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Have you seen Team GB lip sync to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”? It was produced by Adidas and released last week.
Well, now, it seems that the concept wasn’t exactly original. The Paralympics GB team released its own viral video, back in April, to the same fantastic song.
I suppose imitation is the highest form of flattery…
I love a good GIF. It’s the reason I visit this site with bated breath each morning.
And so thanks to Buzzfeed for compiling the best 33 GIFs of the London Olympics. There is a lot here that was clearly not picked up by NBC and a good smattering of amazing, funny, moving, wonderful moments from the London Olympics.
Enjoy! And have a great weekend!
In honor of Great Britain’s gold medals in the London Olympics, Royal Mail has agreed to paint a postbox gold – one for each gold medal win! What a stunning idea!
So, which postboxes are going gold? Well, they’re placing them in the hometowns or boroughs of the gold medalists where possible. Here’s the complete list of gold postbox locations. And hopefully, they will be adding more following the Paralympic Games, if Britain adds to its collection.
In addition, Royal Mail has painted a gold postbox near Westminster Abbey. Lovely!
Britain, you did it right!
I loved the closing ceremony Sunday night. I stayed up until almost midnight, refusing to take my eyes off of the amazing musical extravaganza (hello Spice Girls, Blur, Oasis, George Michael!), even though I had a bunch of things to do. Well, actually I did start up some laundry for a few minutes at the sight of Russell Brand doing Willy Wonka and “I am the Walrus.” Then I was back!
Read all about it, if you missed it.
All in all, I have loved these games. Moreover, I’ve loved to read and hear about the sheer surprise and delight of the British people in seeing the success that they’ve become. Philip Reeves’ NPR report “Olympics have temporarily transformed England” actually made me cry.
Third best overall?! Yes! Congrats, Team GB!
If you haven’t been keeping score, Britain has the highest number of gold Olympic medals in 104 years! Go Team GB! It’s staggering and wonderful and unexpected and I have never been quite so excited to watch the Olympics. I’ll be a sad to see it all come to an end this weekend.
On a side note, I’ve started reading “Gold in the Water: The True Story of Ordinary Men and their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory,” a swimmer’s story by P.H. Mullen, who apparently holds one of the fastest times for swimming the English Channel! I’ll let you know how it is!
In honor of the London Olympic Games, a secret knitter has struck, leaving a beautiful spectacle of knitted Olympic athletes on the pier in Saltburn-by-the-Sea near Teeside! I love the details – and the mystery of their origins. It’s so magical!
Photo credit: Richard Rayner/North News & Pictures
Did you watch the Olympics this weekend? Andy Murray’s win? Jessica Ennis’s gold? Amazing, right?
I loved the medal ceremonies, the descent of the flags of the three winning countries, and then the dignified strains of “God Save the Queen.”
Or was it “My Country Tis of Thee”?
Yes, I did get a kick out of the comments on Twitter from Americans who commented on how surprised they were that “God Save the Queen” and “My Country Tis of Thee” share the same tune or those who think that the Brits stole our song. Check out some of the comments.
Blame it on Samuel F. Smith, who wrote new lyrics to “God Save the Queen” in 1832 and made it a hit. Why couldn’t he have come up with an original tune? There were lots of songs that hadn’t been written yet in 1832 – “Call Me Maybe” … “Party in the USA” … “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Couldn’t he have put his lyrics to one of those? More on the origins.
My mother-in-law and a friend of hers spent last weekend camping and attending a couple Olympic games last weekend and took photos!
They saw the sailing in Weymouth and sat next to three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie‘s mum and dad.
They also watched the canoe slalom in Waltham Cross, just days before the Brits Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott took home the first ever British gold medal for the men’s canoe slalom double!
Thanks to Sue for sharing her photos!
I’m a sucker for a good online quiz and the BBC Olympic athlete body match app is right up my alley.
All you have to do is input your height and weight (and they’ve kindly provided the option to do this in metres/inches and kilograms/pounds/stone) and then let the self-loathing begin! The app quickly spits out the Olympic athlete who’s body type you share, along with a photo.
In my case, I’m most like a female Belgium badminton player. I would’ve preferred to have been a female synchronized swimmer, but better this than a men’s discus thrower. I think I can deal.
Take the test! What athlete are you?
Did you see the madcap skydiving scene with Daniel Craig (as James Bond) and the Queen (as herself!) in last Friday’s opening Olympic ceremony?
Well, I loved the concept – and the fact that the Queen was happy to play along! Of course, it occurred to me that the Queen didn’t throw herself out of the plane and parachute into Olympic Park and that they did employ a stunt double. But for some reason, I wasn’t even thinking that it would be a guy in the fascinator and pearls, nor would I have imagined that he would have the last name of Connery (yes, as in Sean Connery!). Read more about him!