Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fabregas Farce

Going into the summer break, Arsenal fans were looking forward to plenty of activity in the transfer market as manager Arsene Wenger finally realized that the squad he had built just wasn’t good enough when it came to the big games.

Not for the first time a failure to win a crucial game saw a downward spiral that the team, and the manager, seemed impotent to halt.

Back in 2004, when that famous 49-game run came to an end courtesy of Manchester United kicking Arsenal off the pitch at Old Trafford, the team struggled to regain confidence for a while. The next game at home to Southampton was heading for defeat until Robin van Persie’s injury time winner.

Then there was that game at St Andrew’s against Birmingham City. Arsenal was on its way to the title but then Eduardo got his leg broken, Gael Clichy gave away a soft penalty and William Gallas spat the dummy. Arsenal struggled to find any form for the rest of the season and won nothing.

And, of course, last season. Defeat against Birmingham in the Carling Cup Final led to a real crisis of confidence among the players and yet another season imploded with Wenger looking on helpless.

Finally it appeared that Wenger had recognized there was something missing from his blueprint. Finally he, and the club, said it was time to splash the cash.

And what makes the headlines in North London and Europe? Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona!

It is normal to use the adjective “inspirational” these days when describing your club captain, but no-one in their right mind would describe the increasingly homesick Catalan as that.

Inspirational captains do not bottle the last few games of the season in the way Cesc did. Once he withdrew from the team to play against Manchester United, it was clear his Arsenal days were finally over.

And then to have your club captain miss the final game of the season, he was in Barcelona, says it all. The club had finally decided enough was enough. Despite the headlines, despite the prodigious talent, Fabregas was not the player to build a team around.

Perhaps Wenger had long known that. Certainly the signing of Aaron Ramsey was seen as insurance for the day Cesc finally returned to his home town. And the increased role of Jack Wilshire over the last season also suggests that when it comes to central midfield, Arsenal feels it has enough ability with the highly rated Emmanuel Frimpong waiting in the reserves.

The Fabregas years are finally drawing to a close and perhaps with it Wenger’s determination to sign teenagers, hoping to win trophies with youth. Fabregas is still perhaps two or three years short of his peak and it is likely Barcelona will receive the full benefit of his talent. Arsenal provided him with the schooling and the experience just like a good feeder club should.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Picasso Paintings Sell for £42 M at London Sale

London. Three works by Pablo Picasso, each depicting a different one of the Spanish artist's lovers, sold at a London auction on Tuesday for a total of 42 million pounds, smashing pre--auction valuations.

A 1939 portrait of Dora Maar, who became Picasso's lover and inspiration after long--time muse Marie--Therese Walter, sold for £17,961,250 ($29 million, 20.2 million euros) at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.

"Femme assise, robe bleue", which was painted shortly after the outbreak of World War II, had been unseen since it was exhibited in Switzerland 1967 and had been expected to realize between £4 million and £8 million.

1935 work "Jeune fille endormie", an intimate portrait of the artist's former lover Marie--Therese, fetched £13.5 million, easily surpassing its £9 million valuation.

The 45--year--old Picasso met his mistress, who was 17 at the time, when she was leaving the Paris subway in 1927.

The painting shows Marie--Therese asleep and is celebrated for its use of bold, expressionist colors and brush strokes.

The painting was anonymously donated to the University of Sydney in 2010 and proceeds from the sale will be channelled into the institution's scientific research programs.

Giovanna Bertazzoni, Director and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's London, said: "It is an absolute jewel of painting that has been unseen, hidden in a private collection, for over 60 years.

"It has been hugely exciting to exhibit this painting to the public in Hong Kong and London over recent months, where it has attracted great praise, and to see it attract such strong interest from collectors at this evening's auction."

Michael Spence, Vice--Chancellor of the University of Sydney said the sale would "change the lives of many people.

"We are grateful for their extraordinary generosity and delighted with the outcome of the auction," he added.

Thirdly, "Buste de Francoise", a portrait of Francoise Gilot, eventually sold for £10,681,250.

The 1946 piece depicts the woman who became Picasso's lover in the 1940s and bore two of his children.

However, the piece which held highest expectations going into Tuesday's auction failed to sell.

Claude Monet's "Ninfeas" was expected to fetch around £24 million but failed to reach its reserve price, the auction house revealed.

Despite the high--profile no--sale, the auction raised £140 million.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thames Cruise to Historic Greenwich and Dinner at Covent Garden Grill - from £31.00 with City Cruises

This tour of a Thames Cruise to Historic Greenwich and Dinner at Covent Garden Grill runs every day of the year.
  • Thames Cruise depart from Westminster Pier at 12noon;
  • Arrive Greenwich at 1.15pm;
  • Depart Greenwich at 5.20pm;
  • Arrive Westminster Pier at 6.30pm;
  • Dinner Reservations at 7.30pm.
As the River Thames winds its way through London from Westminster Pier to Greenwich, there is history on every corner and the best way to see the sights and splendor of the deck is one of City Cruises luxury Riverliners. Cruise in style in our fleet, open on top and spacious with comfortable rooms.

The trip to Greenwich which is a World Heritage site takes a little more than an hour. Visiting Greenwich is the perfect day, you can learn about the maritime history of Britain's National Maritime Museum (free) Find the home of Greenwich Mean Time, visit the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark and explore the ancient shops and collectibles market (Thursday to Sunday) there are numerous restaurants along the river where you can enjoy a cheap lunch.

Departure at 17:20 (5.20 pm) you can enjoy the famous rush hour in London, the Thames, which flows freely. This is a good idea to sit on the same side of the boat as it is in their journey to ensure that you will not miss any of the attractions and endless photo opportunities.

Its captain will dock at Westminster Pier about 6:30 pm. Then you can go to the Whitehall passing the Cenotaph, № 10 Downing Street, Horseguards Parade and Trafalgar Square Banqueting House in Covent Garden and for a little less energy you can take on a bus in London on The Strand. Buses are every 2-5 minutes and the fare is £ 1. Walking will take about 20 minutes.

Reservations for dinner at Covent Garden Grill at 7:30 pm, leaving enough time to see some well qualified buskers in the square of Covent Garden Plaza, get some shopping or enjoy a cocktail before dinner at Covent Garden Grill.

Covent Garden Grill (as the name suggests) is in Covent Garden in London and is intimate yet light, the grill is very popular among locals and tourists alike, without vast complete. The ground floor is divided into booths upholstered in sumptuous leather while the lower atmosphere is a little quieter, with lots of space and sense of exclusivity. Aside from the tempting menu has an excellent wine list (good prices), clearly chosen by someone with knowledge. The list of beers and ales is equally interesting; there are about two dozen to choose from.

Children under 5 are free.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

London RIB Voyages

Until recently, if you want to explore the city by boat, you can expect a very peaceful experience. Charlie Matheson spot RIB (rigid inflatable boat) operation has changed all that. You can book by phone or online or upload Waterloo Millennium Pier in the specifications.

Arrive 20 minutes before would be equipped with a waterproof jacket (which is unlikely to get wet unless it rains a lot, but you can be happy with the heat) and a lifejacket. Specially adapted with handrails measures mean that the visit is very easy, making the trip for all ages. The experience begins calmly enough; with a Thames Waterman offer a comment on bridges and buildings in central London.

So when you are past Tower Bridge, Captain Zodiac, the 12-seat open the engine and the heads of Greenwich, and see how exciting can be a time along the Thames, about 30 knots, leaving the traditional river cruises awkward back

Last week I was
on the trip to London RIB River and a great experience it was! Raincoats and jackets instead of protective security had been published were on board the London Eye pier for the ride of your life.

As they were taken at a leisurely pace past the Houses of Parliament and the Tower Bridge in London, gave us a talk on the history of the Thames for an informative and entertaining.

After passing the police station in the river, get a speed of 30 knots until we're moving to Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, where we turn on the way back.

As they sped past the Tower Bridge, the Bond theme kicks, which made the experience even better, as it accelerated along the Thames.

The staff was great and certainly knew their stuff, and I would recommend anyone Travel London RIB.What a great way to see London!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

1.2m of 1.9m people miss out on Olympics tickets

Olympic organizers say most of the people who applied for tickets for the 2012 London Games missed out in the first round of sales.

Of the 1.9 million people who applied, 1.2 millionended up with nothing, while 700,000 split 3 million tickets between them.

But the 1.2 million people who missed out on tickets will be given the first opportunity to buy them when a further 2.3 million go on sale on June 24.

But 1.7 million of these are for football matches.

Organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe says "we recognize that a lot of people who have as yet been unsuccessful in that application are clearly disappointed."

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wembley to Host 2013 Champions League Final

The Champions League final will take place at London's Wembley Stadium in 2013, for the second time in three years, UEFA president Michel Platini announced on Thursday.

Having hosted European football's showpiece event last season, when Barcelona beat Manchester United, Wembley will again play host to the final due to "the "exceptional circumstances" of the Football Association's 150th anniversary, Platini told a press conference.

"There are always many candidates for the Champions League final and the (UEFA) Congress but this is to mark the special year of the English FA," Platini said.

"Some will be surprised that we're going back there two years later, but it was important to mark the FA's 150th year.

"The UEFA executive committee approved this decision unanimously. They're the oldest federation. If we forget the past, we have no future."

It will be the seventh time that Wembley has organised the final of Europe's premier cup competition, more than any other venue.

Platini also announced that Toulouse and Saint-Etienne would host matches at the 2016 European Championship in France, having initially been placed on the reserve list.

It swells the list of host cities for the tournament, which will be the first to feature 24 teams, from nine to 11.

Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris (Parc des Princes) and Saint-Denis (Stade de France) had already been selected.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

British Museum has been crowned as "Museum of the Year" 2011

Congratulations to the British Museum! The institution has just been crowned as the "Museum of the Year" Award by the Art Fund 2011, and took a prize of £ 100,000.

The Art Fund awards £ 100,000 a year for a single museum or gallery in a project that excites the judges through their excellence, originality and imagination.

The British Museum has won the prize for the pioneering history of the world in a series of 100 objects.

The judges praised the way the history of the world was far beyond the walls of the Museum of London, and his pioneering use of digital resources to generate huge public commitment.

In the center of A History of the World was a series of 100 pieces on BBC Radio have completed a narrative history through objects from the British Museum two million years until today. The British Museum, the BBC and more than 550 museums around the country gathered in an ambitious partnership that captured the imagination of millions of people around the world.

I am very proud that one of the largest institutions of London won the first prize, and was a big fan of Radio 4 shows.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

London Olympic 2012 Torch

Three is a magic number for the newly unveiled Olympic torch in 2012.

Its design was inspired by three triangular behind the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Among them:

      * Three Olympic values ​​of excellence, respect and friendship
      * United Kingdom hosted the Olympics three times
      * Vision for the Olympic Games in London in 2012 combine three areas of activity - education, sport and culture

The burner was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and designed and built by British company Premier Group and Tecosim.

It is 80 cm high, made ​​of aluminum and weighs only 800 grams, which is one of the lightest in the history of the Olympic movement. Burner to 8000 gold is perforated small cut circles, representing 8000 different Torchbearers and personal success.

Round holes running along the torch, people will think it's good to see the heart of the building - and they are very practical and helps keep the burner cool.

70 days of the Olympic torch relay will have a majority in the UK before the games next year.

The relay starts at Lands End on 19th
maybe going 8000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for firing the opening ceremony.