London Sets the World Alight as Global Superstars Rihanna and JAY Z Join Coldplay to Close London 2012 Paralympic Games

(PRWEB) September 11, 2012

The London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony saw Coldplay, one of Britains best selling music acts, joined by global superstars Rihanna and Jay-Z in a spectacular celebration of achievements of the Paralympic athletes and an amazing summer of sport.

Ceremony of fire takes audience through circle of seasons honouring the spirit of Festivals.

Flame extinguished on an amazing summer of sport and celebration.

The Ceremony, called Festival of the Flame started at 8.30pm on Sunday 9 September, paid tribute to the UK as a nation famous for hosting festivals and the exuberance of festivals which is felt the world over. Lead by Closing Ceremonies Artistic Director Kim Gavin, Music Director David Arnold and Designer Misty Buckley, the Ceremony was overseen by the same team of Executive Producers who have been in charge of all four Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies including Oscar winning film director Stephen Daldry.

In a dramatic opening section a storm created by Wind Gremlins on motorbikes attempted to blow away the Agitos the symbol of the Paralympic Games whilst a motorcade made its way through London to the Olympic Stadium.

The Ceremony then honoured servicemen and women, particularly through the work of charity Help for Heroes, in a section that saw Captain Luke Sinnott, a double amputee, climb to the top of the flag pole to fly the Union flag to the accompaniment of the National Anthem performed by Lissa Hermans, who is blind and autistic. During a moving speech by Rory Mackenzie, who lost his leg on a patrol due to a roadside bomb, flags from the competing nations formed a heart shape on the field of play before the shape was burnt into the ground.

The motorcade of weird and wonderful vehicles then stormed the Olympic Stadium, including a Clamposaurus, Hellcopter, Beast from the East, Bug, Time Machine and The Car that had to be Toad. The large tricks were built by a team led by Joe Rosh who specialise in taking old battered vehicles and turning them into amazing mechanical floats and machines, and the smaller vehicles were built by Mike Patterson and a team at Kinetika, an outdoor arts design company. The noisy, chaotic and vibrant possession burnt an intricate pattern of crop circles into the field of play before forming the centre stage.

Following the presentation of awards to Michael McKillop (Athletics, Ireland) and

Mary Zakayo (Athletics, Kenya) from Dr Whang Youn Dai for sporting excellence, recognition of six newly elected members of the IPCs Athletes Council, and recognition of the 70,000 Olympic and Paralympic Games Maker volunteers, Coldplay were revealed on the central Sundial Stage to lead the celebrations with Us Against The World.

The band then celebrated the seasonal cycle of ancient and modern festivals that take place throughout the year taking the audience on a journey of their most iconic songs set to cycle through Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. In a story of fire and flame the band were accompanied by spectacular performances by Candoco Dance Company, disabled ariel performers trained at Circus Space thanks to funding from Arts Council England, and The British Paraorchestra founded by Charles Hazlewood as part of a 200 strong professional cast, 1,300 volunteers, 120 child volunteers from schools in the east London Host Boroughs.

Autumn continued with a performance of Yellow accompanied by Candoco and 12 flame dancers, Up In Flames accompanied by a display by ariel artists Denis Remnev and Lyndsay Care, then Paradise with 19 fireflies descending from the roof.

Coldplays performance of 42 signalled the start of Winter with snow-like confetti explain from cannons on the Stadium roof and was accompanied by a performance by crews on stilts, blue painted Iceni warriors and a Snow Queen played by Vikoria Modesta, a lower-leg amputee, model and singer/songwriter. Finally God Put A Smile On Your Face saw motorcycle aerialists Lyndsay Adams and Laszlo Simet ride to the top of the Stadium by motorbike to ignite a ball of energy to signify the beginning of Spring.

In Spring Coldplay performed Clocks whilst a giant laser spread across the Stadium, and Charlie Brown accompanied by 120 children, before Rihanna, who has sold more than 25 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide, was revealed on a Steamship truck travelling around the track for the performance of a Princess of China as a duet with Coldplay.

Summer opened with Strawberry Swing accompanied by the British Paraorchestra, before Rihanna performed We Found Love from a swing raised above the stage, and Coldplay finished the season with a performance of Viva La Vida, the song which was performed by musicians simultaneously around the UK earlier at 2.00pm as part of Bandstand Marathon the final event of the London 2012 Festival.

Then came the handover of the Paralympic Flag from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to the President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven who entrusted it to Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes. This was followed by a joyful and colourful artistic segment by Rio 2016 of musical performances by Brazilian pop stars and playful dance battles with wheelchair dancers and visually impaired ballerinas.

Speeches by Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, and Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee were followed by The Final Flame a section to mark the Closing of the Paralympic Games and the last night of London 2012.

Thomas Heatherwicks Cauldron opened and as the Flame began to fade Paralympic gold medallists Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock arrived to transfer the final flame to a London Paralympic Torch. They then proceeded to light hundreds of torches held by members of the cast throughout the field of play, whilst fourteen-time Grammy award winner JAY Z arrived on stage with Rihanna to perform Run This Town followed by a reprise of Paradise by Coldplay with JAY Z.

Coldplay then made an emotional performance of The Scientist as sporting highlights of the past 11 days played on the big screens in the Stadium, before being joined by all the cast to perform Every Teardrop is a Waterfall whilst the circular stages released fountains of water to finally extinguish the Paralympic Flame.

The Ceremony ended with a spectacular firework display over the Olympic Stadium and Park, as the worldwide broadcast left the Olympic Park to showcase a firework display along the River Thames as part of the Mayors Thames Festival, a stunning display lighting up the Paralympic logo, the Agitos, on Tower Bridge and finally a projection on the Houses of Parliament of the words Thank you London, thank you UK.

Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘The Paralympic Games has set new records every day, sporting records, records for crowds for television audiences, for unbridled spirit. In this country we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way. The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.

In the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games I said that we would ignite a flame that would ignite the world. I am proud tonight to say we have done this.

There are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product. Words, that when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity. We have stamped those words on the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012: London 2012. Made in Britain..

Kim Gavin, Closing Ceremonies Artistic Director, said: ‘What better way to demonstrate our respect and commitment to these athletes than by celebrating with Britains most internationally renowned band, two global superstars and a fantastic cast of professionals and volunteers.

Coldplays Chris Martin said; ‘Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athl

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Cutting-Edge NoSQL for the London Olympics Presented by John ODonovan at the NoSQL Now! Conference & Expo

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 01, 2012

DATAVERSITY today announced that John ODonovan, Director, Technical Architecture and Development at the UKs Press Association (a leading content and media services provider) and one of the worlds foremost media technology designers, will give a keynote presentation to this years NoSQL Now! Conference & Expo at the San Jose Convention Center August 21 23.

On August 23rd from 9:10 9:45 AM, ODonovan will discuss the advanced methods used to build the next generation of content delivery platforms for the London Olympics. During his session ODonovan will share on how his team did – just weeks after the Olympic experience – using a combination of NoSQL technologies including graph databases, XML, RDF and linked data, to deliver new media capabilities on the world’s biggest stage.

ODonovan was formerly the Chief Technical Architect of BBC News and Sport delivering the acclaimed BBC World Cup website in 2010 which pioneered approaches to NoSQL technology including utilizing semantic and linked data, but the architectural approach has been taken much further into the core of the business by the Press Association, especially for key elements of the Olympics this year and many of their other services. PA is the appointed Host National News Agency for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

PAs coverage of the Olympics will be global and pervasive as it provides content and drives real-time data services for many clients and global brands including MSN, Sky TV, ESPN, Bing, LOCOG, NRK Norway, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph, British Telecom and many others

For many, we are the Olympics – the text, pictures, video and data we publish will be a window onto the Games. This is not just about driving a single service, this is about driving flexible and relevant services for many clients across all types of digital, broadcast and print media. said ODonovan.

We are delivering a global service of complex products to over 40 territories in 23 different languages, all working together in real-time – and the technologies deployed make it easier for us to receive and create the content, manage it, distribute it and customize it. We can also perform more advanced services to analyze and organize content and deliver a highly individualized consumer experience he added.

Preparing ourselves for the scale and real-time needs of the Olympics is an unprecedented technical undertaking said ODonovan, but we have faith in these technologies because relational technologies struggle to get us where we need to be, so we have blended a variety of NoSQL products to get the scale, performance and customized experience we needed to deliver.

NoSQL technologies are being used effectively to deliver large-scale solutions in a wide variety of applications. During the NoSQL Now! Conference attendees will learn from real-world examples and case studies from industry leaders in e-commerce, education, broadcast media, search, advertising, gaming, healthcare and online services. ODonovans keynote is a prime example of the innovative NoSQL technologies being used for the Olympics as well as in companies who have found NoSQL in enterprise business solutions.

NoSQL Now! will include the following case studies of NoSQL databases in the Enterprise space:

Lonely Planet Offers Free Ebooks and Apps About London in Celebration of the Olympics

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012

As families across America watch the Olympic Games on television this summer, many will be curious to know more about the host city, London. In celebration of the Olympics, Lonely Planet has made several London ebooks and apps free for a limited time.

Not For Parents London is a highly graphic ebook for kids aged 8 and up that combines intriguing stories and spooky histories of the city with full-color photos, quirky drawings, and great cartoons. Written with perfect pitch for young readers, Not For Parents London is designed for curious kids eager for a glimpse of London without leaving home. Lonely Planets Not for Parents series was recently awarded coveted Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval. Not For Parents London is available for the iPad on the iBookstore. Normally priced at $ 9.99, the ebook is free until August 17th (11:59pmPDT).

London-The City is a walking tour app that provides a fascinating stroll through Londons City, including St Pauls Cathedral, the Monument, the Tower of London, and a host of lesser-known gems. The audio commentary includes illuminating audio excerpts from the BBC archives. Although the audio tours are designed for those walking the route in the city itself, they can also be journeys one takes from the comfort of their own home. London-The City is available for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad; to get the app, users must first download the free Lonely Planet Travel Guides app onto their device, open the app, tap Audio Walking Tours and then scroll down to select London-The City. Normally priced at $ 2.99, the app is free until July 30th (11:59pmPDT).

Stratford and East London is a PDF download and the ultimate guide to the most exciting neighborhood in London, covering everything from the must-see sights including the Olympic Park to the best kept secrets. Comprehensively mapped and full of local and insider tips, the guide includes a walking tour, information on the best-value and free things to do, gorgeous photos and up-to-the-minute reviews of the top places to eat, drink, shop, dance and catch a show. Normally priced at $ 2.99, the PDF is available for download at for free until August 17th.

Recession Busting Britain is the ultimate ebook to the best free things to do throughout England, Scotland and Wales and includes author-recommended reviews and practical information on a wide-range of free options from museums to markets, galleries to guided walks, cathedrals to conversation centres and much more all the essentials one needs to explore Britain without spending a penny. It is available on Kindle, Nook, Google Books and on the iBookstore. In the spirit of the ebook, will always be free!

United Nations Foundation Commits to Making the Goals of the London Summit on Family Planning a Reality

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 11, 2012

As partners from around the world join together in London to launch an ambitious effort to enable 120 million more women in developing countries access to voluntary, lifesaving family planning, information, and services by 2020, the United Nations Foundation reaffirms its commitment in support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moons innovative Every Woman Every Child movement. This effort builds upon the Foundations long history of investment and work on adolescent girls and womens health, including the Universal Access Project, to achieve universal access to reproductive health care Millennium Development Goal 5 which leads to healthier women, stronger families, and more stable, prosperous communities.

Reproductive health issues cut across virtually all of our campaigns and initiatives, said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. The London Summit — a global call to accelerate support for women and girls — builds upon the leadership and work of the United Nations Population Fund and the long-term support of the U.S. government to achieve universal access to reproductive health care and voluntary family planning. We call on all governments to prioritize this critical work moving forward.

We know that more than 220 million women around the world want, but do not have, access to modern contraception. By making a significant dent in this unmet need were not only saving the lives of women and children, but were also putting families on a path to a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future. Voluntary family planning is one of the smartest investments that we can make said Timothy E. Wirth.

To help make the goals of the London Summit on Family Planning a reality, the UN Foundation is proud to fulfill and accelerate its $ 400 million commitment made together with partners in 2010 in support of Every Woman Every Child to improve womens and childrens health. This includes:

Gold Medal Restaurants in London

London, UK (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

For an Olympic winning meal, Quintessentially Lifestyle suggests the top five restaurants that are worth racing to.


Hailed as the next best thing a little like our Olympic hopefuls Dabbous has become a game-changer within the culinary world. The restaurant is light and modern in design with a basement bar that serves crowd pleasing cocktails. Quintessentially Lifestyle recommends the barbecued lamb belly with runner beans and the custard cream pie.


Owned by Russias most famous and successful restaurateur Arkady Novikov, this trendy restaurant has recently opened in London and is an absolute treat. With a choice of two kitchens to choose from – one being Pan Asian with its own fish market where one can choose ones fish and how theyd like it to be prepared whilst the Great Italian Kitchen is home to beautifully executed Italian food.

Bodega Negra

Located within the heart of Soho, La Bodegra Negras underground restaurant fronted by pink neon signs is packed full of people from all works of life. Quintessentially Lifestyle recommends The Prawn Jicama Tacos and Churros with Dolce De Leche.

Cut at 45 Park Lane

Ranked as one of the finest dining destinations, Wolfgang Pucks Cut at 45 Park Lane, is home to outstanding steaks, superb wine list and impeccable service. Quintessentially Lifestyle recommends Wolfgangs warm butter poached Scottish lobster, The soft polenta with parmesan and The Banana Cream Pie.

Dinner by Heston

After a long day of watching the Olympic Games all one will want to do is relax and have dinner in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Dinner by Heston Blumethal Mandarin Oriental manages to deliver just his while managing to spellbind. Quintessentially Lifestyle recommends the famous Meat Fruit, Roast Marrowbone, The Black Foot Pork Chop and The Tipsy Cake.

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