Political and General News Reporter
Avril's Feed
May 11, 2012

Artist Kapoor finds beauty in London’s Olympic orbit

LONDON (Reuters) – Turner prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor said on Friday that Britons would grow to love his spiralling red tower on London’s Olympic Park, just as people had come to appreciate other structures initially loathed, including the Eiffel Tower.

The 115-metre tall structure, higher than London’s Big Ben and New York’s Statue of Liberty has divided opinion, with some describing it as resembling a carnival slide or a water pipe.

May 4, 2012

UK warship in narrow escape ahead of Olympic test

ABOARD HMS OCEAN, GREENWICH, England, May 4 (Reuters) -
B ritain’s biggest warship narrowly escaped a spot of trouble on
Friday when it just scraped through a tight gap on the Thames
river on its way to join a pre-Olympics exercise in London.

It was always going to be a squeeze for the 35-metre wide
helicopter carrier HMS Ocean to safely sail through one of the
61-metre gaps in the moveable flood barriers which lie
downstream on the Thames from the centre of the British capital.

May 3, 2012

UK military on charm offensive over Olympic missiles

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s military launched a charm offensive on Thursday to calm residents’ fears over plans to put missile batteries on their rooftops to protect this summer’s Olympics from a possible 9/11-style attack.

“We want the focus to be on (Jamaican sprinter) Usain Bolt this summer and not us,” said Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, speaking at a cadet centre near Blackheath Common in southeast London, one of six potential sites for the anti-aircraft weapons.

May 2, 2012

Fighter jets over London as it prepares for Games

LONDON (Reuters) – Fighter jets flew into a base in northwest London on Wednesday, the first time they will be stationed in the capital since World War Two, at the start of a week of military exercises to test out security ahead of the Olympic Games in July.

Codenamed “Olympic Guardian” and involving airmen, soldiers and sailors, the exercises are aimed at reassuring Britons and foreign visitors that everything possible is being done to keep them safe during the games.

May 2, 2012
via FaithWorld

Race row rattles Church of England contest to succeed Rowan Williams

Photo

(Britain's Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, sits near the high altar during the ninth Inauguration of the General Synod at Westminster Abbey, in central London November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood)

Already split over women bishops and gay rights, the Church of England has stumbled into a damaging race row over who to choose as spiritual leader of the 80-million strong Anglican Communion.

May 2, 2012

Race row rattles Church of England’s leader contest

LONDON (Reuters) – Already split over women bishops and gay rights, the Church of England has stumbled into a damaging race row over who to choose as spiritual leader of the 80-million strong Anglican Communion.

Since Rowan Williams announced in March that he was to step down as Archbishop of Canterbury, the bookies’ favourite has been John Sentamu, the charismatic Archbishop of York – the only black bishop in the mother church of the Anglican Communion.

May 1, 2012

UK plans Olympic security steps to tepid welcome

LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – As Britain gears up for a big
Olympic security exercise between May 2 and 9, Londoners are
casting a cool eye at the multiple measures deemed necessary to
protect the hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit
Olympic venues.

While many are resigned to tougher security as just one more
inconvenience in a city handicapped by overcrowded, ageing
infrastructure, some have bristled, especially at a proposal to
put surface-to-air missiles on civilian buildings.

Apr 19, 2012

Rehearsal for London torch relay amid words of comfort

LONDON (Reuters) – London 2012 organizers, who will stage a dress rehearsal for the Olympic torch relay on Friday, received comforting reassurance from a previous host city over fears of protests.

The torches, which will be unlit, will travel by train, road and boat between Leicester and Peterborough in central England.

Apr 19, 2012

Olympics-Rehearsal for London torch relay amid words of comfort

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – London 2012 organisers, who
will stage a dress rehearsal for the Olympic torch relay on
Friday, received comforting reassurance from a previous host
city over fears of protests.

The torches, which will be unlit, will travel by train, road
and boat between Leicester and Peterborough in central England.

Apr 18, 2012

Stratford: a tale of two worlds

LONDON (Reuters) – The attention of the world will be on London’s Olympic Park in 100 days’ time, but Nigerian tourist Olatunde Ojo’s more immediate focus is spending money at the adjoining super-sized shopping mall.

“I’ve come to see Westfield,” the 32-year-old public health worker said, taking photographs of his friends standing outside the shopping complex.

    • About Avril

      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
    • Follow Avril