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Beckham’s Bladerunner BR RIB 35 Goes Under The Hammer | Olympics 2012

Bladerunner BR RIB 35 will be making one more journey on 3 December when it features in the Bonhams auction at Mercedes-Benz Brooklands, one of the highlights of the annual sale.

Britain's David Beckham drives a powerboat with the Olympic torch as fireworks are launched over Tower Bridge during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games


Now, that very same sleek, futuristic boat built by British yard Ice Marine, and used during the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony will be up for grabs at the Bonhams sale at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands on December 3rd. This very piece of British sporting history, which comes complete with its original heavy customization appointments, is expected to garner a handsome price of $402,600.

 “After a fantastic summer of British sporting success, Bonhams is proud to offer for sale the ultimate souvenir from the Olympic opening ceremony – what has been dubbed ‘the greatest show on earth’.

Tim Schofield, Director of Bonhams UK Motor Car department



The Bladerunner joins other iconic British designs in the auction including a Hawker Hurricane aircraft estimated at between £1.4 million and £1.7 million The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force and became renowned during the Battle of Britain.


Also up for sale are a number of important automobiles, including a rare 1931 Invicta S-Type, from the former British manufacturer based in Cobham, Surrey which is estimated to fetch between £450,000 and £550,000. Alongside this the Invicta is a 1938 Jaguar SS100, estimated at £200,000 to £250,0000, a British 2-seat sports car built by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry. The SS Cars Ltd Model 100 “Jaguar” was so named as the ‘100’ reflected the capability of the 3.5-litre model to exceed 100 mph – then a remarkable speed for a production vehicle.


Brendan Adds the ‘mind mechanic’ to backroom staff | Liverpool FC | Premier League

Liverpool have strengthened their backroom team by hiring Steve Peters, the sports psychiatrist who inspired Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins to Olympic cycling success. 

Stirling University maths graduate Dr Steve Peters taught for 8 years before becoming a doctor and psychiatrist working with men with severe psychiatric disorders. Now he’s best known as the GB cycling team ‘mind mechanic’ behind the success of Olympians like Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy. In this fascinating programme, he sits in the Stark chair and talks to Edi about what’s made him and his elite athletes turn their lives around. There is, he says, a chimp in all of us who has to be managed.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has brought in the psychiatrist in an attempt to improve the mental strength of players and staff at Anfield as they bid for success.

In addition to working with Hoy and Pendleton, he helped Ronnie O’Sullivan before his victory at this year’s World Snooker Championships and was also employed by Craig Bellamy when the forward was at Anfield last season.

Bellamy credited Peters with helping him improve his form through teaching methods that encourage sportspeople to think more rationally under pressure.

Liverpool’s players will be free to choose whether to use his services.

“We have brought in someone who is the top guy in his field, one of the leading guys in the world in what he does,” Rodgers said.

“I see it as a part of the development of the player.

“The modern game is very much about the psychological aspect of it.

“I do lots of technical, tactical and physical training and sometimes what gets bypassed is the mental tuning for players, especially in the modern game at the top level.”

Rodgers is also hoping that Peters will help him as a manager.

“Command can be lonely and it is always good to have other people to turn to when you are trying to lead the club forward,” he explained.

“I have my staff around me and they are outstanding, but it is always nice to have a different set of eyes with different experiences.

“I have always used neurologists, but I took my time when I arrived here to make sure we could get someone who could really help performance.

“This guy is of that level.

“I would stress it is not a psychologist.

“It is neurology.”

Ben Ainslie, London 2012 Gold Medallist, Retires From Olympic Sailing

“It fills me with both relief and sadness to write these words but I can now officially confirm that I have donned my Team GB tracksuit for the last time,” Ainslie told theDaily Telegraph.

“No more Olympic villages. No more opening or closing ceremonies. After almost 20 years entirely dedicated to the pursuit of gold, taking in five Olympic campaigns, I have decided I will not attempt a sixth at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”

Ainslie will now concentrate on an America’s Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.

“I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America’s Cup proper. Not at next year’s event in San Francisco – that will be too soon – but perhaps the one after that.”



Mo Farah

Andy Murray

Sarah Storey

Katherine Grainger

Bradley Wiggins

Ben Ainslie

Ellie Simmonds

Jessica Ennis

Sir Chris Hoy

Rory McIlroy

Nicola Adams

David Weir

Gary Lineker : “It will get more impossible as the evening progresses, all four of those and the other eight and lots more have had unbelievably brilliant achievements.

“It’s worth pointing out it will be the great British public that will decide on the night. What we’ve done this year we’re not having any voting until we’ve seen all 12 candidates and I’m sure the public will be voting in their millions.

The remaining tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 have sold out in 40 minutes.

The event, at London’s 15,000-capacity ExCeL on Sunday, 16 December, promises to be the biggest in the programme’s 59-year history after a golden summer.

There are still a limited number of disabled places available, to book these please call 0333 567 0153.

Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding will host the 2012 review.

The 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be announced on The One Show at 19:00 GMT on Monday, 26 November.

With an increased shortlist of 12, in recognition of the unprecedented success of UK sportsmen and women this year, the competition for the coveted title will be one of the most hotly contested in the show’s history.

London 2012 volunteers and young people are to share 1,000 free tickets.

Five hundred tickets will be given to volunteers through a random ballot and the same amount will be handed to young people from the six Olympic and Paralympic host boroughs.


  • Venue: ExCel London
  • Date: Sunday, 16 December
  • Time: 19:30 GMT

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website

Tom Daley Does The Mobot | Charity | Team GB

Tom Daley does the Mobot in aid of the Mo Farah foundation.
Learn the Mobot with Olympic champion Mo Farah:
‘Do The Mobot’ by Tigermonkey released Mon 3rd December

Double Olympic champion Mo is aiming to raise £100,000 by getting his famous friends and Joe Public (that’s you), to upload your own versions on YouTube.

After seeing Tom’s version of LMFAO’s Sexy And I Know It and his cameo in Team GB’s Children In Need video, I  should have guessed he would be the first to get involved.

Team GB dance to “Do Your Thing” – Children in Need 2012 – BBC One

BBC Children in Need Update:

Wow – well THAT was a night and a half, wasn’t it? We can’t quite believe it’s all over, if we’re honest. But one thing we absolutely CAN believe – that the British public is just as generous as it always has been.

In fact, we’re thrilled and more than a little bit humbled that in 2012 we actually managed to beat the total raised on the night last year! The final total for 2012, of £26,757,446 is nothing short of brilliant. So thank you, thank you, thank you everyone.

The official BBC Children in Need single for 2012 is “Something New” by the mighty GIRLS ALOUD!

“Something New” will be released on 18 November and you can pre-order your copy here. For every copy of the single that’s downloaded, 10p will be donated to BBC Children in Need, and for every single sold in shops, 50p will be donated.

Visit the BBC for more updates.



GB Heroes Make Superstars Xmas Edition | Mo Farah & Co| BBC

Olympians Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger and Jade Jones are to challenge for sporting glory as contestants in a one-off revival of 1970s TV hit Superstars, to be hosted by Gabby Logan.

Team GB are taking part in a BBC1 Christmas special of the show which will also see triathlete brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee going head-to-head once more.

Logan – whose footballer father Terry Yorath took part in the show – said it was one of her favourite shows as a child.

“I am thrilled to be hosting this special edition of Superstars. We have an incredible line-up of Olympic heroes. What an opportunity for them to compete against each other across a range of diverse physical challenges,” she said.

Farah has already shown his abilities in TV challenges after competing in ITV1 show The Cube.

He said: “After a hard season it will be nice to compete in a different environment. Some of the events are quite new to me which will make it all the more interesting.”

Jonathan Brownlee – who took bronze to his brother’s gold at London 2012 – said: “Having Alistair taking part in Superstars as well doesn’t faze me. This is not triathlon, there will be no team tactics, but we will be competitive – let the best brother win.”

The 1980 UK final with Superstar legend Brian Jacks vs decathlete Daley Thompson, also includes boxer Alan Minter and football legend Geoff Hurst.


    • Alistair Brownlee – gold, triathlon
    • Jonathan Brownlee – bronze, triathlon
    • Mo Farah – double gold, track 5,000m and 10,000m
    • Robbie Grabarz – bronze, high jump
    • Michael Jamieson – silver, 200m breast stroke
    • Anthony Joshua – gold, boxing (super heavyweight)
    • Andrew Triggs Hodge – gold, rowing (coxless four)
    • Peter Wilson – gold, shooting (double trap)
    • Nicola Adams – gold, boxing
    • Lizzie Armitstead – silver, cycling (road race)
    • Laura Bechtolsheimer – gold and bronze, dressage
    • Gemma Gibbons – silver, judo
    • Helen Glover – gold, rowing (coxless pair)
    • Katherine Grainger – gold, rowing (double sculls)
    • Jade Jones – gold, taekwondo
  • Christine Ohuruogu – silver, track 400m

Trading Tears at London 2012 [Olympics]

The clocks have gone back , winter is upon us but don’t forget what an incredible summers its been. 

London 2012 finally got its long awaited games under way. The Games received widespread acclaim for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military, and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly. The opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, received widespread acclaim. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal.Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, so that every currently eligible country has sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games. Women’s boxing was included for the first time; thus, the Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors. 

The games at times brought many of us to tears and we take a look back at some of the magic moments form London with a picture review of ” trading tears”.

Olympic Hockey Medal retrieved

One of two Olympic bronze medals stolen from a London nightclub has been recovered, police said today.

The Metropolitan Police said ” they had been alerted today that Macleod’s medal had been posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office in Buckinghamshire”.

Scotland Yard later confirmed they would be reuniting Hannah with her medal once they had completed their inquiry.

Yesterday a A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the thefts  and bailed until November 23.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: “We are still looking to recover the second medal, and we stress that our inquiries remain active.



Olympic Medals ‘Theft’ – Stars Appeal [twitter]


Two British Olympians said Wednesday that their medals were stolen — and they’ve turned to social media in an attempt to get them back.

Alex Partridge and hockey player Hannah Macleod said their 2012 Olympic bronze medals, along with Partridge’s “Team GB” blazer, disappeared early Wednesday at an upmarket London nightclub.

via twitter name

@2012parters, Partridge, 31, posted a CCTV image with the tweet: “Does anyone recognize this man as he may be able to help me get my@London2012 bronze medal and @TeamGB blazer back.”



Speaking to BBC Sport of the missing honour, Partridge said: ‘I always say to people ‘it’s not about the medal, it’s about the journey’ but I guess you don’t appreciate the value of it until it’s not there.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that it was investigating reports of a stolen Olympic medal and blazer from an event in the Mayfair area of London on Wednesday, although no arrests had been made. The force had not yet been contacted about a second stolen medal, he added.

The police have released a picture of the suspect male caught on CCTV, and are requesting that anyone with information call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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