road races are all events where you can catch a glimpse of the action, and although events such as the Triathlon are ticketed, certain parts of the track will be open for the public to view.
If all else fails, get your family, friends and neighbours together and gather in one of the thousands of streets that the Olympic flame will be passing through. The famous flame will be travelling through communities from Scotland, through the Midlands, across to Wales and right down to the south – including an appearance on the Eastenders set! The flame will be doing its whistle stop tour during a period of just over two months, from the 18th of May to the 27th of July.
10 things you might not have known about the games
• The 2012 Olympic Flame will be carried within 10 miles of 95% of the population in the UK
• This is the third time London have hosted the Olympics! The first being in 1908 and the second in 1948
• China spent a massive £40 billion on improving Beijing for the Olympics that the city held in 2008
• The Olympic torch changes design for each city, and this years’ incorporates 8000 holes - one for each of the torch bearers
• The first ever Olympic champion was the American winner of the hop, step and jump race back in 1896, James Connolly
• The 2012 Olympic logo is said to have cost £400,000
• There was only one event for the first 13 Olympic competitions, this year there will be approximately 300!
• Wenlock and Mandeville are this years’ mascots - look closely at their heads and you will see taxi lights, apparently inspired by London’s black cabs!
• The six colours - including the white background, of the five Olympic rings symbolise the five continents and colours of the world’s flags
• If you originate from the Midlands you should be very proud as the 2012 Olympic Torch was made by a Coventry based manufacturer, Premier Sheet Metal
The Queen’s Jubilee We will all get to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II reaching 60 years on the throne this year with the Diamond Jubilee in June. The British public can enjoy a four-day weekend from the 2nd to the 5th June 2012, with a number of events and exhibitions being held in honour of the Queen who has reigned since 1952.
And it seems that we aren’t the only ones getting creative! A 10 year old from Chester has had her design chosen to be the official emblem of the Diamond Jubilee, after entering a competition for children aged between 6 and 14 hosted by Blue Peter. The colourful emblem will be used as the official brand for the Jubilee throughout the celebrations.
What else is happening in 2012? Euro 2012- another four years have flown by and it is that time again. This year Poland and Ukraine are hosting the tournament where 16 European countries will compete to win the Henri Delaunay Trophy from 2008 winners, Spain. Watch the action from the 6th June to the 1st July.
And last, but not least for those who believe... Doomsday! Yes that’s right, the world is supposed to end in 2012 according to the Mayan calendar, and it’s due to happen in December - right before everyone’s favourite time of year as well, Christmas. Bah Humbug. We better make the most of the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations then, hadn’t we!
So throughout 2012, hold your head high and be proud to be British!
boost jan / feb 12 09
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