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PSG and former Chelsea performance chief Nick Broad killed in car crash

Cole and Reid lead tributes after PSG and former Chelsea performance chief Broad killed in car crash

By
Dave Wood

PUBLISHED:

23:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 18 January 2013

Former Chelsea Head of Sports Science Nick Broad was killed in a car crash on Friday. He was 38.

The Englishman was part of Carlo Ancelotti's backroom staff during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge from 2009. His role spanned both the coaching and medical departments.

Wel, respected: Nick Broad pictured with Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain

Wel, respected: Nick Broad pictured with Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain

He then followed the Italian to Paris St Germain, where he was the club's performance manager.

Broad, who began his career as a
sports nutritionist at Blackburn Rovers, died in hospital after a road
traffic accident on the outskirts of Paris.

West Brom defender Steven Reid, who
worked with Broad at Blackburn, tweeted: 'Absolutely shocking news that
Nick Broad has died in a road accident.. Worked with Nick at BRFC..
Thoughts go out to his family!! #legend.'

And former Blackburn and Manchester United striker
Andrew Cole added: 'Just heard the news about nick broad shocking news
worked with him at blackburn rovers. Heart goes out to his family.'

The French football league reportedly rejected a request to
postpone PSG's match with Bordeaux on Sunday.

Chelsea 0 Corinthians 1: Rafa Benitez"s world falls apart – Martin Samuel

Rafa's world falls apart! Back to (grim) reality for Benitez as Chelsea flop in final

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 16 December 2012

The speech that Rafael Benitez was planning to give, on the back of triumph here, will remain neatly folded and unused in his pocket. Chelsea will not, after all, return home as world champions.

When they land in England, later than expected due to local air traffic restrictions, it will be not to fanfare, but the humdrum prospect of a Capital One Cup tie at Leeds United, followed by the slog of closing a 13-point gap on the Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Far from receiving a fillip from their brief diversion to the East, as hoped, if anything it gets harder from here.

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That's the one: Paolo Guerrero heads the ball into the net to score the winner

That's the one: Paolo Guerrero heads the ball into the net to score the winner

Magic moment: Guerrero (right) celebrates after his decisive intervention

Magic moment: Guerrero (right) celebrates after his decisive intervention

Match facts

Corinthians: Cassio, Alessandro, Chicao, Paulo Andre, Fabio Santos, Ralf, Paulinho, Emerson (Wallace 90), Danilo, Jorge Henrique, Guerrero (Martinez 86).

Subs Not Used: Julio Cesar, Douglas, Anderson Polga, Willian Arao, Edenilson, Fernandes, Guilherme Andrade, Felipe Monteiro, Giovanni, Romarinho.

Booked: Jorge Henrique.

Goals: Guerrero 69.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 83), Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses (Oscar 72), Mata, Hazard (Marin 87), Torres.

Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Mikel, Ferreira, Sturridge, Terry, Bertrand, Piazon, Saville, Hilario.

Sent Off: Cahill (90).

Booked: Luiz.

Att: 70,000

Ref: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey).

Fixtures are piling up, the time
Benitez has to implement his thoughts is further restricted, and there
are still as many questions as answers about Chelsea's prospects in this
campaign.

It was Benitez's second defeat as
Chelsea manager, and the reality is that his only victories so far have
been against two inferiors, Nordsjaelland of Denmark and Monterrey of
Mexico, plus Sunderland who are in freefall down the Premier League
table.

Tite, the coach of Corinthians,
repeatedly referred to the amount of long passes which Chelsea played,
and he was right. Benitez's plan was to hit the Brazilians on the
counter-attack but, particularly in the first half, this too often
deteriorated into a raking pass overhit for a forward to chase.

Coupled with Corinthians' bruising
resistance, it was not pretty. Benitez needed victory here to prove his
methods are working. He intended to use a good result as a springboard.

Bringing home a first trophy would
not entirely stem the chorus of disapproval at Stamford Bridge but, if
followed by a run of form domestically, it might have caused a
reasonable number to re-examine his credentials.

Glory days: Corinthians celebrate with their trophy while David Luiz looks on in misery (below)

Glory days: Corinthians celebrate with their trophy while David Luiz looks on in misery (below)

Watching on: Luiz

Removed: Gary Cahill was sent off late on as Chelsea fought for an equaliser

Removed: Gary Cahill was sent off late on as Chelsea fought for an equaliser

Frustrated: Chelsea struggled to break through against the Brazilians

Frustrated: Chelsea struggled to break through against the Brazilians

Cassio talking to Torres

Don't think he was not hoping to show
Roman Abramovich that his Chelsea could win the big matches, too.
Instead, this was a desperately unconvincing 90 minutes.

Chelsea were lifeless, slow to
respond and beaten by a side that finished the season in Brazil 20
points shy of champions Fluminese.

Corinthians were tough and awkward,
but no more. Their support was fanatical and relentless but the team
itself is mediocre; physical and combative rather than slick and nimble.
It wasn't even a case of wanting it more.

The Club World Cup may leave English
football dead but Chelsea did not look as if they did not care. They
were just not good enough.

Fernando Torres reverted to the form
that preceded the arrival of Benitez, and the defence looked careless
and nave, certainly for the goal. It is not so much that the best team
won, more that Chelsea did not do enough to elicit sympathy in defeat.
They were arguably the better team but, given their resources, they
should be.

Unquestionably, there is a way to go
before Benitez can deliver that rabble-rousing address. Nothing about
the way they played yesterday suggested champions in the making.

The first 30 minutes of the game were
quite dire, and the prize always looked likely to be decided by a
single goal. So it proved.

In the 69th minute, a shot by Danilo
was blocked by Gary Cahill, but looped up on the edge of the six-yard
box. A trio of Chelsea players standing on the goal-line watched it,
and one Corinthian striker, Paolo Guerrero, attacked it.

Tempers: David Luiz argues with the Corinthians coach

Tempers: David Luiz argues with the Corinthians coach

Tricky: Victor Moses tries to pile his way through on goal

Tricky: Victor Moses tries to pile his way through on goal

Nearly: Guerrero reacts after missing a chance against Chelsea

Nearly: Guerrero reacts after missing a chance against Chelsea

Benitez had talked of the need to
eliminate mistakes and this goal will cause him much anguish in the
memory. If just one player had challenged, Guerrero's header might not
have decided the game.

Yet if Benitez is left with bad
memories, Cahill had a nightmare. Not content with losing and failing to
prevent a goal, he was sent off late in the match after a retaliatory
clash with Emerson, and may now miss the next game, at Leeds.

Cahill's dismissal can hardly be
held responsible for the outcome, coming in the 87th minute, but it was
the final insult on an occasion that, with hindsight, Chelsea could have
done without.

No way in: Eden Hazard is denied when through on goal

No way in: Eden Hazard is denied when through on goal

Foiled: Rafael Benitez's dreams of being a double world champion are in tatters

Foiled: Rafael Benitez's dreams of being a double world champion are in tatters

'It's a long way to come to lose,'
said Frank Lampard, summing it up perfectly. Chelsea had their chances
but, once again, the standard of finishing, particularly from Torres,
will concern.

With four minutes to go, a move begun
with a throw-in from substitute Cesar Azpilicueta ended with the ball
dropping, as if guided divinely, at Torres's feet eight yards out. He
should have equalised, instead Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio smothered.

Abramovich paid 50million for Torres
for him to decide final matches like this. He is flattered by a recent
run of five goals in three games, against poor opposition.

Stunned: Luiz, Ramires and Frank Lampard react to going behind

Stunned: Luiz, Ramires and Frank Lampard react to going behind

Raucous: Corinthians fans filled the stadium as they saw their side triumph over their European champions

Raucous: Corinthians fans filled the stadium as they saw their side triumph over their European champions

Victor Moses was called into the team
to offer assistance but he proved even less effective than Torres.
Moses was unable to cope with Corinthians' physical presence and managed
only one good chance, a 39th-minute curling shot which Cassio – who was
voted the player of the tournament – was at full stretch to tip round.

There were other opportunities.
Torres and Cahill nearly had the ball over the line in an 11th-minute
goal-line scramble, while Moses and Torres got into good positions,
without getting the ball under control.

Juan Mata had a snap shot saved and Torres and Eden Hazard were both through one-on-one but lost out to the rushing Cassio.

Pure delight: Corinthians players revel in their victory (and below)

Pure delight: Corinthians players revel in their victory (and below)

Corinthians celebrate

Torres got the ball into the net as
the game crept into injury time, but his header was rightly disallowed
for offside. Corinthians, whose season has ended, had greater time to
prepare and a desire that coursed through the team.

It took the Brazilians in the
Chelsea squad to explain the significance of the Club World Cup to the
rest; Benitez's reward was to leave one of them, Oscar, on the bench.
Seeing the jubilant reaction of Corinthians it was hard to begrudge them
their moment.

Last year, the presence of Lionel
Messi made even Barcelona's semi-final a sell-out and there was a real
air of anticipation around the tournament, but this event has been
defined by the attitude of the South American contenders, and their
desire to break a five-year stretch of European domination.

Corinthians' fans, upwards of 25,000,
packed the Nissan Stadium with noise, banners and flags, Corinthians'
players reacted to victory the way world champions should.

Chelsea stood glum and vanquished, a
long flight and a long season ahead, grim reality crowding in where it
was vainly hoped inspiring glory would be.

Wheely good: Keeper Cassio is given a giant key and the car below to celebrate his man of the match award

Wheely good: Keeper Cassio is given a giant key and the car below to celebrate his man of the match award

Cassio with his key and car

PS… Corinthians fans watching in their fans' club house in Brazil went WILD

Loving it: Corinthians fans went crazy

Party time: Corinthians fans go wild as they see their club crowned world champions

Incredible scenes: Corinthians fans delight in their triumph

VIDEO: 'One game at a time': Benitez turns attention to Premier League after defeat…

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Silverstone pay 1m in refunds after summer Grand Prix washout

Torrential downpours leave Silverstone chiefs counting 1m refund cost

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 4 December 2012

Silverstone officials have revealed the 1million cost of refunding 10,000 ticket holders who were unable to attend this year’s British Grand Prix as the circuit's infrastructure collapsed under the heavy rainfall in the build-up to July's showpiece event.

Chaos ensued as waterlogged campsites and car parks were forced to close while the roads surrounding the Northamptonshire track quickly became gridlocked.

The damage was such that race organisers told fans to stay away from Saturday qualifying in a desperate attempt to give grass car parks time to drain in time for the race on Sunday.

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers - and spectators - struggled in the wet conditions

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers – and spectators – struggled in the wet

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers - and spectators - struggled in the wet conditions

Remarkably, as the conditions improved, a record 127,000 spectators watched Red Bull’s Mark Webber roar to victory.

But Silverstone Circuits Managing Director, Richard Phillips, who admitted at the time he had considered quitting his post, has vowed to do all he can to ensure the misery endured by thousands is not repeated next year.

Park and Ride schemes will be expanded to cover all three days of the grand prix while shuttle services from local train stations will also be increased.

In addition, investment will also be made in improving the venue’s non-tarmacked car parks in an attempt to prevent them turning into quagmires should the heavens open once more.

Phillips said: 'For more than 10 years now, fans have had little or no issue getting in and out of the circuit for the British Grand Prix, so it's important to keep the problems of this year in perspective.

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

'That said, the traffic issues on the Friday of this year’s event, and having to ask a number of fans to stay away on the Saturday, were far from ideal.

'We have learned from this year’s experience and are taking steps to ensure we’re better equipped to deal with whatever the weather may throw at us in future.

'This year's torrential weather, waterlogged campsites and saturated car parks created a 'perfect storm' of unforeseeable issues, to which we were having to react throughout a difficult and challenging day. We are confident that we won’t see a repeat of the events of this year.'

Wayne Rooney close to getting a parking ticket in Manchester city centre

Rooney escapes a booking… Injured England star avoids picking up a parking ticket after leaving his Bentley on the double yellows

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 13 November 2012

With the rest of the England squad jetting off to Stockholm for Wednesday's friendly with Sweden, perhaps the injured Wayne Rooney found himself at a bit of a loose end.

So he hopped in his silver Bentley – having made sure his clothing exactly matched the paintwork – and tore off into Manchester city centre on Tuesday morning.

Slinging the expensive sports car down a side street, the tracksuited striker mooched off looking like the world's wealthiest hoodie.

I'll just leave this here: Wayne Rooney, dressed in a similar hue to his car, parks his expensive Bentley in a Manchester side street

I'll just leave this here: Wayne Rooney, dressed in a similar hue to his car, parks his expensive Bentley in a Manchester side street

Double yellows: A passing traffic warden notices Rooney has left the Bentley where he shouldn't have and issues a ticket

Double yellows: A passing traffic warden notices Rooney has left the Bentley where he shouldn't have and issues a ticket`

Another look: The warden takes down details of Rooney's registration number. The star got away with the fine after a friend spotted the warden and moved the car in the nick of time

Another look: The warden takes down details of Rooney's registration number. The star got away with the fine after a friend spotted the warden and moved the car in the nick of time

Unfortunately, the Manchester United man didn't bank on a traffic warden with no respect for stellar reputations.

Noticing Rooney had parked on double yellows, he didn't hesitate on slapping a ticket under the Bentley's expensive wipers.

Luckily for Wazza, he dodged the fine – small change for a man who earns 17m a year anyway – after one of his pals appeared and moved the car.

Rooney picked up an ankle injury in United's 3-2 comeback win at Aston Villa on Saturday and was forced to withdraw from Roy Hodgson's squad for the friendly on Wednesday night.

Hoodie: Rooney wears a silver Nike tracksuit as he takes a stroll in Manchester city centre

Hoodie: Rooney wears a silver Nike tracksuit as he takes a stroll in Manchester city centre

Cheers, pal! Rooney reclaims his keys after someone moves his car off the double yellows for him

Cheers, pal! Rooney reclaims his keys after someone moves his car off the double yellows for him

He could miss the visit to Norwich
City this weekend, though his manager Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have
plenty of potent striking options with Robin Van Persie and Javier
Hernandez hitting form.

England take on old foes Sweden on Wednesday night to mark the opening of the new Friends Arena.

Bradley Wiggins in hospital with suspected broken ribs after crash with car on Lancashire road

Wiggins in hospital with suspected broken ribs after crash with car on Lancashire road

By
Kim Pilling

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 7 November 2012

In hospital: Wiggins

In hospital: Wiggins

Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after a collision with a car.

Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra car is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him.

A police source said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first but later it appeared he had suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises.

The accident happened at about 6pm in Wrightington, Lancashire, which is near to Wiggins' family home in Eccleston.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, a local woman, was uninjured and is set to assist police with their ongoing inquiries.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.

'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'

Collision investigators visited the scene but the road did not need to be closed.

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who rushed to Wiggins' aid, told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain.

'He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there, by which time he was blue.'

Rory McIlroy"s saviour – the policeman who got him to the tee on time

US cop who raced McIlroy in mad dash to Ryder Cup tee reveals all… and admits the Americans aren't happy with him!

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UPDATED:

09:13 GMT, 2 October 2012

Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Jose Maria Olazabal… Pat Rollins!

Some of those names you will know as the key men in Europe's stunning Ryder Cup triumph, but the latter has his own reason to feel a part of the celebrations having helped avoided what would have been disastrous disqualification for Rory McIlroy.

The deputy chief of police in Lombard where Europe were based Rollins was the man who delivered world No 1 McIlroy to the tee with 10 minutes to spare on the final day.

Saviour: Rory McIlroy owed a debt of gratitude to deputy chief Patrick Rollins

Saviour: Rory McIlroy owed a debt of gratitude to deputy chief Patrick Rollins

McIlroy was running late for his singles match against Keegan Bradley – which he eventually won 2&1 – because he thought his match started an hour later than scheduled.

Rollins, who called local traffic police ahead of them to clear the 12-mile road to the Medinah Country Club, said: 'I was at the hotel and asked if all the players had left for the course.

'No one had seen Rory, so we panicked. Someone found him, so we met him outside his room, brought him to the lobby and drove him to the course.

Lucky escape: McIlroy arrived for his match with Keegan Bradley just in time

Lucky escape: McIlroy arrived for his match with Keegan Bradley just in time

'He was a bit nervous but I would have been if I was in his shoes. He was caught off guard. I'm getting ribbed from both sides but I'm proud of doing the right thing.

'It would have been the same for the Americans. We have been getting them around all week but this was an event which turned into an incident.

'I am a big golf fan and knew who he was. It was a great event and an exciting event. I am just glad I could play my small part.'

Andre Santos banned from driving for 12 months

Arsenal defender Santos handed year ban from driving after speeding at up to 145mph

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 27 September 2012

Arsenal defender Andre Santos was banned from driving for 12 months on Thursday after admitting speeding at up to 145mph in rush-hour traffic.

The 29-year-old failed to stop as he was pursued by police and wove between lanes on a busy motorway on the morning of August 17, a court heard.

Ban: Andre Santos left court after being banned from driving for 12 months

Ban: Andre Santos left court after being banned from driving for 12 months

The Premier League star evaded
officers as he drove his black Maserati on the A1 and M25 in
Hertfordshire before he pulled over and was arrested close to Arsenal's
training ground.

Santos, of
Church Mount, Barnet, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and
attention during a hearing at Hendon Magistrates' Court in north west
London.

He was also ordered to pay 3,600 in fines and costs.

Taking part: Santos played in Arsenal's 6-1 thrashing of Coventry on Wednesday

Taking part: Santos played in Arsenal's 6-1 thrashing of Coventry on Wednesday

Taking part: Santos played in Arsenal's 6-1 thrashing of Coventry on Wednesday

The court heard that PC Chris Hurt and a colleague spotted Santos's Maserati accelerating at high speeds after passing a speed camera on the A41 towards Stirling Corner at around 9.15am.

Prosecutor Inder Gohlar said Santos failed to stop when the officers turned on their police car siren in pursuit of his vehicle, before he drove on to the A1 dual carriageway.

It was estimated that Santos was travelling at speeds in the region of 135mph-145mph – double the road's limit of 70mph.

The Brazil international then drove on to the M25, forcing some drivers to brake quickly to avoid collisions as he moved between the motorway's lanes, the court was told.

Santos eventually pulled over just 400 metres from Arsenal's training ground when he told officers he had been driving quickly as he was late for training, Ms Gohlar said.

He told officers he had been unaware his car was being pursued as his music was playing loudly, she added.

In a statement given to police after his arrest, Santos said: 'My music was on loud and I was not paying attention.

'I apologise to the police and for the trouble I've caused.'

London 2012 Olympics: Josh Booth detained by police after damaging shop while fainting on boozy night out

Aussie rower detained by police after damaging shop… while fainting on boozy night out!

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 2 August 2012

An Australian rower was detained by police after allegedly damaging a shop front after fainting on a boozy night out.

Josh Booth was taken to hospital as a precaution after the incident in the early hours in Eton Dorney.

The 21-year-old was part of the men’s eight team that finished sixth in Wednesday's final.

Trouble: Josh Booth had competed for Australia earlier in the day

Trouble: Josh Booth had competed for Australia earlier in the day

Australia's Olympic Commission chef de mission Nick Green confirmed alcohol was involved. He was called at 3.30am to be alerted to the 'unfortunate' incident.

Booth, who is competing at his first Games, does not face any charges but he has been told to report at a police station on Friday for further questioning. However, he could be discplined by his Olympic bosses.

Call: Nick Green is Chef de mission of the Australian Olympic team

Call: Nick Green is Chef de mission of the Australian Olympic team

Australia's rowing team opted against staying in the athletes village in east London because of traffic.

Instead, they are living in a converted vicarage owned by Eton College near the venue.

London 2012 Olympics: A message to the moaners… BELT UP! Des Kelly

A message to all the Olympic moaners… BELT UP!

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 20 July 2012

It's a crisis. It's a complete disaster. It's not just a shambles out there, people; it's an Olympic omnishambles. The Games are six days away and nothing works, absolutely everything is broken and the only solution is to cancel the event and send all those arriving at Heathrow straight back home on the next available flight.

Why Because according to reports, any fool venturing into London will die of carbon monoxide poisoning as they sit in month-long traffic jams. Or drown in their body sweat on overcrowded Tube trains. Or sink into oblivion trying to negotiate the mud flats otherwise known as the Olympic Park.

The mobile phone networks will fail, the internet will collapse into a black hole in cyberspace, pickpockets will steal everything, including your kidneys, and the entire country will end up bankrupt. It's a nightmare – and all because of the 2012 Games. You have been warned!

Stop moaning! Great Britain has lined-up a stunning Games, it's time we started enjoying it

Stop moaning! Great Britain has lined-up a stunning Games, it's time we started enjoying it

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Welcome to the pre-opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a spectacle staged under the Latin motto Nos faciem malignus fatum, which loosely translates as 'We're doomed'.

This is what Britain does before any major event. The country moans en masse. We predict the worst. We produce a Doomsday Book of impending disasters and then imagine extra problems just so we can moan a bit more. Read the papers, turn on the radio or try the television news and it's moan, moan, Olympics, moan. The outlook could not be gloomier if Huw Edwards were reading the weather forecast. Carping and whining is the order of the day. But can I just make one request of the Olympic complainers Shut up. That's right. Shut up. Cheer yourselves up or put a sock in it.

There are some aspects of the London Games that deserve scorn, such as the private security firm fiasco and the unresolved issue of what happens to the stadium after the Games. But the country has gone way beyond expressing reasonable doubts on specific issues.

People are now complaining for the sake of it, moaning on and on about every tiny aspect of daily life in London – and then blaming it all on the Olympics. The Games haven't started yet. There is a last-minute dash to make sure all the pieces are in place for the most complex, detailed and demanding party staged not just in sport, but anywhere.

A Royal wedding is a village fete by comparison. At a World Cup, everyone plays football. The Olympics is 36 different world championships being staged simultaneously. But because it hasn't started yet, and nature abhors a vacuum, the empty space has been filled with the sound of non-stop moaning.

Just look at some of the so-called 'calamities' that we are told 'threaten the Games'.

Final countdown: The venues are ready and the competitors are arriving in their droves

Final countdown: The venues are ready and the competitors are arriving in their droves

Transport crisis

A bus took a wrong turn this week. Yes, that's right. A driver with a faulty satellite navigation system went the wrong way while shuttling American athletes from Heathrow Airport to the Olympic Park. Somehow, this made it to the top of the news agenda and the front page of one newspaper.

Had the man behind the wheel driven his vehicle off the cliffs at Beachy Head in his confusion, I could have understood. Instead, he merely took the wrong exit road, stopped, looked at a map, found the correct route and completed his journey.

But when one athlete on board whined about this via Twitter the story took on a life of its own. Former world champion 400 metres hurdler Kerron Clement complained: 'Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.'

Obviously, London only exists to impress Clement. But it transpired the journey took a little over two hours, not four. And the runner might not be the most reliable witness anyway, since a day later he announced: 'In Wales. I'm so loving this city…' Yes, welcome to the city of Wales, Kerron, in that great country of London.

So, one bus out of 100 or more took a wrong turn. One athlete out of around 10,500 from 204 nations landing in London during Britain's biggest peacetime transport operation complained. And this was enough for the moaners to say, 'See I told you so'!

Crisis What crisis London is undertaking a huge project, hosting 36 world championships at one time

Crisis What crisis London is undertaking a huge project, hosting 36 world championships at one time

Road crisis

London always has traffic jams. There was a stinker at the Blackwall Tunnel on Friday. There is always a jam at the Blackwall Tunnel, but the difference this time is that it was because of the Olympics and Mayor Boris Johnson.

And there'll be more jams during the three weeks of the 2012 Games. But so what Don't drive unless you have to. The public transport works. This week I timed how long it would take to get from the Houses of Parliament to the Olympic Park in east London. The Tube took 19 minutes to Stratford on the Jubilee Line.

On the way back, I jumped on the new Javelin train and I'd barely settled in my seat when we arrived at St Pancras seven minutes later. If that were Japan or France we'd be saying how brilliant it was. Here, we just grumble that it'll probably break down at some point.

When Sydney hosted the Games, more than a quarter of the city took annual leave, another quarter changed their working hours and more than a fifth worked from home. They enjoyed their Olympics. Try it too, London.

Go to the concerts, the festivals and in the parks and the different spectacles staged along the Thames. Put a prawn on the barbie. If you're in a flood zone, it'll probably swim right up to your door.

Best mode of transport The Stratford hub is served by road, rail... and water

Best mode of transport The Stratford hub is served by road, rail… and water

Olympic Lanes

No, you can't drive in them. Boo hoo. They are annoying, but they are a necessary evil. They've been at every Olympics and London is no different. Did you think staging the world's biggest sporting event would cause no disruption whatsoever

Or did you believe Usain Bolt really runs to the start line just like he does in that advert

Weather

It might rain. I believe there has been the odd spit and spot of the stuff lately. But if it does, try not to panic.

Wear a waterproof mac, or put on some wellies if you are heading to a field. But don't go on and on about it. We live in a country where it rains on occasion. Weather happens. And although the meteorological process is often considered page one news at the Daily Express, the rest of us can probably stay calm and carry on. The sun will come out for the Olympics anyway. Just so Londoners can then complain it's 'too hot'.

Blue sky approach: So what if it rains It rains quite a lot in London anyway

Blue sky approach: So what if it rains It rains quite a lot in London anyway

Opening Ceremony Fears

This will be the world's most-watched television event. One billion will tune in to Danny Boyle's curtain-raiser. But we hear the show has already been 'slashed' by 30 minutes. I know, it's unbelievable, isn't it What a disgrace.

A performance we have very little prior knowledge of is about to have some of those unknown scenes shortened to make sure it doesn't overrun. Now, we may never see what we didn't know we were going to see in the first place.

And I, for one, am furious. I'll have to make do with just the three hours and a finish time around midnight.

Insecurity

This certainly has, on the face of it, been a mess. Private security contractors G4S are short of around 1,500 temporary guards. If you're wondering why, it's because the recruits, mainly students and habitual part-timers, decided they could do without being paid the pittance on offer.

So our squaddies, who have no choice, are covering the deficit and sleeping on chairs shoved together on site. The Olympic Park is now filled with the incongruous sight of soldiers in full camouflage pulling on high-visibility vests. None of it is ideal. It's been bungled.

But, if anything, Olympic security is tighter with the military in place than it was when we relied on Colin, a student of international tourism management at the University of East London, to master the X-ray scanner.

Military precision: The armed forces have sprung into action after being let down by a private security firm

Military precision: The armed forces have sprung into action after being let down by a private security firm

Some have even moaned about the fact there are twice as many soldiers at the Olympics than in Afghanistan. Let's ask the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment where they would rather be deployed On patrol in Helmand Province, dodging snipers and landmines, or keeping an eye on proceedings at the women's beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade.

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Some mistakes have been made. For instance, the ground-to-air missiles stationed in east London seem superfluous. All the organisers had to do was ask the locals for help.

In the event of any security threat, residents in east London could have been alerted by text message and simply reached for their handguns and fired at any incoming object from their windows, as is traditional in many neighbourhoods. It would have saved a few bob.

So, if you can hear me above the deafening whine of moaning, shall we let the Games begin It is a wonderful spectacle and a chance to showcase some of the best of Britain to the world. Of course something will go wrong.

There'll be a glitch here and there, hopefully nothing more. Some idiot will undoubtedly try to disrupt an event, people will have to queue to get home, something will break – that stuff happens. I'll be among the first to report any genuine botches as they happen at the Games, too. But I'm not going in with a miserable scowl.

Refueling: There's plenty on offer at the Olympic site - including quiet a large McDonalds

Refueling: There's plenty on offer at the Olympic site – including quiet a large McDonalds

This is an enormous festival, a sporting and cultural event that will live in history for ever. If you believe everything is a complete waste of time, money and energy, then it's your right to say so. But you've pretty much done that, I'd say. So can you shut your face now and let the rest of us enjoy the bash

The truth is, Britain loves a grumble. But most moan and gripe right up to the point when the actual event begins – and then wave their Union flags like crazy in celebration. So come on. It's time. Let's enjoy ourselves.

British Grand Prix 2012: Richard Phillips vows to stay on as Silverstone chief

Silverstone chief vows to stay on after weather-hit grand prix

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08:53 GMT, 9 July 2012

Richard Phillips insists he will stay on as Silverstone's managing director with the circuit preparing to count the cost of a rain-hit British Grand Prix weekend.

Constant rain on Friday made grass car parks unusable and left lengthy traffic jams outside the track.

As a result a tearful Phillips was forced to recommend that up to 30,000 fans stay away from Saturday's qualifying in an effort to allow the land to recover, although he estimated that only around 10,000 actually heeded that advice.

Mud bath: The British Grand Prix suffered at the hands of the weather

Mud bath: The British Grand Prix suffered at the hands of the weather

But the track was able to accommodate all ticket holders on raceday and contingency measures such as encouraging spectators to car share, bumper-to-bumper car parking and staggered leaving times proved largely successful.

Silverstone came in for criticism, but the weekend's events were down to the exceptional circumstance of the wettest June on record being followed by heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday.

Statement: Phillips has vowed to stay on

Statement: Phillips has vowed to stay on

But the circuit is likely to take a heavy financial hit after pledging to refund any unused Friday and Saturday tickets, with Phillips estimating that the figure could run as high as seven figures.

While he cut a disconsolate figure on Friday, and briefly considered his future, Phillips has declared he wants to see through the job he has started at the Northamptonshire track.

'On Friday night I was pretty emotional and I take it personally, I take it seriously,' he said.

'I did think “should I be in charge Is it sustainable” But I have always wanted to see it through.

'I love this place, there is a long way to go with it, we have come a long way but it's a great circuit and I am lucky to have the job I have got, I would love to be here next year.'

Phillips was able to report that a near capacity crowd watched yesterday's race, and he is confident the weekend's events will not have a negative impact on ticket sales for next year's race.

Chaos: The temporary car parks were affected by the rain

Chaos: The temporary car parks were affected by the rain

'Even on Friday we sold 40,000 of tickets for next year,' he said.

Silverstone has seen many upgrades over the last decade with improved road access and a new track layout and pits and paddock complex among them. But the circuit is continuing to search for an investor to aid further development plans.

Phillips said: 'It (the weekend) makes it very important (to find new investment) but we have to get the right one.

'The interest is there, these are very expensive places to run and having someone come in with some extra cash would be fantastic. It would enable us to do better things.

'We were in exclusivity with one particular party and that didn't work out, but the other people who were there prior to that are still there.'

Phillips also stated the priorities for next year will include sorting out the campsites, preserving car parking and making more use of the park and ride scheme, which proved particularly successful.