Hello. My name is Isaac, 35 years old from Vancouver, Canada. I have set this blog up to document my journey following Mark Knopfler’s 2013 “Privateering” tour, from April 25 (Bucharest, Romania) to July 31 (Calella de Palafrugell, Spain).

Due to Despite the tour’s obnoxious schedule (thanks, Mark), I cannot be entirely sure that I will attend all concerts. That being said, I will try. You are more than welcome to sit back, relax, read, and comment. You can also subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed (see the “Subscribe for Updates” box at the right hand side of the page. For standard RSS readers, select the “Atom” option).

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Friday, May 31, 2013

A Quick Note from London, UK

Oh hello.

Just a short one this time as a few kind readers emailed me asking what the hell is going on.

As there isn’t any travel involved during the week in London, and I am using this week primarily to catch up with certain obligations (I actually hardly left my hotel room ever since getting here, except for dining. And buying underwear. I’ll elaborate later), there isn’t much to tell.

The concerts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (yesterday) were a treat. After an exceptionally tasty concert on Monday night—which I would definitely label as the best one yet in this tour*—the following experiences in the Royal Albert Hall were different, as the band seemed more relaxed and the audience (for the most part) exhibiting more of the typical London‐ish reserved temperament.

* One reader suggested that I recommend which USB stick(s) to purchase. Frankly, I am a little uncomfortable with that because enjoyment of these concerts is rather subjective and I wouldn’t want people to take a blind bet expecting me to be the judge of things. So, let’s get this out of the way: whatever I write reflects my own personal opinion. It’s up to you to decide how to use your money—my opinions about the concerts are all described here and you’re welcome to make your own judgement based on them.

Two exceedingly disconcerting violent incidents took place (so far), one on Tuesday and one on Thursday; I happened to be witnessing the first and being one of the victims of the second. I decided to do something about it and will keep you posted. People shouldn’t have to attend concerts fearing for their lives, this just isn’t right. All details (well, not all; whatever I will be in the liberty to publish) will be revealed in a blog post once the London week is over.

Bye for now,



  1. Go for that law enforcement Isaac. I don't carry a mobile phone but I know most of them can take a picture. When you make an official complaint in the UK with the police they should give you a crime number. That means they HAVE to raise paperwork and follow the complaint through. Some police offices do not want to give you a crime number basically because it makes life easy for them, a lot are lazy. If you got a pic of the person(s) responsible and you got a victim then you got a case. Make it clear you and Gerome were the VICTIM...use that word..of an assault. Lets hope this stops these Neanderthals.

  2. Over the last few days I have put some thought into this problem Isaac and I think it is worth recording my conclusions. The first issue is how you responded: don't use the F words in public...I use others too..hahha. But in a conflict situation don't use them. In the UK that is an offence. You are an outsider to the UK so you will see many things peculiar to this small island. In my experience the UK is unique and if you live here you soon learn the rules. The problems start when you try and apply standards that are common to your own experience or homeland. It is true that the UK prides itself on being a multicultural society but in reality this is untrue. The UK has always been a divided kingdom, not only in heritage but also in the peculiar social class system that is omnipotent within the society.