It's one of those mornings when we have to applaud Gordon's work. His coverage of Take That being trapped when their giant onstage robots broke down mid-set is a lovely story, and a lovely image.
It's a pity that he does spoil it by trying to pretend he knew this was going to happen all along:
It could have been a lot worse. In classic movie comedy This Is Spinal Tap, bass player DEREK SMALLS is trapped inside a giant pod while roadies try to smash it with a hammer.Funny, if it was "bound to happen" you might have thought Gordon would have mentioned that in his review of the set, but back then the robot didn't seem so obviously flawed:
And U2 spent sections of their Popmart tour trapped inside a giant lemon which failed to open.
Something similar was bound to happen with Take That's massive robot.
The last time they hit the road they had a gigantic mechanical elephant as the centrepiece of the production. And the lads have taken another step up in scale since then - introducing a giant 60ft mechanical man.A staggering piece of kit which, apparently, was so clearly going to fail at some point it wasn't even worth mentioning.
It is a staggering piece of kit, and a real symbol of the band's huge ambitions with this show.