Monday, July 26, 2010

The King in His New Castle

When the King decided to go to Miami Heat and leave Cleveland Cavs, he decided to go for the bigtime. His former house was grand but his new residence is a league of its own. Said to be the most expensive mansion in Coral Gables, Florida. It used to be Pat Riley's home.

Built in 2000, the two story, 20,862 square foot home contains eight bedrooms, 11 full baths, and sits on a 3.6-acre property in Gables Estates.

The front yard of the house has its own small pond. One of the best features is the landscaping work that has been put in. The former owner auto dealership owner Alan Potamkin even spent over a quarter of a million dollars to have one tree barged in and planted on the property.

The luxurious property has an unobstructed view of the Miami skyline. The King would have the choice of getting to his games either by car or boat, and thus can easily avoid any rush hour traffic.

This is way too grand for just a poker game.

Cozy enough for a lovely and intimate evening but then one can just imagine how a party would also look and feel great in this ambiance.

The guest suite and basketball all in an acre of its own. What a life!

Swimming anyone?

Workouts would be very easy as this gym is just steps away from the King's bedroom. But do you think this gym would suit his needs and taste or will it be remodeled to his liking? Do you think he would need a fancy and branded sportswear for a workout here?

2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London

London will finally be be hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and construction for the Olympic venue is ongoing. After almost 3 years of work they won the bid in 2005 and since then has been planning and working hard for its success. Though there has been some controversies about cutting the budget, the Mayor of London is adamant about keeping the exact budget to ensure the success of the Games. Everybody knows that the successful delivery of the 2012 Olympics will give London and the whole country a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase itself to the world.

The Olympics planning committee is certainly doing everything to make it a success. Their ultimate goal is to make London a better city even after the Olympics in 2012. And they have integrated arts and culture in the public spaces around the Park to achieve a unique, world-class area that will attract new businesses, new communities who would want to live and make London as world-class visitor destination. It may sound ambitious but the ultimate goal is “use the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to change lives, to create Games for everyone.”

And though it may still be two years away, they have chosen world-renowned Stella McCartney to be the creative director for the British Olympic team. McCartney will add glamour and will add a touch of haute couture to the Team GB’s kit. She will head the Teaam GB’s Adidas ranges. Team uniforms for all the competing athletes will be designed by Ms McCartney. She will oversee the performance wear, the village wear and a retail range for the purchasing public. Another sponsor will take care of the teamwear for the Opening Ceremonies. The challenge to McCartney is for her to create a team uniform that will look good, feel good as well as work-technically for the athletes. She has until early 2012 to design the athlete’s kit and team uniforms but has worked on the Team GB-inspired retail range which the public can purchase.