The London 2012 Olympics Close With A Party!

Closing Ceremony London 2012

Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium and close out the London 2012 Olympic Games

17 days of London 2012 Olympic events closed yesterday with a celebration of British pop music through the past several decades. From the Spice Girls to Annie Lennox to a video tribute to John Lennon, a wide variety of music genres and legends were honoured during the celebration. The pageantry and showmanship were undeniably British and will surely not be forgotten. Looking back we tried to come up with some of our favourite memories of these Olympics and after some debate here are just a few of the moments we came up with:

Chad Le Clos of South Africa beating Michael Phelps in the 200m Butterfly by .05 seconds!

Kirani James taking home Grenada’s first EVER Olympic medal – which just happened to be gold in the Men’s 400m.

Stephen Kiprotich winning the Men’s Marathon and Uganda’s first gold medal since 1972!

The Canadian Women’s Football Team coming back from a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals to win a historic bronze medal.

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian athlete to take home a medal in successive games!

Sally Pearson reacted fantastically to winning gold for Australia in the women’s Hurdles and her celebration was a defining image of the Games.

These are just a few of the moments we loved from London 2012 but there were so many more to choose from!

While we’re disappointed that the Games are over, we are definitely looking forward to the Paralympic Games in a few weeks time! In the meantime, we would love to see your best memories from London 2012! What events had you on the edge of your seat? Did any winners surprise you? Tell us about your favourite Olympic memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!

High Commissioner for Canada shares his memories with the JTC

High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, Mr Gordon Campbell

The High Commissioner for Canada, HE Mr Gordon Campbell, recently took the time to record a short memory for the Jubilee Time Capsule.

In the entry His Excellency talks about meeting HM The Queen on a number of occasions, the first being October 1987.

In particular His Excellency recalls 6th October 2002 when, during a visit to Canada as part of her Golden Jubilee Commonwealth tour, Her Majesty dropped the puck at an ice-hockey game between the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks.

The High Commissioner goes on to talk about The Queen’s contribution to the Commonwealth and looks ahead to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

To watch HE Mr Gordon Campbell’s entry click here. 

East Africa drought crisis

East Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years.  Two failed rainy seasons have led to parts of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda facing their driest year since 1951.  The combination of drought and high food prices has left 10 million people needing help.

It is estimated that around 2.5 million people require aid in Somalia, 3.2 million require assistance in Ethiopia, 600,000 in Uganda, 120,000 in Djibouti and 3.5 million people require humanitarian aid in Kenya.

Around 1,300 Somalis a day are crossing the Kenyan border to join the Dadaab refugee camp.  The camp is already the largest in the world with 350,000 residents.

In the UK a group of humanitarian agencies have launched a joint appeal to help the 10 million people affected by the drought.  A coalition of agencies in Canada have also launched a similar appeal.

The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will broadcast a televised appeal on Friday to try to raise support for the millions affected by the draught.  To visit the Disasters Emergency Committee website please click here.

Canada Day

Today Canadians across the world will be celebrating Canada Day.

Canada Day is celebrated on the 1st July every year, in commemoration of the Constitution Act 1867(formerly know as the British North American Act 1867), which united three British colonies into a single country called Canada.  The day was known as Dominion Day up until 1982 when Canada became fully independent from the UK.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today be at Parliament Hill to watch the Canada Day Celebrations.

Why not let the Jubilee Time Capsule know how you’ll be celebrating Canada Day?

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s itinerary for Canada royal tour

Excitement is growing for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s imminent arrival in Canada for the start of their first official overseas tour since their wedding in April.

The royal couple is due to arrive at the Canada Reception Centre, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport at 2pm Thursday 30th June.  They will then embark on a nine-day whirlwind tour.

 Highlights of the tour will include Canada Day celebrations at Parliament Hill, a visit to the Sainte-Justine University (Children’s) Hospital Centre in Quebec, a Dragon Boat race across Dalvay Lake, a visit to the native community of Blachford Lake in Yellowknife, and the Calgary Stampede.

The couple will depart from Calgary International Airport for Los Angeles on Friday 8th July.

New portrait to mark the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first foreign tour

A new photo of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was realeased yesterday alongside Thomas Struth’s double portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty The Queen.

The photo of the newlyweds was taken in the gardens of Clarence House three weeks ago by a press photographer and was released to mark the couple’s imminent trip to North America.

Riots in Vancouver following ice-hockey defeat

Chaos erupted in downtown Vancouver Wednesday night, after the hometown Canucks were beaten 4-0 in the Stanley Cup finals.

The violence erupted shortly after the game ended, with stabbings, cars being set on fire and shops being looted.  The riots were similar to those that erupted after the Canucks Stanley Cup loss in 1994.

Police tried to quell  the rioters with tear gas and pepper spray, before finally managing to re-instate some form of control close to midnight.

Gregor Robertson, the Vancouver mayor, described the scenes as “embarrassing and shameful” adding that “the vast majority of people who were downtown were there to enjoy the game in a peaceful and respectful manner”.