2012 Olympic Road Show 2006
Alex Braham Reports
was the last stop on the current tour of
roadshows promoting the 2012 Olympic Games In London. The main event
took place at Williamson Square on a perfect summer day on the 27
July 2006. Set against the backdrop of Liverpool’s Williamson Square
fountain, the stunning display, combining the cascading fountain and
pyrotechnics, provided a fitting finale of the 22 day ‘Be Part of
2012’ Roadshow. The 2012 Roadshow, had visited 65
locations across all 12 regions of the UK and travelled over 3,300
miles. Its aim was to informing communities about the wide
range of benefits, opportunities and activities related to the
Games. Spectators in Liverpool were entertained with
music from local bands as well as displays from local gymnasts and
BMX riders. The latter is a new Olympic sport. A rider
from the BMX Ruff Ride Centre in Liverpool, told us that:-
"It's a demonstration to promote BMX in the Olympics in 2012 as it
is a new sport and we want to get it promoted far more. More
young people have taken up the sport and we aim at the centre to
give support and training. Who knows what we might achieve."
'Olympic-great', Lord Seb Coe was the star guest and he was
joined by, amongst others, Louise Ellman, Memmber of Parliament for
Liverpool, the deputy head of Liverpool City Council, and officials
in charge of 'Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008'. Lord
Coe commented on how wonderful it was for the roadshow to be taking
place in Liverpool and how London could learn from the city's status
as 'Capital of Culture' in 2008.
Lord Coe who was the main influence in
getting the 2012 big to successfully be secured told us that:-
"It's a terrific
event. It's the end of a 3,000 mile journey, 65 different venues and
we're in a very special city to celebrate it. It can certainly
learn a lot from the city that has created a cultural platform for
itself for 2008 and a city that really understands sport and
community engagement. It's fantastic to give young people the
opportunity to compete, but also to be creatively involved in an
Olympic Games." Lord Coe then
went on to say how important it was for young people to get involved
The event was hailed as huge success.
B*ll*cks to Cancer CD Launch...
Alex Braham Reports
ON the 24 July
2006 16 of our lucky competition winners got the chance to see live
Indie band, 'Hundred Reasons' at the Virgin Megastores in
Liverpool. This successful and highly popular band came to
Liverpool to launch their new CD B*ll*cks To Cancer as it was the
Capital of Culture. The album's aim is to make people, particularly
men, more aware of Testicular cancer. Other artists on the
album include Paul Weller and Stereophonics. Melissa Morley, Head Of
Corporate Fundraising for the 'Every Man Campaign', said:- "We
have partnered up with everyman money to raise over £250,000.00 for
the campaign from sales of the CDs called B*ll*cks to cancer. This
is just one of the events being put on for us. Male cancer is on the
increase, the research field is under funded and awareness is very
low. Testicular cancer affects tens of thousands of men each year,
but research is way behind against research into say Breast cancer.
For that reason more money is needed to find out the reasons why it
is happening. It is the most common cancer to affect guys from 15 to
40 so something like this CD is ideal to get the message out their."
Interviewing band members Larry and Colin we found out that the band
is, "trying to influence people, particular males".
The band then went on to tell us that:- "They have done the CD
to get males to check their balls for testiculs caner. We find it
hard to believe that males do not check, but it is true that the
don't." The album fun and entertaining CD is available at
Virgin Megastores. To here our interview of the band and also
Letters to Editor:-
"Compliments to our Police"
"I was so
impressed by the attitude and efficiency of the police action in the
following incident that I had to write this letter.
I received a
somewhat garbled message on my mobile phone, from a French citizen
saying that he had found a passport belonging to a friend, who was
travelling alone in France. When, after 48 hours
elapsed, and the passport had apparently neither been handed in, nor
reported lost, I telephoned Merseyside Police Head Headquarters, to
ask for advice.
I cannot praise too highly the response
I received. From the advice I was given, to the time
taken by the police officers at both Kirby and Formby police
stations, who came out to interview me and another mutual friend.
Their sensible, but supportive attitude, the actions taken and the
care they took to keep us both informed of all progress and
decisions in the investigation, helped tremendously to control our
worries. Fortunately our fears proved groundless, and
our friend has since been in contact.
concerned over our friends safety, have been most impressed by the
attitude, time and effort given by the police. We would
all like to express our appreciation and thanks for all they did."
Yours faithfully N Harrison.