JUST a couple more days to go and the curtain will come down on the greatest show on earth with a spectacular finale, including the event I’ve been particularly looking forward to – the mums’ race.

It’s been a fabulous performance by Team GB, exceeding all expectations, but China have ended up topping the medal table which is all the more remarkable considering they’ve used the same athlete in every event. Poor chap must be worn out.

Weymouth and Portland have earned worldwide praise for their hosting of the Olympic sailing events, quite rightly too, and you can say farewell to the London 2012 Olympics with some fantastic live music events this weekend.

Those of you who bought tickets for the Live and Local final night at the doomed Bayside Festival for this Sunday, August 12, can stop the weeping and wailing and start the a’whooping and a’hollering as all four bands, that’s Shooter, Speedway Snails, Hustle and The Stereoironics, have shifted the whole shebang to the Lazy Lizard on the Esplanade, starting at 7pm.

And if you bring your wristband showing proof of purchase of Bayside tickets, entry is free for you.

Also in Weymouth, the Pavilion Live! series of gigs, hastily arranged in the wake of the Bayside collapse, continues tonight, tomorrow and finishes on Sunday. Entry is just £1 and tonight Elvis tribute Darren H tops the bill.

Ed Hintze will be bring his Elton John show on Saturday and providing a very happy finish on the Sunday will be the Spandex-clad poodle-haired 80s rockers Big Gunz with support from apron-clad groovers The Dinnerladies.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all and for only a quid, you can’t go far wrong.

It’s a 7pm start for these three nights.

Moving north to Dorchester, it’s the annual Stevie Charles Help a Friend Help a Friend Memorial Concert in the Borough Gardens with another top line-up of local talent.

Kicking off at midday, acts so far confirmed are the marvellously-monickered Peggy and Leggy, Red Rooster, Surfin’ Birds, Vanilla Radio, Kipper, Howling at the Moon and the Amy Mayes Band. All top stuff and all in a great cause too.

Right, that’s it for this week, I’m off to study the ladies Greco-Roman wrestling I Sky+’d earlier in the week.

‘Til next time...