Happy New Year all. This is the morning that London tries to wake up and go back to work, though it was pretty clear on the street that many of this fine citys residents have decided to leave it till tomorrow at least. My first task of the year was to go and pick up my work visa from the New Zealand Embassy. In recent years visa processes have generally become more bureaucratic and time consuming, so I headed to the NZ embassy bright and early. Hiked across a deserted Trafalgar Square to get to an equally deserted embassy. I pushed the button on the appointment ticket machine which spat out a ticket 'You are customer number 000.' Felt like this could be my lucky day.
The immigration officer behind the desk chatted to me about what U2 were up to and what a busy time theyd had at the Embassy issuing visas for all the bands going down to New Zealands Big Day Out Festival. Lots of keystrokes later, he printed out the visa and stuck it in my passport right there and then. A lucky day indeed.
From New Zealand to the OneDotZero offices at Old Street where I was meeting with my video visuals team to look at what needs reworking for the forthcoming leg of the tour. There will be some new elements I am sure, though initially much of the task is simply reformatting the material which was made during the last leg so it will work on the outdoor screen. All of the shows in the forthcoming part of the tour are outdoors, so well be using the European stage with its giant garage door video screen. Sam (producer) and Luke (editor) were there, jovial as ever, so I feel like wheels are in motion.