Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!!!!! I'VE PASSED!!!!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!!!!! I’VE JUST MANAGED TO GET 6 GCSES TO SECURE MYSELF A FANTASTIC CHANCE OF DOING PHOTOGRAPHY IN COLLEGE!!!!!!!!

I was like a bag of nerves yesterday morning, all of us were, and when I got to my school, Oasis Academy: Shirley Park, I was almost ready to cease up because the nerves almost got to me. Even then, after I arrived, I picked up my envelope containing my results, and I was absolutely petrified of opening it, because I was worried about the results I might get. I braved it, and went ahead and opened my envelope containing the results, and I was pleased to find I earned 6 GCSEs from 4 different subjects.

I passed in Art & Design with a C Grade, a P in BTEC PE (which is two GCSEs worth), a C in Science and a P in ICT (Also 2 GCSEs worth). I am absolutely over the moon I’ve now got 6 GCSEs right under my belt, and because of you, my family, my friends, my teachers and all of you, I never gave up.

I would like to say an absolute thank you to everyone for giving me the chance to achieve better, I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you :-).

I’ve provided a link here of the Oasis Academy: Shirley Park website, featuring how all of us did, and how other students felt when they got their results.

Shirley Park Students celebrate their best ever GCSE results achieving 69% in English and Mathematics

Again, thanks so, so much to all of you, my friends, my family, my teachers and everyone else who wished me luck before yesterday, I couldn’t have done it without you all, and also a special mention and thanks to the singer, Marcus Collins for wishing me the best of luck for yesterday’s results day.

Alex Smithson

Pivvot: A Thrilling Game of Strategic Avoidance

© Fixpoint Productions & Whitaker Trebella

Hello everyone, as I always share my love for games, I’ve been granted permission by the developer, Whitaker Trebella, to create a gaming review based on his own famously crafted masterpiece, which is Pivvot. Pivvot is a fast-paced action game that will speed your reaction times like never before. It’s the type of game that will go from a few minutes to endless hours of gameplay. Because of how well Pivvot has done since it saw it’s official launch last year, it has become one of the biggest games around, and from then to now, it’s gone from being available as a universal app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via the iTunes App Store to being a multi-platformer app for App Store’s such as Google Play and Amazon App Store, and now on Laptop and PC via the Humble Store and now Steam.

When I first downloaded Pivvot, Pivvot became the Free App of the Week sometime near the beginning of the festive season last year, and after playing Pivvot for the first time, I loved it, as this was the type of game where minutes would quickly turn into hours. This game has a really similar style to Terry Cavanagh’s game, Super Hexagon, as the elements from both games always match up well.

Just recently, Whitaker Trebella released Pivvot for Steam after Valve Corporation’s Steam engine service gave the game the Greenlight.

When Pivvot was released for Steam, I played the game, and it was absolutely perfect. The sound quality of the music playing during the course of the game was perfect, as it was cleverly crafted to perfection, and to be guided on how to play the game before going ahead and actually playing it was an absolute must-have.

This game, since it was released on Steam has become one of the most popular games that have been cleverly crafted to perfection.

The tagline: “A Thrilling Game of Strategic Avoidance” lives up to its name very well as you have to avoid any obstacles that come your way.

The 8 modes that are included in this game are:

  1. Voyage
  2. Endless
  3. Expert Voyage
  4. Expert Endless
  5. Berserk
  6. Random Endless
  7. Random Expert Endless
  8. Looper

The Verge commented on what they thought of the game, and they said: “You might not be able to stay alive much longer than a minute, but those minutes quickly add up to hours of bleary eyed gameplay.”

Other technology websites, such as Destructoid, Pocket Gamer, TUAW and a few others described Pivvot to be one of the best games around, given just how well it’s done in its first year.

A flawless masterpiece such as this game should never be underestimated or mistaken for how well it performs. This is truly one of the most fantastic masterpieces that will always be classed as state-of-the-art in my eyes, and will most possibly be the type of game that will carry on for many, many generations to come.

If you want to purchase your copy of Pivvot, depending on the type of hardware you might use, Pivvot is available via the selected App Stores for the given price:

iTunes App Store: £1.99

Google Play: £1.81

Amazon Apps: £1.87

Humble Store: £2.99

Steam: £3.99

Thank you for reading this review article.

Alex Smithson

© 2014 Fixpoint Productions Limited & Whitaker Trebella

Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

Following shock news headlines at the beginning of the week that one of our most cherished film actors, Robin Williams, died at the age of 63, I wanted to pay tribute and take a look back at a few of the films I grew up watching, featuring a few of his most famous film roles.

To start, Robin was famously known for playing the part of the Genie in Aladdin, and I never thought about it initially at first until I looked at the Genie a second time that I could actually see Robin Williams in this character. Just by looking at the Genie in Aladdin and Robin Williams, I was shocked of how alike the Genie and Robin Williams were when someone on the internet compared 6-9 different films that Robin Williams was featured in.

When I watched Aladdin the first time, I actually had no idea myself that Robin Williams played the Genie until I did some research on the internet.

When it came to watching Mrs. Doubtfire, this had to be one of the best films Robin Williams ever did, as there are two specific elements of the film that even I still picture to this day that were classical, but also absolutely funny.

The first element of the film was when Mrs. Doubtfire waved hello to someone who saw her looking outside her window, then, just after the person’s back was turned, she stuck her middle finger up at the person, and then went back around the house. The second element however, which was also another classical element of this film was when Mrs. Doubtfire accidentally set fire to the fake bosoms that were made. Now I know Robin Williams’ character, Daniel Hillard, was Mrs. Doubtfire, but these two elements of the film had to be the two best moments that highlighted just how funny this film was.

Here are all of the famous film roles that Robin Williams was featured in, including the final film that was finished just months before his death:

  1. Patch Adams
  2. Jumanji
  3. Flubber
  4. Aladdin
  5. Hook
  6. Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?
  7. Popeye
  8. Mrs. Doubtfire
  9. Moscow on the Hudson
  10. The World According to Garp
  11. Club Paradise
  12. The Survivors
  13. Seize the Day
  14. The Best of Times
  15. Good Morning, Vietnam
  16. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  17. Portrait of a White Marriage
  18. Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill
  19. Back to Neverland
  20. Dead Poets Society
  21. I’m from Hollywood
  22. Cadillac Man
  23. Awakenings
  24. Dead Again
  25. The Fisher King
  26. Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship
  27. Toys
  28. The Timekeeper
  29. FernGully: The Last Rainforest
  30. Being Human
  31. In Search of Dr. Seuss
  32. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  33. Shakes the Clown
  34. Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  35. Hamlet
  36. The Birdcage
  37. Jack
  38. The Secret Agent
  39. Nine Months
  40. Good Will Hunting
  41. Deconstructing Harry
  42. Fathers’ Day
  43. Junket Whores
  44. Bicentennial Man
  45. Jakob the Liar
  46. Get Bruce
  47. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  48. What Dreams May Come
  49. Insomnia
  50. The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch
  51. Death to Smoochy
  52. Robots
  53. One Hour Photo
  54. The Final Cut
  55. The Big White
  56. The Aristocrats
  57. House of D
  58. Noel
  59. Night at the Museum
  60. Man of the Year
  61. RV
  62. The Night Listener
  63. Everyone’s Hero
  64. License to Wed
  65. August Rush
  66. Shrink
  67. World’s Greatest Dad
  68. Happy Feet
  69. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  70. Old Dogs
  71. Happy Feet Two
  72. Stage Left: A Story of Theater in the Bay Area
  73. The Face of Love
  74. Boulevard
  75. The Butler
  76. Merry Friggin’ Christmas
  77. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  78. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  79. The Big Wedding
  80. Absolutely Anything (final, completed film set for release sometime next year)

As well as making many appearances in the large number of films that were made, Robin Williams was also featured in a large number of TV shows leading up to his death at the beginning of this week.

Below are all the TV shows that Robin Williams was featured in, from 1977 to this year:

  1. The Richard Pryor Show
  2. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
  3. Eight is Enough
  4. Happy Days
  5. America 2-Night
  6. Mork & Mindy
  7. Happy Days
  8. Out of the Blue
  9. Faerie Tale Theatre
  10. SCTV Network
  11. Pryor’s Place
  12. Dear America: Letter’s Home from Vietnam
  13. Sesame Street
  14. Big Bird’s Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake
  15. A Wish for Wings That Work
  16. Homicide: Life on the Streets
  17. The Larry Sanders Show
  18. Friends
  19. One Saturday Morning
  20. L.A. Doctors
  21. Freedom: A History of Us
  22. Life with Bonnie
  23. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  24. SpongeBob Squarepants
  25. Wilfred
  26. Louie
  27. The Crazy Ones

He will be missed so dearly, and will also live in our hearts forever for the legacy he has left behind. We will miss you so much Robin.

Thank you.

Alex Smithson

World War I: Marking 100 Years Since the Beginning of the first World War (1914 – 2014).

World War I (100th Anniversary - 1914 - 2014)

Hello everyone, as part of the first World War celebrations that have been going on recently, today marks 100 years since the beginning of the first World War. Focusing on the World War I celebrations, dozens of ceramic poppies were planted outside the Tower of London, roughly around 888,000.

Everyone will now have the opportunity to light a candle for one full hour, and can be blown out at 11:00PM, where it will then show the time World War I was declared. The Tower of London’s Ceramic Poppies were laid out in a glorified style, as the ceramic poppies appeared to be falling out of one of the windows of the Tower.

Named “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, Paul Cummins design focuses on the 888,000+ ceramic poppies that appear to be pouring out of the Tower of London, and flowing into the moat. His works of the Ceramic Poppies pouring out of the tower and flowing into the moat will be unveiled officially tomorrow.

From the research I’ve looked up regarding the first World War, there were over 16 million deaths, with an overall 20 million that were seriously wounded, which ranked World War I to be among the deadliest conflicts known in history.

The ultimatum of this first World War meant that more than 70+ million of military personnel, including 60 million Europeans would be mobilised in one of the largest wars in history.

Despite claims that the first World War was started due to possible resurgences of imperialism as an underlying cause, what caused the immediate trigger for World War I was the assassination of the Archduke, Franz Ferdinand, which occurred on the 28th June 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of Austria and Hungary when he was assassinated on the 28th June 1914 by the Yugoslav nationalist, Gavrilo Princip.

World War I, mostly known as the Great War, was the kind of global war that was centred in Europe, which begun on the 28th July 1914, and lasted for 4 years until the 11th November 1918. Over more than 7 million+ civilians died as a result of the first World War, which was also a casualty rate that had been exacerbated by the “belligerents’ technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate.”

This conflict of World War I was known as one of the most deadliest conflicts in history, which paved the way for the highly important political changes, which also included the revolutions for many of the nations that were mostly involved.

I have created this blog post in a format where I can dedicate it to those who lost their lives in the battle of World War I, and I aim for this blog post to give you all the chance to remember the first World War in its true glory. This blog post will also mark one of the most highly anticipated and most important events known in history.

Below, I have provided 10 handy links based on the war celebrations should you feel that you want to delve deeper for some more research.

Thank you.

Alex Smiithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | The Closing Ceremony in Review

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - The Closing Ceremony in Review

Hello again everyone. Following on from the Closing Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, I will now do a review based on the Closing Ceremony as it unfolded. This blog post marks the final, last ever blog post for the Commonwealth Games.

For England, we managed to come up on top of the medal table with an astounding 174 medals overall, with Australia finishing with 137 overall medals. All the other Commonwealth countries that took part in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow did absolutely well, given the fact that the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games were on for just 11 days. Everyone’s excitement was at an all time high, as the medals were constantly building up for every Commonwealth country that took part.

The Closing Ceremony was absolutely wonderful, as famous acts such as Kylie and Lulu made appearances throughout the ceremony while it was slowly drawing to a close. There were a wide number of clips that took us all through a look-back over the past 11 days since the first few events got underway. Prince Imran delighted all the crowds that turned up to see the Closing Ceremony, as he branded the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games the best Commonwealth Games ever. He went on to add: “Scotland, and Glasgow, you really have delivered in every aspect the best Games ever.”

Lulu started off the Closing Ceremony with her classical rendition of one of the most famous songs she has ever done, which was Shout. Before singing Shout, she said to everyone: “tonight is all about saying thank-you” and then she introduced the athletes of this year’s 20th Commonwealth Games that took place in Glasgow.

Many pop-up tents were in place, and with such a remarkable display, Kylie sung one of her most well-known songs, Can’t Get You Out of My Head. For Kylie Minogue to sing one of her best remembered songs like this one, this was the song that would most definitely allow everyone to remember the best of the Commonwealth Games, as this song described perfectly just how well everyone did, and I’m thankful and absolutely proud of every Commonwealth country that took part, as all of us came together as one, and also made sure that none of us would ever give up. The determination was there from the very start of the 20th Commonwealth Games, and continued all the way from the very start to the very end of the Commonwealth Games.

When you consider that the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games would run for only 11 days, it’s a shock how all of the Commonwealth countries went from no medals to loads of medals, in an instant, time just flew so quick that it was slightly impossible to keep up with the excitement. I mean, I was absolutely excited, but the time needed to slow down. It made me laugh how the time flew, but time flies when you are having a lot of fun.

The 21st Commonwealth Games (XXI) will take place in Australia at the Gold Coast in 2018. From me, I bid a massive farewell to the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I wonder what the next Commonwealth Games will hold for all of us come 2018. For now, bring on the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games!!!!!!!!

Thank you for viewing this final Commonwealth Games blog post :-).

Alex Smithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 11 – Highlights

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Day 11 - Highlights

YES!!!!!!!! WE WON THE GLASGOW 2014 XX COMMONWEALTH GAMES WOOHOO!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone, to mark the end of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, the journey to the top is now at an end for all of us, as England have finished at the top of the medal table in first place with the final, overall amount of 174 medals (58 Gold, 59 Silver & 57 Bronze), with Australia following closely behind with the final, overall medal amount of 137 medals (49 Gold, 42 Silver & 46 Bronze).

For the final time, I will do a short, but quick summary based on the last of the Commonwealth Games event’s that just finished today as they unfolded.

  • Wales’ Thomas and England’s Armitstead wins the Cycling golds for today’s final event.
  • In Squash, Australia wins Gold in the Men’s Doubles – which marks the last ever, and final medal of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games.
  • England finish at the top of the medal table with 58 Golds, while Scotland finished with 19 Golds. Wales finished with 5 Golds, with Northern Ireland finishing with 2 Golds.
  • 4,750 athletes overall competed over the 11 days leading up to the Closing Ceremony today for 261 Gold medals.
  • The Closing Ceremony is due to start at 9:00PM.

For the final time, to mark a wonderful end to the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, here is the final, updated medal table to round off what has been one of the best Commonwealth Games for all of us.

Nations Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
India 15 30 19 64
Scotland 19 15 19 53
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
Republic of South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Wales 5 11 20 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
Malaysia 6 7 6 19
Singapore 8 5 4 17
Northern Ireland 2 3 7 12
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 0 3 5 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Uganda 1 0 4 5
Pakistan 0 3 1 4
Bahamas 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Namibia 0 1 2 3
Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2
Ghana 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 2 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Mozambique 0 1 1 2
Mauritius 0 1 1 2
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 10 – Highlights

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Day 10 - Highlights

Hello everyone, well what another perfect day it has been for all of us, and we are still at the top of the medal table. GO ENGLAND WOOHOO!!!!!!!! With a few of our main athletes, divers, boxers, hockey players and the table tennis event, things have certainly looked up for everyone. Our main diver, Tom Daley won Gold in the 10m platform diving event, and in Boxing, Nicola Adams won Gold, bringing England an overall total of five Gold medals, with Scotland and Northern Ireland winning two medals for each other.

Here, I will give a quick summary based on the events that have just finished, highlighting the day’s events as they unfolded.

  • In the Athletics event, Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to the 4x100m Gold, while England win the 4x400m event. Wales’ Peake wins the Pole Vault Silver, with Jo Pavey winning the 5,000m Bronze at the age of 40.
  • In Diving, Tom Daley wins Gold in the 10m platform event.
  • In Boxing, Nicola Adams wins Gold, bringing England’s overall boxing medal count to 5 Golds, with Scotland and Northern Ireland winning two medals each.
  • In Hockey, Australia beat England in the shootout to win the Women’s Gold.
  • England’s Paul and Joanna Drinkhall win the Table Tennis Gold.

Below are the updated medal results following from today’s events that have just finished.

Nations Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 56 55 54 165
Australia 45 42 45 132
Canada 31 16 34 81
India 14 28 19 61
Scotland 19 14 19 52
New Zealand 14 12 17 43
Republic of South Africa 13 10 16 39
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Wales 4 11 20 35
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 7 21
Malaysia 4 7 6 17
Singapore 8 3 4 15
Northern Ireland 2 3 7 12
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 0 3 5 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Uganda 1 0 4 5
Pakistan 0 3 1 4
Bahamas 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Namibia 0 1 2 3
Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Mozambique 0 1 1 2
Mauritius 0 1 1 2
Ghana 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 2 2
Botswana 1 0 0 1
Kiribati 1 0 0 1
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1

Before I conclude this blog post for the night, I would like to say that this year has been England’s year, as we have an astounding, overall amount of 165 medals (56 Gold, 55 Silver and 54 Bronze). This has certainly been one of the best Commonwealth Games we have all had. Australia have done absolutely well since the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games on the 23rd July 2014.

Other Commonwealth countries, such as Canada, India, Scotland etc. have done absolutely well, considering the fact this year’s Commonwealth Games have gone so quick. As the final few hours of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games tick away, this will always be the main Commonwealth Games we shall all remember. The 21st Commonwealth Games begin 4 years from now in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Thank you for viewing this blog post :-).

Alex Smithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 9 – Highlights

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Day 9 - Highlights

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first blog post for August!!! Today has been such a perfect start for all of us, as we are still in front, placing first place on the medal table with an overall medal count of 140 medals (48 Gold, 49 Silver and 43 Bronze). Australia also face a lot of stiff competition and pressure as they are now placed second on the medal table, with an overall medal count of 124 medals (40 Gold, 40 Silver and 44 Bronze).

The excitement and pressure has been on for so many Commonwealth countries today, as many more medals have been won by those that have taken part in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. With just 2 days to go, the pressure is on for the final amount of medals to be won, and the excitement will quickly increase as the time goes by. In honesty, the time has just flown so fast, I actually cannot believe we’re almost at the end of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It’s actually gone so quick.

Here, I will now quickly summarise today’s highlights, following on from the events that have just finished.

  • In Athletics, Lynsey Sharp wins the 800m Silver for Scotland, while Usain Bolt leads Jamaica into the 4x100m final (400m). Australia’s Sally Pearson wins Gold in the Hurdles event, while England‘s Steven Lewis wins Gold in the Pole Vault event.
  • In Diving, Tom Daley and James Denny win the 10m Silver, while Laugher/Mears win the 3m Gold.
  • In the Bowls event, Scotland won Gold medals in the Men’s singles and fours.
  • In the Hockey event, England’s women beat New Zealand in the shoot-outs to reach the Hockey finals.
  • In Gymnastics, England’s Claudia Fragapane wins her fourth Gold, while Nile Wilson and Daniel Purvis also win.

Below are the updated medal table results, with England in first place, and Australia in second place.

Nations

Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 48 49 43 140
Australia 40 40 44 124
Canada 30 14 31 75
India 13 23 15 51
Scotland 17 14 18 49
New Zealand 13 11 15 39
Republic of South Africa 12 10 16 38
Wales 4 10 20 34
Nigeria 7 6 14 27
Kenya 7 8 4 19
Jamaica 7 4 7 18
Malaysia 4 6 5 15
Singapore 6 2 4 12
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Northern Ireland 0 1 7 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Uganda 1 0 4 5
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 3 5
Pakistan 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Bahamas 0 1 1 2
Mozambique 0 1 1 2
Ghana 0 0 2 2
Namibia 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 2 2
Botswana 1 0 0 1
Kiribati 1 0 0 1
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Saint Lucia 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1

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The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 8 – Highlights

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Day 8 - Highlights

WOOHOO, YES!!!!!!!! WE ARE TOP OF THE MEDAL TABLE AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone, my excitement is all over the place tonight as we finished today off with 123 medals for England, placing us on top of the medal table, with Australia on close competition of an overall amount of 113 medals. 123 medals for England has been perfect, and because it’s been perfect, it also marks the end of July, with the last 3 days of the Commonwealth Games ready to get underway as we journey into the 1st August, 2nd August and lastly, the 3rd of August. These last 3 days of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be something to remember.

Here, I will quickly summarise today’s highlights of the last events of July as they unfolded, and drew to an astounding and perfect close.

  • In Athletics, David Weir won the Para-Sport 1500m Gold, while Jade Jones placed 3rd with Bronze. Okagbare seals the 100m/200m doubles, while Amos beats Rudisha in 800m. Eilidh Child won Silver in the 400m Hurdles event in Athletics, while Jodie Williams won Silver with Bianca Williams taking Bronze in the 200m event.
  • In the Lawn Bowls event, England beat Australia to win the Women’s Triples Gold.
  • In Cycling, England’s Alex Dowsett won Gold in the men’s time trial.
  • In Gymnastics, Gold’s were won for England’s Whitlock (including a Silver), Fragapane and Downie including the Keatings of Scotland.

Below are the final, updated medal table results for July.

Nations Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
England 44 40 39 123
Australia 36 36 41 113
Canada 27 13 25 65
India 13 20 14 47
Scotland 14 13 16 43
New Zealand 13 11 15 39
Republic of South Africa 11 10 15 36
Wales 4 10 14 28
Nigeria 8 6 11 25
Jamaica 7 4 7 18
Malaysia 4 6 5 15
Kenya 5 6 2 13
Cyprus 2 4 2 8
Cameroon 1 3 3 7
Singapore 4 1 1 6
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 2 4
Pakistan 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Bahamas 0 1 1 2
Northern Ireland 0 1 1 2
Namibia 0 0 2 2
Botswana 1 0 0 1
Kiribati 1 0 0 1
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Mozambique 0 1 0 1
Nauru 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Ghana 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Uganda 0 0 1 1
Zambia 0 0 1 1

Before I conclude on this final blog post for July, I would like to say that this month has truly been one of the best months ever, which’ll never be forgotten in the long run. With the Commonwealth Games starting in Glasgow on the 23rd July, the excitement has been in the air for everyone from the very start, and the medal table has risen like a spike in the internet. With Australia leading the way, the close competition has frantically been between England and Australia. What an astounding and perfect way to end July, and with 123 medals for England overall, we are now first place, with Australia placing second in the medal table.

Thank you so much everyone for 2 full months worth of joy, and I’ll see you in August. I love you all :-).

Alex Smithson

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games | Day 7 – Highlights

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Day 7 - Highlights

Hello everyone, well what a fantastic day it has been for all of us. There has been such a close competition between England and Australia, as England have 105 medals overall, while Australia have 106 medals. One of our main athletes struck it lucky by bagging a Gold medal, and that was Greg Rutherford. He has truly carried on the Olympic Spirit from the London 2012 Olympic Games into this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As well as this wonderful news, we are guaranteed to win seven medals in Boxing, while Northern Ireland is guaranteed at least 9 medals. Overall, today’s events have been wonderful, as everyone gave in 110% of constant determination and never gave up. A mind-blowing performance of today’s events at the Commonwealth Games was better than I first imagined it.

Here, I will round off today’s events by going through a quick summary that highlights the events as they unfolded.

  • In Athletics, Greg Rutherford and Kirani James won Golds.
  • In Gymnastics, England finish with a 1-2-3 result for Fragapane, Harrold and Whelan in the women’s all-around, while England’s Whitlock won the men’s title from Keatings of Scotland.
  • In Diving, Laugher won Golds in the 1m Springboard, while Blagg and Gallantree won Golds in the 3m Synchro.
  • In Boxing, England is guaranteed to win 7 medals, while Northern Ireland is guaranteed to win at least 9.
  • In Weightlifting, David Katoatau won Gold, which marks the first ever Commonwealth Games medal for Kiribati.

Below are the updated medal results following on from today’s events that have just finished.

Nations Gold Medal Count Silver Medal Count Bronze Medal Count Total Medal Count
Australia 35 32 39 106
England 38 35 32 105
Canada 22 7 22 51
India 10 19 12 42
Scotland 13 12 14 39
New Zealand 12 10 14 36
Republic of South Africa 9 10 12 31
Wales 4 10 13 27
Nigeria 6 5 8 19
Malaysia 3 5 5 13
Kenya 5 5 2 12
Jamaica 5 3 4 12
Cyprus 2 3 2 7
Singapore 4 1 1 6
Cameroon 1 3 2 6
Pakistan 0 2 1 3
Samoa 0 2 1 3
Trinidad & Tobago 0 1 2 3
Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 2
Grenada 1 0 1 2
Northern Ireland 0 1 1 2
Namibia 0 0 2 2
Kiribati 1 0 0 1
Bahamas 0 1 0 1
Bangladesh 0 1 0 1
Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
Mozambique 0 1 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
Barbados 0 0 1 1
Fiji 0 0 1 1
Ghana 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Uganda 0 0 1 1
Zambia 0 0 1 1

Before I conclude this blog post for the night, I would like to say that the general performance of today’s events in Glasgow blew the pressure out of the water. The overall performance was outstanding, it was all systems-go for every athlete, boxer, weightlifter, swimmer etc. You name it, everyone was on it, and since the Opening Ceremony concluded a week ago today, the determination and fight for everyone has been there, and all the Commonwealth countries have put in as much energy as they possibly could. Today has truly been a perfect day for all of us. Let’s all hope that the last couple of days of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games are truly something for all of us to remember.

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Alex Smithson