- Anne Hunt -
Aside from the huge cost of the London Olympics and the desire of the organizers to prove to the world it is capable of putting on a tremendous display that will be equal to, or better than, any other games ever held. It will be difficult for any venue this Millennium to match what has been regarded as the 'best games' ever held. Add to the fact, that every cent ever spent was paid back 'before' one athlete put a foot on the track.
Bill Bryson from The Times (London) said of those games: And was repeated by in similar terms by most of the world's Press
"These Games will go down as being one of the most successful events on the world stage... Congratulations, Australia. You did it. From start to finish, it's been wonderful. The Olympic Games would never be - simply couldn't be - as good again..."
It was pure, eventful Joy. And, to make things even better, the entire country came together in Nationalistic pride to help it all run smoothly with no glitches.
People gave up their time, held sponsorships, raffles, anything that would bring in monetary support with everyone clubbing together and helping where possible. This is certainly something that isn't happening in Britain.
There is very little national spirit for the 2012 Olympic occasion. When asked, most people find it to be a total waste of tax payers money, money that could be better spent elsewhere. One thing is for sure however, there will be countless thousands of extra visitors to London come July 2012 and Brits all over will be taking advantage of that.
Hotels and other forms of accommodation, plus 'moonlighting' bed-sitter letters will be at hiked premium rates. Fleecing tourists where possible. Apart from 'dossing down underneath the arches in a tent' many will take country based rooms and commute into London.
Rail fares (always rising) and already the highest in the world, will not go down well, nor will the fares of 'Mini-Cab' operators, legal and otherwise - and to most people from overseas countries, unless the pound weakens dramatically, will come up against the built in ('no commision here') signs on foreign exchange bureaus who will love putting up their usual 5% to 10% or even more to exchange Foreign Currency.
Americans already wise to how much it costs when using their credit cards overseas for everything from a theatre ticket to a coffee, have already purchased their English pounds at favourable rates with their own contacts or Banks.
However, as this writer was told by a New Yorker, they have been given £50 sterling notes (Less bulky to carry) and told any bank will not mind exchanging them for smaller notes.
WRONG: English banks will only do that for their own customers and Hotels have a cap on the amount they will 'break down' for guests.
I hope the games are a great success, but will the probable awesome costs to visitor's purses have a knock on affect?
"You all come back now, ya hear!"
- Anne Hunt -
Colour, music and lots of hedonistic dancing has always been the theme of the Notting Hill Carnival. A three day event during the August long weekend that started in 1966 and has become the festival that no Londoner wants to miss, unless perhaps, you happen to be local to the area and you are not immune to noise and bawdy behaviour.
Last year, the police were on high alert and out in full force, with over 5,500 uniformed lads lining the streets, not taking any chances with over enthusiastic, rough shod behaviour, particularly after the recent rioting and looting events that hit several UK cities - mainly London - like a giant axe
to a defenceless tree trunk.
With a full-bodied Caribbean flavour attacking all your senses at once, with it's glorious food smells emanating from the many make shift Caribbean food stands.
The vibrant, rich colours and near naked costumed dancers provocatively writhing to the libidinous music beat that bouces off the stark West London suburban brick walls, that for two days of the year gets a much needed injection of life, with adrenalin rushing through it's veins.
- Jan Mosse -
The count down is on to the very important
date. Prince William and his 'lady in waiting,' Kate Middleton, have made it through yet another Royal outing together, this time in Northern Ireland, where they flipped pancakes and generally had a good time with the natives.
Next week, Prince William will be leaving Kate, 'home alone,' as he will be off, representing the Queen visiting the disaster struck areas of Australia and New Zealand.
After accepting an invitation by the Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Australia,
Prince William will have a busy schedule over his five-day visit.
He'll be stopping off first at Christchurch, New Zealand,
where he'll attend a memorial service to commemorate the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that killed over 160 people last month.
Then he's off to Greymouth, near the mine disaster in
Pike River, where 29 miners became trapped by a gas
explosion, followed by flood-stricken regions in Queensland
and north-west Victoria, Australia.
On his trip to New Zealand last year, he represented the Queen in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand,
and officially opened the supreme court building, before
going on a private trip to Australia.
Prince William will have a busy schedule over his five-day visit and it will be far from a vacation.
On April the 29th Prince William and Kate Middleton will
become a touch more than Mr and Mrs Windsor.
It is also known that Elton John and partner, along with the Beckhams, are part of the Royal guest list.
or, espionage at play?
- Alan White -
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said after receiving bail that he was the target of an aggressive U.S. investigation and feared extradition to the United States was "increasingly likely."
The 39-year-old Australian journalist and computer expert, whom Swedish authorities want to question over alleged sexual offences, has angered the United States by releasing secret diplomatic
cables on his website and teaming up with newspapers around the globe to amplify the impact of the disclosures.
Speaking to reporters from the grounds of the sprawling 600 acre English country mansion where he was sent after his release, and where he will remain under 'hi-tech' house arest till well into the New Year, Assange gave no hint of what charge he might face.
He denounced what he called a smear campaign against him and said he expected more attempts to tarnish his name.
"The risk we have always been concerned about is onward extradition to the United States and that seems to be increasingly serious and increasingly likely."
Asked if he was facing a U.S. conspiracy, Assange told reporters: "I would say that there is a very aggressive investigation. A lot of face has been lost by some people, and some people have careers to make by pursuing famous cases."
As part of his bail conditions, he must stay at the 18th-century mansion owned by former British army officer Vaughan Smith, situated close to the city of Norwich, around three hours' drive from London.
Assange, who must abide by a curfew and wear an electronic tag. Assange is accused of having unprotected sex with one woman in Sweden, and engaging in sex with another woman while she was asleep in August.
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