“At one point, it looked as though the boat wasn’t going to survive.” Amateur video showed several passengers jumping into the water as flames and smoke billowed out from the windows at the front of the London Duck Tours boat, a bright yellow vehicle that takes sightseers around the British capital by road and river. After reports of the fire were received late Sunday morning, firefighters, a police helicopter and paramedics rushed to the scene. Several people were pulled from the water, and the blaze was eventually extinguished. Police said all 28 passengers and two crew members on board the vessel were safe. No one was seriously injured, and three people treated at a London hospital for “minor smoke inhalation ailments” have all been discharged, London Duck Tours said. Most of the people on board the boat were foreign tourists, ITV reported. The company and the London Fire Brigade both said the cause of the blaze, which damaged one third of the vessel, was so far unknown. River tours suspended Borough Cmdr. Alison Newcomb of London’s Metropolitan Police said that the maritime coast guard is investigating. “At the conclusion of that investigation, I anticipate they will make a decision with regards to future tours,” she told ITV. London Duck Tours said it has stopped operating tours on the river until the reason for the fire has been established. “Should technical or safety modifications be required to our fleet, these will be introduced prior to the service recommencing,” Duck Tours said, stressing that it “operates to the highest safety standards.” “London Duck Tours operates a fully modernized fleet of nine vehicles that have been completely rebuilt and refurbished between 2002 and 2012,” it said. “This includes new, purpose built hulls, new engines, computerized systems and steering equipment.” The company said it was fully cooperating with investigators and regulatory authorities. Previous problems Amphibious tour vehicles have run into trouble in the past.
Then my nose picked up a meaty scent, just before I rounded the corner of Whitecross Street market, near the business district, and delighted at the sight of venison-imbued smoke billowing from the wooden awning of the Wild Game Co. stall. Electronic devices on planes I joined the line of giddy game lovers salivating over venison burgers and pieces of steak sizzling to award-winning perfection on the grill. I ordered the steak sandwich: strips of fresh tenderloin, cooked medium rare, piled with grilled onions and topped with Gouda, nestled between two freshly baked brioche buns. Seconds later, my American mouth enjoyed the taste of the Scottish Highlands at a lunch market in London. From that first bite, it was game on for me. Details: London game On Aug. 12, known as the Glorious Twelfth, the British wild game season opens. Throughout the fall and winter, its fair play to hunt multiple birds and beasts, starting with grouse and continuing with snipe, plover, partridge, duck, goose, woodcock, pheasant and a variety of deer, to name a few. To take advantage of the fresh meat, some of Londons best chefs nature-ize their menus according to which animals are available, offering adventurous eaters a field-to-fork experience ranging from traditional roasted grouse with greens to venison burgers with game chips and funky grouse-nest pizza with pumpkin chutney. And so, over the next four days, I embarked on a gastro-safari across the city, nearly sprouting fur and feathers from all the wild animals I ate. Savoring the flavor Menus dont come much funkier than those of Michelin-starred St. John restaurant in Smithfield.
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Football Thursday: Can ‘Madden’ video game do more to help NFL in London than the Jaguars?
Those fans have their sports and their teams, and the NFL believes they aren’t going to be as open to accepting the NFL as younger people who might be willing to embrace an American sport. It’s a risk. Passion for soccer in England is massive, and the NFL still trails sports like cricket and rugby in the popularity polls the league takes. And American football’s best hope might not lie in the Jaguars or Channel 4 but in a familiar cellophane-wrapped case. “Madden.” A common theme among people in their 20s who came to Wembley on Sunday is that they play the “Madden” NFL video game. And not only do they play “Madden” but their friends play “Madden” and those friends play “Madden.” “All the students we know have ‘Madden,'” said George, the Lions fan who won’t watch Luke Joeckel. “Madden” does what the NFL can’t in Great Britain. It explains the game and its complicated rules and strategies. For years, “Madden” has been making a generation of Americans more sophisticated about the nuances of football by allowing kids who never put on a helmet to experience playbooks and defensive schemes. It’s slowly starting to do the same in London. “Once you learn the Xs and Os you learn a lot, it’s a strategic chess match,” said Gillen, the student from Ireland. EA Sports, “Madden’s” developers, don’t have definite numbers of its penetration into the UK. “We know we have a solid fan base there,” said Seann Graddy, the “Madden NFL 25” line producer.