I have thoroughly enjoyed our guessing game.
For those of you just joining us, I posted this picture in yesterday’s Egg and asked for guesses as to the building’s identity.
The entries have shown range and creativity — everything from a pig to a museum, a ship to a stomach ulcer.
So close, and yet so far.
Actually, the photo depicts one of the shooting arenas at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London.
Now, before you say, “No fair! I would have never seen that,” the shooting events at the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were held here. So you might have spied it on NBC’s Olympics coverage.
And if you did, you would no doubt remember. I mean, how cool is that?
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We’ve all probably watched the Olympics at some point and imagined ourselves, standing at the medal ceremony, singing the national anthem with a gold medal around our neck.
It’s a nice dream.
But how about a trash bin that was actually used in the athletes village bathroom? Did you dare dream you’d own one of those?
Be still your heart — you can.
In fact you and 2,505 folks willing to pony up the 2.5 British pounds can turn your toilet into an official Olympic shrine by shopping remainsofthegames.co.uk.
And you won’t just score trash bins, no sirree! We’re talking traffic barriers and clocks, fire extinguishers and TV stands — all kinds of items the Olympic athletes used during the games.
Want a mattress slept on by an Olympic swimmer? Now’s your chance!
How ’bout a mirror that was looked upon by a gymnast, track star or beach volleyball player? Get your credit card ready.
Now…isn’t that better than a medal?
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Guess which Olympic sport I’m watching this morning?
Murray vs. Federer, for the gold medal, in a Wimbledon final rematch — it will be EPIC!
(Now, sit down everyone…and put down your balls.)
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Last night a good friend posted on Facebook that she was “kind of addicted” to the Olympics.
We should start a support group.
But she did mention a rather unique obsession — the athletes’ nail art.
I’ve noticed that, too — specifically on the swimmers. We’re not just talking red-white-and-blue, or gold-silver-and-bronze color palettes; that would be kid stuff in London.
No, these athletes are sporting their country’s flags or the London 2012 logo in intricate, painstaking detail.
I have to admit, though — I assumed these too-cool nails were manufactured, stick-ons or polishes like the ones I have seen in stores lately. I couldn’t imagine someone doing them by hand, or the athletes sitting still for it.
Well, what do I know?
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I have spent a lot of time this past week watching — and writing about — the Olympics.
And while I knew I would be glued to the TV watching Olympic tennis and gymnastics and swimming and diving and basketball, I have been pleasantly surprised to find how much I am also enjoying….
Advertisers get all kinds of props for the spots they put together for the Super Bowl each year, but I don’t think enough has been said — if anything — about the commercials in the London Olympics.
My personal fav?
The ad ‘The Beach,’ featuring the Chappo song “Come Home.” I’ve seen it several times, and it makes me laugh every time.
Give those guys a medal.
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While I was watching my zillionth hour of Olympic coverage this weekend — hey, don’t judge — one commercial in particular caught my eye.
It was shot from the athletes’ point of view as they trained in their different disciplines. The voices changed, but they each spoke about what they had to give up to excel at their sport.
Dessert. Sleep. Extracurricular activities. TV.
(TV? Yet another reason I would never make it…)
That’s when it hit me. These aren’t athletes — they’re a cult! Am I reacting too hastily? Let’s take another look, just to be sure.
Guys…guys, can you hear me?
I’m over here! What are you looking at?!
Man…I think they’re too far gone.
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Did you spy the lucky Brits chosen to participate in the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies?
Ewan McGregor. Kate Winslet. J.K. Rowling. Daniel Craig. Mr. Bean. Sirs Paul McCarthy and Kenneth Branagh…and the Queen herself, of course.
But what about the loyal subjects who got snubbed?
Mashable.com writer Annie Colbert highlights 10 notable no-shows in director Danny Boyle’s epic extravaganza.
Ricky Gervais. Wallace and Grommit. Ask.com’s Jeeves. Pseudo-Brit Madonna. And what about Robert Pattinson?
He could have really used the attention this week.
While I see the logic behind Annie’s picks, I think she missed the most obvious omission in Boyle’s Olympic costume drama –
The cast of Downton Abbey.
They were dressed and ready and waiting for their cue. Seems like a misstep to me.
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I just discovered a sport that I’d be great at…
It’s part of the “Big Appetites” collection by Seattle photographer Christopher Boffoli. I learned about the series just this morning in a Twitter recommendation from everyone’s favorite human Neil Patrick Harris.
All the photos in the collection feature tiny people in a world of big foods, which is fun to look at, sure — but is also a whimsical representation of our obsession with all things food.
Speaking of which…
It’s lunchtime. Gotta grab a bite between Olympic viewings.
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