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The 23rd Olympic Games got underway on 9th February 2018 in the South Korean County of Pyeongchang which stretches over the Taebaek Mountain range in the Odaesan National Park. Korea has previously held International games; 1986 Seoul Asian Games, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and here we are, 30 years later, and they are holding the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The games will feature a huge list of winter sports which will take place at specific arena/venues according to the discipline.

This year, there are around 3000 athletes representing 92 different countries and there are some truly brilliant sportsmen and women taking place, but we are keeping an eye out for the true underdogs as three ladies from Nigeria take on the rest of the world in bobsled. The situation is very much in the same vein as the first Jamaican Bobsled team who were brought fame and fortune in the 1993 classic comedy Cool Runnings when they attempted the same. The idea to compete was that of Nigerian American hurdler Seun Adigun who took to crowdfunding to raise the money needed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in 2016, and she successfully raised the necessary money in plenty of time to take part.

The opening ceremony event has caused chatter around the world as ‘Intel’ choreographed 1218 drones for the opening ceremony. This was the most ‘unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously and was awarded a Guinness World Record as a result.

2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

The Hanwa Corporation was responsible for the incredible fireworks at the opening ceremony and the company have been involved in all such events since the first one in the modern era in 1986. Also responsible for the annual Seoul International Fireworks Competition, which takes place annually and pits the abilities of some of the biggest and best firework display companies in the world against one another.

Check out the video of the opening ceremony fireworks:

In 2 years, the Summer Olympics 2020 will get underway in Tokyo but as we know from our own experiences in 2012, the planning starts well in advance and Japanese company ALE is hoping to be given the green light to create an artificial meteor shower in the upper atmosphere. If it works, the resultant display has a potential span of 100 kilometres, making the audience it will reach to be in the region o 30 million. Watch this space as we wait to see if ALE get to make it a reality.

Good luck to all the competitors.


Fireworks Light The Sky At Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony

Like many I am sure, I for one was beginning to think that this event would never actually materialise but here we are, 7 years in the planning and the 2012 Olympics Opening ceremony will be televised across the globe.

Unfortunately, living on the outskirts of a City in a little village, there were no bells to be heard and we narrowly missed a view of the travelling Olympic Torch on its way to London. But, as ever, we remain British and proud that in the midst of one of the most devastating economic crisis’ of our time, we have still managed to pull it off and will give the world and its wife something to talk over for the next four years before the soothsayers start comparing the countries once again.

Facing fact though, as China is the biggest producer of fireworks in the World and of small electronics and LED’s, they are unlikely to be beaten for some years to come.

This evening’s soiree is the mastermind of non-other than acclaimed film director Danny Boyle of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame. Obviously, anyone who has seen the film will appreciate that Mr Boyle is more than capable of adding glitz and glamour to even the lowliest surroundings.

The honour of the fireworks display is falling to the fabulous Kimbolton Fireworks who were responsible for the staggeringly good New Year’s Eve display in London this year. I imagine that having this task fall to them is more than a little daunting but we sincerely wish them the best of luck.

So Britain lets back our Olympic hopefuls and cheers them on in what promises to be a spine-tingling spectacular.


Epic Fireworks And Fountains Launch China Expo 2010

China Expo Firework Pictures

China has turned on the epic fireworks and dancing water to launch the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The country hopes the event will showcase its achievements to the rest of the world.

Most of the fireworks were spectacular, although many of the “oohs” and “aahs” were reserved for the explosives that shot off bridges and fountains that sent water up as high as 80 metres.

China’s financial capital welcomed French President Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso yesterday.

In one spectacular episode, 6,000 LED fuchsia, red and yellow balls floated in the murky Huangpu River, creating a bright sea of balloons against the black water.

“The World Expo is a grand event to showcase the best achievements of human civilisation,” President Hu Jintao told a welcome dinner for foreign leaders. “It is also a great occasion for people from around the world to share joy and friendship.

“As the first registered World Expo hosted by a developing country, the Shanghai Expo will be an opportunity for China and also for the world,” Mr Hu added.

The Expo aims to showcase the latest technology and inventions from 189 countries ranging from the US and Germany to North Korea and financially devastated Iceland and Greece.

Some of the rules being enforced are harmless enough, such as warnings to Shanghaiese not to walk around in public in their pyjamas. Kites are banned near the site, and you cannot buy knives in supermarkets either.

The security measures include swabbing travellers for explosives at Chinese airports, X-raying bags on the subway and even warning people not to hang their laundry outside.

Shanghai security authorities have set up hotlines with security officers of all 242 countries, regions and international organisations that are involved in the Expo, which will run from May 1st to October 31st.

All of this costs money. The official version has it that China spent €3.19 million – double the outlay for the Beijing Olympics – to host the Expo.

Local media says that once you factor in the infrastructure spend and other measures to modernise and upgrade China’s financial centre, that figure looks more like €44 billion.

The Expo has had an easier run- in than the Olympics, whose preparations were marred by the torch run around the world, which became a focal point for protests against China’s policy on Tibet.

People were harassed for using “protest zones” around the city and the authoritarian nature of the government was a topic of debate heading into the games.

The approach on Expo is much more sophisticated and the crackdown on dissent has been more low-key than it was before the Olympics.