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A Brief History of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races
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27 March 2011

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat race is an annual boat race between the two universities in England, Oxford and Cambridge. The idea came about in early 1829 by two friends, Charles Merivale and Charles Wordsworth who were attending the two universities at the time. In March of 1829, Cambridge university invited Oxford university to a challenge, and ever since then the boat races have been a tradition for the two well established educational institutions.

The very first boat race was held on the River Thames in Henley, Oxfordshire and according to the local newspapers, 20,000 spectators attended to watch the two teams compete. There was a false start that year and the two teams had to row back for a restart. Oxford won the first race well ahead of Cambridge. Because of the popularity of the race, the citizens of Henley subsequently founded the Henley Royal Regatta which is now another annual boat racing event.

In 1836, the next boat races were held in Westminster in London, where it was held over the next 15 years. The next races didn’t take place until 1845, and the crowds had become so large that the location could no longer cater for such a high number of spectators and so the races were held in Putney, not far from Westminster. In 1856 races then became an annual event as it was so popular among spectators.

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A Review of the Black Swan Yacht by Camper & Nicholson
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19 February 2011

The Black Swan Yacht built by Camper & Nicolsons is a classic yacht that many people dream of owning and sailing. The yacht was commissioned by Major Selwin Calverley and subsequently designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson.

Brynhyld was the original name of the yacht, and it was renamed Changrilla, before its final name was given as Black Swan. It was launched in 1899 from the Camper & Nicholson yard in Gosport, England.

The Black Swan is one of the oldest classic yachts, and is a truly stunning work of art. During the period 2000 to 2002, the yacht was renovated. The planking at the bottom was totally restored along with the entire deck.

During this period the spars (masts) were replaced as well as the rigging, and at the same time the two engines went through a complete rebuild to maintain the efficiency and quality of the yacht. The electrics and plumbing were also totally renewed.

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Key Players in the 2011 Cricket World Cup
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19 February 2011

The 2011 Cricket World Cup is set to be a very exciting tournament indeed, with some fantastic players in the pickings. This year the Cricket World Cup will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India.

As always, the Australians are pretty much the favourites to win this year’s world cup. Hussey is their left handed specialist batsman and is a real asset to the batting line-up so it’s certain he’ll do a good job as he always does.

Shane Watson is another great team member for the Aussie’s, with his excellent right-handed batting and fast medium bowling skills. Of course it’s also important to mention Mitchell Johnson who is a renowned fast bowler for Australia. His bowling attacks are second to none and he’s sure to give the opposition a run for their money when he’s in charge of the ball.

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The History of the Cricket World Cup
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10 February 2011

The Cricket World Cup is the premier international championship of men’s cricket. It is a One Day International event, also known as an ODI. The first international cricket match was in 1844 played between the US and Canada, but the first credited test match was not until 1877 between Australia and England.

In the 1900 Olympics in Paris, cricket was included as an Olympic sport and England won against France, winning the gold medal. In 1912, the first Triangular Tournament was played which was a tournament involving all three of the test playing countries of that time which were England, South Africa and Australia. This was not very successful and so in the following years only two teams played in a tournament until 1999, when the next multilateral tournament was played called the Asian Test Championship.

Over time, the number if international test cricket teams increased. In 1928 West Indies became a test team, followed by New Zealand in 1930, India in 1932 and Pakistan in 1952. However, throughout this time international test matches continued to be bilateral (two countries).

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A Short Biography of Michael Bloomberg
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04 February 2011

Want to expand your knowledge of some of the world’s most successful people? This short biography of Michael Bloomberg may well be of interest if you’re curious about how he came to be where he is today.

Born on 14th February 1942, Michael Rubens Bloomberg as he was named by his parents started out life in the Boston neighbourhood of Brighton. His father, a man with roots from Russia was a real estate agent. His mother was also the daughter of a Russian family and has lived past 100 years of age.

Until Michael was 2, the Bloombergs continued to live in their home in Boston before relocating to Brookline in the state of Massachusetts, and finally settling back in Boston, in the town of Medford. Michael Bloomberg lived here until after he completed college.

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World's Most Exclusive Private Members' Clubs - Hurlingham Club, London
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17 December 2009

World's Most Exclusive Private Members' Clubs - Hurlingham Club, LondonFounded in 1869, the Hurlingham Club is a very popular sports club in Fulham, London, England. It sits on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham and the beautiful building is the centerpiece of a lush 42-acre plot. The look and feel of Hurlingham isn’t very different than that of a lavish golf course. However, Hurlingham offers much more than simply golf.

Members have tennis courts, croquet, cricket, bowls, squash, and even swimming - indoor or outdoor - to keep them entertained. Apart from football, the club has every essential English sport covered. There’s also a full gymnasium on the grounds, and members also participate in backgammon, bridge and chess matches.

The only way that an individual can gain membership into the club is to be recommended and then seconded by at least two currently full-time members at Hurlingham. Currently, the waiting list for membership is rather long, and the only exceptions made for additional members are children of current members, who receive preferential treatment over others. Currently, Hurlingham has over 10,000 members, and new members are expected to wait over 15 years to be accepted.

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Top Ten Things You Must Do In London
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15 October 2009

Top Ten Things You Must Do In LondonLondon, England is one of the most famous cities in the world. Its history is as impressive as it is long. Founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago, London is both the capital of England and the UK, and with its medieval boundaries and core City of London, this metropolis offers something everyone can enjoy. London blends aspects of the Ancient Roman Empire with historic England and meets the modern world head-on.

Although there are literally thousands of things to do in London, a list of ten should get you started.

One: See London!

The London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, is one of the city’s best attractions. With 32 capsules attached to this monster, the Eye gives over 10,000 daily visitors a panoramic view of the city. Visitors to London get a full-scale, 360-degree look at the city.

Two: Visit the River Thames

The River Thames gave birth to London and is one of its most historic attractions. A lot of people choose to walk along its bank and sight see, but taking a cruise will allow you to see and gain easy access to other locations in London, like the Parliament Buildings and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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World's Most Expensive Homes - Updown Court, Windlesham, Surrey, England
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30 July 2009

World's Most Expensive Homes - Updown Court, Windlesham, Surrey, EnglandWhile the crips throughout the world, upscale properties and their uber-wealthy owners continue to flourish and spend frenetically despite the looming calamity. In Windlesham, Surrey, England, one of the world’s most expensive private residences continues to curry favor from both the rich and those aspiring to be so.

Updown Court is the most expensive private residence currently on the market in the world. Moreover, it remains the largest residence built in the United Kingdom since the 19th century. What’s the price tag on this testament to affluent prowess? £70,000,000.

Updown Court is located in a celebrity-rich environment, to say the least. Among the notable neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the gargantuan palace are Sarah, the Duchess of York, and Sir Elton John.

The property itself is located on a 58 acre spread of lavishly rich and well-kept landscape. The estate is situated in the center of the property, completely surrounded by beautiful gardens, woodlands, and other scenic pleasantries.

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Top Restaurant Review - The Fat Duck, UK
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27 April 2009

Top Restaurant Review - The Fat Duck, UK

Established in 1995 and run by chef Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck is a one of the finest restaurants in England. Located in Bray, Berkshire, this posh and elegant restaurant is a bit of a paradox. From the outside, the place looks more like the proverbial pub or “everyman” eatery. Inside, the restaurant is more like a palace with a delectable menu created on the principles of molecular gastronomy.

The menu definitely has its own niche, meaning that some of its items are not for everyone. Some of the dishes you find include snail porridge, sardine sorbet, and salmon poached with licorice.

The Fat Duck was the recipient of the Michelin Guide Three-Star award in 2004. Along with two other well-known restaurants, The Fat Duck was one of the only three in the UK and Ireland to receive such a prestigious award. The restaurant was awarded again in 2005, this time by the acclaimed Restaurant Magazine. It was given the title of the Best Restaurant in the World.

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