Archive for July 2010

Tour de France Grand Champions

Alberto Contador has won his third Tour de France, as seven-time champion Lance Armstrong competed in the race for the last time.
Britain’s Mark Cavendish led a sprint to win the 20th and final stage, a largely ceremonial 102.5-kilometer (63.7-mile) course from Longjumeau to the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Spaniard Contador sealed his third title in four years by holding off a challenge from his main rival, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.
Schleck finished second, 39 seconds back, and Denis Menchov of Russia was third overall.
Cavendish claimed his fifth stage success of this year’s race and 15th of his career.
Contador exchanged hugs with his Astana teammates, who began chanting “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole” on the famed Paris thoroughfare as thousands of fans lining the route cheered.
Contador joins Greg LeMond, Louison Bobet and Philippe Thys as a three-time Tour champion. Armstrong is the most successful Tour rider with seven consecutive wins, between 1999 and 2005.
Armstrong completed his last Tour in 23rd place, 39:20 after Contador, his former teammate and rival. It was a far cry from the American’s third-place finish in 2009 on his return from a four-year retirement.

We have done a little statistic of the Tour de France champions, and made a PowerPoint presentation and a video, enjoy them!

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Movie Inception Preview

Inception is a 2010 American science fiction action film written, produced and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy. The film, essentially a caper movie, centers on Dom Cobb, a thief who enters the dreams of others to obtain information that is otherwise inaccessible. His abilities have cost him coveted things, but a second chance allows the situation to be turned around. However, when an unforeseen enemy predicts Cobb’s every move, Cobb and his team of specialists are forced to plant an idea in a target’s subconscious. The film’s title refers to the task of planting an idea rather than stealing one, a concept that Cobb is less acquainted with.

Development of Inception began roughly ten years before the film’s actual release when Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream-stealers. After presenting the idea to Warner Bros. in 2001, he felt that he needed to have more experience with large scale films. Therefore, Nolan opted to work on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He spent six months polishing up the film’s script before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009. Filming began in Tokyo on June 19, 2009 and finished in Canada in late November of the same year.

Inception was officially budgeted at $160 million, a cost which was split between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Nolan’s reputation and success with The Dark Knight helped secure the film $100 million in advertising expenditure. Inception premiered in London on July 13, 2010 and was released in both conventional and IMAX screens, on July 16, 2010. The film was met with positive reviews, and grossed over $21 million on its opening day, with an opening weekend gross of $62.7 million.

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San Fermin Festival in Spain, 2010

San Fermin Festival, a nine-day festival held since 1591 in Spain, ended on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of foreign visitors descend on Pamplona, Spain each year for revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights. Although the tradition of bullfighting remains strong in Pamplona, opposition from animal rights groups remains high, and the parliament of the nearby Spanish province of Catalonia will soon be voting on a motion to outlaw bullfighting altogether. One new recent restriction in Pamplona – no vuvuzelas allowed. Sale of the noisy horns has been banned by the local government.
We’ve collected several photos of this year’s events in Pamplona, Spain and made a video and a PowerPoint slideshow, enjoy them!

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