Closing Ceremony Olympics 2012: British Beatz!

Closing Ceremony Olympics 2012: British Beatz!

The closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games are here already! That was fast. Besides the “A Symphony of British Music” theme, there is little else known about the ceremony. The ceremonies will take place at 9 PM on August 12, in London. Music director David Arnold says it will be a “beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling” event chronicling British pop history. Radiohead anyone? David Arnold also wanted to capture the “slightly anarchic, slightly mischievous” spirit of the Olympics. So far, Arnold and the nearly 4,200 performers have done a better job keeping details under wraps than the opening ceremony organizers did. There are a few “sure things” though including: the…

Olympics 2012: Australia loses gold dignity to Britain

Australians lose gold and dignity at 2012 Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics have been tough for Australia. Australia prides itself on its athletic prowess, so the fact that Australia’s former colonial master Great Britain is far outpacing Oz in the medals count only makes things worse. Although Australia started out with a surprising gold in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay, it would be 10 days until they received their second gold medal, when sailor Tom Slingsby won the a gold medal in the Laser sailing class. Australia has traditionally been a Summer Olympics medal powerhouse, but over the past few years their medal counts have been declining. Australia is currently in 11th place in the gold medal rankings, eight spots below Great Britain….

London Olympics Opening Ceremony NMA style

Opening Ceremony Olympics 2012: London packs in British stuff

The Opening Ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games have been highly anticipated. Already, some secret details have been leaked to the public! Here is what we’ve pieced together. No matter how hard director Danny Boyle tried to keep things a secret (aka starting a #SavetheSurprise campaign on Twitter) details still leaked out. With around 62,000 people involved in the ceremonies it’s nearly impossible to keep it a secret. SPOILER ALERT: So here is what we know: There are going to be 30 Mary Poppins fighting a 40-foot-tall Lord Voldemort. Makes sense, right? As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, they will also have 100 children on hospital beds doing a synchronized dance to go along with…

2012 World Naked Bike Ride hits cities worldwide

2012 World Naked Bike Ride hits cities worldwide

World Naked Bike Ride 2012 attracted hundreds of cyclists in cities around the world on Saturday, who rode their bikes in the buff to promote awareness of cyclist-related issues. World Naked Bike Ride began in 2004 and originally focused on promoting sustainable transportation and the reduction of carbon emissions. World Naked Bike Ride has since evolved into campaign focused on road safety and road rights for bicyclists.

Red Ball Project celebrates Queen’s jubilee

Red Ball Project celebrates Queen's jubilee

American artist Kurt Perschke’s Red Ball Project is part of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee celebrations! Perschke places a giant red ball on streets around the world in the hope of reviving people’s interest in neglected corners. The project will tour the UK in June, and eventually make its way to London by the end of the month.

Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee a royal party

Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee a royal party despite rain

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations got off to a wet and windy start in London this weekend, but that didn’t deter the crowds. The royal barge was part of a 1,100-boat flotilla, which broke the Guinness world record for the number of boats in a procession. Festivities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne include a 10,000-strong picnic and a star-studded rock concert featuring Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Pubs expect to sell 60 to 80 million extra pints during what is being called ju-beer-lee weekend. The party will end with the Queen lighting the first of an expected 4,500 beacons that will be lit around the world to…

Harry Potter bully Jamie Waylett gets 2-yr spell in prison

Harry Potter bully Jamie Waylett gets two year spell in prison

Jamie Waylett, who played Draco Malfoye’s bully sidekick Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter movies, has been sentenced to two years in jail for his part in last summer’s London riots. Waylett was given his spell in jail after being caught on CCTV swigging stolen Champagne outside a ransacked Sainsbury’s supermarket in the Chalk Farm area of London last August. He was found guilty of violent disorder, but cleared of intent to destroy property after also being pictured holding a petrol bomb. Crabbe has been in trouble with the authorities before, serving community service in 2009 after being found guilty of growing cannabis. ENGLISH:

Goldman Sachs banker Greg Smith slams firm in NYT

Goldman Sachs banker Greg Smith slams firm in NYT resignation letter

Greg Smith, a London-based Goldman Sachs vice president, publicly resigned from the financial firm in a scathing New York Times op-ed piece published Wednesday. In the article, Smith lashed out against Goldman’s “toxic” culture which, he feels, places profit above the best interests of clients. Smith likened the business to an elephant hunt, where bankers push investors into deals that will make the most money for the firm. Adding insult to injury, Smith claimed clients were consistently referred to as “muppets” in internal emails. Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and President Garry Cohn defended the firm in an internal statement. It cited a survey in which an overwhelming majority of Goldman employees said they think the…