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The Olympics Closing Ceremony in Pictures | Jamie Tuohy

London’s Landmarks are Recreated:

The MADNESS Begins:

One Direction Get the Party Started:

And Zayn’s New Blonde Quiff Causes Quite A Stir:

Spicing Up Our Lives:

Who Knew Victoria Had Teeth?

We Can Read All About It:

Royal Observers:

Vogue, Vogue, Vogue:

The Athletes Have Their Moment:

Russel Brand Gives us a Tune:

Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz Rock Out on Stage:

Jessie Returns With Queen’s Brian May:

Freddie Mercury is Brought to Life:

John Lennon’s Image is Projected for Imagine:

Ed Sheeran and Pink Floyd:

Annie Lennox Makes a Subtle Entrance:

Take That – and THEN SOME!

The Who Close The Games:

A Carnivalesque Taster of 2016:

It Ended in Fireworks:

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The Greatest Show on Earth: Part 2 – What to expect from the Olympics Closing Ceremony | Jamie Tuohy

An estimated ONE BILLION people will focus their attention on London tonight, as the 2012 Olympic Games draw to a close. The Games were opened with a Danny Boyle-directed extravaganza, which offered an insight into the creation of modern Britain and they will close tonight with a star-studded production, involving the biggest British pop and rock icons in history. The theme is “a symphony of British music”, so expect Shakespeare, supermodels, the Spice Girls and a Rio carnival! Here’s what to expect from the Greatest Show on Earth: PART 2, with the action kicking off at 9pm:

All Hail Queen Victoria (oh, and the other four):

It’s no secret that the Spice Girls will be performing tonight, but prepare yourself for a SERIOUSLY SPICY SHOW from the five-piece. Victoria, Geri, Mel B, Mel C and Emma will open the closing ceremony on top of five black cabs. The girls will be surrounded by a ‘rush-hour London’, as commuters and lollipop ladies fill the environs. Victoria and Co. will be singing/miming two of their biggest hits – Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life. Landmarks will be recreated, such as the Tower of London as the Spice Girls finish up, and the Kinks’ Ray Davies will sing Waterloo Sunset and Julian Lloyd Webber will play Elgar’s Salut D’Amour on the cello. Expect to see the Thames flowing through the stadium, made up of young children in costume.

It’s about to Get Shakey:

If you thought Mrs Beckham was POSH, she hasn’t got anything on one, Mr William Shakespeare! Shakespeare’s sonnets will decorate the stadium, along with Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Dickens’ Great Expectations, all of which will be inscribed around the venue, in a tribute to British literature. Perfection.

So much Music, we could PASS OUT:

Amongst the 30 performers expected to belt their little hearts out tonight, will be rapper Tinie Tempah, who will perform with Jessie J on the back of a white Rolls Royce convertible. Classy. And fresh from showcasing his vocals alongside Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, Russell Brand will be performing the Sex Pistol’s hit Pretty Vacant and roller-skating nuns will whizz around the stadium. WELL I NEVER…

Super Athletes and Supermodels:

Not forgetting that these Games are actually about the 10,000 competing athletes, the competitors will march around the arena to Elbow’s hit One Day Like This and some of the most iconic British songs in history will punctuate the three-hour long extravaganza. Queen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Take That, One Direction, Kate Bush, Oasis and many more will either be there to perform, or have their music played to the 1bn T.V. audience. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, London is, after all, one of the world’s major fashion capitals, so Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Jourdan Dunn, and Lily Cole will be putting on a fashion show.

This is Just Carnivalesque:

To celebrate Brazil’s hosting of the 2016 Games, there will be a Rio de Janeiro-themed carnival. Literally cannot wait. I’m not sure if anyone is ready for this!


Irish Fans Break Decibel Level After Katie Taylor’s Victory | Jamie Tuohy

When Katie Taylor beat Team GB’s Natasha Jonas yesterday, the Irish public came to a standstill and we were united in a behemothic surge of patriotic pride. The four-time world champion out-classed and out-boxed her Liverpudlian opponent and the strong Irish presence within the ExCeL Arena in London made sure it was a day of Irish dominance – in every sense of the word.

Beating Jonas 26-15, Taylor was supported by a thunderous and boisterous Irish crowd, whose noisy support was so loud that it managed to set a record of its own – reaching 114 decibels, just short of a clap of thunder.

The 26-year-old Bray boxer carried the expectant and hopeful weight of the nation on her shoulders and her win meant that she will progress into the semi-final, guaranteed at least a bronze medal. Her victory was gold-medal worthy yesterday and Katie looked every inch the Olympic champion – her confidence obviously boosted by the cheering Irish presence.

As well as being a four-time world champion, Taylor is also a five-time European champion and is undoubtedly, Ireland’s greatest hope of a medal at London 2012. She confirmed her brilliance once again yesterday, showing the world how she is women’s boxing’s brightest star and most talented competitor.

It’s largely thanks to Taylor that the sport is at London 2012 and no matter what happens in the semi-final, she has the record-breaking support of Ireland behind her.

Best of Luck Katie!


Are the Middletons in Hot Water? – Jamie Tuohy


The daughters of Carole and Michael Middleton have been described as ‘Wisteria Sisters’, because they are “highly decorative, terribly fragrant and with a ferocious ability to climb” and thus far, both Kate and Pippa Middleton have proved themselves to be extremely adept at social climbing. One daughter went to university and became the future Queen of England, the other became one of the world’s most sought-after socialites. Nobody could ever accuse the Middletons of failing to relish a challenge and grab EVERY opportunity that comes their way.


When their daughter Kate married Prince William, Carole and Michael wasted no time in selling Royal Wedding memorabilia on the family’s £30million website Party Pieces. Their royal connection meant that the Diamond Jubilee was duly commemorated on the site, but it appears that their latest offering might be a step too far.

Party Pieces has found itself in hot water with Olympics’ organisers, as the site is selling London 2012 paraphernalia, when any items relating to the Olympics are only allowed to be sold by the Games’ official sponsors. While the family have taken care to ensure none of the merchandise actually uses any official symbols or logos, the similarity between the Middleton’s offerings and official products has caused outrage amongst the Games’ organisers.

Locog, the organisers of the 2012 Games, said that they’ll be investigating the products on Party Pieces to see if the Middleton’s have stepped out of line and broke with official protocol. Undoubtedly, this probably wouldn’t even be an issue if Carole and Michael weren’t such a high-profile couple, but the scrutiny is likely to cause embarrassment for Kate, who is an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics.

Given that the Middleton family haven’t actually used any official logos, do you think it’s fair that they’re being singled out? Or have they exploited one opportunity too many? Leave your comments below!