If the Athletics World Championships was in London

Imagine if the Athletics World Championships was being held in London. The impression I get from the stadium and atmosphere is that it would be more lively and full of excitement and passion.
Not just the views on the BBC of the stadium, but there was a lack of support along the marathon course including the stadium yesterday morning.
Is it that Russia isn’t that interested in track and field and more so in gymnastics?

Imagine the euphoria that would have hit London if the world championships 2013 were here instead of Moscow. Of course it isn’t and wasn’t a possibility, but I am certain that the city of London and Mayor Boris Johnson would have done a lot of work to put it on the map.

I wonder what Moscow has done to do this?
I haven’t heard anything and would have thought there would have been some work done by the government and the tourism body to make sure that Moscow benefits from the exposure to bring in tourism beyond the championships, and really do a great marketing job.

Move back a couple of weeks to the London Anniversary games which was in effect a Diamond League meet, the Olympic Park and stadium was rammed for the entire weekend, with no spare seats or tickets.
I was fortunate enough to attend on the Friday evening and found it to be very close to the atmosphere created during the London 2012 Olympic Games, pure excitement for everyone.  The Olympic and sporting legacy that Lord Seb Coe and others talked about being vital for UK.

Source: itv.com

Source: itv.com

Red Carpet at The Wolverine Premiere in London

I was extremely fortunate and privileged to be invited and to attend the UK premiere of The Wolverine at Empire in Leicester Sq on Tuesday night. What a great experience.

Audi had very good brand and product integration in the film; this of course meant the A list cast all turned up in these high end Audi’s including Hugh Jackman driving onto the red carpet in an Audi R8.

The walk down the red carpet next to all of the stars was a surreal experience, similar to when I attended the Grammy Awards in 2011.

Once in and seated a speech was given by the film director as well as Hugh Jackman which was extremely humbling to hear from someone who really does care about others.

The film itself was superb and interesting to be based in Japan with most of the cast also Japanese. I was actually really drawn into the film with not much feeling of how supernatural the Wolverine character is until the end of the film.

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A Masterpiece – London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

I felt hugely inspired from watching the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a creation that far surpassed mine and probablymany other peoples expectations.  The visuals and the music went together so well and Danny Boyle created a masterpiece of an event, not sure it can be topped.  It far surpassed Beijing!!!

I will go as far to say that it was the most inspirational event I have actually seen.

Two piece of music that I will post are both by Underworld and feature Dame Evelyn Glennie on percussion.

– “And I will Kiss”, this was played during the Industrial Revolution part of the ceremony.  The strength of the drums and other percussion instruments is incredible, and it really gives this raw power and intensity.
– “Caliban’s dream”, this was played during the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron by young up and coming athletes.  This music was more pieceful yet it felt a little eery or mysterious, hard to explain, though at the same time it’s a beautiful song.
This event sent out a message to those that didn’t know that British music and composers are way up there with the best.  Even Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande performed. One person who was terrible as ever, Paul McCartney, why was he even included?!
Though again this was an amazing event and Danny Boyle can be proud with what he has produced and directed!

Forging of Olympic Rings – Copyright Rex Features Back Page Images

First Flight for 20 years from Iraq to London

I just read on the bbc website that the first flight  for 20 years between Baghdad in Iraq and London has taken off with Iraq Airways.   It will be interesting to know how often these flights will take place now! Currently it is saying that there will be two flights weekly – via Malmo on its way to London, but non-stop on the way back.

The Iraqi Airways flight had been due to take off nine days ago, but was grounded by the volcanic ash cloud drifting over Europe.

The flight, nearly a year behind schedule, was the first since the UN imposed sanctions after Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

It was stopping in Sweden for security checks en route to Gatwick airport.

Security concerns

“A Boeing 737-400 Iraqi Airways flight left at 3pm (1200 GMT) for the first time in 20 years from Baghdad to London via Malmo,” Iraq’s civil aviation director, Adnan Blebil, told the AFP news agency.

Thirty foreign and Iraqi passengers were on board Flight 237, including transport minister Amer Abduljabbar Ismail and Iraqi Airways chief Kifah Hassan.

Their trip was delayed for many months, mainly because of security concerns in the UK and other EU countries.

Even then, events kept the plane grounded a little longer.

It should have taken off on April 16. But Iceland’s Eyjafjoell volcano erupted two days earlier, causing thousands of flights across Europe to be cancelled.

Mr Blebil added that there would be two flights a week, going via Malmo on the way to London, but non-stop on the way back.