Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Knowledge; What to Watch, Visit and Think This Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Knowledge; What to Watch, Visit and Think This Week

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The Vancouver Winter Olympics start today, with about 5,500 athletes gathering from more than 80 countries to compete for 17 days of luge, bobsleigh, ice dancing, downhill skiing and much, much more. The Canucks claim that this is going to be the greenest Olympics ever - even the medals are made of recycled electronic materials (although a last-minute panic about a lack of snow and the 300 tipper trucks drafted in to dump powder on the mountain might negate such eco-friendly efforts). Some of the competitors are also capable of generating a lot of heat and leading the field in his Spider-Man-inspired suit is the American skier Bode Miller. At 32, this is his last chance for Olympic gold. The figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is also one to watch. After retiring (and appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest) he has returned to the Russian team. Halfpipe snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler from Ohio clearly knows how to party. British skier Chemmy Alcott is also delightful to behold but only came 11th at the Torino Olympics. More promising are the British twowoman bob team, Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke (right), and don't miss Eddie 'The Eagle', who was invited to carry the Olympic flame.

Queen of the week

Protestant Lady Jane Grey reigned for nine days before being deposed by Catholic Queen Mary. A year later, in 1554, she was beheaded aged 16. She wanted to die with dignity, but after tying her own blindfold, she panicked and, unable to find the executioner's block, cried out, 'What shall I do? Where is it?' A moment captured by French artist Paul Delaroche nearly 300 years later.

Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey at The National Gallery, 24 February to 23 May

Bye-bye Dubai

With debts as high as the Burj Khalifa tower, the Emirate is poised to sell off some of its assets to keep HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and its other creditors at bay.

These include: Cirque du Soleil, the 4,000-strong travelling Canadian circus troupe with an estimated annual revenue of over US$810m that has somersaulted across almost 300 cities. …

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