Olympic Torch Relay- Ireland to York

June 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Olympics | Leave a comment
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The Olympic Torch Relay is now in the 33rd day of its tour around the United Kingdom. Since my last torch relay post the iconic flame has travelled from Ireland, toured Scotland and travelled through the North East of England to York, where the reply began today.

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Olympic Torch on a stream train

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Chariots of Fire recreation at St Andrews

During the last week or so of the Olympic Tour Relay have been somewhat overshadowed by other sporting events. England are playing in the Euro 2012 football tournament which has dominated most sporting headlines so you might be unaware that the Olympic Torch has abseiled down The Saga Music Centre in Gateshead, ridden on a steam train in York, prompted a marriage proposal in Middlesbrough and helped recreates a scene from one of Scotland most iconic film, ‘Chariots of Fire’ in St Andrews.

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Abseiling down The Saga Music Centre in Gateshead

The Torch truly is making a huge impact on the people of Great Britain and touring the country in the most spectacular style. I can’t wait to see what else the Olympic Torch Relay organisers have in store as it makes its way through Lancashire and the Midlands before it heads to the south of England.

Olympic Torch travel through Stoke-On-Trent

May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Only 12 days into the Olympic Torch Relay the Olympic Torch has made it to Bath-Knight’s hometown, Stoke-On-Trent.

Travelling from Chester and through parts of Shropshire yesterday, the Torch arrived in Stoke-On-Trent late yesterday afternoon with the city’s first and only Olympic gold medallist, Imran Sherwani, who won gold in the men’s hockey final at the 1988 Olympic Games.

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Imran Sherwani brings the Olympic Torch to Stoke-on-Trent

Imran carried the torch to Hanley Forrest Park, which was host to a free celebratory concert in honour of the Olympic Torch’s presence in the city. Early this morning the flame travelled through Cobridge, Burlsem and Middleport before making its way to Crewe and on to the North West.

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Stoke City FC Manager, Tony Pulis, started today’s relay carrying the torch from The Potteries Museum in Hanley before passing it on to another Torchbearer chosen to carry the torch through North Staffordshire.

It’s fantastic to see that so many local people made the effort to come out last night and early this morning to see the Olympic Torch pass through the city of Stoke-on-Trent as the event really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great pleasure to see.

The Olympic torch in Stoke on Trent

Local Torchbearers in Stoke-On-Trent

Further north the torch has reached Jodrell Bank where it went to the top of the telescope with comedian, John Bishop, who recently took part in a mammoth triathlon from Paris to London for Sport Relief. A friend of mine, who saw the torch at Jodrell Bank, has sent over some fantastic photos of the comedian John carrying the torch.

John Bishop Olympic Torch

John Bishop carrying Olympic Torch at Jodrell Bank

I’d love to know if the Olympic Torch has visited your hometown yet so feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

Annette’s Websites of the Week- Love Food Hate Waste, Royal Horticultural Society, Olympic Torch Relay

May 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Love Food Hate Waste- This week I’ve been sharing some of my favourite veggie recipes for National Vegetarian Week. On the search for veggie dishes I visited the Love Food Hate Waste website which is packed full of handy ways to prevent food and drink waste with top tips and fantastic recipes that use up food you might have otherwise thrown away.

As someone who really enjoys food I’m conscious about trying to get the most out of my groceries so LFHW’s website is perfect for me. I like the recipe search tool which uses categories according to the ingredients you have and the type of meal you want to make- a quick breakfast, light lunch or a vegetarian evening meal etc…

Love Food Hate Waste Website

Love Food Hate Waste

You’ll discover a huge variety of beautiful dishes which can be made out of pantry essentials and leftover, helping you save money and use all the delicious ingredients that you bought at the supermarket/grocers.

Also check out LFHW’s tips on ways to make sure you don’t over stock your fridge and how to control the amount of food you’re cooking. I’ve found the ‘Perfect Portions’ tool really helpful for ingredients such as pasta and rice- I always make more than I need.

Royal Horticultural Society- This week Royal Horticultural Society have been busy hosting the annual Chelsea Flower Show and it’s fair to say that they chose the perfect week as the sun hasn’t stopped shining.

I wrote a blog earlier in the week about my favourite gardens featured at this year’s show and since the RHS have handed out awards to their favourite gardens and gardeners. You can view all of the winners and nominee at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012 section of RHS website along with a host of photographs of the gardens and video footage from this year’s event.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show website

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Whilst at www.rhs.org.uk  I also had a nosey around the site’s gardening section which has lots of information about how to tend your garden during the summer months. Including how to maintain a grow your own veggie patch, which is handy to read if your currently growing your own veggie, fruit and herbs like me.

This weekend is set to be a scorcher so why not try and get your grandchildren to help you around the garden. If they aren’t convinced read RHS’s top tips on gardening for the whole family where you’ll find fun garden tips aimed at children, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

Olympic Torch Relay- As I’m sure you already know the Olympic Torch Relay began its tour of the UK last weekend. The torch has already travelled from Land’s End to Worcester and is now en route to Cardiff before it tours Wales.

Throughout it’s week- long journey various famous people from the world of sport have carried the flame including Darren Campbell, Sharon Davies, Zara Phillips and Didier Drogba. Along with these sports personality’s people from local communities have also had the opportunity to carry the flame, which was saluted by two elephants at West midlands Safari Park yesterday.

BBC Olympic Torch Relay website

BBC Olympic Torch Relay

As the torch travels most people want to keep track of its whereabouts, including me. I’ve been tracking the torch via BBC News who has created a fantastic Torch Relay landing page that gives up to date coverage of the relay.

From here you can view a live video stream or read up to date reports of what’s happening on the relay. The page also includes an interactive map with the route highlighted and estimated times of arrival, plus pictures from the relay so far. A great resource which I’m sure I’ll be glued to next week when the torch arrived in Staffordshire.

Olympic Torch Relay days 1-4

May 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Olympic Torch Relay is in full swing and since starting on Saturday the torch has travelled from Land’s End to Plymouth, Plymouth on to Exeter and Exeter to Taunton in Somerset where today’s stretch of the relay began. Now in the fourth day of the relay the torch is en route to Bristol before making its way to Cheltenham tomorrow.

Excitement has travelled with the Torch since the relay began on Saturday as record numbers of spectators have turned out to see the flame travel through their home town. In most cases people from the local community have carried the flame however a couple of familiar faces have popped up along the way.

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Ben Ainsile with Olympic Torch at Land’s End

Adventurer Ben Fogle carried a lantern containing the Olympic flame in a hot air balloon whilst the relay visited the Eden Project and Olympians Jonathan Edwards and Amy Williams have both ran part of the relay. A more obscure choice of Torchbearer was singer and The Voice coach Will.i.am who carried it the flame Taunton yesterday.

Although there has been lots of excitement surrounding the relay it’s not been completely fault free as the flame went out when David Follett, a Torchbearer using a wheelchair was carrying the flame in Devon. Fortunately the team were able to relight the torch with the mother flame and the relay was back on track.

Amy Williams with Olympic Torch

Amy Williams carrying the Olympic Torch

The torches themselves have also made headlines as some Torchbearers have auctioned their torches on online auction site eBay. One of the torches fetched more than £150,000, which the Torchbearer will reportedly be donating to a charitable cause that she’s passionate about.

The torch will reach Staffordshire next week but in the meantime I’ll be keeping track of the flames whereabouts here on the blog. I’d love to know if you’ve seen the torch or are a torchbearer so please feel free to leave a comment below.

2012 Olympic Flame officially lit in Greece

May 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Seeing the Olympic flame here in Britain during the Olympic Torch Relay will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people and a spirit of excitement is starting to show as the Olympic flame was officially lit in the ancient birthplace of the Games, Olympia in Greece this morning.

Although I’m familiar with the tradition of the Olympic Flame travelling via the Torch Relay and then burning for the entirety of the Games. It wasn’t until today that I realised that the flame was still created in a traditional manner of sunrays beaming into a parabolic mirror which I have to say was rather special to watch albeit via the news.

Today’s flame lighting ceremony is a significant moment in the run up to the London 2012 Games as it signifies the beginning of the flame’s journey to The Opening Ceremony at The Olympic Stadium on 27th July 2012.

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Lighting the Olympic Flame in Olympia

Now the flame will tour Greece and the island of Crete for a week before it is flown over to Britain (amazingly the flame will remain alight whilst in transit) where it will finally begin its 70 day tour of Great Britain on the 18th May.

I’m planning to watch the torch as it passes through Staffordshire on 30th May and particularly looking forward to see Torchbearer Rita Banks. A local lady who has been an active member of her local running club for the past 40 years, after achieving a world record for running 52 marathons in one year (wow), Rita who is now 68 still continues to run competitively which is magnificent.

London 2012 Olympic Torchbearers and Relay route revealed

March 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today the official details of the Olympic Torch Relay have been released along with the 8,000 names of torchbearers who will be carrying the iconic Olympic flame across the United Kingdom.

The Olympic Torch Relay will start in Land’s End on 19th May and take 70 days to tour the country including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland before arriving at the Olympic Park in London on 27th July for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

As the 8000 names of torchbearers were revealed this morning a host of fantastic stories have emerged as to why they received the honour of carrying the flame – each bearer will travel around 300 meters with the Olympic flame before passing it to another bearer.

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The Olympic Torch Realy route was officially revealed today

Many torchbearers have worked in the local community raising extraordinary amounts of money for charity or achieved sporting accolades. Fantastically the oldest torchbearer will be 99 year old Diana Gould from London who will carry the torch through her local community.

Diana, who has lived in London since being a young child, was nominated by her family to become an Olympic torchbearer as they thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate her 100th birthday which takes place during the relay in May.

Fittingly Diana has spent much of her life enjoying sport and played badminton until the age of 86. Even now Diana takes part in two exercise classes each week which is a real inspiration for everyone to get fit and healthy.

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Over 8000 Torchbearers will carry the flame

Since it was announced that Diana would become a torchbearer she has spoken about not being able to watch the 1948 London Olympics due to her family not having a television or the money to attend the games despite living in London at the time and how happy she is to be a part of London 2012.

The Olympic Torch Relay promises to be within 10 miles of 95% of the population and has great excitement in store as not only will torchbearers walk, jog and run with the flame but in some cases abseil, skywalk, row and ice skated throughout the 8000 mile tour.

Check out the official Olympic website to see when the Olympic Torch will be in a town or city near you.

Happy New Year. Here’s to 2012!

January 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’d like to once again wish everyone a very happy New Year and hope that your Christmas break was a relaxing and joyous time. Mine certainly was very enjoyable. I was fortunate enough to spend time with my friends and family and enjoy all things festive. Downton Abbey’s Christmas Special was most certainly a highlight, and my homemade Christmas truffles went down a treat!

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Today, as I’m sure many of you will have too, we’ve returned to the office. For some returning to the routine of work can be a little daunting. However, I always think it’s quite a nice time to get back to normal and look forward to what’s ahead.

With economic gloom hitting the headlines already this year I thought it would be nice to mention just a handful of things which we can all be excited about in 2012.

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London Olympics 2012 –The most prestigious sporting event will undoubtedly take over the country when the London Olympics get underway in summer. I wasn’t lucky enough to secure tickets myself but nevertheless I’m still eager to watch as I think that the event will instil a great sense of solidarity in the country.

Olympic Torch Relay-.Before the games begin we’ll see the 70 day Olympic Torch Relay covering the country as a select group of Olympic Torchbearers travel up and down the United Kingdom with the iconic Olympic flame. Superbly the route, which covers many towns, cities and suburbs, ensures that everyone will be within a reasonable one hour journey of the torch. 

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee- After a triumphant year for the royal family in 2011 with two royal weddings, glamorous overseas tours and the excitement of new additions. It’s seems difficult to top however, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June has all the ingredients to be a real success and great chance to celebrate. Lucky for us we even get a celebratory Bank Holiday!

Making of Harry Potter

Harry Potter Tour London- Finally (and perhaps my favourite) is the grand opening of Warner Bros. Studio Tour of Harry Potter which opens its doors to the public in March 2012. An alternative to the Harry Potter based theme park in Florida, the studios are situated here in the UK only a short distance from Central London. The incredible sets and studios, which have so convincingly turned the wizardry and magic of Harry Potter into life, are set to be a fantastic day out which everyone will enjoy.

 

Olympic torchbearers revealed!

December 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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What an exciting day for Olympic Torchbearer hopefuls as anyone who has applied to carry the iconic Olympic torch during the 2012 torch relay will find out their fate this morning.

Over 8000 torchbearers will be selected to participate in the torch relay, which has become an Olympic tradition in the run up to the games. The relay starting on 19th May 2012 will run the entire length of the country, covering an estimated 1018 villages, town and cities nationwide before arriving in London on 27th July for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

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Those lucky enough to carry the torch have been carefully selected as individuals who have inspirational stories and have made brilliant contributions to sport in their local community or Great Britain.

Upon the arrival of today’s news a select few torchbearers will be revealed to the public with Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. It is undoubtedly a wonderful achievement to become an Olympic Torchbearer so I would like to say a big well done to all of those who have today become successful torchbearers.

Olympic Torch Relay 2012

May 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Olympic torch route has been revealed today along with the information that the historical torch will arrive in England on 28th May 2012 when the relay will begin.

Olympic torch relay routeStarting in Land’s End, the most southern and western part of the country the relay will take 70 days  as it is travels around the United Kingdom before arriving in London on 27th July for the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony.

I’m really pleased to see that my home town and location of Bath-Knight headquarters, Stoke-On-Trent is receiving the honour of the torch passing through on 30th May.

The torch will be carried by 8000 torch bearers as it relays the country, and the lucky torch bearers will be those who have an active role within sports and are nominated for their hard work and outstanding achievements in sports.

The torch bearers will offer a huge variety of talent and I am really looking forward to finding out if anybody from the local area will be given the honour.

The relay is a great opportunity for everyone to get a glimpse at the Olympics- I read that the torch relay will mean that 95 per cent of the population will be within a one-hour journey of the relay, which I find quite astonishing.

Visit the official Olympic 2012 website to nominate a torch bearer and to find more details about the torch relay with information about towns and cities which the torch will visit.

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