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Well what can I say about the 2012 London Olympics … I was one of the millions of Britons who were probably not too bothered about the Olympics coming to GB. You dread the traffic and the extra security that is put in place, you are put off visiting friends in the capital for a few weeks and of course you dread what the expense will do to your paypacket long term.
Then the Opening Ceremony commenced!!!
With baited breath we sat and wondered is this going to be a disaster? The small snippets that were advertised did not look very spectacular or inspiring … and then it began and with it the excitement exploded and everyone in Great Britain sat up and realised what a momentous event this actually is and what it means to have it in our own back yard.
I remember thinking ‘its no wonder foreigners think the British are a nation of Hugh Grants’ at the beginning of the ceremony with all the Morris dancers and green fields and then out of nowhere the whole stadium changed and a darkness fell bringing with it the era of the industrial revolution and I thought now this is interesting.
When the Olympic rings were forged and lifted high into the stadium and the sparks reigned down I said to the room full of friends now that is going to take some beating in future ceremonies and then the surprises just kept on coming … from the Queen and James Bond, to Mr Beans little skit with the London Symphony Orchestra, to the introduction of the British scientist who created the internet!
We sat through the child catcher and Mary Poppins, an astonishingly talented deaf drummer and the sight of Mr Muhammad Ali with the Olympic Flag. We had a Beatle perform, we listened to generations of British music that has been heard the World over and still there was more …
Fireworks, Beckham, Dizzy Rascal, JK Rowling, thousands of volunteers, our greatest Olympians and then the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. With its 204 copper petals being lit by the future of British Sport in the shape of 7 young talented athletes the Olympic flame rose up and at that moment I believe everyone in this great nation was proud to be British.
The whole event had been a success, inspiring, clever, funny, interesting, loud, bright … we knew it was not going to be another Beijing but then again we’re British and it had to be British. We did our own thing and although not everyone around the globe would have understood all of it there was much to admire and I’m sure the organisers of Rio 2016 were thinking damn we’ve got some work to do.
Then it was time for the Olympians … all the athletes representing the 204 nations to slug it out in the pool, on the track, in the ring, on the road, on the court, on the beach … pretty much everywhere.
The Olympic Park looked awesome with the Olympic Stadium standing proud next to the Velodrome and the Aquatic centre and for us Brits it was all about when the first gold would arrive.
We didn’t have too long before Glover and Stanning delivered Team GB’s first gold in the rowing and shortly after Bradley Wiggins delivered another in the cycling.
The greatest thing about the Olympics in my humble opinion is that is enables all us viewers to get excited and caught up in sports that we would never usually watch. Its great to see the World come together under the umbrella of sport and its fantastic to see World Records broken and new legends take their place on the podiums but the ability to get a nation cheering and shouting at the TV at Judo or Canoing or Archery is just phenomenal.
We all get excited about the swimming, cycling, rowing, gymnastics and the track and field events but I cannot believe the tension I have felt whilst watching the beach volleyball or the equestrian events!!
Simply put the Olympics has taken a hold and every day we talk about the events, the athletes and the results and with the coverage being so widely accessible its going to leave a big black whole after the closing ceremony.
We have seen the Americans break records in the water, the Chinese dominate the gymnastics and the British kick ass in the cycling and it has been totally encapsulating so far with the track and field events to come.
I’m not sure how the rest of the world rates these Olympics but I do hope all those visitors from over seas that have paid all that money to come and visit our great capital is having a fantastic time and they are being welcomed with open arms.
I’m going up to London on Saturday and desperately tried to get a ticket for the Olympic Park (not for any event just to see the park and be a part of the atmosphere) but alas there are no tickets available … still I will continue to watch the TV (thank god for the Iphone) and keep supporting Team GB in all events and I hope all nations have a successful games and leave this great island with fond memories.
Til next time lets hope for more golds for Team GB, more World & Olympic Records broken by all nations and more tension … I personally cannot wait for Bolt vs Blake.
Its our time down here – Latino 777
As a hot-blooded male I have a healthy admiration for beautiful women. Below are my 5 current hot to trot females but for every gorgeous, talented woman there’s an air stealer … those women who have as much talent as a mosquito and only look good in a very dark room or on radio.
HOTS5. Megan Fox – this 25 year-old model/actress is probably best know as the sex kitten in the Transformers movies. She keeps on dropping out of my top 5 but at this moment she has just scraped through lol. 3. Katy Perry – Now this 26 year-old songstress is a real handful and ever since she kissed a girl and liked it – we’ve liked her. A deserved beauty in my top 5 I feel.
Now I’m not even going to waste any time writing about the females below as they are just not worth writing about.
5. Any female that has ever been on Big Brother.
Latino777 – It’s our time down here.
In a time when Vampires are stealing all the screen time and getting all the girls you’ve got to feel for our old friend the Werewolf.
This hairy man beast has become a second-rate villain in a fang fested world … But this wasn’t always the case.
In the 80’s it was all about the Lycanthropes – The Howling and Silver Bullet were good old-fashioned rip flicks, Teenwolf introduced us to the lighter side of the wolfman and we even had an American Werewolf come to London. It wasn’t just the silver screen that was encaptured by the wolf, even music had gotten in on the act with the king of pop Michael Jackson famously turning into a mauling monster in Thriller. All this made the wolf número uno.
Yes in the 80’s it was sexy to have a hairy back and sharp gnashers but why highlight the wolf’s plight now I hear you ask … Well I’ve just been listening to an old track on one of the less desirable radio stations by a guy called Warren Zevon – ever heard of him? Not many people have however he recorded a track back in the late 70’s entitled Werewolves of London.
This song should really find a place on every iPod and music library, with its raw lyrics, a piano riff straight out of Lynard Skynards ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ (which just so happens to be an all time favourite of yours truly) and an infectious chorus … Howlllll Werewolves of London so pop over to Youtube and check it out – this will have you staring up at the next full moon and wondering why that can of dog food looks rather tasty.
Have I just come to this conclusion that Werewolves are way cooler than Vamps? of course not, what did I dress up as this past Halloween … yep you’ve got it. I will say this for the vamps it’s easier to drink with fangs than with a mask!!!!
Vampires can come out to play any old night of the week but Werewolves only put on their dancing shoes on a full moon which also gives us humans more chance of survival if you think about it .. so in conclusion yes Vampires can be sexy but they’re just way too common. Werewolf is the way to go, their biding their time but the full moon is nearly cast and if you listen carefully you can just about hear the hungry howl in the distance. Always support the underdog.
Latino777 – It’s our time down here.
Elvis … The Beatles … there can only be one further name to add to this list and that name is Michael Jackson!
Very few artists get to the plateau that these artists reached and its hard to see where the next true global superstar will come from.
Whether you knew him as Michael, as MJ or as Whacko Jacko this guy was born to perform. Coming from a musical family in smalltown Gary, Indiana, I guess he didn’t have many options open to him but from a young age he was already showing the kind of talent that would make him the undisputed king of pop.
Although a bit before my time I loved The Jackson 5 growing up with hits like I Want You Back, ABC and Got To Be There, Michael had a great soulful voice and certainly made an impact with his unique dance style.
There has been much speculation regarding Michaels father Joe Jackson and his strict regime towards the boys but without this hardline parenting who knows if the Jackson 5 would have been as big a success as they were?
Michael’s songwriting ability really started to show when he wrote the heart felt ‘Ben’ about his pet rat and then came the time when Michael really went solo and created the Off The Wall album – released in 1979 and must be one of the best albums of all time. Michael wrote a couple of the tracks including Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough but my personal favourite is still Off The Wall.
If there’s an album to challenge Off the Wall as the best pop album of all time then this album could very well be Thriller released in 1982. This album is my personal favourite and I think you would have to go some way to find a better over all album. With anthemic tracks such as Thriller, Billie Jean, Beat It and Wanna Be Startin Somethin, this album is a heavy hitter and I often hear some of the less known tracks such as PYT & Human Nature still played in bars & clubs today.
Then came the gloriously 80’s album ‘Bad’ which was released in 1987 and was predominently written by MJ. This is the album that really brought MJ to my attention as I was 14 when it was released. My personal stand out tracks would be Dirty Diana, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and of course Bad.
I had a chance to see Michael at Wembley in 1988 but had school the next day so couldn’t go!!!! still haven’t forgiven my parents for that one!!!
I’m not a major fan of Michaels later music but there are still some gems but here’s my top 10 MJ tracks:
10. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
8. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
6. Dirty Diana
5. The Way You Make Me Feel
4. Wanna Be Startin Somethin
3. Off The Wall
2. Beat It
1. Billie Jean
One thing is for certain he brought his own style and flair to the stage and most of his videos would bring something never before seen. How many artists today have been influenced by Michaels style or moves? The moonwalk is probably one of his most famous dance moves and although he didn’t invent it he certainly introduced it to the world.
The year surrounding Michaels death was a little strange for me – firstly I took my daughter to a concert on 5th March 2009 at the O2 arena and low and behold it was the day that MJ was announcing his ‘This is IT’ tour so we got to see him in the flesh (although my daughter was more star struck by Dermot O Leary!). Since his death my daughter has become a fan and has all his music!
I then managed to get tickets for the concert at the O2 (which was no mean feat) and this would have been my first time seeing him ‘live’ – absolutely gutted that this didn’t happen and lastly I was stood in Times Square when I first heard of his death (a very surreal moment) – the whole of Times Square standing to a halt and watching the big screens.
I guess everyone has their opinions about MJ … he certainly knew how to attract publicity. Whether it was playing in a tree or hanging his newborn child out of a window or having sleepovers with children the media always got their headlines.
My personal opinion is simply this – the guy had no upbringing and in later life had the money to re-live his childhood. Such was the public frenzy whenever he was out and about meant he could never do normal things so he built himself a fairground and surrounded himself with children (I guess children are less judgemental).
I have no doubt in my mind that he loved children and loved being around children but never did anything untowards – now I’m not saying his choices were the most sensible in the world after all I would not be very happy if I found out my child spent the night in the same bed as an adult male however I do feel MJ was an easy target and certain parents knew this. My reasoning behind this … if someone had molested by child there is no amount of money on this planet that would buy me off – I would want the person in prison so he could never do anything like that again! This is why I do not believe the allegations of child abuse – the parents could see dollar signs and knowing Michael would most likely pay as the damage done by these kind of allegations is usually irreparable.
It is a shame this black cloud was always hanging over him especially with the amount he used to do for charity and underprivileged children, you could also feel the passion he had for all things good in his music.
On 25th June 2009 the legend that was Michael Jackson passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in his home and with that act one of the last true greats of the music world faded away.
Who knows how his career would have been affected had he not have done that fateful Pepsi advert in 1984 which was the cause of so much of his pain and the start of an addiction that would see him to rest.
Well in his own lyrics … To heal the world is just human nature, first you start with the man in the mirror and know you are not alone. Whatever happens don’t stop til you get enough and the love you save will help you shake your body and shout ‘I just can’t stop loving you’. We’re almost there, things are changing and whether your black or white, rich or poor you can’t just blame it on the boogie anymore – stand up for what you believe in , hold my hand and say This is it – they don’t care about us but we do – Just use one day in your life to make a change – is it scary? dangerous? of course but you wanna be startin somethin before you go off the wall … will you be there? i hope so. Can you feel it? the change is coming and we’ve got to be there … together … unbreakable. Lets not just see it, lets beat it before the break of dawn. We’ve got a good thing going so heaven can wait but for now … to all those smooth criminals that didn’t make it you are gone too soon.
Latino777 – It’s our time down here.
Now we’ve learned over the past few blogs that I may like a gadget or two but in this list we will see my top 10 gadgets if money was simply no object.
10. The Aquavista Dinosaur Aquarium
I’ve never owned an aquarium and wouldn’t normally think of owning one but I guess if I had this kind of cash then my house would be worthy of one and what an aquarium this is. The world’s rarest, most exclusive and most expensive aquarium – made from pure solid 24ct gold with the side veneers composed of mammoth tusks and if that wasn’t crazy enough, just to top it off it has a T-Rex dinosaur bone diagonally shaved into the tusk. A snip at £3,000,000 … yes that’s 3 million!!!!
09. Celestron CPC 1100 Telescope
Don’t ask me why I want a telescope but I think there’s something very calming about scanning the night sky especially when you can see the rings on Saturn or every detail of the moons craters. At around £2,000 it’s not that expensive … just a little too expensive for me to spend on a telescope!
08. The Segway
It’s an oldie but goody – The segway is just one of those gadgets that everyone would own of you had the money. I’m not sure how simply it would be to navigate but I know there would be fun to be had on one of these bad boys. Costing around £5,000 I’d buy a few so I could start a gang lol.
After a day racing the Segway this would be the ultimate gadget to help relax and soothe those aching muscles. Not only does this chair massage your feet, calves, thighs, arms, shoulders and neck but you can pull the dome over your head and submerse yourself in total relaxation (unless your claustrophobic) with a built-in CD player and colour changing LEDs. All this relaxation can be yours for a cool 5,000.
06. The Hydro Bob
Does this look like fun or what? No need to learn to dive or even swim, you just pop your head into the bubble, sit on the seat and submerge yourself into the water for the coolest underwater experience your ever likely to have! At only £10,000 each you can get your friends to buy one and reproduce a scene from a James Bond movie.
05. A Chord Sound System.
My ideal system would consist of a QBD76, a CPA 8000 & a couple of SPM 14000 amps – what the hell does all that mean I hear you ask … simply Immense sound, just an awesome system that could shake a building to its core, musical power that could fill a stadium. All i have to do is save up a measly £85,000 and its mine (of course this price doesn’t include the speakers!!!).
04. B&W Nautilus Speakers
Not surprisingly if I had a sound system like the Chord above then it stands to reason I would need some monster speakers to handle it and these are the ones. The Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus speakers, at £55,000 a pair they would be able to handle the Chord system with ease even thought they require one stereo pre-amplifier and eight monobloc or four stereo power amplifiers per pair!
03. Panasonic TH-P103MT2 3d TV
This 3D TV is a whopping 103 inches and costs a mere £60,000 (lets hope the popcorn is included). This is the size of screen you need to fully appreciate 3D. Imagine playing COD on this screen or watching the latest 3D movie … now that’s what I’m talking about.
02. The Hover Bike
Surely the ultimate in robotic achievements – Titan would certainly draw the stares as you took him to your local Costa for coffee and would definately be a hit with the ladies if you took him to your local bar and whose gonna mess with you or attempt to break into your house when you have Titan on standby. Sadly I don’t think you can actually purchase Titan but I’m sure if you had the money his owners would build you your very own.
Until that Euro millions win comes in I’ll just continue to day-dream about the above.
Latino777 – It’s our time down here
In my job I’ve had the fortune to have driven hundreds of cars from Skylines to Impreza’s, Ferrari’s to Lamborghini’s so I thought I’d list my top 10 below … some exclusive, some expensive and some just down right weird.
1. Ferrari Enzo
This bad boy has a top speed of 220 mph and can do 0 to 60 in just over 3 seconds and so it should for £450,000! Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to open her up but you could definately feel the power under the pedal.
2. Lamborghini Gallardo
I’ve driven quite a few Gallardo’s now and this particular one was owned by a Premiership footballer and like most overpayed footballers was probably just one of a fleet of luxury cars owned! A snip at £150,000.
3. R35 Skyline
This was the very first R35 Skyline to arrive into the UK and I was extremely fortunate enough to be the first person to drive it. This beast has power and speed in abundance but unlike most performance vehicles its comfortable to drive as well. The book price was around £60,000 new when this was first imported from Japan.
You may very well recognise this vehicle if your as old as me because it is one of the vehicles used in the show ‘Knight Rider’ (there are many replicas out there but this particular Knight Industries Two Thousand was imported from an American museum and brought across for a show). The brakes were a bit ropey and unfortunately the turbo boost button didn’t work but it was still fun to drive.
5. Rally Spec Subaru Impreza STi
Driven by Peta Solberg in the WRC Rally this vehicle has seen some action and boy can they shift. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to drive this vehicle as I wouldn’t know where to start (if you’ve ever seen inside a rally car there’s more buttons than on the Space Shuttle!!!!) but I did get a trip in the passenger seat. Here’s a juicy fact about this car – each transmission takes 85 hours to build at a cost of £75,000 … now think how much the cars worth!!!!
6. Hummer H2
The Hummer … Big, Bad and Bold. Originally built for the U.S. military it is now the choice vehicle for footballers, actors and drug dealers all over the world. Driving this beast feels like your in a tank and nothing gets in your way. Its definately a bit of fun although with todays fuel prices you will need to be a millionaire just to fill it up.
7. P2 Prodrive Prototype
To my knowledge this vehicle has yet to be mass produced and at the time was the only one in the world. In fact this is the very same vehicle that was shown on Top Gear a few years back and made Jeremy Clarkson throw up. Its got a Subaru Impreza engine under the hood and can get from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and its built in the UK.
8. The General Lee
Another famous vehicle to have crossed my path – this was of course from the Dukes of Hazzard. This american muscle car is a modified Dodge Charger and according to the importer is one of only a small handful left out of the originally 256 used in the TV series!!! It drove like a bucket but the Dixie horn still worked.
9. Toyota Hiace with body kit
Imagine the looks you would get driving this Toyota HiAce up the high street!!! Not sure why anyone in their right minds would want to have a body kit like this – can’t get over any speed bumps, can’t get into any height restricted car parks and is probably a bitch to park but it does draw the stares if thats what you after.
10. The Cadillac Sovereign Hearse
Probably the most unique and strangest vehicle I have ever driven. Thankfully the vehicle was empty when I collected it but it certainly draws a crowd. Its probably a good thing that this vehicle is only supposed to drive at a slow pace because it didn’t feel too secure going round corners with that dragon on top!!!
Latino777 – It’s our time down here
Everyone loves lists … so over the coming months I’ll be blogging all kinds of lists from movies to music to favourite destinations to literally anything you can list about and all to give an insight into my strange little mind.
To start it off I’m going to list my all time top 10 movies.
1. Star Wars
In 1977 a movie arrived from a galaxy far far away and was so far ahead of its time that it changed cinema forever. This movie has everything, action, invention, comeraderie, romance, villains, heroes, suspense, a great score and of course ‘The Force’.
2. The Goonies
I was the same age as Mikey, Mouth, Chunk & Data when this movie was released and immediately fell in love with it. I’m sure every boy wanted to go on this adventure and who could forget the fantastic Sloth … Hey you guys.
3. Stand By Me
Another movie where I was the same age as the boys involved and another film with Corey Feldman who starred in so many of my favourite movies of the time … Gremlins, Lost Boys, Goonies & Stand By Me. A small town group of friends go on an adventure to find the body of a kid thought to have been killed by a train. The quintescential coming of age movie with a great cast and even has a young Kiefer Sutherland playing the villain.
da da, da da … this movie has probably affected more people than any other movie in history – how many people are scared of the water or sharks because of the huge mechanical fish with the fin? It scared the crap out of me.
5. 12 Angry Men
When I first heard about this movie I thought, black & white movie about 12 jurors in a room discussing a case doesn’t sound to interesting but how wrong was I!!!! The movie never really leaves the room but the writing and cast are top notch and yes that is a young Quincy.
A violent story about the Mob and one guy’s rise from kid through to fully fledged mob member. With a cast that includes Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci and an early cameo from Samual L Jackson this movie packs one hell of a punch.
7. The Shawshank Redemption
An extremely clever movie which starts off with a guy being charged with 2 murders he didn’t commit and sentenced to life in prison. The film follows Andy Dufresne on his journey of life behind bars, his friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman) and a long long plan of escape.
8. 101 Dalmatians
The very first movie I ever saw in a cinema and I always remember being mesmerised at seeing all those puppies on the screen and hating Cruella DeVille. The film is also one of the only Disney movies to be set in London and surely everyone has one Disney movie in their top 10.
9. The Wizard of Oz
Surely has to be ‘the most ahead of its time’ movies of all time. Being released in 1939 it was one of the first movies to incorporate colour on the big screen and still to this day has one of the most recognised songs of all time.
I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!
10. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Last but not least the Jack Nicholson classic about a criminal who feins mental illness so he can spend the rest of his sentence on easy street. The film is a battle of wits between Randall (Nicholson) and Nurse Ratchett, often with dire consequences for Nicholsons character. The film also has a colossal performance by a young Danny DeVito.
There are so many movies that almost make the cut but these are the films I have watched the most over the years and still do not get bored.
Great acting, great scripts, great movies.
Hasta La vista Baby.
Latino777 – It’s our time down here
Whether you like them or despise them … reality shows are here to stay.
Some are fun, some are actually real, some introduce us to new talent and some just get under your skin but one things for sure no matter how you try you just can’t ignore them.
I was unfortunate enough to watch my first episode of TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex) the other day … apparently the people are real but their stories aren’t!!!! of course they’re real after all they were born although some may very well be the bi-product of a chemistry product gone horribly wrong but real in the sense of actors … thats a bit of a stretch and no its not REEM.
If anyone tries to tell me that the guy who wears Ugg boots, skinny jeans and takes more care of his hair than any of the mirror hungry girls in that programme is ‘straight’ should purchase a nice white coat where the arms do up from the back and check into a lovely hotel in the country where they have no windows!!
But this is only one of the latest TV reality shows to sweep the nation. The actors are becoming household names and joining the ever-growing list of rich talentless celebs (Jade Goody, Jodie Marsh, Katie Price to name but a very small few) but fair play to them making it in a difficult industry with no clear skill or talent apart from the ability to shed clothes at the sight of a camera is an achievement in itself.
In my humble opinion here are just some of the worst reality shows to have been shown the light of day:
Big Brother – The cream of the UK’s most retarded locked up for months … actually thats not a bad thing.
The Only Way is Essex – I can see the attraction but no one would watch this if it was advertised as scripted.
The Farm – There’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.
The Simple Life – Ooh 2 uber rich chicks trying to be like umm us normal people who have less than a million in the bank.
Katie & Peter – Who cares!!!
What Katie & Peter Did Next – Nope – Still don’t care.
Flavor of Love – Just embarrassing for a member of one of the biggest Hip Hop acts of all time.
Not all reality shows have been bad and some have even introduced us to talented artists such as Leona Lewis, Diversity and Girls Aloud – now where would we be without the gorgeous Cheryl Cole … oh and my daughter would kill me if I didn’t mention JLS.
Below are just some of the better reality shows to have graced our screens (again in my opinion):
The X Factor – Simon Cowell and his bad dress sense and the lovely Cheryl Cole.
Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – Ant & Dec making has-beens eat disgusting bugs.
The Apprentice – Your Fired!!!!
Britains Got Talent – B List judges rating people who can fart the national anthem – quality TV.
Fear Factor – Adrenaline Junkies putting themselves through hell.
Dancing on Ice – Watch more has-beens falling on ice.
Reality TV shows must be an agents dream finally allowing the more ageing actors on their books to get back to work and earn their contracts – and once the shows have finished and the limelight dims they can always go back to panto.
But what about those poor lost souls who found their 15 minutes of fame on a reality show but now roam lost forever in a world of obscurity? People like Michelle McManus or Rik Waller (both Pop Idol) or how about Chico and Steve Brookstein (X Factor). Some of them go on to become TV presenters, some become actors/actresses and some end up on Broadway so I guess for some TV reality shows are a great stepping stone in the world of entertainment.
With this in mind sign me up – I can’t sing, dance, ice skate, juggle, do stand-up, do impressions or magic so I’m guessing I’ve got half a chance of winning although I’m probably still too talented to go into the Big Brother house!!!!
Latino777 – Its our time down here.