UK Olympics

Welsh Footballers Criticised For Snubbing National Anthem

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Welsh footballers Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy have been heavily criticised by the public for their refusal to sing the British national anthem at the...

Live TV is Social

Larry Weber | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Tech
Larry Weber

As London gears up for the Olympics, marketers are getting ready for what many believe will be the first social media Olympiad. At the centre of events, the largest audience will be held by live television - the content distribution channel that has dominated audience figures for decades and shows no sign of giving up its top spot.

Best Olympic Advert Yet?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Optician chain Specsavers appears to have won the hotly-contested gold for Olympic advertising with an all-time great advert poking fun at the Korean ...

Jacques Rogge, You Have Let Terror Win Today

Dermot Kehoe | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dermot Kehoe

When Ankie Spitzer, widow of Andre Spitzer, stretched out her hands to Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, and begged him to hold a minute's silence, he refused. "My hands are tied" he said. "No," Ankie replied: "Your hands are not tied. My husband's hands were tied, so were here his feet, when he was murdered. That was having your hands tied."

Give the Games a Chance: Sydney and Athens Tempered My Olympic Scepticism

Andrew Gray | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Andrew Gray

When I landed in Sydney to cover my first Olympic Games, the signs were not encouraging. The signs in question said "Olympic Family" - pointing the way through the airport for all of us involved with the 2000 Games.

A Home Games But for Whom?

Mark Perryman | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Perryman

As the games begin for those who like me love their sport it will be a feast. But this is no reason not to imagine how much better they could have been, after all for most of us we won't see their like on these shores again in our lifetimes. What a waste.

'Britain Open For Business'

PA | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

International movers and shakers visiting London for the Olympics gathered at Clarence House to hear that Britain is "open for business". The Princ...

Paul Vale

Old Trafford Hosts Olympic Opener For Team GB | Paul Vale | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK Sport

“It's hard to know just how well it will turn out," said Mitt Romney on Wednesday when asked about London’s hosting of the Olympics. It is a s...

Royal Turnout To Welcome Olympic Torch

Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have welcomed the Olympic Torch to Buckingham Palace as it nears the end of its marathon journey. ...

The Olympics – Shakespeare, Nelson and Noises Ringing Hollow

Stephen Corry | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Stephen Corry

The Olympic bell is inscribed, "The isle is full of noises", from Shakespeare's Tempest. The speech in which it figures will apparently be used in the opening ceremony on 27 July. Are the words supposed to arouse feelings of respect for Britain or, hopefully and more likely,

Olympic Games, Olympic Lanes and the Death of Life as We Know It

Olivia Rose | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK
Olivia Rose

To be honest, the Olympics really scare me. And I actually mean it. The thought of the Olympics fills me with nothing but dread and a queasy sense of claustrophobia... Just how bad is it going to get, folks?

Make Children the Real Winners of London 2012

David Beckham | Posted 30.12.2012 | Home
David Beckham

The eve of the London 2012 Olympics is finally here. For the next two weeks we will all be cheering on Team GB, hoping our athletes will realise the Olympic dreams they have trained so hard for. But I hope they will not be the only winners of these Olympic Games. I hope the 180 million children who are currently suffering from the hidden hunger crisis - known as stunting - will be able to steal some of the limelight too.

The Olympics - Welcome to the Machine

Annie Machon | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Because of the Olympic Games, London has gone into full martial law lock-down. Never before in peace-time has the capital city of the formerly Great Britain seen such a military 'defensive' presence.

Bad at Sports (Good at Spelling): Why Don't I Care about the Olympics?

Kate Harrad | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Kate Harrad

When I think about the reasons for not liking sports, my answer comes down to this: school

Britain To Be One Of Olympics' 'Biggest Winners'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Great Britain is likely to be one of the biggest winners in this year's Olympics, boasting an impressive rise from their performance at the Beijing ga...

London 2012: Whatever Happened to the Standing Long Jump?

Simon Welfare | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK
Simon Welfare

In the Olympic Café, just a bacon buttie's throw from Wembley Stadium, enthusiasm for the London Olympics was decidedly muted. But then this was 2002: even the Athens Games were still a couple of years away, and whatever goes for tumbleweed in East London was still blowing through the unregenerated Lower Lea Valley.

Duke And Duchess' Sporting Day Out

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Sports coaches of tomorrow have shown off their training skills for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The royals visited an acade...

George Gideon Osborne: Profile of a World Class Debt Increaser

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

In the early moments of this morning it all became clear that we had a champion at the helm. After months and months of worry, indications that he may not carry it off, and general concern that after everything he's done, everything he's put himself and the country though, that we might not make it.

'Risk-Based' Security Checks Would Ease Border Queues Claim MPs

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Risk-based checks at the UK's borders should be brought back to help ease queues, MPs have said. A pilot scheme, scrapped in the wake of last year'...

Bad News Is Bad News

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

But if you were thinking of going to the Olympics next week, might you be less inclined to do so as a result of the coverage of security problems. And if coverage creates fear, should journalists be held responsible for the way that they choose to cover particular stories?

From Scepticism to Excitement: Loving the Olympics and It's Just Getting Started

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Katherine Baldwin

But as soon as I entered the Olympic Park, my fraught journey became a distant memory. Suddenly I wanted to be there all the time, every day, for all the events. I wanted to be part of this amazing atmosphere, among all these friendly people from all over the world (granted, the sunshine probably helped). Spare tickets, anyone?

How Rugby Could Help to Tackle Inequalities in Sport

Hilary Robinson | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Sport
Hilary Robinson

Prince Harry may be watching the Olympic beach volleyballers compete at Horse Guards Parade but chasing balls on sandy beaches is not unusual for AngloAmerican Sofia Luxton - who plays competitive beach rugby in Portugal - the country where she grew up.

One Night in Budapest

Robert Simpson | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK
Robert Simpson

The place where you can shoot a PKM Machine Gun in the afternoon and sing Aerosmith at a Karaoke Bar at 4am, oh and there's a bit of culture thrown in...

Locog Forced To Apologise Over North Korea Flag Gaffe

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK

London 2012 organisers have apologised to the North Korean Olympic team following an embarrassing mix-up that saw the flag of a rival nation mistakenl...

Stars Turn Out For Ali And Sports For Peace

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK

Muhammad Ali has been honoured by celebrities from the world of sport and showbusiness. The 70-year-old former heavyweight boxing world champion, w...