UK Olympics

What's Made Us All So Happy?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

The Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are thought to have boosted people's happiness over the last year, according to research. ...

The Olympic Legacy: Fact or Fiction?

Chris Mayhew | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Sport
Chris Mayhew

The phrase 'Olympic legacy' has been reverberating around the ears of every British citizen, and by now it is beginning to make a bit of a racket. And as we arrive at the one year anniversary of what was an awe-inspiring event and survey the scene, everyday inhabitants of this fantastic island are forced to question the reality of said legacy.

Were the London 2012 Games Really Worth It?

Adam Knott | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Sport
Adam Knott

The Games, "Our Games". are like an iceberg, it's only when you look a bit deeper do you see the real size of what truly exists. We should celebrate our Anniversary Games. The London 2012 Games were a special moment in our lifetime and, yes, they were worth it!

Long-Term Strategy, Nor Short-Term Politics, Is Key to Realising London 2012 Legacy

Andrew Hammond | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Some good public sector building blocks are already in place. For instance, the Government is in the midst of its biggest ever international marketing campaign, with some private sector support, to secure sustained increases in trade, inward investment, tourism and foreign students. But, more is needed to maximise long-term economic and reputational legacy.

The Week That Was: Something to Celebrate

Carla Buzasi | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

July 2013 is most likely to go down in history as the month the heir to the throne was born (it can't be that much longer, can it?), but this week delivered plenty of other reasons to pop the champagne corks. Whether it was England's cricketers keeping the Aussies in check at Lords, the glorious weather continuing to toast the country from top to toe, or the historical moment when gay marriage finally became legal, cracking a smile hasn't been difficult these past seven days.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron 'Careful' On Crosby Questions

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 19 July 2013... 1) CAMERON 'CAREFUL' ON CROSBY QUESTIONS Twelve times David Cameron has been asked wh...

So How Much Did London 2012 Boost Our Economy?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

The UK economy has seen a £9.9 billion trade and investment boost from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a new report. The boo...

You Cannot Be Serious! Brit Wins Wimbledon

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Sport
Sir Peter Westmacott

Needless to say, expectations are high of another successful run here at Flushing Meadows next month. Rugby followers may have noticed that two days before Andy Murray's achievement the British and Irish Lions won their first Test series victory since 1997, in Australia. So after a long drought we Brits are beginning to enjoy the taste of victory.

Can Ramadan Challenge Perceptions About British Muslims?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The psychologically challenging and spiritually intense month-long practice is meant to bring a positive change in individual and community life. Behind the natural anguish of fasting lies a unique opportunity for a believer to go through deeper meaning of life - their fleeting existence on earth.

London 2012 Organisers Feared 'Catastrophic' Opening Ceremony Cyber Attack

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Tech

Security experts have revealed that they received suggestions of a cyber attack targeted at the opening ceremony of last summer's Olympic Games. Ol...

Who's That Girl?

Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

Jessica Ennis has ditched the lycra and trainers for high-end couture in a new photoshoot. The Olympic gold medalist was transformed into a full-o...

Grinding It Out Since 1988: Life as a GB Rower

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Being part of a successful and competitive team means the biggest challenge is not when we perform on the international stage, but to be selected. As such, each day is a chance to impress the coaching team, each day is a chance to become an Olympic medallist.

Brazil: Economics Before Politics or Politics Before Economics?

Priya Shah | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

The reality is that Brazil is not just developing for itself. If this was the case it would be focusing on provision of public services considerably more. But in an era of globalisation it is staging development for the world and so priorities have changed. Therefore it is easy to criticise the Brazilian government for skewing its development focus, but it has too many actors to please.

WATCH: First Footage Of Blade Runner Pistorius In Training Since Steenkamp's Death

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Sport

Oscar Pistorius' family have released the first footage of the Olympian in training since girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead on Valentine's Day....

'You Must Be Getting Sick Of So Many Medals'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Sport

The Prince of Wales has joked that Mo Farah must be sick of medals as he presented the London Olympics star with his CBE at Buckingham Palace. The ...

How Does 2012's Team GB Golden Glow Look One Year On?

Mark Perryman | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Perryman

For one joyful summer we wrapped ourselves in Team GB's Union Jack, stylishly redesigned by Stella McCartney . Of course it is a beacon of hope when that flag is worn to celebrate athletes whatever their colour, faith or gender, Olympian or Paralympian .

Why Clare Balding Is So Awesome And Deserves Her OBE

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

She was one of the best bits about the Olympics (apart from all those medals, of course), and Clare Balding's unflappable demeanour, hard work ethic a...

Boris's Vision Of 'Greatest City On Earth'

PA | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson today warned No 10 it must plough cash into London to secure Britain's recovery as he set out his vision to make it the "greatest city o...

Usain Bolt Beaten

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Sport

Usain Bolt has been beaten by American sprinter Justin Gatlin at the Rome Golden Gala Diamond League meeting. The Jamaican Olympic champion, who ha...

BAFTA: A Mere Mortal on the Red Carpet

Viki Imrie | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Style
Viki Imrie

Sitting in the launderette reading a copy of last week's TV Guide, I contemplated my upcoming BAFTA attendance. More specifically, I'd just worked out that by the time I'd stuck my smalls in the dryer and lugged them all the way home down Balham High Road I would have just under one hour to prepare.

Disabled Schoolchildren 'Sent To The Library During PE'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Disabled schoolchildren are being sent to the library during PE lessons because teachers are not able to integrate them, a Paralympic gold medallist ...

Now the Football Season's Over...

Joel Durston | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

Football is often accused of 'being out of touch', overly corporate and expensive and populated by indifferent and vapid dilettantes - a giant behemoth devouring all in its path.

Pistorius Won't Compete Again In 2013

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Sport

Oscar Pistorius will not compete again this year as he awaits trial for murder, despite receiving a number of meeting invitations, his agent has confi...

The End Game: Coaching and Retirement

Bev James | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Sport
Bev James

Olympic athlete Chris Hoy, 37, recently announced his retirement from competitive cycling after winning 11 world titles. Retirement is often treated as a taboo subject in the world of sport so what happens to sports figures when they retire and why do so many struggle to cope?

Lottery In £5.3m Olympic Legacy Schemes Boost

PA | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

A total of £5.3 million of Lottery money which helped build the Olympic Park is being reused to back grassroots sports and volunteering schemes. T...