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  • Rhode makes Olympic history with gold medal

    07/29/2012 9:03:56 AM PDT · by reefdiver · 38 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | Jul 29, 9:45a ET
    <p>LONDON (AP) — Kim Rhode won the gold medal in women's skeet shooting Sunday, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.</p>
  • The NHS did not deserve to be so disgracefully glorified in this bonanza of left-wing propagand

    07/28/2012 11:12:05 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/28/12 | Rick Dewsbury
    The letters ‘NHS’ dazzled in bright red, like some triumphant advert. All around pranced self-indulgent nurses who had volunteered to take a few days off to be part of the ceremony. And how long did this shameful propaganda last for? A whole 15 minutes at the top of proceedings before viewers dozed off to the procession of banana republics and far-flung destinations nobody has ever heard of or even cares for. That such a politically divisive subject was included at all is utterly shocking. Not least because it glossed over the cracks in a system that is creaking at its...
  • London Olympics Has All Except Respect For Jewish Blood

    07/28/2012 11:47:21 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 27 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | July 28, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    London Olympics Has All Except Respect For Jewish BloodBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- July 28, 2012 ... The London Olympics Opening Ceremonies had it all. The Queen, James Bond, spectacular fireworks, inspirational music, creative dancers, David Beckham, Mitt Romney, Michelle Obama, Sir Paul McCartney, sky divers, Mary Poppins, and one very funny Mr. Bean. The IOC and the London Olympics had everything - except simple respect for those Olympians who were murdered at the Munich Games in 1972. We are not speaking Israelis. We are not even talking about Jews, but rather members of the Olympic family...
  • Romney Told the Truth in London

    07/27/2012 2:09:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush ^ | July 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to go to this Romney business. Romney went to the UK. He's over there for the obligatory foreign trip for presidential candidates. And here is supposedly Romney's big gaffe. This was Wednesday night on the NBC Nightly News with the anchor Brian Williams who said, "In the short time you've been here in London, do they look ready for the Olympics to your experienced eye?" ROMNEY: You know, it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not...
  • Choreographer angry that NBC cut segment (Christian hymn was cut out)

    07/28/2012 7:30:59 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    The choreographer of a somber segment in the London Olympics opening ceremony said Saturday he's disappointed that NBC decided not to show it to an American audience. Spectators were asked to display photos of loved ones who could not be there during the segment. The music, a hymn called "Abide With Me," was described in the ceremony's program as an "honest expression of the fear of approaching death." NBC producers did not air it, instead showing American viewers Ryan Seacrest's interview with swimmer Michael Phelps. "I am disappointed," said Londoner Akram Khan, who choreographed and danced in the segment. "I...
  • Gay dating app crashes as Olympic athletes arrive

    07/28/2012 7:09:04 PM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    The Sun ^ | July 22, 2012 | News
    AN ONLINE gay dating service CRASHED seconds after the first Olympic athletes touched down last week due to massive increase in demand. The mobile phone app - Grindr - lets gay men zero in on potential partners nearby using GPRS in their phones. Experts on the site believe the arrival of the Olympic teams on Monday sparked a flood of new customers - and crashed the service in East London. One frustrated Londoner said: "It happened almost as soon as the teams got here. Either loads of athletes were logging on to meet fellow Olympians or were looking to...
  • Olympics 2012: NBC defends blackout of opening ceremony

    07/28/2012 2:42:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 51 replies
    NBC wants viewers to know: The kickoff of the London Olympics was just too complicated to watch live. The network is fighting back against intense criticism of its decision to black out the opening ceremony on Friday, instead offering a taped version hours later in prime time. Viewers reacted with disgust when they tried to watch live coverage of the event on TV or online but could only find a few bootlegging sites carrying the feed in the U.S. "We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports and 302 medals," an NBC spokesman wrote in an email to...
  • Man seems to use Nazi salute to greet German Olympic athletes at opening ceremony

    07/28/2012 10:34:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/28/12 | BRIAN BROWDIE /
    The Summer Olympics may be in England, but a gesture by at least one onlooker at Friday's opening extravaganza evoked images of Hitler's Germany. An elderly man from the German delegation appeared to perform a wrong-handed Nazi salute as athletes from his nation paraded by a dignitaries box at Olympic Stadium.
  • It's No 'Gaffe'—Mitt Knows<br>How To Fix A Ruined Olympics

    07/28/2012 10:44:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 27 July 2012 | Editorial
    Olympics: Mitt Romney has gotten blasted on all sides for questioning London's Olympic preparation. The overlooked fact is that Romney actually knows how to run an Olympics. You would have thought Great Britain and the U.S. were in a crisis and recalling each others' ambassadors, given the overblown, overwrought windbaggery directed at Romney, who is making his first trip abroad as a Republican presidential candidate, with London as his first stop. Someone asked him what he thought of London's Olympic preparations and he replied there could be reason for concern, citing reports of labor and security problems. See, the London...
  • Here’s The Opening Ceremony Tribute To Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn’t Want You To See (wow!)

    07/28/2012 10:05:29 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 36 replies
    The major transitional element of today's London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem "Abide With Me" by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the 2012 Summer Olympic hosts were named. (It's also been suggested the performance was a memorial to the war dead.)
  • The name's Majesty, Her Majesty: Queen 'drops in' to Olympic Stadium..

    07/28/2012 6:13:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Julu 28, 2012 | Katherine Faulkner and Louise Eccles
    It was the night when the Queen appeared in her first movie acting role – and proved herself an instant comedy hit. Her Majesty was seen in a film alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig before apparently ‘parachuting’ into the stadium for the opening ceremony. The recorded sequence opened at Buckingham Palace, where a tuxedo-wearing Craig as 007 was presented to the Queen by her personal footman as she was writing a letter and training her corgis Monty, Willow and Holly to roll over.
  • Opening Ceremony London 2012: Did director take shot at US on health care? (Celebrates death panels)

    07/28/2012 5:25:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7/28/12 | Mark Sappenfield
    Of all the things to laud in Britain's long history, the director of the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics chose for his second act ... universal health care. Yes, that "NHS" spelled out by hospital beds in Friday's opening ceremonies stands for Britain's National Health Service – the government-run universal health-care system that director Danny Boyle called an "amazing thing to celebrate."
  • opening ceremonies bbc coverage

    07/27/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Jean2 · 24 replies
    07/27/12 | Jean2
    Hello everyone, I was wondering about something. I wanted to watch the opening ceremonies of the olympics on the BBC. Does anyone know the link? I went on the BBC website but couldn't manage it. Thank you so much.
  • Wisdom Cries Out; The Olympic Opening

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:(Proverbs 1:20)What a privilege and opportunity for any nation to be able to host an Olympics. The opening ceremony is a unique opportunity to display the glories of the host country. But that would presuppose that the presenters actually believe in the validity of their own national story. IÂ’ve been told that an unprecedented one billion people around the world witnessed this yearÂ’s London opening ceremony. I also was eager to see how the narrative of the nation of Shakespeare, Donne, Churchill, the Puritans, Wilberforce and countless other of the remarkable...
  • Olympics: Opening ceremony grapples with weighty issues

    07/27/2012 6:45:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 101 replies
    AFP ^ | July 27, 2012
    A celebration of free healthcare, the trade union struggle, the battle for women's rights and a fleeting lesbian kiss: the Olympics opening ceremony Friday did not shy away from weighty social issues. Unsurprisingly, the show devised by Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle drew accusations from the British political right that it had strayed into "leftie" issues. Aidan Burley, a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling Conservative party, tweeted: "The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen -- more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?" He followed that with: "Thank God the athletes have...
  • OMG So Far I Think This Olympic Opening Ceremony Sucks! (vanity)

    07/27/2012 6:17:36 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 41 replies
    The best part, which I think wasn't intended, was when they praised the NHS and then showed the little kids in their hospital beds and all the evil characters of British literature showed up! Says a lot about NHS! Mary Poppins had to save them-- a fantasy!
  • Obama Holds First Cabinet Meeting Since January

    07/27/2012 4:41:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/26/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    Obama Holds First Cabinet Meeting Since January9:02 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER According to President Barack Obama's official schedule, "Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting." By CBS reporter Mark Knoller's account, this cabinet meeting is the first one President Obama has held since January 31: Today at the WH, Pres Obama convenes a Cabinet meeting - 18th of his presidency, first one since Jan 31st. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 26, 2012 **SNIP** So it appears,...
  • Should American flag be dipped at London Olympics opening ceremony?

    07/27/2012 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Sopater · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published July 27, 2012
    Thank you for voting! Never. Americans have fought and died defending the flag, for which it stands. 95.89% (15,161 votes) Yes. It's time for America to get in line with the rest of the world. 2.19% (346 votes) Undecided. Is it really that important an issue? 1.92% (304 votes) Total Votes: 15,811
  • Olympics: Torch bearer kisses his boyfriend as spectators cheer

    07/27/2012 10:52:35 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 180 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | July 27 2012 | Ken Williams
    LONDON – A gay man carrying the Olympic torch today on the streets of London was cheered by spectators when he kissed his boyfriend during his stretch of carrying the device that will light the giant Olympic Flame tonight during the opening ceremony that will be telecast by NBC in the U.S. on a tape-delay basis. Chris Basiurski, who chairs Gay Football Supporters Network in Great Britain, was one of thousands of Britons who were chosen to carry the Olympic torch over the past 70 days as part of the Olympic Torch relay that leads up to the lighting ceremony....
  • Obama: 'I love the Olympics'

    07/27/2012 12:00:04 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    politico44 ^ | 7/27/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama loves the Olympics, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday, and will watch the Romneys' horse compete if he has the time. Carney said he heard Obama saying "I love the Olympics, I can't wait for the Olympics to start" and discussing his excitement for the games, which officially begin with Friday night's Opening Ceremony. Obama "looks forward to catching as much of the games as he can" and cheering on American athletes, Carney said, though he didn't have specifics on which events the president was particularly enthusiastic to see.
  • Romney campaign blasts ‘eccentric, odd’ Mayor Boris Johnson of London

    07/27/2012 12:20:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2012 | Toby Harden
    A Romney campaign official has blasted Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, as an ‘eccentric, odd fellow’ whose public attack on the Republican candidate was ‘unbecoming’ and an indication of his bias towards President Barack Obama. The official said that Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘wisecrack’ about it being harder to stage an Olympic Games in London than ‘in the middle of nowhere’ – an apparent reference to Salt Lake City, where Romney oversaw the 2002 Winter Olympics – was ‘probably appropriate, albeit awkward’ and unfortunate for Romney ‘Johnson on the other hand lived up to his reputation as an eccentric, odd...
  • London Olympics Logo Running Man

    07/27/2012 11:45:09 AM PDT · by Talisker · 26 replies
    So after seeing the thing for what, two years now? It occurred to me last night that the London Olympics logo looked like puzzle pieces. They even have 3-D shaddow to make them look like you can pick them up and move them around. So I did. And I found a running man! But even weirder, it seem the running man is supposed to be upside-down, on his head. Because only then can you read the "London" pice properly. Oh, and as a check, besides all the exact angles of the piece sides that line up, the word "London" is...
  • Quit Whining Cameron, Romney Ran An Olympics

    07/27/2012 6:56:35 AM PDT · by Qbert · 61 replies ^ | 7/27/2012 | Dan Riehl
    This silliness has mostly been fun for me, as I suspect, unlike the media, the average American voter couldn't care less about it; however, it does have an element of Obama and the left's ongoing war against success in it. Some are forgetting that, not only does Romney speak with experience and success when it comes to running an Olympics, it was far from America's best moment when it risked botching an Olympics of its own back in 2002.  They can like it, or not, Mitt Romney is largely credited with hauling those, and Salt Lake's ashes out of the...
  • Romney now in a London Olympics controversy

    07/26/2012 4:47:22 PM PDT · by libertarian2patriot · 83 replies
    Libertarian Party Platform ^ | 7/26/2012 | Patriot
    There are a few things presidential candidates shouldn’t do when they travel abroad, 1) Don’t bash the president, 2) don’t apologize for America, and 3) don’t insult the host country. Obama is an American apologist. Romney knows not to do the first two; but did Romney insult the host country? On Wednesday in a NBC interview when he said "“There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials". So which is worse? Obama's apologie's or Romney's insult? My vote is that...
  • Iran to Allow Athletes to Compete Against Israelis

    07/23/2012 5:47:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12
    Iran chef de mission Bahram Afsharzadeh said on Monday that his country's athletes will compete against Israelis at the London Olympics. “We will be truthful to sport,” Afsharzadeh said, adding that Iran would also “respect” a minute of silence if it was held in the opening ceremony to remember the 11 Israelis murdered...
  • Aussie Michelle Jenneke the world's favorite new hurdler

    07/20/2012 5:09:11 PM PDT · by Doogle · 39 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 07/20/12 | Nick Smart
    Emerging 19-year-old Michelle Jenneke, who hails from Sydney, has become worldwide internet sensation after some very interesting dance moves at last weekend's Barcelona World Junior Championships. While she completely dominated her women's 100-metre hurdle event, it's Jenneke's sexy warm-up dance - which included wiggling her hips and shimmying - that's made her famous around the Web. The footage has gone viral and has become a YouTube sensation - with the most popular video one of her moving to a catchy dance tune. It has gone everywhere, even USA Today - which described the footage as "unique way of stretching." And...
  • Muslim Teenager 'shouts Allahu Akbar' as he tries to grab Olympic flame

    07/20/2012 1:56:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/20/12 | Oscars2013
    A 17-year-old shouted 'Allahu Akbar' - Arabic for 'God is Great' - as he unsuccessfully tried to grab the Olympic torch during a stretch of the flame's route through Maidstone towards Redhill. Broadcast live on the BBC, the youth lunged from the crowd to try to take the torch from the hands of its bearer Anna Skora, but was swiftly bundled away by police officers.
  • Visa Olympic commercial reminds me of 9/11 WTC jumpers. Very bad taste, IMO.

    07/08/2012 2:03:50 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/8/12
    The commercial starts with diver David Boudia climbing up the Burj Dubai, and jumping off, with his reflection shown as the way the 9/11 jumpers were, and then he hits the water, and others were following him in their dives, only that they lived and the crowd celebrates.
  • Project McDonald's: Designer 'De-Americanizes' Fast Food Uniform

    06/26/2012 10:32:16 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 40 replies
    Shine from Yahoo ^ | June 25, 2012 | Piper Weiss
    The new look still takes its cue from the kitchen: pickle green and mustard yellow polo shirts at the counter. Mustard-colored skinny ties and belts for managers. Lettuce green pants for customer service assistants. But the condiments cues are the only reminder of the old get-ups. We've taken some of the Americanism out of the uniforms," the British-born Hemingway told Yahoo! Shine in an interview Monday, just a few weeks before the uniforms are rolled out at four Olympic park restaurants in London.
  • USA Soccer Team Draws with El Salvador, Fails to Qualify for '12 Olympics

    03/26/2012 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 38special · 93 replies · 202+ views
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jaime Alas scored in stoppage time and El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying Monday night with a 3-3 tie. The Americans had to win to reach Saturday's semifinals in Kansas City, Kan., and they led 3-2 on Joe Corona's goal in the 68th minute. But Alas scored his goal off the hands off keeper Sean Johnson to stun the Americans, who missed the Olympics for the second time since 1976.
  • Global Warming Panic Inducer: 2012 Olympic Torch Not Low Carbon

    06/11/2011 4:09:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 8 replies ^ | June 11, 2011 | Doug Powers
    Massive construction projects are taking place in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics, when athletes from a couple hundred countries will jet in from every corner of the globe, as will countless spectators. With that in mind, this latest eco-concern is a little like worrying about the carbon output of the Zippo you’re using to light Burning Man. From The Australian:
  • Iran claims London 2012 Olympics logo spells the word 'Zion'

    02/28/2011 8:23:18 AM PST · by Dahoser · 91 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 28, 2011 | Julian Borger
    Iran has threatened to boycott the London Olympics unless the organisers replace the official logo, which Tehran claims spells out the word "Zion".
  • Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville branded 'patronising rubbish'

    05/19/2010 9:21:26 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 62 replies · 1,245+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/19/2010 | Heidi Blake
    The two metallic characters, named Wenlock and Mandeville, were unveiled on Wednesday night after a rigorous 18-month design process involving 40 focus groups. Apparently hewn from the “last drops of steel” left over from constructing the final support girder of the Olympic Stadium, the one-eyed creatures are intended to help young people relate to the Games. Bolt from the blue: the Olympic mascot Wenlock, left, and the Paralympic mascot Mandeville strike an Usain Bolt pose But branding experts last night called them “a calamity” and accused Olympic bosses of wasting thousands of pounds on their creation. Stephen Bayley, the prominent...
  • Muslim women boxers to wear hijab at 2012 Olympics

    10/04/2009 2:49:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 1,337+ views ^ | Oct. 4, 2009 | Marie Woolf
    THE burqa boxers are coming. Young women are training in Afghanistan to fight in Islamic dress at the 2012 London Olympics. Wearing hijabs beneath their headguards and clothes that cover their bodies, 25 female pugilists are preparing for their bouts in gruelling training sessions at Kabul’s Olympic stadium, once the scene of public executions by the Taliban. The team, whose ages range from 14-25, were recruited by their coach, Fadir Sharify, a former professional boxer. He persuaded the girls’ families that it would not be inappropriate for them to take to the ring. The 2012 summer Games will be the...
  • No NYC Games, London Awarded 2012 Olympics (2005/NYC Makes it to 2nd ROUND!!)

    10/02/2009 5:16:14 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 11 replies · 485+ views
    Olympic history was made Wednesday morning, but it wasn't the kind New York City backers were hoping for. In the fourth round of voting, the International Olympic Committee chose London, England, as the host of the 2012 Olympic Games, making London the first city to be selected to host the Games on three occasions. New York City was eliminated on the second ballot of an unusually competitive contest. Paris had been considered the front-runner heading into Wednesday's voting. video at link
  • Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site

    09/19/2009 7:34:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 621+ views
    LIBERTY ^ | September 18, 2009 | By Akhenaten
    For Immediate Release SNIPPET: “Enforcement action threatened at Tablighi Jamaat mega-mosque site Newham Council “doing the right thing at last” says Cllr Alan Craig. “Compulsory purchase of site must be next step” Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), some of whose supporters in Walthamstow were convicted of planning airline terrorist atrocities last week (see note below), has been threatened with enforcement action by Newham Council over its continued unlawful use of the ‘mega-mosque’ site at West Ham, close to the London 2012 Olympic stadium. TJ has erected a temporary structure on site and has been using it daily without planning permission...
  • Christian councillor calls for action against 'mega-mosque' group

    09/15/2009 5:46:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    CHRISTIAN ^ | Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 14:04 (BST) | Jenna Lyle "Christian councillor calls for action against ‘mega-mosque’ group" SNIPPET: "A Christian councillor is calling on an east London council to take action against the Islamic group planning to build a ‘mega-mosque’ close to the site of the 2012 Olympics." by Jenna Lyle Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 14:04 (BST) SNIPPET: "Tablighi Jamaat has come under the close observation of intelligence services in recent years over suspected links to terrorism, despite the group’s insistence that it does not preach violence. This week it emerged that the leader of the airline plot terrorist cell regularly attended a Tablighi Jamaat-controlled mosque in...
  • Police given powers to enter homes and tear down anti-Olymics posters during 2012 Games

    07/22/2009 7:59:30 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 16 replies · 686+ views
    MailOnline ^ | 7-21-09 | James Slack
    Police have been handed 'Chinese-style' powers to enter private homes and seize political posters during the London 2012 Olympics. Little-noticed measures passed by the Government will allow officers and Olympics officials to enter homes and shops near official venues to confiscate material. Breaking the rules could land offenders with a fine of up to
  • Michael Phelps Considering Dropping Out Of 2012 Olympics

    02/05/2009 2:21:55 PM PST · by Justaham · 19 replies · 882+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 2-5-09 | Kevin Van Valkenburg
    In his first interview since a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe, Michael Phelps said yesterdaythat the intense public scrutiny has him contemplating whether he will swim in the 2012 Olympics. Phelps, who said that he "clearly made a mistake" and that the past week has been both embarrassing and uncomfortable for him, spoke with The Baltimore Sun inside Meadowbrook Aquatic Center after finishing his daily workout. While he still has goals he wants to achieve in the sport, he said, he's going to discuss it with his family and his coach, Bob Bowman. "This is a...
  • Video threat to opponent of Olympic 'mega-mosque' (Islamo-facism alert)

    11/07/2007 1:49:27 PM PST · by americanophile · 6 replies · 143+ views
    The London Times ^ | November 6, 2007 | Joanna Sugden
    A haunting video showing an “obituary” of the main opponent to the “mega-mosque” proposed for the 2012 Olympic site has appeared on YouTube, but the subject of the film has vowed to continue his fight against the huge development. The video, In memory of Councillor Alan Craig, shows pictures of the Christian People's Alliance councillor with his wife and two daughters, aged 5 and 6, and promises: “To God we will all return.” It was posted on YouTube apparently in response to Mr Craig high-profile campaign against the building of a 12,000 capacity mosque sponsored by the ultra-conservative Islamic sect...
  • 2012 Snub for RAF Daredevils

    09/16/2007 4:28:33 AM PDT · by gridlock · 75 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 9/15/07 | Virginia Wheeler
    THE Red Arrows have been banned from performing at the 2012 London Olympics as they are too BRITISH. Barmy organisers claim the popular RAF display team’s military background “might offend other nations”. The decision has left pilots, who were set to perform their best-ever display at the opening ceremony, in a state of outrage. One said yesterday: “We have been simply blown away by this decision. “For years we have talked about performing a display at the Olympic Games and how magnificent it would be. “It never crossed our mind we would be banned from the event.” The Arrows, officially...
  • Revealed: the ad men behind the logo fiasco

    06/09/2007 8:05:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1,728+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/10/2007 | Adam Lusher and Tom Harper
    It has been called a puerile mess, a health hazard, a disastrous waste of £400,000... and even the London 2012 Olympics logo. The logo which cost a reported £400,000 After a week in which the new logo sparked nationwide ridicule, hostile questions in the House of Commons and a series of epileptic fits, it seems that only one question remained unanswered: exactly whose bright idea was this? It can now be revealed that the man who led the design team that created the logo is Patrick Cox, the executive creative director of Wolff Olins, an Islington-based brand consultancy with links...
  • The logo is still evolving, say designers

    06/09/2007 8:13:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 851+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/10/2007 | Simon Hart
    The designers of the controversial London Olympics logo claim that they intended it as only the first part of an "evolving branding package". The chunky, geometric shapes spelling out the date 2012 are supposed to be a "blank canvas" that will be filled with diverse images, photographs and sponsorship messages over the next five years, they say. The2012 logo is to be filled with a range of images Many of the images used to "infill" the shapes will be created by the public, who will be encouraged to enter competitions held every six months, with the winner chosen by online...
  • Olympic logo triggers epilepsy

    06/05/2007 10:22:57 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 139 replies · 3,988+ views
    The Sun ^ | June 06, 2007 | RICHARD WHITE
    THE controversial 2012 London Olympics logo was rocked by another blow last night — after it was ruled too dangerous to view on-screen. An animated version of the symbol used on TV and the internet had to be dropped because it could trigger fits in thousands of people. The £400,000 logo, a graffiti-style spelling of 2012 in shades of pink, blue, green and orange, was branded “hideous” when it was launched on Monday. And Olympics bosses were left squirming with embarrassment after an epilepsy group reported 12 cases of people collapsing through looking at it. Epilepsy Action warned that 23,000...
  • Mark Steyn: Wake up and listen to the muezzin

    11/28/2005 1:39:25 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 64 replies · 2,846+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 11/29/05 | Mark Steyn
    Ready, set, go: from the Observer nine days ago: "Olympic costs set to double: Londoners face huge tax rise". Oh, come on. Only double? You can do better than that. Remember the 1976 Olympics? Well, no, you probably don't, unless you're in late middle age. But they were held in Montreal. I'm a Montrealer and our 2006 tax bill is projected to be the year we finally pay off the debts on the games. The '76 Olympics were opened by the Queen, just like the London Games will be, and the city built a big stadium in the East End,...
  • Giant mosque for 40,000 may be built at London Olympics (Great News For Great Britain)

    11/27/2005 6:44:11 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 104 replies · 6,330+ views
    A MASSIVE mosque that will hold 40,000 worshippers is being proposed beside the Olympic complex in London to be opened in time for the 2012 Games. The project’s backers hope the mosque and its surrounding buildings would hold a total of 70,000 people, only 10,000 fewer than the Olympic stadium. Its futuristic design features wind turbines instead of the traditional minarets, while a translucent latticed roof would replace the domes seen on most mosques. The complex is designed to become the “Muslim quarter” for the Games, acting as a hub for Islamic competitors and spectators. “It will be something never...
  • Giant mosque for 40,000 may be built at London Olympics

    11/26/2005 6:08:11 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 73 replies · 1,745+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | November 27, 2005 | Tom Baird
    A MASSIVE mosque that will hold 40,000 worshippers is being proposed beside the Olympic complex in London to be opened in time for the 2012 Games. The project’s backers hope the mosque and its surrounding buildings would hold a total of 70,000 people, only 10,000 fewer than the Olympic stadium. Its futuristic design features wind turbines instead of the traditional minarets, while a translucent latticed roof would replace the domes seen on most mosques. The complex is designed to become the “Muslim quarter” for the Games, acting as a hub for Islamic competitors and spectators. “It will be something never...
  • Shooters seek handgun law change (UK)

    08/19/2005 12:28:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 123 replies · 4,105+ views
    BBC Sport ^ | 2005/08/19 08:43:22 GMT | Andrew Fraser
    The government has been urged to relax gun laws which make it illegal for Britain's top pistol shooters to train in England, Scotland and Wales. Home Secretary Charles Clarke has given special permission for pistol events to be staged at the London 2012 Olympics. But British team members face having to do all their 2012 preparations abroad. "It would be fantastic if they were given the ability to compete on a level playing field," said British shooting's performance chief John Leighton-Dyson. "I would like to think reasonable people will be able to have reasonable discussions and come to reasonable...
  • Hillary Clinton's Olympic Failure

    07/06/2005 8:00:16 AM PDT · by kddid · 13 replies · 441+ views ^ | July 6, 2005 |
    2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has failed in her first major foreign initiative - a high profile bid to bring the 2012 Olympic games to New York City. Hours before this morning's announcement that London would host the 2012 games, Clinton was pulling out all the stops to bring the sports extravaganza to her constituents back home. Mrs. Clinton told reporters in Singapore, where the Olympic committee was meeting, that the Big Apple "exemplifies Olympic values every single day. Living in New York is like living in an Olympic Village - you have every language from every corner of the...
  • Baseball, Softball Dropped From the 2012 Olympics

    07/07/2005 10:00:36 PM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 87 replies · 1,801+ views
    SINGAPORE, July 8 -- Baseball and softball were dropped Friday from the Olympics for the 2012 Summer Games in London. Each of the 28 existing sports was put to a secret vote by the International Olympic Committee, and baseball and softball failed to receive a majority required to stay on the program. The other 26 sports were retained. "I think they've made a big, big mistake," said Tommy Lasorda, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager who managed the 2000 U.S. team to the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. "Baseball is played by all countries now and softball, too....