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Aug 24

Britain’s final medal tally: Gold, 19; Silver, 13; Bronze, 15

BEIJING handed the Olympic flag to London today in a spectacular closing ceremony.

 

Rock legend Jimmy Page and singer Leona Lewis starred in the eight-minute slot for London, while footballer David Beckham was also involved.


Handover moment: X-Factor singer Leona Lewis performs in front of a 90,000-strong crowd


Stunning … Leona Lewis sings at Olympics

London mayor Boris Johnson received the Olympic flag in the handover ceremony, which featured a red London double decker bus driving around the Bird’s Nest stadium being pursued by Team GB cyclists Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade.

Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, told the 91,000 people inside the Bird’s Nest stadium: “Tonight, we come to the end of 16 glorious days which we will cherish forever.

“Thank you to the people of China.”

PM Gordon Brown, who spoke yesterday of his hope that a UK football team could compete in the next Olympics, also attended the closing event.

Beckham, who kicked a football into the crowd during the ceremony said he believed the London Olympics in 2012 would be even better than the spectacular events this year. 

The England footballer said Team GB’s astonishing medal haul will spark a wave of interest in taking part in sport.

Beckham said: “I’m an East End boy and I’m proud that it’s happening in London. 


World Icon: David Beckham, Britain’s most famous world celebrity, celebrates the handover at the Bird’s Nest statium


Boot … David Beckham kicks a football at the closing ceremony

“I was very proud to be involved in the first place bringing it back to England and to London. It’s going to generate so much interest in sport and kids are already getting excited about it. 

“We have seen what the Chinese have done here and I’m sure we will better that, without a doubt.”

 Team GB won three more medals yesterday with boxer James DeGale leading the way by winning the men’s middleweight title. 

The 22-year-old Londoner came out on top in a hard-fought contest with Cuban Emilio Correa at the Workers’ Stadium. 

The boxer’s gold medal followed other success for British athletes on the penultimate day.

Kayaker Tim Brabants, who already has a gold from this summer’s Games, won bronze in the men’s 500m race while Sarah Stevenson took bronze in a dramatic +67kg taekwondo contest to become Britain’s first ever medallist in the sport. 

A good luck message from the Prime Minister was not enough to help Britain’s teenage diving sensation Tom Daley on to the podium. 

Daley, 14, from Plymouth, finished 7th in the 10 metre platform final at the Water Cube. 


Teen star: British diver Tom Daley, 14, looks relaxed during the closing ceremony

Team GB has had its most successful Olympics for a century.

 Britain currently lies in fourth place in the medal table behind China, USA and Russia, after notching up 19 gold medals, 13 silver and 15 bronze to make a total of 47 medals. 

The Queen today congratulated British and Commonwealth athletes for their success at the Beijing Olympics and said she was looking forward to the London Games in 2012.

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Finished … a magnificant fireworks display kicked off the Olympic closing ceremony

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Show … the closing ceremony set the standard for the London Games

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Farewell … the Bird’s Nest stadium has provided a fantastic arena for the Games

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Stage … Olympics has been great success

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Fireworks … great display to end the show

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Watching … Gordon Brown watches ceremony with his wife Sarah

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Amazing … gmynasts in the closing show

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Flame … the Olympic torch will now head to London

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Cycle … bikes in the ceremony


Wheel of joy: A performer wheels around the ceremony to leave the crowd delighted

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Bus … London start their eight minute section

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Handover … London Mayor Boris Johnson waves Olympic flag

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2012 … the baton has been passed


Workers erect a giant drum ready for the closing ceremony


Fireworks light up the sky as the countdown to the Games’ finale ends


A drummer performs near the Olympic flame


Dancers during a closing ceremony performance


Dancers during a closing ceremony performance


Drummers perform in the stadium


A close up of some of the performers in today’s showpiece


Entertainers perform during the closing ceremony


Flagbearers representing countries from around the world


Boris Johnson during the ceremony


A London bus is driven into the stadium


Leona Lewis performs during the closing ceremony


Participants perform during the closing ceremony


Performers during the ceremony


A close-up of performers on the ‘memory tower’


The festivities during the closing ceremony


Crowds in London celebrate as they watch a screen showing events in Beijing

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May 04

THE public is making its mark on graffiti artist Banksy’s first British exhibition in three years as a whole street has been transformed into an art exhibition.

The Cans Festival, a three-day street party of stencil art, kicks off yesterday in an old tunnel formerly used by taxis, which was vacated when Eurostar left its Waterloo terminal in London.

Artists from as far afield as Brazil, Canada and Australia are also taking part.

Huge installations include smashed up cars, a CCTV camera-laden tree, an ice cream van, a cut-out of the Queen, and statues as well as artwork on the walls.

Boris Johnson also features in murals by a Dutch artist named Hugo Kaagman.

In one piece – We Need Change – the politician’s face appears by a picture of a Smurf.

From today the public can add to the exhibition with their own stencilling.

Banksy said: “Graffiti doesn’t always spoil buildings, in fact it’s the only way to improve a lot of them.
“In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I’m hoping we can transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art.”

The free event is open to the public from 10am until 10pm on Monday.

After that, the installations will be removed from the road, but the artwork will remain on the walls.
The exhibition takes place in Leake Street, near Waterloo Station.

Members of the public are being invited to take part in Banksy’s latest project, as an army of graffiti artists turn a whole London street into an art exhibition

The Cans Festival starts on Saturday in an old tunnel formerly used by taxis

It was vacated when Eurostar left its Waterloo terminal in London

Banksy had noticed an abandoned access road. Eurostar, which no longer owns the tunnel, helped to put his brainwave into action

Artists from as far afield as Brazil, Canada and Australia are also taking part

Huge installations include smashed up cars, a CCTV camera-laden tree, an ice cream van, a cut out of the Queen and statues, as well as artwork on the walls

Banksy said: “Graffiti doesn’t always spoil buildings, in fact it’s the only way to improve a lot of them. In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I’m hoping we can transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art”

The public will be able to play their part by adding to the exhibition with their own stencilling

The free event is open to the public from 10am on Saturday until 10pm on Monday

The public are being encouraged to bring their own stencils and wear clothing they don’t mind being damaged

Banksy’s pieces include a classical-style statues with a twist – one named David In Flak Jacket and another called Homeless Venus. Another statue is named Brew Period and is painted in camouflage colours and holding a can of Special Brew

The Cans Festival takes place in Leake Street, near Waterloo Station. For more information see www.thecansfestival.com

Banksy is a world’s most famous Graffitist Stenciler graffiti artist who did the Blur’s “Think Tank”  CD cover . Until now nobody knew what he looked like. R those photo caught him at work??

See Also: The Cans Festival – Banksy street exhibition (photos)
Banksy’s photos — Has he really been caught at work???
Banksy’s Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill Opens in New York City

More Cans Festival Pics Click Here:


Thanks Rebbill provide this video’s link to us.

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May 02

The London Cans Festival

IT’S a typical Banksy stunt – flypost the capital with a whole heap of posters and get Internet blogs buzzing with anticipation. But tomorrow at 10.30am all will be revealed.

A crack team of top stencil artists, led by the infamous Bristolian, will turn a south London street into a massive outdoor art gallery.

The location – being kept top secret until the official unveiling  – will play host to more than 40 artists, including 3D Del Naja, Blek and Sten. Newcomers are also invited to create their own works at The London Cans Festival (being dubbed “a street party of stencil art”) which will run over the Bank Holiday weekend to 5 May. www.thecansfestival.com

See Also: The Cans Festival – Banksy street exhibition (photos)
                
Banksy’s photos — Has he really been caught at work???
                 Banksy’s Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill Opens in New York City

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Apr 19

Robot completes Marathon – six days late – almost 120 hours after setting off.

Fundraiser Lloyd Scott, who was inside the 9ft 3” costume, crossed the finishing line in the Mall just before 9am this morning where he was greeted by England and Wasps rugby player James Haskell.

Exhausted after spending almost five days walking on specially built stilts inside the 70lb costume, Scott said: “I’m really pleased to have reached the finishing line and am really grateful to the people of London who have supported me ever step of the way.

“The fact that the London Marathon can accommodate the world’s elite runners and charity fundraisers like me means it’s the best in the world.”

Scott, 46, from Rainham, Essex, raised more than £20,000 for the Autism Trust.

He added: “I chose the robot outfit because there is a view that people with autism live this robotic existence but actually they can flourish with a little bit of help.”

And despite earning a well-deserved rest, the father-of-three is already planning his next charity raising stunt.

He said: “My calves are screaming in agony because no matter how much you train, nothing prepares you for covering 26 miles on stilts dressed as a robot.

“I might do a few half marathons in the costume and then next year we’re planning something really big which involves a dinosaur so watch this space.”

The former firefighter and leukaemia slept in fire stations en route during the walk.

He has raised more than £5 million for charity through various fundraising challenges including completing the London and New York marathons wearing a deep sea diving suit, an underwater marathon in Loch Ness and cycling from Perth to Sydney on a Penny Farthing.

To donate go to http://www.justgiving.com/irungiant

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Apr 11

Big Daves Gusset

On the train on the way to work, as you leave London Bridge heading towards Waterloo East, there is an empty yard. On the wall of an old building someone has spray painted in large letters the words, “BIG DAVE’S GUSSET”. I have no idea who dave is or why his gusset was worthy of such proclamation.

Now In the Aquarium has solved one of London’s great mysteries, she has actually written a poem about this, and has been in touch with Big Dave himself. Here is the story behind Big Dave’s Gusset.

Big Daves Gusset

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Big Dave’s GussetIn June 2005 I wrote a poem that started with a piece of graffiti that I saw sprayed in a building on the train journey from London Bridge to Waterloo East. Its a great journey – over rooftops of ye olde London, interspaced with derelict signal buildings that would make great hideaways (typewriter laptop, kettle, perfect).

London Bridge to Waterloo East

Big Dave’s Gusset
sprayed on a derelict building.
Chimney pots of Borough.
A black cat sleeps
like a king
on a discarded sofa.
A platinum blond
watery blue eyes
fluffs her Marilynesque hair.
Sunlight golden on brick.
Many people must have seen the grafitti and searched for big dave’s gusset out of curiosity for what it all means. No answers were forthcoming from my blog….

Until now. I have been emailing with Big Dave himself, I suspect because he must have come across my poem. And I am pleased to be able to splash the scoop of this little bit of underground London.

So I quote Dave:

I worked as an Engineer on the Jubilee Line Extension Project on London Bridge station’s expansion between summer 94 & summer 97. I was based in an office set up in the roof of the big shed you can see from the Southwark St railway bridge. Adjacent to this, at the end of the shed was a concrete batching plant which me & my colleagues in our little department were responsible for managing, it produced all the concrete that went into the structural linings of the tunnels. We also ran a materials testing laboratory on the ground level below our office, adjacent to this plant.

Now the concrete batcher was operated 24/7. 3 shifts of two men operated it so we had a responsibility to manage these guys where the quality control of the concrete was concerned. Working, as you do, with people like this, day & nightshifts, weekends etc some good friends were made and it was one of the batcher ops, Jason Gregory, who daubed the slogan ‘Big Daves Gusset’ across the end wall of the shed. There was an open gantry which he will have stood on to do it (it has been dismantled now).

The slogan was a homage to myself as I was known to some as Big Dave, or ‘The Biggun’ (that got a bit tedious actually but hey ho…) because I am a big guy & called Dave, and a placid even tempered character so very easy going and good for a laugh. The gusset reference was to my taste in underpants at the time. I had bought a job lot of Champion brand y-front style undies from TK Maxx and wore these most of the time. At the beginning and end of each shift we would change in or out of our civvies into our regulation orange hi-viz outfits and this is when folks caught a glimpse of Big Daves Gusset, it was often remarked upon as of course these trolleys weren’t the most fashionable, but comfort was the rule.

It was actually a mistake on my part that I bought these pants though as I had meant to get the same brand’s trendy trunk style however I realised I’d picked up 7 – yes one for everyday of the week – pairs of the Y-front style.

There you go. I’m loving this story. And this is what I love about blogging – all the coincidental tying up of loose ends. Fab!

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Mar 28

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popularchitecture the tower

popularchitecture the tower

The term “mile high” isn’t just for airplane action anymore- British firm Popularchitecture has proposed a mile-high eco tower for London that’s sure to be just as exciting. At a full mile tall and housing over 100,000 people, this concept tower really is just that: a cool, uber-green concept. With 500 floors would contain schools and hospitals to shops and pubs, and everything else under the sun. While it will likely never be realized, the design does push our thinking forward.The mile-high tower also illustrates the ecological advantages of living tall, as building up instead of out holds more people in a smaller footprint. This in turn reduces ecological impacts and the time needed to transport them. Close-knit living is also a way to rebuild disconnected communities, and to make life safer through the ‘natural surveillance’ created by populating areas 24/7. Water and household waste would be recycled within the tower to reduce the energy required to replace it with fresh water from the ground. Fresh water could be harvested and filtered from the clouds that would envelop the top of the tower on overcast days.

popularchitecture the tower

popularchitecture the tower

Drawn up by Popularchitecture and intended for Tower Hamlets in East London, the giant skyscraper would be three times larger than anything ever built in the capital, creating 12 new ‘villages’ in the sky. However, despite the project’s ‘almost unbelievable proportions’, practice founder Tom Teatum does not feel the scheme is that crazy, insisting there are developers who are interested, ‘in particular because of minimal land value in relation to accommodation… occupying a scale far beyond anything that currently exists in London, the tower would allow the city’s population to expand without significant impact to the architectural fabric on the ground.’

popularchitecture the tower

popularchitecture the tower

At the center of the structure would be a ‘vast internal void’ lit by circular openings every 20 storys. Each of these ‘holes’ would be used as either public squares or for specialist activities such as ice skating, botanic gardens or swimming pools. Nice idea and nice visuals but it looks like it’ll be firmly rooted in our imaginations for the time being.

popularchitecture the tower

popularchitecture the tower

popularchitecture the tower

Source:Popularchitecture

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Jan 30

Tube passengers perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller on a carriage. The other commuters look unimpressed.

The clip is a big hit on YouTube. However, it is not the wannabe zombies that get the rave reviews but the ‘don’t embarrass me, I’m English’ reaction of the commuters on the District line.
One viewer said: ‘This is amazing!!! Slick as hell. I love the people who pretend they’re not interested.’
Another Internet watcher said: ‘The polite applause at the end is the best bit – very British.’

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