It starts out like any other talent segment at any other beauty pageant. Then the beat drops. What opens as a less-than-rousing rendition of “Rocketeer” quickly morphs into a hip-hop medley channeling Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Justin Timberlake and Usher, and by the time Queenierich Rehman of the Philippines is finished Teaching Us How to Dougie we’ve almost forgotten that we’ve taken pause in our day to watch part of the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant.
Have you ever wanted to fight off the rays without greasy sunblock, keep your hair dry in the water AND look like a superhero? Do you have a face for radio? Or do you just want to creep along the beach? Do you have a few bucks to spare?
We give you the Face-kini.
There were no losers in London, except the Indian Olympic Association.
India, with the world’s second-largest population of 1.2 billion, won 6 medals (2 silver and 4 bronze) and finished 55th in the medal count by the time Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty finished spicing up our Sunday. That put them level with North Korea (24 million people), South Africa (49 million people), and just ahead of Mongolia (just under 3 million mostly nomadic people). The IOC took home less medals than heavyweights such as Romania (21 million people, 9 medals), Azerbaijan (9 million people, 10 medals), Kenya (42 million people, 11 medals), Iran (75 million people, 12 medals) and 50 others.
They outlasted just about everyone. Zuccotti Park protesters scattered on November 15, and London Occupiers near St. Paul’s Cathedral held out until February 28 before authorities evicted them. But as of Sunday, August 12, Occupy Hong Kong had survived for nearly 10 months and was one of the only movements still encamped, even if its presence in the bowels of Central’s HSBC building had tapered off from its early peak.
Then on Monday, the big bad bank won a court order to clear those still in the open atrium on the ground floor of its Asia headquarters. They have two weeks to leave, but had already vowed to stay regardless of today’s ruling. What’s left of them, at least.
From the country that brought you “low crime doesn’t mean no crime” and “SARS is a virus that I just want to minus” comes a fresh ad campaign that takes patriotic duty to levels not seen since, well, ever. It’s National Night, baby — Are you doing your part?
Some people head to the pool to escape the heat, some to the movies. We’ve heard that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra likes to steal away to the lazy river at Siam Park City when the Bangkok heat surges.
In South Korea, however, they have their own way of battling the Dog Days of Summer.
Greetings from London, where we’ve infiltrated the Far Far Eastern wing of the Olympic village for the past two weeks and made the organizing committee wish they had given us a press credential. After a brief and shaky stint as a translator for Mongolian judo silver medalist Naidan Tuvshinbayar (YOU try translating “floating half hip throw” into Mongolian), we’ve spent the past few days embedded with the entourage of Chinese trampoline star Dong Dong, who took home adult bouncy castle gold on Friday and parlayed his victory into one of the most raucous late-night celebrations we’ve ever seen. Make no mistake: Trampoliners know how to party.