At the recently completed London Olympics, tiny miniature Minis had an important job to do, and they could often be seen dashing across the fields and the tracks. Mini’s parent company BMW was an official sponsor of the Olympics, so that meant BMW and Mini cars could often be seen ferrying athletes and guests.
It’s only a few hours before the biggest sporting event of the year, 2012 London Olympics start off. Opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday, July 28 will also mark the time the Olympic Park becomes open to the general public. There’s quite a lot to be seen at the Olympics Park, in the shape of various tracks, grounds and arenas. Many of these structures have been built keeping the environment in mind, generously using environmentally friendly and recycled materials in construction.
London double decker buses have apparently reached a point where they just don’t want to be bulky, large sized buses anymore. They want to be sweet and slim like those new kids on the block that make everybody swoon. Well, at least this particular bus had had enough. Which is why it promptly showed its usually well concealed arms and set off to do some push ups. Now that is all it does.
Soccer, or football as it is called in most of the world, is the most popular game in the world. And there are many a souls who have absolutely no idea what the game’s Offside Rule is about. Taking the opportunity of the upcoming 2012 London Olympics, the British Royal Mint has released a new 50pence coin explaining the rule. That should do the explaining part. The mint plans to release commemorative coins for every sport in the Olympics.
Design for the medals of the 2012 London Olympics has been released, and they are the heaviest medals that have ever been awarded in the summer Olympics. Designed by British artist David Watkins, the medals weigh 400 grams each, are 85mm in diameter, and 7mm thick. Front of the medals has the 2012 Olympics Logo superimposed on the London Thames and geometric lines that represent the city’s energy. The back has Greek goddess Nike coming out of the 1896 Panathenaic stadium, representing the game’s spirit.
Via London 2012, Gizmodo
London Olympics Organizing committee has released a prototype of the torch that will be used in the games. Designed by Barber Osgerby, the torch is made out of 8000 circular holes, each representing the 8000 torch bearers that will take part in the torch relay. Weighing 800 grams, the torch has a height of 800mm.
The main stadium for the 2012 London Olympics has been completed three months ahead of schedule, and according to the Olympic Delivery Authority, it cost £10 million (~$16 million) less than the original estimate. There’s still work to be done though, the stadium will now be prepared with a running track, scoreboards and gantries.
Via: London2012, Dezeen
Pictograms for the 2012 London Olympics didn’t make many people happy, but the one-eyed Mascots sure do look good. Wenlock and Mandeville are one-eyed critter “brought to life by a rainbow” (unicorns not included). Both the mascots were fashioned from the last two drops of British steel used for constructing the 2012 Olympics stadium. Oh, and they look good. Also, both of them have their own Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Via: OurLondon 2012
The Kodak Brownie may give a shot of nostalgia to many,
and the famous camera is set for a return in time for the 2012 Olympics. The camera is a concept from designer James Coleman. Modeled on the Brownie Flash 3 from 1962, the new one reaches two-thirds of the original’s dimensions. Change in dimensions is due to the technological progress made since the time of the original. It looks and works like the original in function, but is digital.