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  • Well, that was pretty amazing. With something like an opening ceremony, it’s difficult to please everybody. Danny Boyle, though, did an absolutely fantastic job, and that is a view held by the massive majority. The stadium looked absolutely beautiful, and, although I loved the green, the industrial revolution sequence that tore up the grass was such a spectacle. James Bond jumping from a helicopter with the Queen seems to be a lot of peoples highlight. The NHS segment, which I feared was going to be unbelievably cheesy, was brilliant. Caught up on the post-athletes section this morning, and it was amazing. The seven young athletes lighting the cauldron was inspired, and the cauldron itself – the way it formed inparticular – was just stunning. Really incredible stuff.

  • London 2012 is here.

  • I wanted to write something about this yesterday when it exploded, but I didn’t have the time. If you haven’t seen the Kony 2012 video yet, watch it and share it. I know that there are some people saying that the charity is a bit dodgy, but I think it’s grown beyond that and is very much about raising awareness. A very intriguing experiment, and an example of the sheer power of social media.

  • Seriously shocking news today about the Welsh national football team manager, Gary Speed. He was found dead this morning, after appearing to take his own life. I saw the headline on my phone this morning and actually had to do a double take.
    A Premier League legend who seemed to be making huge strides with the Welsh team in recent months. So much to live for – rest in peace.

  • “She’s picked up her voicemails Bob! She’s alive!”

    No matter how many times I’ve seen that today, I still can’t believe it. For those unaware, this is what the mother of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler said to her husband when she was able to get through to her daughter’s voicemail. Before that moment, her voicemail was full. A glimmer of hope for a family going through hell.

    What she didn’t know at the time was that “journalists” – and I use that in the loosest possible way – from the now-closed News of the World had hacked into her missing daughter’s voicemail, and deleted some of the messages so that they could get some fresh material for their newspaper. Absolutely disgusting. Some people have no shame.

  • “In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”
    RIP Steve Jobs. A true visionary – a creative genius.

  • It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since two towering parts of the New York skyline came crashing down in a disgusting act of terrorism. To this day, it is one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life, and I will never forget coming home from school to see such graphic destruction unfold. Never forget.

  • Wow, this is unexpected. And I’m not just talking about me writing a new post on Thinktank. Spotify this morning imposed a new limit on its free services, and my service is set to be affected for the first time. I am not happy…

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  • Yesterday, Apple unveiled it’s new (really?) line of iPods, England qualified for South Africa 2010 with style and some to spare, and Derren Brown predicted the National Lottery numbers live on TV. Intriguing.

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  • I still love the tank, but I would like to apologise for not updating for five or six weeks. The thought of updating hasn’t even crossed my mind, if I’m honest. I’m a procrastinator, whoops.

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