London 2012 Olympics!

From a little observation, the London 2012 Olympics started with a bang, a brilliant opening ceremony to kick off events with lots of dancers and animals all around.

Then thousands of people who were deprived tickets are getting a chance to see their sports after sponsors and VIP representatives failed to show up to the competitions with seats in the front row and so on.

Hired Olympic staff are there everyday to direct people and make management companies more money from false advertisement, lots clothing, food stalls and more. They are treated in the most interesting ways including standing at allocated posts without being relieved for bathroom or food breaks, having to wear uncomfortable Adidas trainers that cause blisters for unbearable hours. A  regular shift is anywhere from 8-14.5 hours at one of the Olympic venues.

Things are turning gold as well at least for China who won their first gold medal. So far, archery, beach volleyball, football, handball and cycling have taken the headlines with the most excitement. Nations including Brasil, America, Italy, Korea, Great Britain and Kazakhstan have been doing very well for themselves. There is a sport for everyone though, many can’t wait for the athletics to begin at the end of the week.

This is going to be a fun two weeks rain or shine in London. Also who knew but tickets are still available. It’s best to check 24 hours before the event you would like to see. Good luck!

Another London Photography

The Another London Photography captures the London city life and spirit by some of the greatest international photographers within the 20th century.

London is documented in a series of photographs on silver gelatin print that examine the public domain’s lifestyle during 1930 to 1980.

Another London Photography exhibition at the Tate Britain. Photo by Niya Sinckler.

There are expressions of British culture through various photographers’ visions at the Tate Britain. Famous French photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson conveys lots of imagery with emphasis on the subject’s eyes which adds a human aspect to the portraits. Meanwhile, photographer Robert Frank features mostly bankers within the financial district wandering into fog and mist with extreme visual scenery of societal classes.

Also German photographer Herbert List focuses on strangers aimlessly walking along the Thames aimlessly with reflections in puddles. Then the influential British photographer Bill Brandt‘s Young Houssewife photograph shows real despair of the subject yet with a sense of beauty from her. Each room had a theme including politics, ethnicity, economy and social issues.

Snapshot of Young House Wife, Bethnal Green, England by Bill Brandt. Photo by Niya Sinckler.

The Another London Photography exhibition is worked around the London 2012 Olympics and opens today, Friday 27 July until 16 September. Admission: £10. Closest tube: Pimlico or Vauxhall on the Victoria Line.

Bob Marley Exhibition

The Bob Marley Exhibition associated with Jamaica 50 opened today to celebrate fifty years of Jamaican independence.

At the O2 in London, the Caribbean flare and style is being represented to showcase the most iconic reggae musician.

Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh. Photo: Getty Images.

Then London’s IndigO2 is hosting a Jamaica 50 Festival including reggae, ska and dub music artists who will take the stage together. The performances events will be for twelve days to leave a lasting impression. Still Jamaica has already made a massive cultural impact on an international level.

The Gaslight Anthem’s New Album

The alternative band, The Gaslight Anthem released their fourth album, Handwritten yesterday.

Formed in 2006, the rock quartet has risen to fame rapidly and inspired me musically since they are from New Brunswick, New Jersey where I was born.

The Gaslight Anthem. Photo from Google.

Lead vocalist and guitarist, Brian Fallon uses his experiences and influences like most artist to shape and maintain a traditional and dynamic American punk grind to the band’s music.

The Gaslight Anthem have been compared to the likes of The Ramones and the Misfits. Their energy and soul is crafted by their inspiration for jazz from Miles Davis, the powerful presence of Joe Strummer from The Clash and a touch of chill tones similar to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Drummer and percussion member, Benny Horowitz mostly identifies with spatial ambience and floating vibes from The Cure. Therefore, there’s a mix of influence that has helped to establish the band’s style. The band has direction despite the lack of experimentation, they manage to make significant music in today’s industry.

The band’s tour dates include New York in July, Italy, Belgium and the UK in August, leading up to a Canada visit in September. Also the album was only out for one day and has reached No.1 on the Itunes rock chart. Congratulations to The Gaslight Anthem!

The Dark Knight Rises

The highly anticipated action-packed comic book film, “The Dark Knight Rises” topped the box office over the weekend in America and the UK.

Despite the unfortunate random mass murder shooting by the mentally unstable individual, James Holmes in Colorado, numerous cinema lovers still attended premieres and even saw the movie multiple times because it was that amazing.

With a successful third film, the plot continues eight years later with Christian Bale starring as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and introducing a new trained terrorist leader, Bane as Tom Hardy. Batman now has to save Gotham City yet again although close friends, Alfred as Michael Caine and Fox as Morgan Freeman believe he should find something else.

After ruining his reputation by taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s death and misleading crime statistics from Commissioner Gordan played by Gary Oldman, things start to spiral out of control. Batman struggles to regain the city’s trust and protect the citizens since the city police are trapped in other adventurous matters to fight crime. with the help of his sidekick, Blake as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the two manage to sort things out. Many sacrifices are made to save innocent lives from the nuclear terrorist mischief in Gotham city.

Additionally, President Obama and “The Dark Knight Rises” cast members have expressed their condolences to families and friends of those killed and injured during the horrific shooting which made international headlines and forced a Paris red carpet premiere to be cancelled.

Either way, the comic book and film market has expanded over the years gaining a wider audience following the stability of DC Comics. Enjoy the awesome film!