100 days until the London 2012 Olympic Games

April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The London 2012 Olympic Games are officially 100 days away and excitement is mounting as Seb Coe today revealed the 2012 Olympic Games slogan will be “Inspire a generation”.

BBC Breakfast broadcast from Kew Gardens in London this morning where floral tributes of the Olympic rings were on show. The icon blue, yellow, black, green and red rings have been embedded with over 25,000 flowers and can be seen from the sky, making them the perfect welcome to international visitors travelling to London for the games.

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Olympic Rings at Kew Gardens

With the 100 day countdown upon us various different events are taking place today. The Lord’s Horse Guard Parade earlier lined up in the formation of the number 100 which looked stunning and children are taking part in Olympic themed sporting activities in various parts of the country throughout the day. Plus a special announcement has been made by the Red Arrows, who have revealed that they will appear the London 2012 Opening Ceremony on 27th July with a special performance.

Like lots of people, I unfortunately didn’t get selected for any of the tickets which I applied for. However, I’m not letting this put me off the games. Instead I’m planning on enjoying the Olympics from the comfort of my own home where I’ll be hosting an Olympic themed gathering with family and friends.

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The Lord’s Horse Guard Parade celebrate 100 days to go...

And I’m tempted to look further into the ‘live sites’ which the London 2012 committee has unveiled. They promised to set up 22 huge screens across the country where communities can gather together and watch the games – perfect if you didn’t get ticket. And as Usain Bolt has announced that he wants to ‘amaze’ the world by running the 100 meter in an eye watering 9.4 seconds, watching via a gigantic screen with hundreds of other people would be amazing.

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A huge Olympic themed sandcastle built by school children

So as the countdown continues there are plenty more Olympic 2012 events to look forward. On 18th May the 70 day torch relay will begins and the London 2012 Festival; a cultural celebration of art, dance, music and film kick starts on 21st June and will continue until 9th September when the Paralympic games come to an end.

London 2012 Olympic Games– 100 days to go and counting…!

Nick Hewer- Countdown’s New Host

January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Countdown has become a television institute having entertained the nation with conundrums and teatime teasers for the last 30 years. Although I’m not a frequent viewer, it’s a show which I love to get stuck into when I do get the chance, and I know that it is a firm favourite with our customers.

In the past, notably during Richard Whiteley’s reign, the Bath-Knight television advertising campaign saw record breaking responses with customers calling with enquiries having seen our adverts in between their favourite day time TV show Countdown.

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On the first show of 2012- the year which Countdown celebrates its 30th birthday- I tuned in to see how new recruit, and my favourite sidekick of Lord Sugar, Nick Hewer got on during his first day as Countdown host- notebooks and thinking caps at the ready!

The role which was originally held by the late Richard Whitely has become somewhat of an honour to behold. Since Richard’s death a number of different people have taken the reigns including Des O’Connor and more recently Jeff Steeling. All of whom have offering something unique to the show.

Richard Whiteley and Carol Voderman

Now is the turn of 67 year old Nick Hewer, a onetime PR guru who is one of Lord Alan Sugar’s most treasured business aids and close friend. A television favourite of mine (I’m a big fan of The Apprentice) I thought that Nick did an exceptional job and will become a very welcomed member of the Countdown team.

A true gentleman he paid a respectable tribute to Richard Whiteley and the hosts who have gone before him, before settling into the chair to host his first ever presenting job. Enthusiastic, witty and above all extremely likable, Nick fits the bill perfectly.

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True to his persona on The Apprentice Nick was, as always, armed with his animated facial expressions. Calm and extremely distinctive he was also complementary and kind. Congratulating the breath-taking speed at which young contestant Jack Worsley worked to win his victory on the show. Cracking the conundrum in only a second we barely heard the iconic tick-tock of the Countdown clock.

A very wise man indeed Nick is a real joy to watch. Having struck an immediate rapport with his Countdown colleagues, Suzie Dent and Rachel Riley, Nick seems very much at home on Countdown, which means there is only one thing left to say… Nick, you’re hired!

Catch up with Countdown on Channel 4OD now – click here for link.

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