Welcome to the August summer edition of our Online Newsletter: Life Science Talk. This issue is packed full of the latest information including our upcoming and on demand webinars and the latest news within the industry.
For us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is upon us and along with the warm weather; many are looking forward to or have just returned from a refreshing summer holiday. It’s also that time of year where much has been happening around the world in terms of sport and summer activities, below I would like to mention a few.
In June, London hosted The Wimbledon Championship, which is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and wildly considered the most prestigious. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledon’s Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.
As a Czech citizen I would like to proudly announce that our Czech player Petra Kvitova, for the second time has won the woman’s Wimbledon title. We Czech, hope she can follow in Martina Navratilova’s footsteps and win many more. Also big congratulations to the supporters of Novak Djokovic who was the winner of the men’s title.
Another huge sporting event that has recently just finished was The FIFA World Cup – a tournament that has brought together communities and lovers of football from all around the globe. Big congratulations are in order for our German readers on your country winning the tournament; a fantastic effort! Also a special mention goes out to our Senior Marketing Executive Kiki Newell who was very happy to win our company’s World Cup Sweep Stake! Take a look at that smile!
Another great sporting event is The Tour de France. This year the tour visited the UK, starting in Yorkshire and coming right down through to London. Being based in the centre of London, we had the privilege of the tour passing right by our office! There were thousands of people supporting the riders as they flew past and we certainly enjoyed the spectacle! A special thanks to our colleague Diogo Moreira for the picture below.
Unfortunately it wasn’t Britain’s year for the tour. Defending champion and tournament favourite Chris Froome crashed out in the fifth stage of the tour due to wet conditions. Another British favourite, Mark Cavendish, also crashed out after a sprint finish in the opening stage, subsequently having surgery on a dislocated shoulder. We want to wish both athletes a speedy recovery and the best of luck to those still battling it out for first place.
If you happen to be spending time in London this summer, I would love to offer my thoughts on one way you can enjoy it. The PROMS, more formally known as The BBC PROMS, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually. The BBC PROMS 2014 promises to be just as huge and varied as it always is. They’ve got orchestras from China, Turkey and various other countries. Although this is a classical music festival – there’s other attractions there too, including some great musicians appearing like Paloma Faith and the Pet Shop Boys. The BBC will host a summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts in London at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and additional Proms in the Park events. For more information please refer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
Our Operations Manager Kerry Bignell would also like to provide her thoughts on one of the ways that she enjoys her British summer time. “One of my favourite summer activities is The Notting Hill Carnival! This event has a great atmosphere and draws massive crowds over the August Bank Holiday weekend. I went back in 2013 and was so excited to join in the celebration. I picked a spot on one of the streets where the floats were going past and watched the performers dance through the streets in their costumes as the music changed from steel bands to reggae to hip hop and more. The streets can get very busy but do wander around as there is a lot more to see and try – especially the traditional Caribbean food. The Sunday is Children’s Day and the Monday is Adult’s Day so this event caters for everyone.” Interested? View it here: http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/
If you have a favourite summer activity or holiday destination we would love to hear about it! It may even feature in next month’s newsletter.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our quiz question last month. For those of you who missed it our question was:
What was the earliest form of surgery called and what did it involve?
The answer is Trephining. This involved cutting a small round hole in the head. If you fancy your chances at winning a voucher, simply answer this month’s quiz question – Good luck!
We hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming webinars.