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Olympics Sign Off With Pomp & Pop

With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, Technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock ’n’ roll rickshaws, dustbin percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats. The Spice Girls staged a show-stopping reunion, and Monty Python’s Eric Idle sauntered through “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – accompanied by Roman centurions, Scottish bagpipers and a human cannonball. It all made for a psychedelic mashup that had 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium stomping, cheering and singing along. Organizers estimated 300 million or more were watching around the world/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo: The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics)

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, with one being lousy & 10 being superfragilisticexpialidocious, how would you rate the 2012 Summer Olympics in London?

Team St. Luke’s Headed To London

Kristen Messer, Austin Pruitt, center, and Amberlynn Weber, shown July 19 at West Valley High School, have qualified for the Paralympics in London this summer. The three, all members of Team St. Luke’s, will compete in track events along with Susannah Scaroni. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

The heat radiated from the track at West Valley High School one afternoon last week. Austin Pruitt, 17, zipped down the track, sunlight glinting off the wheels of his racing chair. He and three other members of Team St. Luke’s are training hard. They’ve been selected to represent the U.S. as part of the Track and Field team in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Pruitt is fairly new to track, but he’s already made his mark. “I went to the World Championships in New Zealand in 2011 and came home with a bronze medal in the 200 meter.” In London, he’ll compete in the 100 and 200 meter races/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: How much time do you plan to spend watching the Summer Olympics?

Iupati, 49ers Hit Halfway Point

San Francisco 49ers’ Mike Iupati, center, San Francisco 49ers’ Adam Snyder, right, and other players run onto the field before the NFL Football match between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium in London Sunday. San Francisco, which has stumbled through a disappointing first half, won their second game in eight tries by beating Denver 24-16. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

“Now That’s Progressive”?

We’ve all seen those Progressive commercials with the car insurance shoppers literally “shopping” for car insurance, and the gimmick always seems to be “name your price.”  With a struggling economy, cost has become the primary means of competition among companies, although quality definitely remains a factor as well.

For one London restaurant, “name your price” has become a head turning idea.

Obviously, the U.K. is experiencing a slightly different economic situation than the United States.  A recession is underway, and a “credit crisis” has affected everyone.  The Little Bay restaurant has begun to make waves with its revolutionary pricing.  Like Progressive Car Insurance, The Little Bay restaurant has adopted a “name your price” system.

Peter Ilic, the owner of four restaurants including The Little Bay, encourages his customers to evaluate the meal and service and to pay whatever they feel is appropriate.

Ilic boasts an increase in revenue because of customers’ payment methods.  Many will overpay in an effort not to offend anyone nor to feel embarrassed.

Peter Ilic reiterated his theory as he stated, “It just seemed the right thing to do with everyone under the cash and feeling pretty miserable.”

Some Kind of Sight Seeing…

Words that come to mind when thinking of London: quirky, red phone booths, strong accents, fish and chips, the phrase ‘bloody hell’, the cast of Harry Potter….and…o ya, and toilets.

Located on one of London’s most popular sight-seeing routes is a brand new public toilet; a ‘john’ that is both art exhibit and creepy rectangular container.

Staying true to it’s name, “Don’t Miss A Sec,” the exhibit uses unique one-way mirrored glass to allow the user a full view out to take in the sights and catch every beat of uptown London.  “I think there’d be a twinge of not believing that people outside couldn’t see you,” said Jeff Boloten, British employee.

Many question Italian-born artist Monica Bonvicini’s work, including Boloten, saying that “Playing with the idea of the most private bodily function and having to sit on a street corner is just bizarre.”

How about that “Loo with a view?”

Would you use this somewhat ‘see-through’ toilet? Do you see it as true art?