I’m planning on watching the Olympics

Olympics, olympics, olympics. That pretty much sums up what I’ll be watching today (and all weekend, probably!)

If you couldn’t face getting up early this morning to watch the opening ceremony, there’s a replay at 3pm on SKY Sport 5, or just highlights at 7pm on SKY Sport 4. Then…oh, where to begin? There’s road cycling at 8.50pm on SKY Sport 4, swimming at 8.55pm on SKY Sport 5, women’s basketball (China vs Czech Republic) at 7.50pm on SKY Sport 6, equestrian at 8.55pm on SKY Sport 7, rowing at 8.25pm on SKY Sport 8. Continue reading »

Probably the funniest TV bloopers video I’ve ever seen! Watch out for the TV camera with a mind of its own…

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At 7.30am in New Zealand, Throng Australia will recap live the opening ceremony of London 2012.

Leading the New Zealand team for the 2012 London Olympics is runner and flag bearer Nick Willis. While Australia will have the basketballer from The Opals, Lauren Jackson, the three time silver medalist at the games, leading the charge for Australia. Continue reading »

Our friends over at Throng Australia have compiled this hugely comprehensive list of former Ramsay Street residents to let you know what they’re up to now.

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London 2012 Olympics – Saturday July 28

Opening ceremony, from 7am


Rowing: 8.30pm-1am

Women’s pair heats (Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown) – 8.30pm
Women’s quadruple scull heats (Fiona Bourke, Sarah Gray, Eve Macfarlane, Louise Trappitt) – 8.50pm
Men’s double scull heats (Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan) 9.30pm
Men’s quadruple scull heats (Michael Arms, Robbie Manson, John Storey, Matthew Trott) – 10.30pm
Men’s pair heats (Hamish Bond, Eric Murray) – 11pm
Men’s single sculls heats (Mahe Drysdale) – 11.30pm
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‘Heavenly Creature’, Anne Perry, speaks to Guyon Espiner in an exclusive television interview on 60 Minutes broadcast this Sunday (July 27) on TV3.

Perry, an internationally best-selling author, is better known in New Zealand as teenage murderer Juliet Hulme, who with her friend Pauline Parker killed Pauline’s mother in Christchurch, in 1954.

The subsequent court case made headlines all around the world. Juliet was found guilty and spent five and a half years in prison. Following her release, she changed her identity and became something of a recluse in Scotland, where she set about turning herself into a writer of murder mysteries. More than 12 million copies of her books have sold world wide. Continue reading »

Taonga Maori will take centre stage in Maori Television’s new arts series, Te Irikura, which starts Sunday August 5 at 5.00pm.

Made in conjunction with the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia in Rotorua, the series explores the history and customary use of many Maori art forms over 26 episodes.

Each week, renowned artists will take the audience through the steps to make particular taonga and experts in traditional resources will take viewers to the source. Continue reading »

Craig Stanaway – TVNZ Sports Reporter

Which part of the Olympics are you most excited about seeing/reporting on?
It’s been a privilege to cover the New Zealand Rowing Team over the last four years.  This is my second Olympic games doing the round.  I have the highest respect for them because success is only achieved through sheer hard work.  It’s a hell of a way to live your life.  Their work ethic is inspirational to other New Zealand sports people and to your average Joe trying to get ahead.  If you work hard enough you’ll get the results.

What’s the most challenging aspect of working on the Olympics coverage?
Pacing one’s self.  I think it’s funny a lot of viewers see a track that I’ve done and think just because it was a 1 min, 30 secs that it took 1 min, 30 secs to do.  Today I have travelled on trains for four hours and been in a taxi that got us lost.  Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Absolutely Fabulous Olympics Special

At 8.30pm tonight is a brand new episode of Absolutely Fabulous – a special olympic-themed episode! I’m quite excited about this, as I’ve been an Ab Fab fan for a long time. Here’s a preview for it:

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