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Bafta 2013 – Winners

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Winners from the Bafta 2013

Film: Argo (Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney)

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Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

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Leading Actress: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

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Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

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Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

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Director: Ben Affleck (Argo)

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Special Visual Effects: Life Of Pi (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott)

Film not in the English Language: Amour (Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz)

Sound: Les Misérables (Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst)

Short Film: Swimmer (Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw)

Short Animation: The Making Of Longbird (Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)

Fellowship: Sir Alan Parker

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Editing: Argo (William Goldenberg)

Production Design: Les Misérables (Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson)

EE Rising Star: Juno Temple

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Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer: Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis (The Imposter)

Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn)

Outstanding British Film: Skyfall (Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan)

Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema: Tessa Ross

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Costume Design: Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)

Cinematography: Life Of Pi (Claudio Miranda)

Original Film Music: Skyfall (Thomas Newman)

Animated Film: Brave (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman)

Make-Up And Hair: Les Misérables (Lisa Westcott)

Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)

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Halloween London Zombie Walk

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Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints). According to many scholars, it was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as “guising”), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

In London has a Zombie walk to celebrate Halloween for 6 consecutive years. As well as the walk itself……….when walking from pub to pub, you should also act and behave like a zombie.

I have participate on the last 3 years and its great fun, everyone makes a big effort to actually look like a zombie and they give prizes for the best dressed.

Here are some pictures of the London Zombie Walk VI

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Happy Halloween!!!

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London 2012 Team Parade

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London 2012 parade: one last hurrah for Olympic and Paralympic star.

Athletes revel in two-mile celebratory trip through London.

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It was “mindblowing”, it was “crazy”, it was “insane”. The athletes who brought home 185 medals and inspired hundreds of thousands of people to flood the streets of London struggled to find the words to describe a celebratory trip of just under two miles that was the end of a rather longer journey for most of them.

It was, as London mayor Boris Johnson put it – in a show-stealing speech on the Mall that again left the prime minister, David Cameron, in the shade – the “final tear-sodden sundering climax” to Britain’s Olympic summer. ‘You brought this country together.’

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Video: London 2012: Victory Parade Highlights

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Jack The Ripper

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The name ‘Jack the Ripper‘ has become the most infamous in the annals of murder. Yet, the amazing fact is that his identity remains unproven today. In the years 1888-1891 the name was regarded with terror by the residents of London’s East End, and was known the world over. So shrouded in myth and mystery is this story that the facts are hard to identify at this remove in time. And it was the officers of Scotland Yard to whom the task of apprehending the fearsome killer was entrusted.

They may have failed, but they failed honourably, having made every effort and inquiry in their power to free London of the unknown terror.

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Over the years the mystery has deepened to the degree that the truth is almost totally obscured. Innumerable press stories, pamphlets, books, plays, films, and even musicals have dramatised and distorted the facts to such a degree that the fiction is publicly accepted more than the reality.

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124 years ago early this morning Jack the Ripper claimed his first victim. Ripperologist JON REES looks at the horrific murder of Mary Ann Nicholls that began what we now know as the Whitechapel Murders.

August 31st, 1888 approximately 3.40am:

Two cart drivers named Charles Cross and Robert Paul on their way to work pass through Bucks Row and come across what they think is a tarpaulin. On closer examination they realise it is a woman with her skirts raised. Thinking she is alive and drunk, they lower her skirts and plan to inform the first policemen they come across, doing so by informing PC Jonas Mizen. In the meantime PC John Neil has come across the woman during his beat, and when Mizen arrives Neil has summoned PC Thain to assist. The three police constables discover what the cartmen missed in the sparsely lit street. The womans throat had been cut and she was dead.

Mary Ann Nichols (known as Polly) was a 43 year old casual prostitute (like many of the poor women of the East End at the time). She was an alcoholic and following her divorce at the start of the 1880s she spent most of her time in workhouses or lodging houses, living off charitable handouts or through her meagre earnings as a prostitute. On the night of her death she had been turned out of her lodging house on Thrawl Street as she did not have the money needed for her doss (she later told a friend she had earned it four times that night but each time spent it on drink). She believed she would have no problem earning the money though as she had a “jolly bonnet” which she thought made her look appealing to potential customers.

Dr Llewelyn arrived on the scene at 4am and determined Polly had been dead for about an hour and the cause of death to be the result of two cuts to the throat. When Polly’s body was removed to the mortuary it was discovered that severe abdominal mutilations had also taken place.

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“Five of the teeth were missing, and there was a slight laceration of the tongue. There was a bruise running along the lower part of the jaw on the right side of the face. That might have been caused by a blow from a fist or pressure from a thumb. There was a circular bruise on the left side of the face which also might have been inflicted by the pressure of the fingers. On the left side of the neck, about 1in. below the jaw, there was an incision about 4in. in length, and ran from a point immediately below the ear. On the same side, but an inch below, and commencing about 1in. in front of it, was a circular incision, which terminated at a point about 3in. below the right jaw. That incision completely severed all the tissues down to the vertebrae. The large vessels of the neck on both sides were severed. The incision was about 8in. in length. The cuts must have been caused by a long-bladed knife, moderately sharp, and used with great violence.

No blood was found on the breast, either of the body or the clothes. There were no injuries about the body until just about the lower part of the abdomen. Two or three inches from the left side was a wound running in a jagged manner. The wound was a very deep one, and the tissues were cut through. There were several incisions running across the abdomen. There were three or four similar cuts running downwards, on the right side, all of which had been caused by a knife which had been used violently and downwards. The injuries were from left to right and might have been done by a left-handed person. All the injuries had been caused by the same instrument.” – The Times report on the inquest, 3rd September 1888.

The police had no suspects for Polly’s murder and rumours of a fiendish villain named Leather Apron began to fill the East End. Though he did not yet have his name, Jack the Ripper had struck and the Whitechapel murders had begun.

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London 2012: The Closing Ceremony by Pictures

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On Sunday night here in London, the Olympic Games ended with closing ceremonies that reminded the world that, yes, a lot of popular music has come from Britain.

London was never going to out-Beijing Beijing, and the wisest decision was not even to attempt it. Instead, the organizers of London 2012 decided that Beijing could not out-Britain Britain, and that there was something of value for the Olympic movement and the world in that distinction.

The past 17 days have proven them right.

They have proven that the Olympics did come to their spiritual home in Britain – where rowing and fencing and tennis, not to mention the sporting ideals that underlie the entire Olympic movement, began.

They have proven that their city’s history and charm was more than enough to compensate for the lack of signature venue like the Bird’s Nest or Water Cube. Could any other city match the scenes at Horse Guards Parade or Wimbledon or the Mall?

But more than any of these things, London 2012 has proven, beyond the remotest doubt, that much if not most of Britain truly did want these Olympics in the end. Not for national pride, though that was in present in good regulation, but because it was a bloody brilliant time to be British.

“These were happy and glorious Games,” said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge at the closing ceremonies, quoting a line from the British national anthem.

Closing Ceremony 360 picture

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Now we wait four more years to see what Rio will bring us.

Theme song of Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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2012 London Olympic Flame

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Back on the impressive Olympic torch that was lit during the opening ceremony on July 27. The design and structure of this flame have been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, and consists of 204 brass petals representing the nations present at the Games London Olympics.

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Olympic Logo A Day

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London based graphic designer Sarah Hyndman has completed her year-long project, Olympic Logo a Day, photographs objects arranged in groups of five to look like the Olympic rings.

Take a 1m 49s whizz through 366 remakings of the rings in this project finale movie:

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Street Fashion, Photos From A Century A Go

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Snapping impromptu photos of the latest clothing trends is nothing new. Over a century ago, a photographer named Edward Linley Sambourne did the same kind of photography on the streets of London and Paris using a concealed camera. His images form a beautiful historical record of what people wore that deviates from what people typically think of when they hear “Edwardian fashion“.

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Drawing London

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After a lifetime drawing London, the watercolorist David Gentleman set out to discover if it’s possible to look afresh at the place where you live. He spent a year immersing himself in the metropolis, capturing the teeming crowds and the ever-shifting light of its changeable skies. Here he introduces a selection of images from throughout the year, and tells how his familiar world was transformed.

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Evening, Camden Town
I spent all of last year drawing London, a place I’d lived in for over 60 years and felt I already knew perfectly well. That turned out to be wrong

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Olympic park
It’s changing fast, as its remaining empty spaces get built on and its mushrooming skyline bristles with new landmarks that dwarf everything else

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The Thames from 80 Strand
To look at the cranes you wouldn’t think there was a recession on

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Primrose Hill
I enjoy London’s variety, its contrasts of old and new, grand and ordinary – of Georgian, Victorian, Gothic Revival and the shiny glass and steel tower blocks of the City and Canary Wharf

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Westminster
I love the Thames, for the space and openness it provides in a crowded city, and the way it gives one a chance to look across the water and survey the tightly-packed City from a safe distance

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Regent’s Park
I enjoyed drawing its profusion of green spaces – heath, parks, gardens, squares – and the gleam and peace of its canals. Exploring some unknown parts revealed surprises and delights in Wandsworth, Deptford, Walworth and distant Rainham Marshes

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Underground
I’m less keen on the city’s paranoid security and surveillance, its numerous war memorials, its growing abundance of tourist attractions and pseudo-heritage, its traffic, expensiveness and increasing unfairness, and the constant sense that Londoners are being squeezed out as the better bits are snapped up by the unimaginably rich

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Whitechapel Road market
But these drawbacks are offset by many virtues: the presence of the ordinary Londoners, polite, cosmopolitan and tolerant; the city’s grandeur and its cheeky street markets; the feeling of energy and vitality that pervades it

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Piccadilly
Drawing its people, places and things made me look hard, notice, understand and remember them. It was a packed and fascinating experience

The new collection brings to life the city he’s lived in for 60 years, with 400 pages of London loveliness. Here’s a short interview with the author to whet your appetite.

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You can buy London, You’re Beautiful by David Gentleman from

amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

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Fantastic Virtual Tour from UK Panoramas

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UK PANORAMAS is a supplier of high quality imaging content for the web, iPhone and iPad. We are specializing in photographing 360 degrees spherical panoramas, creating interactive virtual tours.

Here at UK Panoramas we have the world’s biggest 360° portals with over 10,000 high quality panoramas from 30 countries. You can browse the content of 360 GLOBE, londoniguide, ukpanoramas, italy360, Virtualtravel, by countries, cities and places of special interests. You will find hundreds of castles, beaches, UNESCO sites, restaurants, hotels and lots more. + an iPad App i360globe HD and an iPhone app i360globe that can be downloaded on the app store completely free.

For the best experience click on the name of the picture. When panorama loads watch it in its full beauty.

Babel Restaurant London (Photo above)

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Cathedrals, Castles, National heritage sites

We are creators of fantastic images and we try to capture historic landmarks in best possible lite and atmosphere. On our portals you can find many famous sites from all over the world. Once we will create your virtual tour, your place will be published on the same portals, where customers from all of the world can find those fantastic national landmarks. Your virtual tour could help them decide that your place is the right spot they want to visit.

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Virtual Tour for your business

“A picture is worth a thousand words” we make sure that your virtual tour lives up to that by transforming HD resolution panoramic photos into a stunning and realistic 360° virtual tour, that will surprise the viewer with its depth, detail and clarity to make your business come alive for your customer.
We use top of the range technology to enable us to combine high quality with fast loading speeds and compatibility on 99% of computers and should only take a few seconds to fully load with a standard internet connection.

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Are you shop owner who relies on Image quality, Brand and perfect promotion? We have the best tool for you, we could create bespoke tailored virtual tours, Panoramic Photographs, Time lapse promotion video, outstanding web design. Simply, we can help you to stand out of the Crowd! Keep pace with modern and latest technology, trends and marketing tactics.

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