5★ Sochi

Russian Dos and Don'ts

So Sochi is in full swing now. Aside from the Olympic rings not opening properly (and these becoming available from appropriately named ‘DeadRingerDesign’), Germany’s AMAZING pro gay silent protest uniforms and there not actually being very much in the way of real snow at the Winter Olympics, everything has been win-win for Russia.

An Olympic athlete photographed and posted the above pic from the Sochi Olympic Village where he or she was staying. Just in case any of the athletes do not know how to use a toilet, Russian officials genius’s have come up with a how-to guide. The first two I get, but what the hell is going on with the ‘No Fishing’ and ‘No Cocktail Parties on the Floor’ graphics. Those are both totally acceptable in our household!

There’s been quite a bit of coverage about the Olympic Village athlete’s accommodations and their state of disrepair. Following on from the hugely successful London 2012, let’s face it, anything and everything was going to be crap in comparison. However the full extent of Sochi’s Village of Horrors can be seen here.

On a brighter note, best of luck to all the athletes competing. I am of course rooting for the Jamaican bobsled team. Cool Runnings!!

USA Tornados

My heart goes out to all those effected by the devastating storms that have struck across the US in these freak tornado incidents. Shocking footage and unbelievable damage. Donate to your charity of choice to help those effected. Over 200 killed and thousands effected.

Click the image for news footage.

Loyal Dog

This clip has been doing the rounds on the internet but I thought I’d add it here as well.

As the Japanese begin the process of clearing up following last week’s awful tragedy, this story was in the Japanese news about rescue workers who came across a dog who had relentlessly stood guard alongside his injured canine friend. The commentary is in Japanese, but is translated on the YouTube page.

Link

Japanese Earthquake

A devastating earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale struck just off the north-east coast of Japan at 5.46am GMT today. There is back to back coverage of the disaster on all the news channels delivering some absolutely astonishing scenes that look like something lifted straight out of a movie. The initial earthquake triggered a tsunami with waters being reported to have reached 10 kilometres inland and much of the Pacific basin put on alert for further damage as the tsunami ripples out through the ocean. Luckily, so far, reports indicate that neighbouring countries have only experienced very minimal water surges with no damage.

Japan, by contrast, has suffered terribly. The city’s buildings are very well earthquake ‘proofed’ these days but with the addition of torrents of water sweeping through dragging everything in its path, the scenes of devastation are horrific. Out of the cities, it is likely that the death toll will be far higher where houses are not able to withstand the impact and are swept away by the waters. Initial reports say there is a death toll of between 200 to 300 but I expect that number will be far higher as the situation unfolds.

A ship is reported to have been swept away with 100 passengers onboard, a train is missing and the footage of an entire town in the north of Japan literally being swept away was just shown on the news. Side effects of the initial quake have caused immense fires with a nuclear power plant in a state of emergency as water coolants failed. A huge whirlpool was generated in the turbulent waters, throwing about a boat trapped in its wake.

This earthquake follows on from a smaller earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand just a few weeks prior. Todays Japanese earthquake is said to be 8000 times more powerful than New Zealand’s. The two countries lie on a very active ‘Ring of Fire’ zone of tectonic activity.

As this terrible disaster unfolds, with more aftershocks still causing damage (some measuring higher than that of the Christchurch earthquake) and the true horror of the rescue process yet to begin, my thoughts go out to the people of Japan and wish the country a swift recovery with minimal casualties from this earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded in the country’s history.

Battle: Los Angeles

The trailers so far for this sure to be blockbuster have been slowly building momentum, teasing more and more of the good stuff over the past few months. This last trailer seems to indicate a nice mix of Cloverfield, Aliens and District 9. All these should bring to the mix a great disaster, alien, popcorn flick, although I’m hoping for a stand out, new ground flick nonetheless with a touch of its own something to make it stand out.

Trailer here.

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