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2019 London Marathon: 5 Special Inspirational Runners (part 1)

The largest marathon of the year has 42,000 runners, with a lot of special people, including five runners that BBC considers the biggest inspiration.

First held since 1981, the London Marathon is one of the six most prestigious marathons in the world – World Marathon Majors, alongside tournaments in Boston, Chicago, New York, Berlin and Tokyo. The record for full marathon running belongs to Eliud Kipchoge (male – 2 hours 3 minutes 5 seconds – set in 2016) and Paula Radcliffe (female – 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds – 2003). London Marathon 2019 has 42,000 athletes attending, taking place at 9:05 London time, Sunday 28/4/2019.

Runner to do charity: Police Leon McLeod

McLeod was one of the first three officers to be present at the scene of the terrorist attack on the London Bridge on June 3, 2017. The incident killed five people, including three people walking on the bridge, a police officer and the attacker himself. A 31-year-old secret police officer from London will run a fundraiser for PTSD999, a charity that assists emergency aid workers from a traumatic disorder.

Leon McLeod wants to raise £ 10,000 on the occasion of his run at the London Marathon Sunday 28/4. The total amount of money he took up yesterday, April 26 in London time, was £ 293.

He said he did not experience physical or psychological injuries like many other unfortunate people, but that attack in London that day was always a mark in his mind. He knew many colleagues in his industry were affected by the incident. Emergency relief workers still face tragic incidents every day across the country. The Grenfell tower fire and the 2017 London terrorist attack are the best examples.

Two years after the incident in London were two difficult years for him and many people. He sees the upcoming Marathon as an opportunity for him to raise money for a charity that has helped him and many others have the energy to live.

 

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What to Buy for Your Family After A London Trip

Souvenirs are not just simple items you bring home after a trip, but most of all, they also show your love for your loved ones. Are you looking for meaningful souvenirs to give to friends and relatives, or you are looking to buy a unique item to keep as a souvenir after your trip to London? Here is a list of some souvenirs you can’t miss.

Book

One of the features that attracts visitors to London is a rich treasure of historical literature. If you have the opportunity to experience the life and culture of London, buy a few books to better understand the customs, beliefs and people here and the book is also an ideal gift for everyone. It can be said that books are the way to help us shorten the time and distance to integrate and feel the beauty of a land. Some famous bookstores in London that you can visit are Daunt Books, Lutyens & Rubinstein, London Review Bookshop, Foyles, Koenig Books, etc.

Postcard

Another interesting suggestion is to find postcards with many symbols representing the beauty of London. These postcards are an opportunity for you to introduce the beautiful sights and attractions you have come across to people at home. You can buy postcards at most attractions in London. Your relatives and friends will be delighted by this meaningful gift!

Liberty silk fabric

Considered a unique gift that you can only buy in London, Liberty silk fabric has an elegant color, eye-catching pattern, sophisticated design, and especially high-quality fabric. If you’re still wondering, not sure what to buy as a gift, try stopping by a few stores and choosing a few favorite fabrics!

Scarf

Scarf is one of the souvenirs that many tourists find buying when coming to London. You can find famous Liberty scarves; or you can order online, or buy in other fashion stores, shopping centers. These scarves are made from fabrics and printed with impressive motifs and prints. In particular, you can find towels printed with logo emblem of famous football clubs in the UK.

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Let’s Visit London Olympic Stadium!!!

London’s Olympic Stadium is the center of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games. This is the last stop in the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay. This stadium is also the venue for the organize sporting events as well as the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The yard is located in the Olympic Park Stratford, London’s Lower Lea Valley East End. The stadium has a capacity of 80,000. Therefore, this is the third-largest stadium in the UK after Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium. Currently the yard is home to West Ham United F.C.

For nearly three years, more than 5,250 workers were involved in the construction of this £ 486 million ($ 777 million) project. The new project is located in Stratford, east of London. By design, this stadium can be significantly removed after the 2012 Olympic Games, leaving only 25,000 or 60,000 seats.

The 2012 Olympic Games stadium took a new approach. From sustainable architecture to temporary architecture – use only the materials, structures and operating systems needed for the event, then convert it for longer-term future use.

The 2012 Olympics were a catalyst for urban regeneration in East London, implementing a 20-30-year construction plan in just a decade and creating the largest parks for the city in more than 100 years. by. The stadium will also bring a sporting legacy to London, part of which will host the 2017 IAAF Athletics Championships.

Interesting things of the 2012 Olympic Stadium:
• 800,000 tons of land was removed before construction could begin
• 62.7m – the stadium height is half the size of the London Eye and is equivalent to the central span of the Tower Bridge
• 50km, which is the length when the stadium seats are next to each other
• 34 non-passenger double-decker buses – the weight the roof can withstand
• 56 different colors of rows of glass railings.

The awards that this project received:
• Emirates Glass LEAF (Leading European Architects Forum) Award 2012
• The RIBA 2012 award by the Royal British Institute of Architecture.

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London: The Best Christmas Destination in Europe

Christmas is the time when London is wearing a new shirt with fanciful beauty and shimmering by the flood light everywhere.

At Christmas and New Year, London is extremely decorated. Because this is not only a holiday shopping stimulus year-end event but also one of the most anticipated vacation of the year. Christmas in London England is the place to enjoy the festive atmosphere of Europe.

For people in England as well as many western countries, Christmas and New Year usually lasts two weeks or more, which is extremely important. This holiday season is the most awaited and respected British year. For the Christian people, this holiday season has special spiritual significance. As for non-practicing Britons, this is also an important occasion for them to reunite, gather with their families, and enjoy long days of rest.

One of the most interesting things about Christmas in London in England is that they still keep the habit of sending New Year cards in the mail to relatives and friends. This is a way of showing respect and thoughtfulness for intimate relationships. In addition, people have a habit of coming back to the family on Christmas New Year to gather with the family on this festival.

London is one of the largest and most ethnically diverse cities in the world, so the way the city celebrates Christmas every year is very special and elaborate investment. It is not only to celebrate the festival but also to show off the prosperity of the United Kingdom. Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, the busiest shopping streets in London, come close to Christmas with hundreds of decorative lights.

Oxford Street, for example, often decorates Christmas lights on a seasonal theme. There are years of decoration of snowballs, angels. There were years when the reindeer horns, or umbrellas hovering high, were reminiscent of the Mary Babins babysitter, the symbol of British popular culture.

Even if you are not a Christian, there is no shortage of ways for you to enjoy Christmas and feel special on this occasion especially when you are in London.

 

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London Travel: 10 Places You Should NOT Visit (part 2)

Canary Wharf shopping center

Canary Wharf is a large shopping center and towering high-rise buildings in the area. It seems that it can be considered a “small city” in London. This area is famous as the financial district of the capital. Therefore, it only has boring gray skyscrapers. Any visitor will find the business district more beautiful than the Canary Wharf in other vibrant areas of London.

The London Eye

The London Eye is one of the famous tourist attractions in London and is a symbol in this city. At 135m altitude compared to London it is not surprising that people wait. There will be the long lines of tourists waiting to be up there. Instead, you can use this time to visit other attractions in the city. A standard ticket costs £ 20. However, you should consider taking a trip down Alexandra Palace or Primrose Hill, to see the spectacular city skyline without spending money.

The Shard

Located a short distance from London Bridge Station, The Shard is perhaps one of the most iconic buildings in London. However, London does not lack beautiful views, you can actually get better views from places like Sky Garden and Heron Tower.

Madame Tussauds

The wax statues in London are undeniable, however, Madame Tussauds is not the only place in the world with these wax statues. So instead of crowding in this crowded spot, you can go to the Natural History Museum for a unique experience traveling to London.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus can be very famous. But in fact, aside from a few shops and statues of Eros, the circus is mostly just a transportation hub.

The club in Mayfair

If you’re looking to save money, Mayfair drinks are not a good option. Because the entrance ticket is significantly more expensive than in other areas of London. The Mayfair club also has a very different atmosphere from other places in the city.

Many people show a sense of ‘exclusivity’ to them, which can be frustrating for travelers who want to find London’s cultural flavor at this famous London attraction.

 

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Sports Science Development at Universities in London (UK)

Sports Science is the application of course knowledge to enhance sports performance. It includes psychology, physiology, nutritional science, and performance analysis. Universities in the UK offer courses that integrate training in the latest medical theory and technology.

Sports science is a discipline that studies the mechanisms of how the body works when exercising, and the effect of physical activity on health and athletic performance, from the cellular range to all body. Sports science studies are basically an integration of the following areas:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Movement science – biomechanics
  • Biochemistry

Through research, sports scientists have developed a great deal of knowledge about how the human body responds to movement, exercise patterns, the environment, as well as various stimuli. The demand for sports scientists, coaches and advisors are increasing according to the world’s trend for the best possible performance.

Sports Science courses in the UK, especially London, provide lectures with industry experts and internships with professional teams and the opportunity to participate in conferences. The need for sports scientists has never been this big when so many sports understood the technological revolution. In particular, athletes must understand their bodies from the inside out to stay in a peak state.

As the creator and maker of rules for football, rugby, cricket, and many other sports, the UK has a unique position in teaching the science behind the sport. The success of the English Premier League has proved the extraordinary appeal and brand identity of sport in this country, with competitive sport being a pillar at the school and a national obsession in all ages.

Sports Science graduates can become coaches, physiotherapists, sports psychologists, sports agents, personal trainers, fitness coaches, program advisors members and local sports development staff.

If you want to study the best Sports Science courses in the UK, please refer to the Guardian University Guide 2020’s Top 10 Universities by Subject Rankings below:

  • University of Glasgow
  • Loughborough University
  • Kingston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Durham
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Essex

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London Travel: 10 Places You Should NOT Visit (part 1)

Oxford Street or Madame Tussauds Museum are famous destinations in the capital of England. However, many people think these are places to avoid on any trip to London. Let’s the reason in the article below!

Restaurants in Leicester Square

As a venue for London movie shows and cinemas, Leicester Square has become a popular tourist attraction in London with visitors. However, any Londoner knows Leicester Square is not famous for its food. Many restaurants raise their prices knowing that tourists are willing to spend money because they think the food here is great. In fact, most of the restaurants in Leicester Square are chain restaurants, so if you’re looking to experience the best independent restaurants in London, Soho might be a better area to check out.

Oxford Street

This is one of the most famous places in the city. Everyday visitors flock to Oxford Circus to shop at the retail stores here. With almost all the shops you want to visit are within a very short walking distance. Thus, it is the paradise of shopaholics. However, in recent years, this area has become too crowded. Overloading has even led to plans to turn this road into a walking street to create more space for shoppers. To avoid the crowds on Oxford Street, you can find other great shopping options such as Carnaby Street and Brick Lane.

City of London (on weekends)

City of London is the term used for London’s historic financial district. During the week, busy city employees come to the area’s bars and restaurants to enjoy drinks after work to relax. However, on weekends, the City of London is like a ghost town. If UK tourists are coming to this area, make sure you go in the middle of the week, otherwise, you might be disappointed with the overly tranquil atmosphere here.

The big shopping center

They are nothing special and alluring. It’s just like the big shopping malls in the US that people often see. If you want to satisfy your shopping needs in London, there are a number of shopping sites that show off London’s great culture including Covent Garden and Bond Street.

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5 Most Famous Markets in London

London is famous for many markets selling all kinds of items you want to buy. Classic clothes, antiques, electronics, flowers and perfumes can be purchased as gifts. Each market inherently has its own unique features that attract tourists to explore. From the famous Camden outdoor market or the beautiful Convent Garden to the Portobello Road market, which specializes in selling the world’s largest antiques.

1. Bermondsey Market

Bermondsey Market is only open on Fridays from 6m – 2pm and only sells antique items. Browsing through antique collections like 18th-century paintings or world-class antique maps are interesting things you can find at London’s famous bazaar.

2. Brick Lane

Brich Lane is considered as a cheap market in London that impresses tourists by its cultural characteristics and popular items. This is where you can choose to buy and haggle, check out old leather bags. In addition, the market is impressive with many traditional British coffee restaurants along the street.

3. Brixton Market

This is a community market organized by local merchants. And the highlight of the south London market is the attractive food from all over the world. If you are not interested in food, you can hunt for jewelry, household items or books on the market.

4. Borough Market

Borough Market is the oldest vegetable and fruit market in London. This is one of the ideal destinations for all chefs, cooks, restaurant managers and cooking lovers. Coming to the market, visitors will be attracted by the food and food stalls. Borough Market is also famous for offering the best local fresh produce and best ingredients in the world.

5. Camden Market

Camden Market is just as famous as Camden Lock Market is actually an area close to major retail market chains. It sells everything from hot dishes, attractive to handmade jewelry to add to clothing. That’s why many people spend the day exploring this famous London market.

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Interesting Facts about Big Ben

Located right in London, Big Ben has long been a pride of the people of England. Every year, Big Ben still attracts millions of visitors each year. And every time the sun goes down, the Big Ben clock tower is illuminated on four clock faces so that anyone from afar can still admire its beauty.

Big Ben clock tower is 157 years old this year

The Big Ben clock tower is part of Charles Barry’s design. The tower is designed in Victorian Gothic style and is 96.3 m high. The first 61-meter design of the structure was a clock tower, including brick-covered bricks. The rest of the tower’s height is a cast iron pyramid structure. The foundation is 15 x 15 m wide, 3 m thick concrete and 7 m deep underground. Tower weight 9553 tons. Four 55 meter high watch faces on the ground. Due to the condition of the ground since its construction up to now, the tower is slightly inclined to the northwest about 0.26 degrees.

When the tower was completed, the four clock faces were original colors of yellow and cobalt blue. However, in the 1930s, the four dials were painted in the black and gold we see in recent years. Up to now, Big Ben is 157 years old, ringing every 15 minutes and emitting an alarm when every new hour passes.

The real name of the Big Ben clock tower

Actually Big Ben full name is Clock Tower – Palace of Westminster. This is a clock tower structure on the northeast side of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, England. The tower is also mistakenly called St. Stephen’s Tower.

Big Ben clock tower was renamed in 2012

On June 4, 2012, Big Ben was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower on the occasion of the Diamond Vedic Celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. However, perhaps the name Big Ben is still more popular today.

Big Ben will not ring until 2021

In the remodeling plan of the Big Ben clock tower, the clock frame will be disassembled and meticulously tested and repaired each gear. The four watch faces will be refurbished and cleaned. The frames of the four dials will be repainted and three 4.2 meter long hands will be completely replaced. In addition, the entire cast iron roof of the clock tower was removed for repairs.

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Olympic Complex in London After 4 Years

Many buildings are dedicated to the London 2012 Olympic Games and until now when the Olympic torch lights up in Rio, the British are still struggling to find ways to reuse these works.

British newspapers have used the word “heritage” to talk about all the works in the Stratford. An entire area of 17,000 square meters east of London 4 years ago was completely built, from stadiums, gymnasiums, athletes’ houses, to giant contemporary artworks. British newspapers believe that any city after the Olympics has these legacies. and when the Olympics are closed this year, Rio will have a long-term headache to find a way to take advantage of its heritage.

Specifically, the Olympic stadium only has a stable role since this summer. After 4 years of “up and down”, this season, this will officially be the home of the East London Capital – Westham United. ArcelorMittal Orbit was built with ambition to become a London icon like Effel in Paris is bad. It was classified as an architectural disaster right after its debut in 2012. After four years, this tower was actually used. From this summer, Orbit becomes the world’s longest sliding pipe. According to the Independent, London costs another 3.5 million pounds to repair towers and build sliding pipes. But at least, it is not abandoned now, can sell tickets and the city expects to repay its capital after 5 years.

Compared to the ruins of the Beijing Olympic works, or Athens earlier, according to British media, London’s £ 12 billion in Olympic four years ago cannot be compared to the wastage. No one denies the inspirations of the Olympics, but the price of economics in return is always proven to be too great. Economy Brazil is in a recession phase and the question of $ 12 billion spent in Rio 2016 will be loss or profit. Will this Olympics save Brazil from recession or accelerate this process? This is also an issue that has been reported by the press as much as the Olympic medals.

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