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33 things Brits do better than everyone else

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Buzzfeed.com has compiled their list of the 33 things that Brits do better than everyone else.

I think rock music should’ve been on the list (hello, Rolling Stones, Beatles, The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Muse, and many more) but am glad they included #14, 15 and 28.

What do you think Brits do better than everyone else?

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What’s your Olympic body type?

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?

Orbit Tower is out of this world

If you haven’t yet seen the AcelorMittal Orbit Tower, take a gander. This feast for the eyes was unveiled last month and may give the Eiffel Tower a run for its money.

At 377 feet high, it’s Britain’s largest work of public art and it’s located in the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, where the Summer Games will be held next month.

So far, the reviews are mixed. Some people love it, some people hate it. Many are wishing they weren’t living in its shadow. What do you think? It reminds me of something you might see in Las Vegas – part rollercoaster, part revolving restaurant in the sky!

Apples and pears = stairs

Mince pies = eyes. Who knew? Photo credit: BBC

Yesterday morning, NPR covered a story on the London Olympics this summer – but it wasn’t the sports or the games that was the focus. Instead, they centered on the London cockney slang that visitors will encounter while visiting East London.

Have a listen – I’ve never gotten the cockney thing but it is fascinating.