The Very Best of the 2012 London Olympics

15 Feb

Usain Bolt in action in the 100m

Excitement in the UK is building as the countdown to the London 2012 Olympics is gathering pace. Last night the full schedule for the world’s biggest sporting event was released, and from March 15th anyone can start applying for tickets.

Here are a few of the expected highlights:

– The Opening Ceremony (27th July): Directed by British film maker Danny Boyle, the official opening of the 2012 Olympics is bound to be spectacular. Expect fireworks, celebrities and a global audience of up to 4 billion!

– A bit of everything (4th August): There are a massive 25 medals being handed out on this Saturday alone, in sports including triathlon, cycling, swimming, tennis and rowing.

– Athletics (5th August): Watch Usain Bolt run in the men’s 100m final, or else head out in to the streets of London to see the women’s marathon for free.

– The Closing Ceremony (12th August): This will mark the end of a very busy and hopefully brilliant few weeks and pass the Olympic flag onto the 2016 hosts- Rio, in Brazil.

If you are hoping to get tickets to see some of these events (or any of the hundreds of others), then you first have to sign up here. Then, from the 15th March, you can apply for tickets at the same place if you are from the UK or EU, or from your own country’s site if you are from outside Europe. For one month you can apply for up to 20 events, before the tickets are then chosen at random from everyone who has applied and the lucky people are told which tickets they have been given.

Simple! (kind of)


New Google Art Project Lets You Explore Galleries and Museums

1 Feb

Google have released a new service called ‘Art Project‘ which allows you to explore art galleries and museums from around the world whilst still sitting at your computer.

In the same way that Street View allows you to walk around distant towns and cities, with Art Project you can take a tour around one of 17 of the best museums and galleries from all over the world. What’s more, you can zoom so far in to the paintings and exhibits that you can see individual brush strokes!

So whether you want to explore the Tate Britain in London (above), or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (below) you can now do so without even moving away from the screen you are looking at now, just by visiting Art Project here.

If you’ve seen the Tate Britain virtually, but now want to see the real thing, have a look at this Guide to London.

London Business School Best in World

1 Feb

The latest global MBA rankings were announced by the ‘Financial Times’ this week, and London Business School took top spot in the world. 

The paper ranked the top providers of MBA programmes around the world, based on, amongst other things, employment and salary. In the top 100, there are 14 UK based business schools- second only to America.

The school that took the award for top salary was at Stanford University in the US, where the average alumni is now earning a massive $183,260 per year!

Click here to see the complete list of top 100 MBA providers in the world, or here to see the Top Ranked UK Universities.  


‘The King’s Speech’: A Very English Treat

25 Jan

Brits Take Over at the Golden Globes

18 Jan

Colin Firth with his wife Livia Giuggioli

The film awards season started this week with the Golden Globes, and there was certainly no lack of talking points. The awards ceremony, held in California, had a very British feel to it, as it was hosted by English comedian Ricky Gervais, whilst English actors Colin Firth and Christian Bale both won awards.

It was Gervais who took most of the headlines as his typically controversial hosting had a very mixed reaction. Many of the celebrities at the event were put off as he offended just about every actor and actress present with his jokes. However, his very British humour has gone down well here in the UK where he is one of the country’s favourite comedians.

Have a read of some of his comments and see if you find them funny or simply mean:

“It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron. It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist. I already feel bad about that joke. I’m jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven’t even seen The Tourist. Who has?”

“I’d like to quash the rumours that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the Hollywood Foreign Press can hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish, that is not the only reason – they also accepted bribes.”

On Jennifer Lopez – “She’s just Jenny from the block. If the block in question is that one on Rodeo Drive between Cartier and Prada.”

Despite the mixed reaction Ricky Gervais got in America, there were some Brits who were far more successful on the night. English actors Colin Firth and Christian Bale both won acting awards for their films ‘The King’s Speech’ and The Fighter’, and both are now tipped for success at the Oscars.

Here is a list of the major winners from the Golden Globes:

Best Film: The Social Network
Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

If you want to find out more about British cinema, or book tickets to see one of the winning films, then visit our Guide to Film for cinema times and links to loads of brilliant short films.

Image: Nicogenin on Flickr

The Top Trends of 2011

11 Jan

Top Tips to Beat Flu

5 Jan

In the British press recently, there have been a lot of stories about the spread of flu. Here we would like to reassure you, and offer some top tips on how you can best avoid spending the week ill in bed.

The first thing to say is that if you have gone home for Christmas, you certainly shouldn’t worry about returning to the UK. Every winter thousands of people get flu, but for almost all, a few days in bed is all they need to get back to normal. If you are generally healthy anyway, then flu, although a pain, is nothing to get too worried about.

However, you would still rather not get flu at all eh? Well, good news! Here are our top tips to avoid flu:

1. Help protect yourself and others by stopping flu germs from spreading. If you cough or sneeze then cover your mouth with a tissue and then throw it away. If you can, wash your hands after too.

2. Keep your immune system at its best, by eating healthy food, exercising and getting enough rest and relaxation. (You do all that anyway though right?).

3. There is a vaccine to prevent flu, but it is only offered on the NHS if you are in a ‘high risk’ group. This means if you are pregnant or have any long standing health conditions (like asthma or diabetes). If you are not in any of these groups but are still worried about getting flu, then you can buy a vaccine from a High Street pharmacy for around £7 to £12.

4. If you do get flu, then the best way to recover from it quickly is to simply go to bed. Resting, staying warm, and drinking lots of water and tea are as good a cure as any.

Finally, just a quick note to say that although Swine Flu has been built up in the press, it is rare, and even so, the vast majority of cases who catch it, will simply suffer very similar symptoms to regular common flu, so there is no reason to worry about it. However, if you are suffering from bad flu or are worried you may have caught Swine Flu, then it is always safest to contact your local doctor, or ring NHS Direct for advice on 0845 4647.

If you are studying in the UK and not yet registered with a doctor, or have questions about the NHS, then check out our Student Guide to Health.

Image: alancleaver_2000 on Flickr

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