ABOUT HURRICANE SANDY, NEW YORK AND THE WEBSITES I FIND IN THE WAY …

This hurricane Sandy reaching New York has brought me back my fascination for this city. And if you add to that the attraction of a hurricane I have all i need to write this.

Here I just will put some links to pages I visit as I try to gather information. This post is mainly for my personal use but anyone can read it too.

Here is a link to a map where you can see evacuation zones:

http://project.wnyc.org/news-maps/hurricane-zones/hurricane-zones.html 

I am also reading of course so obvious sites as http://www.nyt.com

Some of the Zemanta related links can be also interesting.

I also have found a link to Hurricane SANDY Public Advisory:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT3+shtml/281457.shtml

About the transport and alerts I have found this link of MTA:

http://alert.mta.info/ I read that closing start on Sunday 7 pm. The underground will be closed, no buses and so on.  This seems so exceptional.

At http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/ one can see Times Square live from a webcam.

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THE.CAT LONDON LINKS

In some hours teh opening ceremony will start … and here in THE.CAT I want to have all the links I like to follow the news coming from London. More that the Olympics I am interested in the city of London so for me the Olympic games are a good opportunity to get news from London.

First of all, let me tell that I have read webpages that say that it is possible to watch BBC tv outside the UK through Internet. It is even possible to watch it  through a mobile under some circumstances. Once that said here are the links that I am looking to use and that I am sharing with anyone reading this post:

BBC WEBSITE:

The BBC is for me a very good source of information but now what it is good for me is to know really what part to look at! So here I have some links:

BBC ONE. Perfect to watch the opening ceremony. If you cannot see it outside the UK (although it is possible as I read in some webpages!) you could try to listen to some BBC RADIO as BBC RADIO 5 .

As I said before I read in some websites that it was possible to watch BBC tv outside the UK but now I have read a news on the GUARDIAN website that makes me afraid that maybe we BBC TV or BBC RADIO programmes related to the Olympic games won’t be broadcast to an international audience. It the website from the BBC thinks you are outside the UK you may read:

“The BBC’s agreement with the International Olympic Committee means we are not allowed to broadcast anything online outside the UK from the Olympic Park or Olympic venues.

“As a result, this programme may need to be blanked for International listeners due to rights issues surrounding Olympic content in programmes.”

A good place to know what the Londoners feel about what is going on in London can be LBC radio. There is a lot of talk and people call and they talk about a lot of issues some related to the Olympic and London, etc.

Another interesting website to know more about London is the TRANSPORT FOR LONDON website or FTL. There you may find maps of the tube, the buses. Another option is to go to Google Maps and choose transit.

The Olympic Park is in Stratford. As far as I know it can be reached, for example, throgh the Central Line, the Jubilee Line, the DLR. It is quite interesting to know about the past of the place where the Olympic park is placed. It seems it is in a marsh of the Lee river. The Thames can be very famous but I feel more excited about this Lee river and its surroundings. After all, one of the best things of England is its landscape.

If you have nostalgia of London you can also watch a torch relay through London. I have found this link to a torch relay with map included from Candem to Westminster: http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay/day69

Let me now go to the official website of the London 2012 Olympic games: http://www.london2012.com
To move through London I use to go to TFL but I see that in the official Olympic games website they also have a Journey planner. I tried it and it gave me different options from Piccadilly Circus to the Olympic Stadium. It also mention the existence of the GAMES TRAVELCARD.

I have found a webpage at THE GUARDIAN where you can see photos of the past and of the present of the place where the Olympic park is now: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/interactive/2012/jul/27/olympic-regeneration-legacy-stratford

THE.CAT LONDON BLUES

Tonight, tonight, tonight …
tonight I want to be with you …

Tonight it is the night.

London will be, like in old past ancient centuries, the centre of the planet.

The Olympic Games 2012 will make possible that London is again, for some weeks, news around the world.

I feel sorry for not being in London now but in fact what really matters is not where you are but how you feel where you are.

I have been following news from London radios, etc and I have the impression that the Games can be a success. The only adversities can can come as far as I imagine is chaos in London transport (the tube, for example. Terror threats are also a worry but in the Western countries we are used to be threatened so I hope all security measures can put terrorists at bay.

There is something about London hosting the Games that makes me feel quite sure that the Games won’t be a chaos. Each time I have been in the UK I have realised that everything is very much organised with notes everywhere for everything.

I imagine that tonight the Soho and the central part of London will be so full of people that it will be something quite incredible to see. I remember that on weekends the center of London is very full so I imagine that today it will be even fuller.

I wonder if they will have too large screens in Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square. And what will happen with the OMEGA clock in Trafalgar Square once the Olympic Games start?

Now I remember the Inauguration of the Olympic games in Athens and in Beijing. In Athens the stadium was amazing and in Beijing the set of the drums was a great symbol of the power of the Asian tiger.

But what will the British do in the Stratford Stadium?

I have read that the countryside will be important. It is true that the English country side is amazing but I wonder if this beauty can be brought inside a stadium?

I am happy that the games are taking place outside an eurozone country because in the eurozone we are in no mood for big celebrations or expenses but it is very nice to have the Olympic Games so close. It is nice to have the Games in a city that one knows and one loves. And let’s remind that London is the most populated city of Europe (or at least of the European Union.

In fact London is very suited for a universal event as London itself is a mix of people from around the world.

Let me end by saying that one way to follow the Games is through the BBC. Even BBC TV is possible to be seen outside the UK and even in a smartphone. Incredible but true.

The inauguration start at 9 pm BST so at 10 pm CET. I will continue writing not much about the Olympic games but about London. I leave you here with some links:

http://bbc.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk