The world watches as Olympic flame arrives at Culdrose


The world watches as Olympic flame arrives at Culdrose and helps ignite “the hopes of a nation”
18 May 2012

The Olympic Flame this evening flew into RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall thus lighting the 70-day fuse to the beginning of the London 2012 Games.

Footballer David Beckham lit a ceremonial cauldron to mark the arrival of the eternal symbol of the Olympiad on British soil.

THE Olympic Flame burns on English soil tonight for the first time in more than six decades after David Beckham lit a ceremonial cauldron at Culdrose air base.

To a fanfare from Royal Marines buglers, the England footballing legend ignited the eternal symbol of the Games in a ceremony beamed around the globe.

The event heralds a 70-day countdown to the beginning of the biggest sporting event since the 1966 World Cup.

The flame touched down at the Fleet Air Arm base after a four-hour flight from Athens just before 7.30pm.

A gold-liveried British Airways Airbus, named The Firefly, flew the flame in its lantern from Greece.

Also onboard the specially-chartered airliner were some 80 passengers including Princess Anne, Games supremo Lord Coe, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.

It fell to the Princess Royal to carry the flame off the airliner, accompanied by Lord Coe and David Beckham.

They were greeted by a welcoming delegation, headed by Culdrose’s Commanding Officer Capt Willie Entwistle, deputy PM Nick Clegg, and Fleet Commander Admiral George Zambellas.

David Beckham told the cheering crowd: “As a nation we are going to have an amazing couple of months. I am proud to be part of this.”

Mr Clegg said the flame’s arrival, a precursor to the beginning of the Olympic torch relay which begins tomorrow, was an historic moment.

He added: “With every step, the excitement will build – and ten weeks from now, the world will watch as the flame arrives at the new Olympic Stadium, bringing with it the hopes of a nation.”

The flame was actually carried in four gold ‘lanterns’ – three serving as ‘backups’ – which were screwed into seats 1A and 1B on the Airbus; ordinarily no live flame is permitted to be carried on a civilian airliner.

While it covered the 1,650 miles from Greece to

The 500 or so guests – from Olympians to locals, 100 schoolchildren, as well as Culdrose personnel – were treated to performances by the Navy’s Black Cats Lynx helicopter display team and the Band of HM Royal Marines as they waited for the Airbus to arrive.

In addition to a small arena erected at the end of the runway, the BBC built a temporary set so their popular evening magazine programme The One Show, hosted by Chris Evans and Alex Jones, could be broadcast.

As well as that BBC1 show, the Beeb’s News Channel has been at the air station, near Helston, throughout the day, regularly telling the Olympic – and Culdrose – story.

With the pomp and ceremony at Culdrose now done, the flame is spending the night at Culdrose.

The flame, which was ignited by the rays of the sun in a traditional ceremony in Greece last week before being carried around the Peloponnese, was handed over to Princess Anne as president of the British Olympic Association in a rather wet Athens yesterday.

It’s been assigned a VIP suite in the wardroom and will be guarded by three Metropolitan police officers before an early morning flight to Land’s End.

A 771 NAS Sea King will carry the flame in its specially-designed gold container – which rather looks like a Victorian gas lamp – to the westernmost tip of England, where it will light the first torch at the beginning of an 8,000-mile journey around the land.

Pilots Lt Cdr Martin Shepherd and Lt Chris Whittington, observer Lt Cdr Richard Full and aircrewman Cpl Justin Morgan RM of 771 Naval Air Squadron have the momentous task of delivering the flame in Sea King Sierra 29 on the ten-minute flight.

On landing, Lt Cdr Full will jump out of the aircraft and take the flame to the start of the torch relay, where three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie will begin the relay, which ends in London’s Olympic Stadium on the evening of July 27


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ESL Listening: Ikea Kitchen English Lesson

by ESLWRITER on MAY 17, 2012

This 15-minute listening exercise has great conversational English for ESL students. Ikea, for those in Korea who do not know, is a furniture store from Sweden.

Ikea: Kitchen Squad from Cutting Edge Commercial on Vimeo.


Ikea Kitchen Squad


squad, arty, funky, heart of the home, destroyed 


Part 1

  1. What is Colleen’s job?
  2. Why did Ikea squad put her kitchen in the forest?

Part 2

  1. Does the mother cook with her daughter?
  2. What’s wrong with the old oven?
  3. What does the man offer the woman at the end?

Part 3

  1. Where was the new kitchen built?
  2. What adjectives did she use to describe the new kitchen?
  3. Why are the people wearing yellow toques?


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Beach Hunting: 9 of China’s Best Beaches

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Beach Hunting: 9 of China’s Best Beaches

May 18, 2012By Thomas Ackerman, Repost  


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A cake fit for a Queen

 Ex-marines help produce a cake fit for the Queen


Ex-marines help produce a cake fit for the Queen
17 May 2012

Two former Royal Marine chefs were reunited as the helped to craft a magnificent cake for the Queen on behalf of the Armed Forces to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Green berets Phil Roberts, who trains Navy chefs at HMS Raleigh, and Alan Starling who does the same for Army cooks, were part of a team of expert caterers who spent 500 hours producing the 70kg masterpiece.

Pictures: Sgt Russ Nolan, RLC

LOVINGLY applying the finishing touches to the giant cake he and a team of fellow Forces culinary masters have spent the past six weeks crafting is ex-Royal Marine chef Phil Roberts.

The 56-year-old instructor from HMS Raleigh was one of several chefs who converged on the Defence Food Services School at Worthy Down to produce a cake worthy of royalty in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The spectacular creation weighs approximately 70kg and has taken more than 500 hours to complete and will be unveiled to Her Majesty and her guests at the Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

The cake’s been designed to reflect the themes of the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees as well as the contributions of all three Services.

Fellow ex-Royal Marine Alan Starling gives the finished cake a final once-over

While the Army made the actual cake, Phil gave the creation seven coats of royal icing and painstakingly made and hand painted most of the plaques decorating the top two tiers. The cake is finished off with a replica of Saint Edward’s Crown, worn by the Queen at her coronation. All parts of the cake are edible.

Phil said: “Royal icing is a bit of dying art these days. Most chefs use regal icing which they can roll and then place over the top, but I think royal icing gives a much better finish. The skills involved are similar to that of a plasterer and the hardest part is trying to get the icing perfectly flat and smooth. The icing is my normal style with a clean sharp cut.”

While working on the cake Phil was reunited with Alan Starling, one of his comrades from his days as a Royal Marine. Alan now fulfils a similar role to Phil training Army chefs.

Phil said: “It was great working with Alan again. He painted the pictures of the Royal residences which are on the bottom of the cake and they are amazing. I was chuffed to bits to be asked to be involved. It really is the crowning moment of my career. I think the time and effort we put in has been justified. It’s a stunning cake and I think it highlights the skills of the individuals who have worked on it. I’m really proud of our achievements.”

Employed by Babcock Defence and Security Division, Phil works at the Defence Maritime Logistics School within HMS Raleigh, providing advance culinary training to Royal Navy chefs. During his 40-year association with the Naval Service, Phil has made hundreds of cakes including countless commissioning and decommissioning cakes for ships and ones for VIP occasions, including an event attended by The Duke of Edinburgh.

Phil joined the Royal Marines in 1972 and served all over the world until hanging up his uniform for the final time in 1996. He joined HMS Raleigh as a civilian instructor in 2002. Although he has now retired from competition cooking, he’s won 53 medals during his career as a chef, including 25 golds.

Phil decorates one of the numerous icing ‘plaques’ which adorn the cake

He said: “Cakes were never my main thing. I used to do a lot of cold buffet work for competitions, but when I came to the school my old boss, Rod Naylor, persuaded me to concentrate on cakes.”

On Saturday, some 2,500 personnel and bands from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will parade before HM The Queen in Windsor Castle and then through the town of Windsor to muster in an arena at Home Park. This significant event will be the main occasion for the Armed Forces to pay tribute to Her Majesty on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.

The cake will be formally presented to Her Majesty at a reception following the event. There is a strong tradition of the Armed Forces creating special occasion cakes for the Royal Family, including those for previous Royal Weddings.

In addition to the official Diamond Jubilee Cake, Phil and the team have produced a cake for Winchester City Council’s celebrations for the Jubilee.



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My first ship and first overseas trip in the RNZN

Hmnzs Kaniere And my First Overseas Trip – 1961 Slideshow: John’s trip from Devonport (near Auckland, North Island, New Zealand) to 7 cities Apia, Suva, Nuku’alofa, Savusavu, Neiafu, Labasa and Levuka (near Nausori, Viti Levu, Fiji) was created by TripAdvisor. See another Fiji slideshow. Create your own stunning slideshow with our free photo slideshow maker.

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This Crazy Boat Just Completed The First Solar-Powered Sail Around The World

14MAY 2012This Crazy Boat Just Completed The First Solar-Powered Sail Around The World | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovationINNOVATION

When Magellan first circumnavigated the earth five centuries ago, he never could have dreamed of that someday it would also be done on a boat powered by the sun. Well now, aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, Raphael Domjan has done just that. Following the equator to get as much sun as possible, the boat stopped in cities all around the world to show off the boat. Domian’s ultimate goal was to prove that solar energy is a practical option to solve some of our most pressing energy problems. Check out this the rest of this awesome articlehere. Tell us what you think. Do you think solar energy is practical? Should we be trying to harness more of it?

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