Saturday, August 20, 2016

167th post

I have a business card. I've passed some out and mailed quite a few. If you

want some to hand out ( for handing out but not for starting fires in your

fireplace or using them for toilet paper. I have plenty and I could send you

50 (until they run out) if you like. But I ain' gonna send to you just one because

I know you know more people than just yourself.

But you don't have to because of what I said on the back of the business

card: ""on our Independence Day (blog 74): "an because of brave men and

women who fought to keep this country free, we can say yes or no to anything

that's asked.""

Just email to me at and tell my how many you want (50

or less) and your post office address and I'll get them into the mailbox just

across and in front of our house on Smucker Road.

Christ the Redeemer:

Thanks to BBC News.

The image of the statue is reproduced everywhere - in graffiti art, sand

sculptures on Copacabana beach - and even on skin.

Edilson Porfirio Dantas, who has lived in Rio for 18 years, has a Christ

tattoo covering his entire back. "It took eight hours to complete," he says.

"I'm not from Rio but the city is in my heart and Christ is beautiful."

Olympic symbols

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The Olympic medals awarded to winners are another symbol associated

with the Olympic games. The medals are made of gold-plated silver

(commonly described as gold medals), silver, or bronze, and awarded

to the top 3 finishers in a particular event. Each medal for an Olympiad

has a common design, decided upon by the organizers for the particular

games. From 1928 until 2000, the obverse side of the medals contained

an image of Nike, the traditional goddess of victory, holding a palm in

her left hand and a winner's crown in her right. This design was created

by Giuseppe Cassioli. For each Olympic games, the reverse side as well

as the labels for each Olympiad changed, reflecting the host of the games.

In 2004, the obverse side of the medals changed to make more explicit

reference to the Greek character of the games. In this design, the goddess

Nike flies into the Panathenic stadium, reflecting the renewal of the

games. The design was by Greek jewelry designer Elena Votsi....

Olympic diplomas are given to competitors placing fourth, fifth, and

sixth since 1949, and to competitors placing seventh and eighth since


Anthems ....

Main article: Olympic Hymn

'Olympic Fanfare and Theme'

composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles

The Olympic Hymn, officially known as the Olympic Anthem, is played

when the Olympic Flag is raised. It is a musical piece composed by

Spyridon Samaras with words written from a poem of the Greek poet and

writer Kostis Palamas. Both the poet and the composer were the choice

of Demetrius Vikelas, a Greek Pro-European and the first President of the

IOC. The anthem was performed for the first time for the ceremony of

opening of the 1896 Athens Olympic Games but wasn't declared the

official hymn by the IOC until 1957. In the following years, every hosting

nation commissioned the composition of a specific Olympic hymn for

their own edition of the Games until the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

Other notable Olympic anthems and fanfares include:

The composer of the 1952 Olympic Fanfare, Aarre Merikanto, at Helsinki

Olympic Stadium during the games.

Olympische Hymne: A composition for orchestra and mixed chorus

composed by Richard Strauss for the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics.

The Olympic Fanfare for the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics was

originally composed by Aarre Merikanto for the 1940 Summer Olympics,

which were cancelled. Merikanto's Fanfare won the fanfare contest

organized in Finland in 1939, but the score was lost over a decade;

when rediscovered in 1951, it was decided to use this Fanfare in 1952.

The popular Fanfare was recorded in 1953....

Bugler's Dream: Written in 1958 by Leo Arnaud as part of his Charge

Suite, the theme is often thought of by Americans as the "Olympic

theme" due to its usage in television coverage by ABC and NBC,

starting with the 1964 Olympics.

Olympic Fanfare 1972: The winning submission for the Munich 1972

Summer Olympics theme song, used as the TV signature tune of the

German Olympic Center (Deutsches Olympia-Zentrum, DOZ) and

the prelude to the medal ceremonies, composed by Herbert Rehbein....

 It was performed by the Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting

Company (Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) and members of the

Air Force Band Neubiberg, conducted by Willy Mattes....

Olympic Fanfare and Theme: Composed by John Williams for the Los

Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics, the theme was performed in the opening

ceremonies by the United States Army Herald Trumpets conducted

by then-Captain David Deitrick.... The first recording, performed by

an orchestra composed of Los Angeles-area musicians, was released in

its entirety on the LP and cassette album The Official Music of the XXIIIrd

Olympiad Los Angeles 1984, with a concurrent Japan-only CD release

(which went on to win a Grammy in 1985).... A slightly different

arrangement of the piece was released on the Philips album By Request:

The Best of John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 1996, an

alternate version of "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" was released on the

album Summon the Heroes for the Atlanta Olympic Games, replacing

the first part of the piece with Arnaud's Bugler's Dream. The theme was

also used in closing ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Games, as the nations'

flagbearers entered BC Place Stadium surrounding the Olympic Flame

and when the Olympic Flag was brought into the stadium by Vancouver

mayor Gregor Robertson.

The Olympic Spirit: The theme written by John Williams for the 1988

Olympics in Seoul and used in the corresponding NBC broadcasts.

Summon the Heroes: The theme written by John Williams for the 1996

Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The theme song to this television

show, composed by Randy Edelman, has been used by NBC for its

television broadcasts since the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Call of the Champions: The theme written by John Williams for the

2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

Several other composers have contributed Olympic music during the

years, including Henry Mancini, Francis Lai, Marvin Hamlisch, Philip

Glass, David Foster, Mikis Theodorakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vangelis,

Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, and Mark Watters Kotinos...."

BBC News World

Usain Bolt's amazing Olympic career in even more amazing numbers

By Nalina Eggert

BBC News....

From the section World

"Usain Bolt, who has done alright for himself

The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has cemented his place as a legend

of athletics at the Rio Olympics, earning his ninth gold medal in as many

attempts. He's so fast that he could have finished 100m in the time it's

taken you to read up to here. As he bids goodbye to the Games, let's

slice and dice his stats, shall we? How long has he run for?

As a sprinter, Bolt spends very little time actually running. In Olympics

finals, he has been running for only 114 seconds. That's not even a full

two minutes.

              Beijing 2008          London 2012              Rio 2016

100m 9.69                                9.63                         9.81

200m 19.3                              19.32                       19.78

4x100m 8.98                                 8.7                         ~9*

*Bolt's individual time in his ninth race has not yet been published.

We tried to time it from the TV but we don't trust our reaction time on

the stopwatch. When you include the preliminary rounds, Bolt has

spent only 325 seconds - a little under five and a half minutes - on the

Olympics track, according to Associated Press. That means he has

picked up a gold medal for every 36 seconds spent on the track,

including the qualifying rounds. What else could you do in five minutes?

Soft boil an egg

Read 1,000 words of text

Listen to the Queen's 1977 hit, We Are The Champions (it's two minutes

59 seconds long) and most of Bob Marley's Jammin', the song that

accompanied Bolt on his victory lap after he scooped his ninth medal

How fast is that then?

At his fastest, in the 4x100m relay, Bolt nudges the 25mph mark. That's

40km/h. His relay times are quicker because they aren't from a standing

start. He's already running when his team-mate passes him the baton.

And what about his reaction time?

He's able to leave the blocks in 0.155 of a second. That's super-fast. Don't

believe us? Try this test of your own reaction time.

How long would it take him to run to the moon?

OK, we're being silly, but humour us here. IF you laid out track from the

Earth's equator to the moon at its closest point in its orbit... AND if Bolt

kept running at his fastest speed from Earth all the way through space

to the moon, he would get there in 9,713 hours.

Where would Boltland be in the medals tables?

If he had declared an independent republic of himself, Usain Bolt would

have been 27th in the Beijing Olympics medals table. His three golds

would put him just above Cuba and below Georgia. In the London

Olympics, he would have been 26th - above Belarus and below Croatia.

And in the Rio Olympics so far, he would be 25th, between Iran and

Ukraine. (Of course, this is only if you're still counting Jamaica as a country,

and still counting his medals in their tally...)

How fast is a lightning bolt?

It's 220,000mph (354056 km/h). Not even close. But for a human being, Bolt is

astonishingly quick and he deserves his nickname, Lightning.

And that's not all...

Well after his winning sprint, Bolt posed for photographs in the stadium.

With the lights being switched off, he had a few informal throws of a javelin

he found lying about. The last one travelled 50m - which would have been

far enough to earn him sixth place at Jamaica's national championships, AP said.

That's not normal. Take a bow, Mr Bolt."

I really like Nalina Eggert's way of telling things.

Update: Luke Brown and  Alan Tyers,....

20 AUGUST 2016 • 5:39PM

"Usain Bolt declared himself “the greatest” as he achieved the unique

sprint triple-triple that has long seemed his destiny. Bolt, 29, won his

third gold medal of Rio 2016 - and his ninth overall - as he anchored

the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to victory. He had already said he

would be “immortal” if he pulled it off, and after his last ever Olympic

race he said: “There you go. I am the greatest.”

He adds the medal to the 100m and 200m golds he took earlier in the

Games, just as he did in London and Beijing.

The result was never in doubt as Jamaica’s sprint dream team of Bolt,

Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade dominated the event,

finishing in 37.27secs, around half a second slower than the world record.

But Bolt said the race had not been a foregone conclusion. “I am just

relieved,” he said. “It’s happened. I am just happy, proud of myself.

It's come true. The pressure is real. I look at it as an accomplishment.”

Finally able to relax as his competition ended, he added: “I'll stay up

late tonight!”

Bolt.... After crossing the line, “Lightning” Bolt went on a slow victory

lap of the Olympic stadium, enjoying what he has said will be his last

ever race at an Olympic Games.

He had claimed before the race that if he achieved the triple triple he

would be “immortal”, and few who have witnessed him over the past

eight years are likely to disagree." Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter,

in Rio de Janeiro ....
That man Mo

Mo Farah's relentless work ethic will prove the winning margin in the

men's 5,000m  mo-farahs-relentless-work-ethic-will-prove-the-winning-

margin-in/ …. Can he follow his pal Usain into sporting immortality?

Fast friends bolt and mo."

This is day 15 of the XXXI Olympiad.

From CBS Sports olympic medal tracker

USA:                         40 gold, 36 silver, 35 bronze for a total of 111.

Great Britain:            26 gold, 22 silver, 16 bronze for a total of 64.

China:                       24 gold, 18 silver, 26 bronze for a total of 68.

Russia:                      17 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze for a total of 53.

Germany:                  16 gold, 10 silver, 14 bronze for a total of 40.

Germany won 2 gold medals, but Russia won 4 and they once again

traded places in the top 5 in the standings.

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