Brazil unveils #Olympics torch for #Rio2016 – an annotated infographic

The 2016 Olympic torch has been revealed ahead of next year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, featuring an innovative recycled aluminium design. It looks pretty nice. We like the floating segments. Not convinced that elements of the design are in any way evocative of Copacabana promenade – not even if you squint your eyes and play Barry Manilow in the background – but we’ll let that one slide. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Advertisements Continue reading Brazil unveils #Olympics torch for #Rio2016 – an annotated infographic

#Sochi #Olympics already the most expensive Games in history – an annotated graphic

Perhaps unsurprisingly, in an era of global belt-tightening and all-round cash-strappiness, the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics finds itself overshadowed by gossip and rumour about the excessive cost of putting on these Games. From what is known about the declared expense of building stadia, hotels, Ice Domes, a media centre and such like – not to mention railroads, gas pipelines and a suspiciously over-zealous security system – the negative vibe of the worldwide chatter seems largely justified. Frankly, it’s a joke. In 2007, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that hosting the Games would cost $12 billion. That’s a … Continue reading #Sochi #Olympics already the most expensive Games in history – an annotated graphic

Olympic Torch journey to the #Sochi2014 Winter Olympics – an annotated graphic

Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year, the Olympic flame recently arrived in Moscow’s Red Square, where President Vladimir Putin lit the Olympic relay torch. And then presumably had the Russian Secret Service slip a bug in to the flame housing in order to monitor the conversation of every runner unlucky enough to carry it in the coming months. Ah, Cold War paranoia, how we’ve missed your suspicious embrace! Click on the graphic for an expanded view.     Continue reading Olympic Torch journey to the #Sochi2014 Winter Olympics – an annotated graphic

Nissan’s new black cab taxi for London – an annotated graphic

With all this talk of London, the Olympics and now the Paralympic Games, our minds turn today to how all the visitors might be ferried around the capital. Black cabs are the typical road vehicle of choice for people in a hurry and with close to 20,000 licensed taxis buzzing about the winding streets of this fair city, undoubtedly with 20,000 hairy sunburned elbows leaning out of 20,000 drivers windows, it’s big business. Today’s graphic looks at Nissan’s new take on the black cab concept, with its NV200 London Taxi. Claimed to be 50 per cent more fuel efficient than … Continue reading Nissan’s new black cab taxi for London – an annotated graphic

London 2012 Paralympic games, Oscar Pistorius’ blades – an annotated graphic

Already a star of the London 2012 Olympic Games, double amputee Oscar Pistorius – aka Blade Runner – is now poised to make an even greater impression on the Paralympic Games. Today’s graphic looks at how Pistorius’ blades work and compare them to human limbs. You might also be interested in the latest edition of the E&T podcast, in which we talk to Richard Hirons, clinical specialist prosthetist at Össur UK Ltd, about his company’s involvement in the design of Pistorius’ running blades. All our podcasts are free to download. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading London 2012 Paralympic games, Oscar Pistorius’ blades – an annotated graphic

London 2012 Olympics, the total cost – an annotated graphic

So with the greatest show on earth still fresh in our minds – and we’re not just talking about the Spice Girls reunion – we thought folk might like to see this infographic about how much of a financial success the London 2012 Olympic Games is estimated to have been. Jessie J might have urged us to forget about the pricetag, and how it ain’t about the money money money, but for the record it looks like a tidy profit of five billion quid or thereabouts, deducting total costs against total revenue. Ker-ching for Team GB as it takes another … Continue reading London 2012 Olympics, the total cost – an annotated graphic