A man has been charged after punching woman in the midst of an armed robbery.

The abhorrent Vincent Johnson is alleged to have assaulted a defenceless store clerk at Happy Nicks convenience store on Palafox Street in Escambia County, Florida.

Sherry Bryson, the victim and store clerk in question was the only employee present in the store that day. She was in the store early as usual to prepare food for the day when Johnson committed his brutal and appalling attack.

CCTV footage shows Johnson casually walk behind the counter, and then without any warning, strike a blow to Bryson’s face, in turn knocking her straight to the ground. It was after this he made a grab for his loot, as camera footage shows him delve into the till to grab a wad of notes before filling his pockets with scratch off lotto cards.

It is estimated that over $500 cash and more than $200 of scratch offs were taken.

Bryson did not need to attend hospital after the assault, but was badly bruised and in pain for some time after the event. Johnson was later identified by Bryson by his appearance and voice, as he was a regular customer in the store prior to the incident.

She was also shown footage of a similar incident, in which she recognised the man punching another female to be the same as her attacker. The other incident in question was an offence which took place in May, and involved the vile Johnson punching another woman, one who was heavily pregnant.

Bryson has expressed mixed emotions that Johnson is now being investigated after her identification, saying that although she felt immense relief that her evil attacker had been caught, she also experienced severe regret that someone else was hurt in the process, especially a vulnerable person with a defenceless life inside them.

Bryson now refuses to enter the store by herself, and ensures her boyfriend stays with her if she would otherwise be alone in the store.

Horrific scratch off thief Johnson has previously been arrested prior to these two incidences, once for battery in 2009 and also for battery and robbery charges in 2012. As he has now been charged with the vile attacks on both Bryson and the unidentified pregnant woman, it is likely he will finally end up behind bars for his appalling actions.

TfL have just released detailed figures for journeys traveled by the London Underground rolling stock. The data throws up some amazing facts and figures, including how far Tube trains travel each day.

Amazingly the Central line tube trains cover a distance of 8100 miles, equating to a journey from London and Australia. I’m not sure if I fancy being stuck on the Central Line to Sydney, Notting Hill Gate to Oxford Circus is bad enough.

The Data visualisation specialists “Spatial Analysis‘ examined the information from TfL and mapped the distances that you could travel. Even the shortest distance covered by the tube (Waterloo Line) would be enough to get you to Dublin. Seeing the data laid out like this, gives you a real sense of the massive task TfL undertakes everyday.

I was surprised to find out that the Northern Line gets that much usage every day. What’s more surprising is once you read the report fully you realise that the data only covers peak time travel!

You can click on the image above to see a full visualisation of the distances travelled by the tube each day.

The final stage of the journey of the Olympic Torch, to light the Olympic Flame for London 2012, will begin on May 19th 2012 after it is flown from Greece the day before. The Torch will travel approximately 8000 miles and take in landmarks around Britain, before it finally arrives in London for the games Opening Ceremony. The journey will take at least 70 days and 8000 chosen torchbearers will carry it from Land’s End in the South West of England through every county in England and all local authority areas in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The route will be less ambitious and also less expensive than the international route the flame took to the last games in Beijing in 2008. LOCOG chairman, Sebastian Coe told reporters “We just wanted to be creative about it” and the plan is to use a variety of modes of transport. The flame will conveyed by canal boat, steam train, cable car, hot air balloon and even a motorcycle sidecar on the Isle of Man TT course. In Wales the flame will be taken to the summit of Mount Snowden, at 1085 metres above sea level, the highest point on it’s journey to the Olympic Stadium. Although perhaps not as dramatic as 2008 when the Chinese took the flame up Mount Everest, there has been no lack of creativity in planning it’s journey. It will be skated across an ice rink, abseiled down a tower, taken by chair lift and carried on a mountain railway on it’s way to the games Opening Ceremony.

The planned route of the torch relay means it will pass within one hour of 95 percent of the population. The details released so far do not include anywhere outside Britain, however they may eventually include a diversion from Northern Ireland to Dublin in the Republic, to highlight the Peace Process. “We are now really working through the feasibility of this” said Coe, “For all sorts of reasons I am very keen for it” [to go to Dublin]. “That’s not going to eat into any of the time we had allocated for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, this will be additional time and it is likely to be hours”. Before the torch arrives in London it will take in 1018 villages, towns and cities. Coe said organisers were working closely with the Metropolitan Police and other local forces to ensure the torch would be secure along the route. He said he was confident they would strike the right balance between security and allowing as many people as possible to be involved in the event.

London Olympic Archery

Archery dates back over 10,000 years, when bows and arrows were used for hunting and fighting. In medieval England it was considered essential for the defence of the country and an English law made it a compulsory skill for every male aged between 7 and 60yrs of age, it became extremely popular and developed as a competitive activity. Archery is now practised in over 140 countries worldwide and requires enormous reserves of nerve and skill.

The Olympic Archery competition will take place At Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood. This picturesque, world famous ‘Home of Cricket’, will benefit from a makeover before it hosts the Olympic athletes from July 27th to August 3rd. An Archery range will be created on the outfield of the main ground and the nursery ground, in the beautiful surroundings of the 197 year old cricket club, the competition will consist of four medal events. The ground will accomodate a maximum of 6,500 spectators and there will be some tickets available priced at £20.

In Archery competitions the athletes score points by firing arrows at ten concentric scoring zones on the target. From a distance of 70 mtrs they score from 10 points for the golden bullseye down to 1 point on the white outer ring. There are individual and team events for both men and women and a preliminary round to decide seeding takes place before the Games officially start. The seedings decide who will play in the head to head elimination rounds. The individual competition consists of 64 archers with 12 arrows each who compete in a knock-out format. Team events follow the same format as the individual events, except that knockout matches consist of 24 arrows per country, 8 per archer. Any country that qualifies 3 male or 3 female archers into an individual event may compete in the corresponding team event. Modern bows are strong, light and bendy and often made of laminated wood, carbon fibre or fibreglass. A good Archer must have excellent concentration, good balance and eyesight, a steady hand and decent equipment. The ability to read wind speed and compensate for it is essential and the factor which separates the best archers from the also rans.

As the host nation GB are automatically entitled to enter 6 Archers, the maximum number any country may enter. Countries can secure an Olympic place by continental qualification tournaments and at qualification events which will be held just before next years Games. After the 2011 Olympic games have finished all the equipment used will be donated to clubs and schools throughout the country.

GB Hopefuls.

Simon Terry: he made his name as a 19 year old at the 1992 Olympics winning two Bronze Medals and then promptly retired!. After a 12 year break he returned to Archery in 2005, winning Silver at World Championships in 2007 and Gold at the European Grand Prix in 2011.

Alison Williamson: won Bronze at Athens Games in 2004 and led the British Team to Silver at the Commonwealth Games last year. Blamed herself for the teams failure to win a medal in Beijing, when they lost by one point, in the Bronze Medal match.

Alan Wills: was placed 15th in Beijing Games and won Gold at the 2010 World Field Archery Championships, he switched from field archery to target archery, to seek tougher competition and ultimately compete at the Olympics.

Naomi Folkard: selected for the 2004 Athens team ahead of top ranked team mate Alison Williamson. Won Double World Cup Gold in 2007 but failed to bring a medal home from Beijing Games.

The sport has featured at The Olympic Games since it was first introduced in 1908. Great Britain won the very first Gold football medal and successfully defended the title four years later in the Stockholm games. London’s 2012 competition will take place at six venues around the U.K., including Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium in Wales and Hampden Park in Scotland, the Final will be staged at Wembley Stadium in London. The competition starts with group matches, the teams will be divided into groups of four [three in the women’s competition], with the best eight teams going through to the quarter final stage. The competition is then played on a knockout basis, the two winning semi-finalists will play at Wembley for the Gold and Silver medals, with the two losing semi-finalists competing for the Bronze position. At London 2012, the mens competition will be an under 23’s event, although each country will be able to include three older players. The women’s football competition, which was first held at the Atlanta Games in 1996, has no age restriction on players. A packed schedule means the football competition will ‘kick off’ two days before the Olympic opening ceremony. The venues include the City of Coventry Stadium, ideally located in the centre of the country, the Millenium Stadium in the Welsh capital Cardiff, St James’ Park Newcastle and one of the world’s most famous football grounds, Old Trafford Manchester, home of MUFC.

Much controversy has surrounded the idea of a G.B. football team, as the four home nations, Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland historically play under their own banners. The associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland issued a statement voicing their “collective opposition to Team GB participation at the 2012 Olympic Games”. BOA chief executive Andy Hunt said, ‘Seeing Team GB take to the pitch in 2012 will be one of the defining moments of the London Games. It would be unthinkable to host the Olympics in Britain, home of the world’s most knowledgeable and passionate football fans, and not have Team GB represented in men’s and women’s football’. It now seems likely there will be a GB Team, with a number of players expressing interest, notably David Beckham. Whether the team will be made up of English players only, remains to be seen, and will depend on the four FAs finding some common ground.

David Beckham, Aaron Ramsey [Welsh captain], Gareth Bale [Wales] have all expressed interest in a GB Team but will have to face something of a culture shock as they will be expected to stay in the Athlete’s Village at some stage, a far cry from the luxury they may be used to! Top Scottish women’s player, Kim Little, said recently “it’s a one-off tournament and I’m British and Scottish, so, yes, I’d play’, which must surely echo the thoughts of many other players faced with the opportunity to take part in an Olympic event.

The sport was introduced to the ancient Olympic Games by the Greeks in the 7th century BC, when soft leather thongs were used to protect boxer’s hands. The ‘cestus’, a metal studded glove, was later introduced by the Romans but with the fall of the Roman Empire the sport came to an abrupt end. Boxing resurfaced in England in the 17th century and amateur boxing officially began in 1880. The first ‘modern’ Olympic Boxing competition took place at the 1904 games in St Louis USA, when as the only country entered in the competition, the Americans took all the medals. The Americans continued to dominate in Olympic Boxing events closely followed by the Russians and Cubans. Boxing has been included in every Olympic games since, with the exception of the 1912 Games in Stockholm, when Swedish Law did not permit the sport. In recent years new rules have been introduced and boxers must now wear protective helmets, in 1992 in the Barcelona games an electronic scoring system was introduced, as was standardised point scoring in 2007.

The London 2012 Olympic Games will hold the first ever Women’s boxing competition, bouts will be held over four rounds of two minutes each with medals in three weights: Fly Weight, Light Weight and Middle Weight. The Men’s competition will feature 10 weight categories ranging from Light Fly Weight to Super Heavy Weight over three, three minute rounds. The Olympic boxing events run in a knockout format, the winners of the two semi-finals in each weight category, meet to decide the Gold medal position, with the losers of the two semi-finals awarded a bronze medal. All bouts at London 2012 will be held at the ExCel Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London.

GB Hopefuls.
Luke Campbell from Hull has to be one of GBs brightest hopes for a Gold medal. The 23 year old missed out on a place at the Beiijing games but won Gold at the European Championships in 2008, becoming the first Englishman to do so since 1961. A strong GB boxing team which includes Fred Evans and Andrew Selby from Wales, Charlie Edwards, Khalid Yafai and Tom Stalker, should have a great chance of a clutch of medals in front of the home crowd.

Chantelle Cameron, the 20 year old from Northampton, had her first boxing bout in 2009. A successful international Kickboxer, Chantelle made a whirlwind start in boxing when in 2010 she won the National Senior Amateur Boxing Association Championship at her first attempt.

Nicola Adams is ranked third in the world in her weight category and recently said “The minimum aim is a medal but there’s no reason why I can’t become Olympic champion. I am very confident”.

Olympic Sailing Regatta 2012

The Olympic regatta will be held at the National Sailing Academy and Marina in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, Dorset, which provide some of the best sailing waters anywhere in the U.K. It consists of ten events in which over 350 athletes will compete. Different disciplines will be represented from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing, with six events for men and four for women. In competitive sailing athletes complete courses in the shortest possible time using the wind in their sails for maximum speed. Ten classes of boats will compete over three different disciplines, match racing, when competitors race one against one, fleet racing which has a mass start and windsurfing. The size of the crew varies from one to three, competitors contest ten races [15 for the 49er class], points are awarded depending on finishing positions in each race, 1 for 1st position, 49 for 49th etc. After discarding their worst score, the ten boats with the lowest accumulated scores qualify for the Medal race. The points scored in this race are doubled and added to the opening series scores to decide the top ten positions. Competing against each other teams take part in a series of round robin matches, the top teams progress to the final knockout stages. Team events, where two or three boats from the same nation are competing, are extremely tactical due to the need to score the lowest points possible. Operating within the Racing Rules of Sailing, boats can position themselves to hinder their opponents, allowing team mates to progress through the field.

The London 2012 games will be the first in Olympic history to charge spectators for watching sailing races. Organisers of the Olympics have been criticised for failing to consult the public over plans to turn a well used local park into a ticketed venue. Spectators will pay up to £55 to watch the sailing events in Nothe Gardens, which overlook Newton’s Cove, a Weymouth beauty spot popular with local people. The locals are unhappy as they will be denied use of the Gardens for up to three weeks while the racing events take place. The good news is there will still be a couple of Free vantage points near Newton’s Cove, plus a free site with giant screen and stage on Weymouth Beach, for those unwilling or unable to obtain tickets. Since 2000, Great Britain has won more Olympic medals than any other country in the Sailing events and will be hoping to match this in 2012.

GB Hopefuls.
Ben Ainslie, Britains most successful ever Olympic sailor, he already holds 3 Gold and 1 Silver Olympic medals. Ben had the honour of being the first athlete officially named for Team GB and will compete in the Finn class.

Nick Thompson, he won the European Championship in Athens in 1999 becoming the first Brit to do so. Will be competing in the Laser class and is capable of winning.

Saskia Clark, finished in 6th place in Beijing in 2008 and with her new partner Hannah Mills the pair are confident of success in London.

Lucy Macgregor, with sister Kate and Annie Lush they form one of the top International Match Racing Teams. Younger sister Kate won Gold at the 2007 Olympic Youth Festival in Australia, they have a great chance of thrilling the home crowd with a medal.

London Olympic Bike Race

Olympic Road Bike Racing for both men and women consists of two events, the Road Race and the Time Trials. The Road Race begins with a mass start for the competitors and simply enough, the first to cross the finish line wins. The Time Trial is based on an individuals time scored against the clock, with riders starting one by one at 90 second intervals. The winner is the individual with the overall fastest time. Road Bike Racing has featured at the Olympic Games since 1896, although some of the original events have been dropped it is now a major event on the Olympic programme. At the Athens 1896 Games a 12 hour race was run and in London in 1908 a 660yd sprint was included. To compete cyclists must be exceptionally fit and have excellent bike handling skills, as they ride at high speeds, in close quarters to other riders. Race courses will typically feature difficult sections, such as steep climbs, fast descents and uneven road surfaces.

The London 2012 Olympic cycling race will start and finish in The Mall, Central London. The gruelling race which is 250km for men and 140km for the women will however travel far beyond the City Centre, reaching parts of Surrey. The riders will pass through Westminster, Kensington, Richmond Park, Twickenham and out to Surrey’s stockbroker belt taking in Weybridge, Dorking and Box Hill. The return journey will give the residents of Leatherhead and Esher an opportunity to see some of the worlds finest cyclists. The event is FREE to spectators and is expected to draw large crowds, it is probably the most easily accessible event for those who want to witness sporting history, but have found tickets hard to come by. Big Screens will allow spectators to watch as the action progresses elsewhere and will cover the Finish in the Mall. The length of the route means everyone who wants to see this Olympic event should see some of the action. The cycling races will kick off the 2012 Games, the Men’s Race on Saturday July 28th is the day after the Opening Ceremony, with the Women’s Race the following day, Sunday 29th July.

GB Hopefuls.
Chris Hoy, the four times Olympic Champion seems to be coming back into form, he recently had a commanding victory over David Daniell in the National Individual Sprint. He says he is stronger now than before his stunning performance in Beijing.

Mark Cavendish, recently won the World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen and is the bookie’s favourite for a Gold Medal, although GB coach Shane Sutton disagrees and says London 2012, is a “totally different bike race”.

David Daniell, was feted by GB coach Shane Sutton as the new Hoy a few years ago, the 21 year old is now realising his early potential.

Nicole Cooke, won Gold in Beijing and is keen to defend her Road Race title but is also interested in competing on the track.

Lizzie Armistead, missed Gold by a fraction in the Road Race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

The recent release of the ‘Big screen’ version of John le Carre’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has sparked an interest in the world of international espionage and known ‘spy’ locations for a whole new generation. The movie has a fine, strong cast, including Gary Oldman who may be nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of George Smiley, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Colin Firth, Kathy Burke, as one of the few women in the tale, makes a welcome return to the big screen. The celebrated novel about British spies, was published in 1974 and was adapted for TV by the BBC in 1979. The TV version starred Alec Guiness as Smiley, the man who must uncover the ‘mole’, both versions remain true to the books mood, brilliantly recreating the sullen, sombre mood of the Cold War years. The London of today is a far different place, however for interested parties [spies and others alike!] it’s practically awash with known spy locations, here are just a few to whet your appetite :

54 Broadway: Under the guise of the Minimax Fire Extinguisher Company, M16 moved it’s headquarters to this building in 1926. It didn’t take to long for London’s taxi drivers to realise it was a spy location. German Intelligence used a blind match seller, standing on the opposite side of the road, to monitor activities at the building in the 1930’s.

In and Out Club, Piccadily: a recruiting venue for both M15 and M16 the building fell into disrepair in recent years however it is now being renovated. This adress was used in correspondence found on a dead British officer, who was deliberately dropped into the seas off Spain during WW2. The officer carried documents which led the Nazis to believe the Normandy invasion force would land elsewhere, the true story was told in the 1956 film ‘The Man Who Never Was’.

2 Whitehall Court: This imposing building housed the headquarters of M16 until 1919. The Service’s first and most famous Chief, Sir Mansfield Cumming had an office built which could only be accessed by a series of confusing corridors, with false walls and staircases which led nowhere. Cumming created a tradition which has been continued by all subsequent heads of the Service, he always signed his correspondence with a ‘C’ in green ink.

St Ermin’s Hotel, Caxton Street: Parts of the hotel were used by M16 as an operational centre during WW2. In 1940 Winston Churchill established SOE, the Special Operations Executive, who would carry out many daring spy operations on mainland Europe during the war and whose officials also operated from this building.

Leconfield House, Curzon Street: Early in 1945 this building became MI5s headquarters. The original structure had windows which could accomodate machine guns which could be used if the German’s ever reached the capital. Many famous names from the Service drank here at a bar called the “Pig and Eye”, including Peter Wright, author of one of the greatest espionage books ever written, Spycatcher. The building has now been modernised and refurbished.

18 Carlyle Square, Chelsea: Once home to Kim Philby, one of Britain’s most infamous spies. Philby was an MI6 officer who spied for the KGB in the 1950s, he is believed to have cost the lives of hundreds of Western spies in Soviet controlled Eastern Europe. The double agent was one of the Cambridge Five, unmasked in 1963, he fled to Moscow and he was paid a salary by the KGB until his death in 1988.

The modern Marathon race commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon Greece, to Athens, in 490BC. The soldier was said to be delivering news of a great victory over the Persians and on completing the gruelling run, collapsed and died. In 1896 the Modern Olympic Games were established and Pheidippides legend was revived by a 24.85 [40.000 mtrs] run from Marathon Bridge to the Olympic Stadium in Athens. As host nation to those first games, Greeks were delighted when Spiridon Louis a Greek postal worker won the Marathon, crossing the finishing line seven minutes ahead of the pack. In 1908 at the London Olympics the Marathon distance was changed, so the race could finish in front of the Royal Family’s viewing box. Two point two miles was added to the race and 16 years later after much discussion, the 26.2 mile distance was established at the 1924 Paris Olympics as the official marathon distance.

Marathons have become a world wide running tradition testing an athletes speed and endurance. They have become extremely popular with the general public and the ‘fun runners’ who take part have raised millions of pounds for charities. In 1996, the 100th Anniversary of the Modern Athens Marathon, over 3000 runners from around the world gathered to run in the footsteps of Pheidippides in Greece.

The London 2012 Olympic Marathon will start and finish in the Mall and will consist of four laps of a circular route. The course will take in many of London’s well known sights including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster. There will be some Special Viewing areas along the course, which will require tickets, but for most of the course the public will be able to view both the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Marathon event for FREE.

Team GB Hopefuls include: Mara Yamauchi, she holds the second fastest time by a British woman in the marathon, behind world record holder Paula Radcliffe and finished tenth at the 2010 London Marathon.

Claire Hallissey, finished sixth in only her second Marathon in Chicago, 93 seconds inside the UK qualifying time.

Paula Radcliffe, finished third in the Berlin Marathon in September 2011, inside the UK qualifying time and as one of the most experienced runners must have a great chance of selection.

Scott Overall, at his Marathon debut in Berlin finished an impressive fifth inside UK qualifying time.

Andrew Lemoncello, competed in the steeplechase event at the 2008 Olympics and made his Marathon debut in the 2010 London Marathon, finishing in 8th place.

You can download the route map for the London 2012 Marathon here.

Bajan Superstar Rihanna surprised Tube travellers in London by catching the Jubilee Line to her sold-out concerts at the O2 Arena.

Rihanna chatted with fans and posed for pictures in a crowded carriage, telling one that she didn’t know “how you guys do it”, according to the Evening Standard.

Adrienne Amado, from St John’s Wood, told Nick Ferrari on LBC that Rihanna, who was accompanied by a posse of minders, was offered a seat from Green Park but declined. Wearing a relatively modest white top for her journey to the Arena, Rihanna left the packed Tube train at North Greenwich station,

A spokeswoman for the singer said: “Rihanna decided to get the Tube rather than drive to the first of her 10 sold-out 02 shows”.


London Underground Tube drivers are set to see their pay increase by 5%. In a deal negotiated by the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and London Underground, Tube drivers can expect to see their average pay rise from £46,000 to over £50,000.

The Four-year deal gives London Underground staff a 5% rise in the 1st year, followed by the headline inflation rate +0.5% in the following 3 years. It is estimated that the deal may be worth £10,000 to many workers.

In light of the current economic climate the deal is seen as a victory for union bosses and staff. Union leader Bob Crow said his members might not find a better offer in the public sector.

Industry insiders are claiming the deal was sweetened to ensure tube drivers did not strike during the 2012 Olympic Games. However, the RMT union reiterated that the pay deal as separate from the negotiations on staff pay during the Olympics. It is estimated that London Tube staff will receive a bonus payment of £500 for working during the London 2012 games.