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Mandeville and Wenlock

For every Olympic games, there is a specific mascot designed.  For the 2012 Olympic games in London, they have decided to be slightly more creative than in the past years.  The designers have decided to created some animated mascots.  Not only have the mascots been created, the designers have created an animated series in which the mascots appear.  A lot of thought has gone into both of the mascots named Wenlock and Mandeville.  Wenlock was named after the village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire and Mandeville was named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire.  Much Wenlock was an inspiration for the modern Olympic Games.  Stoke Mandeville was where the first Paralympic Games took place in 1948.  Wenlock represents the Olympic Games and Mandeville represents the Paralympic Games.  Wenlock wears the Olympic rings as some friendship bracelets which shows just another aspect of how well thought out they are.  Because London Taxi Cabs are so well known, both of the characters have a yellow light on top of their head which also have their initial in.  The mascots seem to copy what humans do and they see many pictures around the room of Olympic athletes and try to copy them.  It is actually a very interesting take on the mascots and in a way it is quite special.

Here is the link to the first part of the series (it is a couple of minutes): http://www.ourlondon2012.com/mascots/ (Click the play button at the top of the screen)

David Cameron- The new Prime Minister

Just earlier today, England found out who the next Prime Minster was going to be.  The conservatives won the most seats from the election but did not get enough of a majority to completely win the election.  This caused for the first time in many years, England to have a hung parliament.  For the last five days now, the whole of England has been uncertain as to who was going to lead our country.  Finally, following the resignation of the Labour leader Gordon Brown, David Cameron has become our Prime Minister.  This will be the first time that conservatives have been in power for 13 years now.  Since Nick Clegg (the leader of the Liberal Democrats) has become Cameron’s deputy, it will be the first time in 70 years that England has formed a coalition government.  It is definitely a big change for the government of England.  Hopefully it is a good change and one that will make the government stronger.

David Cameron

Many people in England are ready to vote tomorrow as the election for our next Prime Minister is held throughout the day.  Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Nick Clegg are all anxiously awaiting to see which one of them will become the next Prime Minister.  Currently David Cameron, the Tory leader is ahead whilst Gordon Brown (Labour) is narrowly above Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats).  From the latest polls it shows 37% for the Tories, 28% for Labour, and 27% for the Liberal Democrats.  The polls open in the morning and close at night.  After the votes have been tallied up, the new British Prime Minister will drive up to number 10 Downing Street as the newly elected Prime Minister always does.  Many of the big problems faced in England have been talked about over the last few months leading up to the general election.  Hopefully the next Prime Minister will be able to deal with the big problems England face!

From left to right: Clegg, Cameron, and Brown

Tonight in England was the final PM debate.  The three main party leaders in the UK went head to head for the last time before the election on Thursday (a week from today).  David Cameron (Tory leader), Gordon Brown (Labour leader), and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat leader) all battled it out over the questions asked by people from all over England.  There were an assortment of questions that covered many topics including the economy, immigration, education, and taxes.  These televised debates can prove crucial to the parties as they may swing some voters so close to the election.  It was especially important for Gordon Brown and the Labour party due to the big mistake of Gordon Brown yesterday.  From recent polls, the Labour party are currently the least favorite with the Tories in first place.  Since the first debate on the T.V (there have been 3) Labour have dropped 4% and the Tories have gained 5%.  It will be interesting to see who comes out on top next Thursday.

Gordon Brown

Yesterday whilst Gordon Brown was visting some areas in England before the upcoming election on Thursday, he made quite a big error.  During his short visit in Rochdale the Prime Minister talked to a woman called Gillian Duffy who questioned the PM on some of the issues England face such as immigration, crime, and national debt.  After their converstation the PM got back into his car and set off to go to his next appointment but forgot that he was wearing one of the T.V station microphones.  In the car, one of his aides asked him what the woman had said.  The PM replied with, “Ugh everything! She’s just a sort of bigoted woman that said she used to be labor.”  Gillian was extremly offended when she was informed of what the PM had said about her and was upset.  She even asked the news reporters what she had said to make him think that.  With only one week left before the election, this has surely made a great indent in the number of voters for labor.  Did Gordon Brown ruin the chances for labor to keep in power?

Hand held machine that is being tested to stop Migraines.

Many people all over the world suffer from Migraines.  I am one of those people that does.  Let me tell you that they are extremely painful and I would welcome anything at that moment in time to stop the pain.  When I get a Migraine, I usually have to take a strong pill specifically prescribed to me for Migraines then I usually have to go into a dark room and try to sleep which usually takes hours for the pain to stop.  But now apparently, there are tests going on in England on a device that sends a magnetic pulse to the neck.  So far, many people have tried the device (which is handheld and usable at home) and it has actually helped them.  Most people have said that their Migraines have gone in around two hours.  This would be a great device for many people that get Migraines because they would be able to use the machine at home which would be a lot better than taking a pill and needing to sleep.  I for one would welcome it if is proven to work.

Argentinian protesters burning the Union JackThe Falkland Islands have been a recurring point of contention between Argentina and the United Kingdom.  In 1982, a conflict concerning the islands’ sovereignty resulted in a 74 day war that left 907 (649 Argentinian and 258 British) dead.  Although the battle was technically a victory for the UK, Argentina still refuses to see the Falkland Islands as British property.  This bad blood has been brought up as of late by UK oil drilling operations that have set up shop in what Argentina claims to be their waters.  After the UK backed out of an agreement to jointly explore the oil rich area with Argentina in 2007, the latter has been gaining popularity for its claims.  32 Latin American and Caribbean nations have expressed their support for Argentina’s allegations, among which is the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.  Mr. Chávez is quoted as saying “Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I’m talking to you.  The time for empires is over, haven’t you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people.”


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