This is Bond … James Bond – Hope Janelle Berninghausen

Well today was another fun filled day.  After I woke everyone up (like the mother) we got ready and headed off to The Barbican Centre’s exhibit “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style.”  There were 12 different rooms, each with different memorabilia in them.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the exhibit, but I’ll describe several rooms.  The girl’s favorite room was one that had all of the costumes from each casino scene.  There were dresses dripping in diamonds and tuxedos from most of the movies.  There was a room that told the story of Ian Fleming, and a recreation of M’s office.  Another really interesting room had a ton of gadgets that Bond has used in the movies, from a replica of the underwater car, to guns and cell phones.

Tomorrow, we plan on going to Regent Street, and then to the Science Museum to see The Dark Knight Rises!! We are starting to realize that our time is very close to being over. There are still so many places we want to see and so many different kinds of food we want to eat. Hopefully we can get it in in the few days we have left!!

Getting ready for the second episode – Hope Janelle Berninghausen

It was a hard working day in London again today. Izzy and I set out on a run this morning wearing our TUTV orange shirts. We looked slightly like the Netherlands and several people made comments like we were training for an event! Our run passed through Hyde Park including the Prince Albert Memorial, the Olympic Marathon Swim Stadium, and a playable chessboard. We also saw horses from the Hyde Park Stables. Izzy and I are both horseback riders and were very interested in trying to get there to ride… until we learned it was 64 pounds an hour… We also ran by the beautiful Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. It’s a continuous fountain that starts at the top of a hill, travels through rapids, and ends in a calm smooth wake. Truly a beautiful memorial and very representative of her.

We were in the basement studio the rest of the day finishing news packages that will air in the next few weeks. Tomorrow we will hopefully be taking a quick breather. We only have one interview to do tomorrow and then our second show!!!!! We have some great stuff coming. Hope you’ll be watching!

Choreographer Akram Khan informed of NBC cutting his Opening Ceremony performance / First reactions

Byline – Isabel Garcia and Hope Janelle Berninghausen
4:00 p.m., London

Our Olympic team attended a press conference at the London Media Centre this afternoon featuring Olympic Opening ceremony collaborator Akram Khan and his producer Farooq Chaudhry, moderated by BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob.

During the conference a member of the audience, Jason, from the London Media Centre, asked for Khan’s response to NBC’s decision to omit his performance from the broadcast. As you can see in this exclusive video above, Khan is just being informed. Watch his reaction on the right side of the screen (approximately 12 seconds into the video).

About 11 seconds later (00:23), watch producer Farooq Chaudhry on the left hand side as he prepares to inform the room that he already knew of the news. As we find out moments later, Chaudhry had chosen to wait to share the information with Khan.

The press conference quickly picked back up after a noticeable moment of silence. A few questions later, audience member Andy, from Culture of the Olympics Magazine, attempts to ease Kahn’s shock [about NBC] by informing him that “hashtag” (#) NBCfail was trending on Twitter as the Opening Ceremonies were wrapping up in the United States.

As the conference was about to end, Nicholas Wolaver (London Media Centre) asked Khan to once again reflect on NBC’s decision. Khan, still surprised and seemingly frustrated, tried to understand the reasoning behind NBC’s choice. Chaudhry later joined in the speculation, defending Khan’s work and their business, “Akram Khan Company”, which they both founded.

NBC released several statements regarding their telecast decisions to cut certain performances out of their broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. No statement has yet been issued to Akram Khan, directly, explaining their actions.

NBC STATEMENTS:
LAtimes.com — “We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports, and 302 medals… It is never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.”

LAtimes.com — “We will be providing clips and highlights of each ceremony online so viewers know what to look forward to in primetime on NBC.”

huffingtonpost.com- “Our program is tailored for the U.S. television audience. It’s a credit to [opening ceremony producer] Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”

First show – Hope Janelle Berninghausen

Good Morning! We are getting ready for a busy Thursday here in London. First we are going to take a walking tour of Abbey Road, where the famous album cover of the Beatles was taken. This is going to be about a two hour tour and then Jake will interview our tour guide for a story that will come up in a later week. After, Isabel and I are going to interview a few volunteers that usually work for our host organization, Foundation for International Travel. They are allowed several days off per year to volunteer and this year, 3 of them are volunteering at the Olympics. This will also be a story for an upcoming show.

Then the Olympic TORCH will be passing right through our area of South Kensington and we won’t miss that. And finally the most exciting part of our day will be to actually do a LIVE SHOW!!!!!! We are very excited (and a little nervous) and can’t wait to get this first show under our belt. Hope you all will be watching!

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