August 31, 2012

Kinetic Edinburgh

I came across this pretty cool stop motion, time lapse video of Edinburgh. It includes a clip of the Speed of Light on Arthur's Seat, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad, and the Forth Bridge at night.


August 29, 2012

Meet the Superhumans

Channel 4 did a great job with this promotional video for the Paralympics. 

August 28, 2012

The Essex Lion

One of my favourite recent news stories happened yesterday. It was reported that a lion was on the loose in Essex and everyone went crazy. The newspapers were having a field day interviewing everyone who claimed to have seen the lion. My favourite quote is this one:

"Rich Baker, 39 said: 'A man started running towards us yelling 'It’s a f****** lion!' He looked so panicked you knew it was not a joke.'"

The funniest thing is how serious the sighting was being taken. There was a full-blown manhunt for the lion. It was like the police were trying to track down an escaped serial killer. They even had two helicopters armed with heat-seeking cameras attempting to track down the lion.

In the end, it turned out that the lion was probably nothing more than a large American Longhair cat.

August 25, 2012

I won an Olympic competition

You are reading the blog of someone who has won an official Olympic competition. In each of the daily "Join In" emails LOCOG sent out during the Olympics, they included a contest to win Olympic memorabilia. I won the 11 August contest. My prize was a bunch of stuff signed by John Regis. John Regis is an British sprinter who won a silver medal in Seoul and a bronze in Barcelona plus several medals at the world championships. My prize pack included a signed Team GB t-shirt, a small framed print and an autographed copy of The 100 Greatest Olympians and Paralympians.

John Regis signed shirt
Team GB shirt signed by John Regis
John Regis signed book
Does anyone know what the thing next to his signature is supposed to be?

August 24, 2012

Olympics Pictures

My pictures from the Olympics have been uploaded here. Some of the more interesting ones have been posted below.

The Olympic Stadium at night
My tickets
The Orbit Tower
Basketball Arena, aka the marshmallow

August 9, 2012


The past two weekends have been spent in London at the Olympics. I had an incredible time there, and I am intending to do a full write up in the next few days. In the meanwhile, there is a list of all the events that I went to:

  • Women's Football: USA vs France
  • Women's Football: North Korea vs Colombia (the North Korean flag controversy game)
  • Men's Football: Honduras vs Morocco
  • Men's Football: Spain vs Japan (the Japanese fans got the whole stadium singing with them in this upset)
  • Men's Basketball: Nigeria vs Tunisia
  • Men's Basketball: Brazil vs Australia
  • Men's Beach Volleyball: Holland vs Venezuela and Germany vs Latvia
  • Women's Beach Volleyball: Germany vs Australia and GB vs Canada
  • Women's 200m Freestyle heats (including Missy Franklin)
  • Men's 200m Butterfly heats (including Michael Phelps)
  • Women's 200m IM heats
  • Women's Handball: Brazil vs Montenegro
  • Women's Handball: Norway vs Sweden
  • Women's Table Tennis QFs
  • Women's Marathon
  • Women's Volleyball: USA vs Turkey
  • Women's Volleyball: Brazil vs Serbia