Thursday, 15 July 2010

Live web cam on La Push for all you Twilight Fans!

I am a huge Twilight fan and have had the pleasure of actually being on this beach - albeit it was a bit before the first film came out so didn't quite make the connection!.

La Push is a small unincorporated community in Clallam County, Washington, United States. It is home to the Quileute Native American tribe and is located along the Quileute River. La Push is known for its whale-watching and natural beauty. It is also a tourist attraction for many fans of the book series Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, as a large part of the series is located in La Push, where Jacob Black lives.

Today, La Push has oceanfront resorts, a seafood company, fish hatchery, and a revamped marina.

The Quileute Tribe has recreated its traditional skills and crafts, which are taught at school along with the unique language, which is unrelated to any root language in the world, and one of only five in the world without nasal sounds.

The popular Quileute Days takes place July 17-19 in La Push. The tribal celebration of cultural heritage and modern lifestyle includes a fireworks display, a traditional salmon bake, dancing and songs, a softball tournament, and other field sports, a slo-pitch tournament, a horse show tournament, arts and craft display and food concessions.

Live webcam for La Push

London Film Premiere - Karate Kid - Leicester Square live web cam

If you're as old as me, you'll remember Karate Kid the first time around!

If you're celeb hungry and are in London tonight, head along to Leicester Square around 6pm to catch a glimpse of the stars of Karate Kid 2010.

The Karate Kid, known as The Kung Fu Kid in China and Best Kid in Japan and South Korea, is a 2010 martial arts remake of the 1984 film of the same name. Directed by Harald Zwart, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the remake stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Principal photography for the film took place in Beijing, China; filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009. The Karate Kid was released theatrically in the United States on June 11, 2010 and Singapore a day earlier on June 10, 2010.

The plot concerns a 12-year-old boy from Detroit who moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the neighborhood bully. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, Mr. Han, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense.

The London Premiere of this film is at London's Leicester Square Odeon, and this view covers the red carpet area where all the stars will arrive for the screening.

London Odeon Web Cam - Karate Kid 2010 London Premiere

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Fair Verona live view

When I was travelling through Italy, we made an unplanned stop in Verona and so glad we did, it's a beautiful place to go to, the streets are all lit up in the evening and perfect for some window shopping at Via Mazzini- browse through Gucci & Chanel.

It's a perfectly romantic location and just ideal for a stop over from Venice or Milan!

Live webcam of Verona

Live feed of BP latest attempts to plug oil leak

After months of leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP are optimistic about the success of their latest attempt to cap the oil spill, with the placement of a new cap on the leaking well believed to have gone well.

A spokesman yesterday said: "The measurements that will be taken during this test will provide valuable information about the condition of the well below the sea level and help determine whether or not it is possible to shut the well for a period of time"

One of the features of this story has been the presence of live feeds at the site, allowing people to view the status of the leaking well for themselves, with the live feeds proving very popular as both a news and PR tool.

St Andrews Golf Open 2010 webcam

Anyone for golf??

This was my grandfather's favourite golf course, I have many fond memories here, still haven't managed to catch the Open though!!

St Andrews Open 2010 - Starts today - fingers crossed for decent weather!!

The Old Course and Clubhouse at St Andrews, home of the Golf Open Championship as Tiger Woods returns to the Pro Tour in Scotland:

The Open Golf Championship gets underway at the Old Course St Andrews on Thursday 14th July, where the world's greatest golfers will battle for the famous Claret Jug.

The last 2 St Andrews Opens have been won by Tiger Woods in 2000 and 2005. The 2010 version sees the famous 17th "Road Hole", possibly the most famous hole in golf, lengthened for the first time in over 100 years.

Mount Kilimanjaro webcam view

It's on my list of places to go to, it's simply stunning.

Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in north-eastern Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,893 metres or 19,334 ft above sea level (the Uhuru Peak / Kibo Peak). Mount Kilimanjaro is the 4th highest freestanding mountain in the world, rising 5,882 metres or 19,298 ft from the base.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and fourth highest of the Seven Summits. It is among the tallest freestanding mountains in the world, with Uhuru Peak rising to an altitude of 5,882 m (19,298 ft) from base to summit.

Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 5,893 m (19,334 ft); Mawenzi 5,149 m (16,893 ft); and Shira 3,962 m (13,000 ft). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim.

Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago, when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo (the highest peak) is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption has been dated to 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was recorded just 200 years ago.

Although it is dormant, Kilimanjaro has fumaroles that emit gas in the crater on the main summit of Kibo. Scientists concluded in 2003 that molten magma is just 400 m (1,310 ft) below the summit crater. Several collapses and landslides have occurred on Kibo in the past, one creating the area known as the Western Breach.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Pamplona encierro live web cam

Well this years Running with the Bulls is coming to an end, last day 14 July 2010!

The Pamplona encierro is the most popular running of the bulls in Spain and is broadcast live by two national television channels. It is the highest profile event of the San Fermin festival, which is held every year from July 7-14. The first bull running is on July 7, followed by one on each of the following mornings of the festival, beginning every day at 8am.

Being over eighteen and entering the itinerary before 7:30 are the main requirements to participate. Other prohibitions are to run under the influence of alcohol, run in the opposite direction of the running or inciting the bulls.

Bastille day live web cam

July 14 sees France celebrate Bastille day!

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

The webcam shows central Paris and the fireworks display!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Live webcam view of Vatican City

On my road trip through Italy, the Vatican is one of the 'stand out' places I visitied. I'm not religious, but there is something extremely moving about being in such a beautiful place, whatever your denomination, if you are in Rome or anywhere close to the Vatican, go, it's a place you will remember forever!!

Vatican City officially the State of the Vatican City (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano) is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, the capital city of Italy. It has an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of just over 800.

Vatican City was established in 1929. It is distinct from the Holy See, which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.147 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe. Ordinances of Vatican City are published in Italian; official documents of the Holy See are issued mainly in Latin. The two entities even have distinct passports: the Holy See, not being a country, only issues diplomatic and service passports; the state of Vatican City issues normal passports. Very few passports are issued by either authority.

Saint Peter's Square (Italian: Piazza San Pietro) is located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the papal enclave within Rome. The open space which lies before the basilica was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini from 1656 to 1667, under the direction of Pope Alexander VII, as an appropriate forecourt, designed "so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing, either from the middle of the façade of the church or from a window in the Vatican Palace" (Norwich 1975 p 175). Bernini had been working on the interior of St. Peter's for decades; now he gave order to the space with his renowned colonnades, using the Tuscan form of Doric, the simplest order in the classical vocabulary, not to compete with the palace-like façade by Carlo Maderno, but he employed it on an unprecedented colossal scale to suit the space and evoke emotions of awe.

Live webcam view of Los Angeles Sky Line

I've only been to LA once and most definitely planning on going back some time soon!!

Put it on your wish list of places to go to!

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States the largest city in the state of California and the Western United States. Often known by its initials, L.A., and nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. In 2008, Los Angeles was named the world's eighth most economically powerful city by, third in the U.S. behind New York City and Chicago. The Los Angeles combined statistical area (CSA) has a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $831 billion (as of 2008), making it the third largest economic center in the world, after the Greater Tokyo Area and the New York metropolitan area. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World", leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production, video games, and recorded music. The importance of the entertainment business to the city has led many celebrities to call Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs home. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.

Live Web Cam View of Corso Buenos Aires

This was one of the most daunting places I went to, all the women there are serious about their fashion and grooming, having been packpacking through Italy for 2 weeks, I'd obviously missed my eyebrow wax and when I say these women were immaculate, I mean literally not a hair out of place!!!

Corso Buenos Aires is the biggest shopping street in Milan, with numerous shops and boutiques, and a major communications artery, connecting the historic city centre of the city with the modern business and industrial area of Milan to the north. Unlike Via Montenapoleone, which deals more with "haute couture" and elegant "high fashion" clothes, Corso Buenos Aires' shops specify more into "ready-to-wear" type clothes. Corso Buenos Aires is Milan's main commercial and shopping street, and contains over 350 stores, going from upscale fashion labels to small and traditional Milanese emporia. The street crosses 3 Milan Metro stations: Porta Venezia MM, Lima MM and finally Loreto MM. The street begins from Piazzale Oberdan (Porta Venezia), and ends up in Piazzale Loreto.

The street is built in a distinctive late-18th and 19th century style, containing numerous neo-classical edifices. Corso Buenos Aires used to be a traditional Milanese street, with numerous shops selling local products and merchandise, however many of these have been replaced by modern fashion outlets, and some of the ancient buildings with modern, high-rise blocks of flats. The street is one of the busiest in Milan, especially during the Christmas period, when it sells most of the city's decorations.

I did go back for a weekend trip and had a great time, shopping, dining out, quite a different trip to my budget backpacking, Milan is a great location for a romantic break away!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Snippet from Thailand Trip

To begin with, I am terrified of sharks, I think I watched Jaws too young!!

So when the girls wanted to go snorkelling, I was nervous! We were heading to Phi Phi Island for the weekend and we'd hired a long tail boat and a guide to take us, Kelly was his name, Australian guy who was a great laugh.

A laugh until the moment came when I asked "are there any sharks here" to which his response was, "yeah, but there all out there" sweeping his hand to indicate the depths of the Andaman!

Wrong answer Kelly! The very acknowledgement that there "could" be sharks sent me into a nauseating panic and I gripped the side of that, now totally inadaquate, wooden boat!

We'd gone out from Phi Phi to an Island about 20 minutes boat ride for a picnic and the plan was also to do some snorkelling and see the reef, which was claimed to be beautiful. The girls got in the water as I frantically scanned the surface of the water for the tell tale fin!!

I realised I was being irrational, and talked myself up into getting into the water (the driver of the boat was also looking at me a bit weird, like I might be a bit of a loon), so I donned my fins, popped on the mask and used the ladder on the side of the boat to lower myself into the water.....

Well, the current of the sea was pulling my legs under the boat while I was still hanging onto the ladder and then, I don't know where it came from, the theme tune from jaws was pounding in my ears!! Thinking this a sign from the divine, I legged it quick smart back into the boat and sunbathed for a bit!!!

Well the girls got back in after about an hour raving about how great it was, I was jealous and I wish I had seen it for myself, but thank the lord for underwater cameras!!! We were heading back into Phi Phi as the sun was setting and lo and behold the engine to the boat conked out completely and suddenly we were stranded in the middle of nowhere and it was getting dark and the waves a little bit choppier.... already nervous me, was now on full scale panic, I think I lost it for a few moments as I remember singing, 'row, row, row your boat'.

So picture the scene, 3 Scottish lassies, 1 Australian guide and a Thai boatman, in a long tail boat, in the dark, in the middle of the ocean, no engine and no means of getting anyone to come and help us. The Thai boatman was messing about with the engine trying to get it to work, Kelly is looking a little worried and my so called friends decide they need to go to the toilet - I KID YOU NOT!! Both of them, adults, I'm more than certain they'd grasped the self control ability several years ago, but oh no, not today. they want to hop overboard, in the dark, to do whatever they needed to do. I expressed my concerns that I didn't want to explain to their parents why they didn't come home in one piece and they didn't seem to worried!!

Row, row, row your boat - I think I may have started rocking back and forward at this point!

Then a miracle happened, from the darkness came another long tail boat with a couple of tourists in, thankfully the moon gave enough light for them to see us and we hitched a lift in with them. It was pure chance, as we were the last boat out and these other tourists had been running a bit late in heading back so we were really lucky that they seen us!!!

We got back on dry land and headed back to the beach hut. Now, my irrational fear is purely when I am on/in water, as soon as I'm on dry land I'm fine, so us girls got changed and hit the bars for a night of Mai Tais and a bit of dancing. Happy to live another day!

Still wish I'd gone in - but there is a shark out there and it's still looking for me....