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The 2012 Grand National is nearly here – The race is an annual event held near Liverpool, England at Aintree Racecourse. This year’s field promises to be as strong and entertaining as ever. Last years winner Ballabriggs will be back to defend his crown from the likes of Burton Port, Alfa Beat & Le Beau Bai. Follow the links if you want to check out all the horses in this years Grand National.

The three-day event begins on Thursday, 12 April, 2012, with Liverpool Day. Liverpool Day not only features the John Smith’s Foxhunter’s Steeple Chase and the Grade 1 Totesport Bowl feature race, but is also a celebration for the city of Liverpool. Several entertainment events are planned for the kickoff celebration on Thursday 12 April. This year’s Liverpool Day has been the focus of the community and should provide for an excellent community festival in association with the world’s most famous race because of the number of additional events planned for this season.

The festivities continue on Friday 13 April with Ladies Day, which is a traditional event that features fashion and style from the female attendants. Various goody bags and prize giveaways for the ladies are part of the plan during this year’s festivities. The focus on the ladies is not the only order of the day, of course. Every day of the championship extravaganza is a race day, as the John Smith’s Melling Steeple Chase is the featured race of the day. This has been a highly challenged event in the past few years and should be the same this year.

The Grand National Horse Race is finally run on Saturday 14 April and is the culmination of the week’s schedule. The championship has a storied past among racehorse professionals and within the British culture. It is a specialized race industry that is native to the United Kingdom and enjoyed by everyone up to the Royal Family, who are not only big fans, but are horse owners themselves.

The Grand National Horse Race is an historic event dating back officially to 1839, though there were predecessors to the first official race, and it has been an iconic representation of United Kingdom sports very similar to its professional golf tournaments. The Aintree Racecourse is one of the most difficult courses in the world and provides an excellent course to test the best of the steeple chase racehorse class. The energy infused by the local city of Liverpool, with a population of over 400,000 and a surrounding urban area of over 800,000, will make this year’s championship a major success and well worth attending.

The National Lottery is giving you the chance to win London 2021 Olympic Tickets or a cash prize worth £10,000 with it’s new Scratch Card ‘Win Gold’. Simply visit the National Lottery website, select 4 events from each row. Reveal three gold medals in any row to win the prize for that row, or reveal a ‘WORLD RECORD’ symbol to automatically win the prize for that row.

The Scratch Card game costs £1 per go, There is a 1 in 3.45 overall chance of winning a Prize on each Play of the Game. The Expected Prize Payout Percentage for this game is 66.00%. However the odds for winning the pair of Olympic Tickets is about 1/5000! Overall there are about 1700 tickets available to be won.

London organisers have sealed a deal with Dow Chemical Company to restore an innovative wraparound curtain to encircle the Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Games.

Olympic officials had scrapped the wrap late last year because its price tag of £7 million had been deemed too expensive at a time of economic austerity. Architects and artists had decried the decision, suggesting the look and image of the games would suffer.

But now, the wrap is back. Dow Chemical, the Midland, Michigan conglomerate, won a bid process to take on the visual centerpiece of the Olympics. The move comes even though Dow, the official ‘Chemistry Company’ of the Games, will be barred by Olympics guidelines from etching the firm’s logo onto the curtain.

‘This wrap will embrace the look of the games,’ said Keith Wiggins, managing director of Dow’s operations in Britain. ‘This is going to be a super, central, visual centerpiece.

London Underground (LU) is pushing ahead with plans to set up a wi-fi internet network at 120 Tube stations – despite several security concerns. Following a trial at Charing Cross Tube Station, LU is inviting companies to tender for a network-wide contract. It could be operational by 2012.

But a security expert warned wi-fi could make it easier for fraudsters or terrorists to target Tube passengers. LU denied the wi-fi system would increase risk to the Tube.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “The roll out will finally allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up their e-mails and stay in touch with the world while they traverse our subterranean network.

“We are inviting companies to bid before next June, which would mean Londoners underground will be able to keep up to date with the British medal tally at the 2012 Games.”