Category Archives: Olympics 2012

News | Tower Bridge lits up… for Gold has been conquered

One of London’s most iconic landmarks, which also boasts a giant set of Olympic rings, will be lit up with golden lights each night a Team GB athlete claims top spot in their event.

It led to a stunning sight on the River Thames at 10pm last night, as pictures illustrate.

This is one of several ways the country will celebrate British success, alongside souvenir stamps which will be released as early as a day after a gold medal is won.

Today, stamps in honour of Wiggins, Glover and Stanning are already on sale across the country.

 GB’s golden rowers have a stamp in their honour (Picture:PA)

Royalty also got in on the action as Windsor Castle was illuminated with iconic images from past rowing races last night.

Designer Ross Ashton said: ‘I was approached by Locog and Windsor because they wanted to celebrate the feeling and emotion of rowing by taking images from real races and victories.

‘We couldn’t have had a better day to turn to turn the projection on and it is an honour to have my work on Windsor Castle.’

The images will also be on display tonight, tomorrow and Saturday from 9:45pm.

Team GB will hope to add to yesterday’s two gold medals later today, as Sam Townsend and Bill Lucas compete in the final of the men’s double sculls, while Britain’s men’s lightweight fours and women’s eights are also in action at Eton Dorney.

British Makeup | Barry M’s ‘Jewel Britannia’ – LIMITED EDITION

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This nail varnish is truly wonderful. It embodies the British spirit so well I get all giddy inside when I see it online! (crazy, I know…) Anyways, this is going to be my first Barry M product and a very special one at that… And it’s only £2.99! Get it from Boots or from the Barry M website – and hurry up!, it’s limited edition. Get your hands on this gem!

News | “Troops, students and teachers fill gaps left by stadiums’ empty seats ” [The Independent]

Sponsors faced growing criticism over unused tickets at Olympic venues after a number of events took place with empty seats.

Games boss Lord Coe said troops, students and teachers were filling gaps left in stadiums, while others ticketholders could be upgraded.

Events including tennis, swimming, basketball and rowing have been affected.

Tickets for double sessions, such as those for hockey, basketball, water polo and handball, are also being recycled and re-sold as people leave.

There were reports of fans who were in the Park on a £10 day pass securing £90 men’s basketball tickets for the US vs Croatia for £5.

Twitter users posted pictures of venues that appeared not even half full.

Jane Carruthers tweeted a photo at Wimbledon, writing: “Our view on No.1 – ridiculous amount of empty seats.”

Claire Howe, 25, from Cheshunt, applied for about ten events in the first round, including cycling and athletics, but missed out and will travel to Cardiff to watch the final Great Britain men’s football group match.

Ms Howe, a marketing executive, said: “It’s unfair that you apply, you don’t get tickets and then see you all these empty seats.

“The Games is all about inspiring the next generation so these places should be given away to children from local community.

“They should be finding out why his is happening and maybe fining people who didn’t turn up, even if they are corporate – it’s not fair to the people who applied.”

Lord Coe, London 2012 chairman, said: “It’s not easy to ask people (in the accredited Olympic family) at the beginning of the Games to ask people exactly how, where and when they’re going to be in those seats.

“This morning was a very good example, we looked at gymnastics, we could see at this moment there are empty seats in the accredited area – the rest of the venue is looking pretty good this morning, there’s a good atmosphere. So we were able to move those troops from – I’m not quite sure whether they were on a rest period or whether it was a transition from work through to a rest period – but they’re sitting there enjoying the gymnastics. We can and we have moved them in there.

“Yesterday, we got pre-accredited students and teachers from the local boroughs. We were able to put 115, 120 into a venue.”

He added: “We can clearly sell more tickets, which we did yesterday. We sold something like 1,000 tickets over three sessions. The other thing is we can tactically upgrade and move people. On handball yesterday, we recycled just under 300 tickets, about 283 tickets, and they went out to adults at £5 and children at £1.”

Shadow Olympics minister Dame Tessa Jowell said: “Anyone who is lucky enough to have tickets to the Games should either use them or give them up.

“I am pleased to see that unused tickets are now being distributed to members of our armed forces, local teachers and students. It is important that this process is stepped up to ensure that every single available ticket is offered to somebody who will use it.”

Olympics 2012 | The Opening Ceremony is today! + what to expect

Wherever you are, I just hope you have a fine evening and enjoy the Opening Ceremony (if you can watch it live, then awesome!). If not, why not throw a party and enjoy a couple of amazing meals with our friends in honour of the Olympics?


Receiving the Head of State

The Head of State of the Host Country is received at the entrance of the Olympic Stadium by the President of the IOC. For the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Her Majesty the Queen will be greeted by Jacques Rogge.

Parade of Athletes

A procession of the participating teams in the Stadium, nation by nation. Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the Host Country, apart from the Greek team, which enters first for the Olympics, and the team of the Host Nation (in this case Team GB), who march in last.


Once all the nations have arrived into the Stadium, LOCOG Chair Seb Coe will give a speech, followed by Jacques Rogge. They will end their speeches by inviting the Head of State to officially declare the Games open.

Olympic Anthem and Flag

Once the Games have been declared open, the Olympic Flag is then carried into the Stadium and hoisted into the air as the respective Anthem is played. The Olympic Charter states that each flag must fly for the entire duration of the Games – placed in a prominent position in the main Stadium.


A participating athlete, judge and coach from the Host Nation stand on the rostrum and, holding a corner of the IOC flag in their left hand and raising their right, take the Oath, vowing to compete and judge according to the rules of their respective sport,.

The Torch and Cauldron

The big finale is the entrance of the Olympic Flame into the Stadium. It is passed through the athletes to the final Torchbearer, who will ceremoniously light the Cauldron, indicating the beginning of the Games. The Flame will continue to burn for the whole of the Games.

Creative team

A host of world-class British directors and producers are leading the artistic team to stage the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.


A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated audience of four billion.


London Olympics 2012 | Travelling, Accommodation, Food, Security + what you need to know!

(please bear in mind that all the info presented here can be found at Have a safe trip and enjoy your stay!)

  • To plan a journey in London on days when you’re not going to a London 2012 sports event or ceremony, use the Transport for London website

From (image is just an example of a hotel bedroom – it isn’t the picture of one of the several Holiday Inns)


  • You can find out more about accommodation during the London 2012 Games and search for accommodation near to venues on the Visit London website
  • VisitBritain has over 37,000 places from across the UK listed in its accommodation directory. – VisitBritain website
  • Holiday Inn is the official hotel provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • For information on accessible accommodation across the UK, go to the dedicated pages for disabled and elderly people on the VisitBritain website


  • If you’re not a UK resident, contact your local National Olympic Committee or Authorised Ticket Reseller about ticket and accommodation packages.


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