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Last week’s issue of 7 Days had an exceptionally interesting article on Albert Lovejoy Gutterson.

I’ll leave you to read Thomas Simon’s piece yourself, and just say that Gutterson’s Gold came in the Long Jump (aka Broad Jump / Running Broad Jump) at the 1912 Stockholm Games.

This emblematic photo comes from the University of Vermont — the athlete gave his name to the campus’ Gutterson Field House.

One amazing part about 7 Days’ article is the timeline: I can’t imagine athletes today working to get to the Games as Gutterson did in 1912.

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The Royal Albert Hall – of interest to all who have listened to a rousing Proms Concert on the BBC (another British institution).

Here is a photo worthy of Pinterest; I *LOVE* this view, with the steps sweeping up towards the great dome-shaped performance hall.

Among the Symphony Orchestras that have appeared in the Royal Albert Hall over the years: The Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony Orchestra. Even the Phantom of the Opera has haunted the hall, and Adele recently gave her “all”.

2012’s Proms began last Friday, the 13th, and continue until 8th September. US listeners can enjoy LIVE Proms concerts via the website for Performance Today, featuring FIVE Beethoven broadcasts. The audio player appears 30 minutes before the start of each concert.

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The above website not only counts down to the London Games, it also figures out days left until the 2014 (Russia), 2016 (Brazil), and 2018 (South Korea) Olympics. Too much info!! Rather like counting down to Christmas 2014, 2016, 2018

Sports –> not my thing. Travelling abroad –> MY THING! so I offer for the next few posts a”re-counting” of great or renowned London buildings. Today I begin with one of its best-known addresses:

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EVERY news broadcast that has anything political to report from LONDON will feature the door of No. 10 Downing Street.

Reading London Drum City Guide’s website description of Downing Street, the surprise comes when the reason for its very name is revealed: George Downing, a confidante of Oliver Cromwell. As with many politicos: George Downing had no qualms about changing sides…

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Hetty Bower (right), a former suffragette, was 105 years old when this photo was snapped in fall 2011. She got this close to the door of No. 10 because she was delivering a petition.

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We might even break our rule of “self-measure and self-install” which every other customer has to abide by. Call it an early Xmas Gift.

Sir Humphrey seconds that idea.

As sports-enthusiasts gather, give a thought to Olympics “inspired” fare. As London is this Summer Game’s venue the suggestion comes for Fish N’Chips – or maybe Steak and Ale. has a short menu of party ideas:

Don’t mind a fish & chips, but I’ll be tuned to anything else but sports. A good book anyone?

The news broke a few days ago: Uniforms / costumes for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

The Press talks of the where but why does no one mention the how much? Am I the only one rather surprised (and slightly appalled) that these expensive games are also expensively apparelled? According to the Los Angeles Times, the uniforms pictured above cost $1473 for the men’s; $1945 for the women’s.

Can you imagine that if even part of that cost per person had been donated to charity, how many dollars might have enriched the world’s “average person”?

Ralph Lauren “designs” yacht club / public school uniforms for a group of athletes and nothing beyond where the clothing was made comes under discussion?

What’s wrong with this PICTURE?

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UPDATE: Weekend News reports –> RALPH LAUREN was “awarded” the next Olympics, too. Winter games in 2014 will see more Ralph Lauren uniforms on the backs of American athletes.

Commentators notice the large “Polo” logo. Commercialism at its best?


Piers Morgan on the Olympic uniforms:

“I hope those American athletes are inspired to now perform with the Vive of La France, the Rule of Britannia, and the March of the Volunteers.”

“If they do,” concluded Morgan, “then God, and Gold, will Bless America!”

Jay Leno on the Olympic uniforms:

“Looks like designer Ralph Lauren is trying to calm the controversy over the fact that those Olympic uniforms they produced were made in China. Well, he now says the uniforms they make for the 2014 winter Olympics will be made right here in the USA using our own good old-fashioned illegal immigrants.”

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