UK Olympics

Not All Those Who Wander are Lost...

Xochi Balfour | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

So says Tolkein, anyway. And wandering and roaming is exactly what we want to do in our rainbo van. To that end, we decided last week to spread our wings and leave Leather Lane behind in search of new horizons and mouths to feed.

Groundhog Year

Liam Mullone | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Liam Mullone

If the film Groundhog Day had never been made, I wonder what we performers would compare the Fringe experience to. After week two you hear someone mention Groundhog Day every day, which is in itself a bit like Groundhog Day. This is why they never made Groundhog Day 2: Bill Murray Notices How This Is Just Like The First Groundhog Day And Then Is Doomed To Repeat This Realisation Forever. Maybe they should. The kids love any excuse to use the word 'meta'.

The True Value of Olympic sponsorship

Gareth Price | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport
Gareth Price

Corporate sponsorship is effectively paying for the Olympic Games. But are the sponsors truly capitalising on the exposure?

The Not Beijing Olympic Games: Messages of Unity and Division From China

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jemimah Steinfeld

The Olympic Games might not be in Beijing this time round, but there is still an atmosphere of competition in China's capital.

Tom Daley

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Sport

Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield, two of Britain’s biggest hopes of winning gold at London 2012 in the men’s synchronised 10m platform dive, failed t...

Smith Roared Into Record Books By Huge ExCel Crowd

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Sport

Zoe Smith burst into tears after breaking the British clean and Jerk record on Monday at the ExCel centre in London. "I gave it my all today," she...

Jacques Rogge's Opening Ceremony Speech - Bombast and Cliché from the Belgian Anti-Boris

Joe Lennard | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport
Joe Lennard

It is with a heavy heart that I refrain from waxing lyrical about Friday's Olympic opening ceremony. It has been done countless times already by far more qualified writers than me. My comparative lack of lexical flair will only detract from the sentiments I wish to convey.

WATCH: UFO Spotted Over Olympic Park

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Comedy

Want proof that Danny Boyle and the gang put on the greatest show in the galaxy for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony? Well, even mysterious beings fro...

Paul Drinkhall Crashes Out Of Singles Competition

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport

Paul Drinkhall, Team GB's 22-year-old table tennis prospect, crashed out of the singles tournament on Monday against Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov. ...

WATCH: It's The Happiest Olympic Volunteer Worker

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Comedy

The Olympics always throws up a few unlikely stars - and London 2012 has already done just that. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to present... The Happ...

Sod the Olympics: Why My Band is Making an Olympics T-Shirt

John Robb | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
John Robb

I come from the time when the Olympics was about taking part, or that's what we were brought up to believe- I have no problem with the athletes making millions- they put everything on the line to compete and I respect the ones that came last as much as the ones that come first- anyone who gets in a gym and trains is getting my nod.

Five Inspirational Qualities of Olympic Athletes

Danielle Collins | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK
Danielle Collins

London 2012 is well under way and every moment of it is full of a variety of amazing human beings showcasing a variety of incredible skills. Despite the obvious differences between each sporting discipline and between each individual Athlete there seems to be one similarity that's consistent with them all.

ON...London Welcomes the World - It's Boris's 'BIG ONE'

Martin Treanor | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

So it's Friday 27th July 2012 and, after 7 years of exhausting preparations, London is welcoming the world. For my part, I'm standing at Charing Cros...

Our Island Story

Sunder Katwala | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Politics
Sunder Katwala

"The isle is full of noises", read the tempestuous pledge on the giant Olympic bell. From the moment that our latest British sporting great, the Belgian-born cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, rang the giant Whitechapel bell, and Kenneth Branagh began to narrate a story of this sceptred isle, Danny Boyle's opening ceremony certainly delivered on the promise.

Why Brazil Need the Champions League to Become Champions of the World

William Barns-Graham | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
William Barns-Graham

No European team has won the World Cup on South American soil. Argentina and Brazil tend to enjoy home advantage and Brazil will certainly hope to take advantage come 2014.

Taking Inspiration From Olympic Competitors: Rwanda's Adrien Nyonshuti

Noam Schimmel | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Sport
Noam Schimmel

When we think of the competitors in the Olympics it's natural that we focus on their athletic talents and efforts. After all, that's what brings them to compete in the Olympics.

Conditional Love for the Olympics

Michael Volpe | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Michael Volpe

A billion words have been written about the opening ceremony so I won't add to them, save to say that it has given a little boost to the nation's feelings for the Games which nevertheless still teeter on the line between a full embrace and complete intolerance.

Who's That Girl? In the Indian Olympic Contingent

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Laxmi Hariharan

The morning after the opening ceremony, here I was in London; still high from the emotions the event had evoked in me, moved by its passion, touched by its genuine soul, when my husband chuckled, "Have you seen the headlines in the Indian newspapers?"

Going For Gold

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport

Divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield will bid to continue the British medal success of Lizzie Armitstead and Rebecca Adlington on Monday as they compe...

Team GB have Their First Win, and Now Their Last Chance

Richard Berry | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

Team GB's men's football team have improved markedly in each of the first three games of their reincarnation. Although the opposition faced has been progressively weaker every time, the growing understanding among Team GB players has been very encouraging.

Could Team GB Suffer a Psychological Disadvantage in the Olympics From Being the Host Nation?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Dr Raj Persaud

New research about to be published by a team of Canadian psychologists suggests that Team GB may suffer a significant psychological disadvantage from competing in front of wildly supportive home audiences.

Team GB Handed A Heavy Defeat

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Sport

The men of of Great Britain's handball team were handsomely applauded off the court on Sunday night, despite suffering a comprehensive 44-15 defeat to...

Opening Ceremony 'NHS Hospital Beds' To Be Donated To Tunisia

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

More than 300 hospital beds which featured in the Olympics opening ceremony to celebrate the NHS are to be donated to hospitals in Tunisia. The lum...

Troops, Students And Teachers Fill Gaps In Games

PA | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK

Troops, students and teachers could all be asked to fill gaps left in empty Olympic stadiums, Lord Coe has said. Members of the military are being ...

Are All Faiths Able to Participate in and Benefit From the Games?

Professor Emma Tarlo | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Professor Emma Tarlo

Many Muslim women both in Britain and around the world are excluded or discouraged from taking up sports owing to their desire to maintain stricter standards of modesty than sports clothes allow. And Muslims are not alone.