We went to the notorious Van Stadens Bridge - although the view is amazing and the you stand in awe of nature's beuaty - it is also the place where hundreds of people has plunged to their death due to suicide.
It is a sad day when your diving partner blames you for not getting a medal. Here is some info:
Blake Aldridge has put the blame on partner Tom Daley after the British pair finished in last place in the 10m synchronised diving at the Olympics. Aldridge, 26, and 14-year-old prodigy Daley were not expected to win a medal but put in a below-par performance.
"I didn't blow anything, so I can go home happy," said Aldridge. "Unfortunately it's a partnership, you both have to be on the top of your game. I wasn't on top of my game but Tom was nowhere near the top of his."
Even though you did not win a medal - we are proud of you Thomas Daley and you have shown what is possible when you have alot of heart
1. The Emblem Actually Means Something The emblem, shown here, is known as “Dancing Beijing”. Apart from being pretty cool looking, it also has a meaning - the "dancing" figure in the center is a stylized version of the Chinese character that means “capital”, honouring Beijing.
2. BMX Will be an Official Event for the First Time In total, nine new events will be played at Beijing 2008. The most exciting new addition is a BMX event, where cyclist race over hills, jumps, and rough terrain. This continues the recent tradition of adding games where the probability of devastating-but-hilarious injuries is high
3. Chinese Officials Really Don't Want it to Rain In 2007, meteorological data collected over the last 30 years suggested there was about a 50% chance of rain for the opening ceremonies in August 2008. To deal with this, the Chinese are planning to shoot rockets full of silver iodate into the air to induce precipitation a few days before the games begin. Sound familiar? Poison Ivy did the same thing in Batman so she could take over Gotham City with her man-eating plants. So, if you find the idea of Chinese scientists shooting silver-filled rockets into the atmosphere a little disquieting, you should take comfort in knowing that they might have gotten their inspiration from a 40 year old TV show about a superhero.
4. Jackie Chan Sings the Theme Song (Well, One of Them) For real. Jackie Chan, best known as the least insurable man on Earth, sings the theme song for the countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Considering Chan is a diligent perfectionist who holds the record for most retakes of a single scene (almost 3000!), I wonder how long it took him to finish the song in the studio.
5. Bathrooms Maybe Not So Communal With the Olympics comes the building of new stadiums, and with stadiums comes thebuilding of bathrooms. However, the government has made it clear that these bathrooms are for the rich only. Local residents of Beijing living or working in the area are not allowed to use these newly constructed facilities, and risk facing a penalty of up to 500 yuen if caught. The Olympics are already expected to displace 1.5 million Beijing residents, and when they won the bid Chinese officials pledged to rid the city of, among other things, those with mental illnesses, so in the end what's one more kick in the teeth to the less fortunate?
Koos, Mike en Kallie word deur spietkops by 'n groot winkelsentrum in Benoni afgetrek. Spietkop: OK, guys, het julle 'n idéé hoe vinnig julle gery het? Hulle: G'n idee nie – maar jy gaan ons sê! Spietkop: So vinnig dat julle elkeen 'n spoedkaartjie gaan kry! (Hy haal sy boekie uit.) Wat is jou naam? Koos kyk rond en sien 'n Woolworths-reklamebord daar naby: "My naam is William Woolworth,' sê Koos. Kallie snap dit dadelik, kyk rond en sien Edgars. "My naam is Eddie Edgars!" Kallie en Koos kyk benoud na Mike en hoop dat hy verstaan wat hulle gedoen het. "En jy?" vra die spietkop kwaai. "My naam is Ken!" "Ja, maar wat is jou volle name? "Mike sê selfversekerd: "My naam is Ken, en my van is Takkie Fraaid Tjieken!"
(Reuters) - Zimbabwe's currency plunged to a new record low on Thursday, trading at an average 1 billion to the U.S. dollar on a recently introduced interbank market and triggering massive price increases.
Traders were quoting the Zimbabwean dollar at between 995 million and 1.45 billion against the greenback in Thursday morning trade, up from an average 700 million at the beginning of the week. The currency has depreciated by about 84 percent since the central bank effectively floated it in early May after years of an official peg.Analysts said the rapid weakening of the currency was being driven by inflation expectations as well as huge demand for hard currencies."The exchange rate is being driven by massive demand for forex, as well as the desire to hedge against inflation," said Mudzingwa Nhiwatiwa, a research analyst at ZABG banking group.
For instance, a loaf of bread, which cost about Z$15 million before the polls, now costs about Z$600 million.A two-litre bottle of cooking oil costs about Z$5 billion, almost equal to an average low-income worker's monthly wage, piling the misery on a country also grappling with food, fuel, water and electricity shortages, 80 percent unemployment and hyperinflation.
Official figures put Zimbabwe's annual inflation -- the highest in the world -- at 165,000 percent in February, but analysts say the figure vaulted as high as 1.8 million percent in May.
Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one. This is reassuring for those of us who fly routinely in our jobs. After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripesheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit. S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent. S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That's what friction locks are for.
P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode. S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield. S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing. S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny. S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
P: Target radar hums. S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed.
And the best one for last………………
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer. S: Took hammer away from midget.