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Some peoplecontemporary economists, most historians, journalists on every inhabited continent, academic and professional political scientists, not a few government officials, etchave taken to suggesting that Britain is facing inexorable decline. Having once ruled the high seas and controlled an empire upon which the sun never set, the Brits have seemingly shifted their focus from having a navy to obsessing over "Jersey Shore" knockoffs.
Quite the opposite, says the tourism board officials at VisitBritain. Not only is 2012 going to be the best year ever, but the United Kingdom itself is simply great! To show you just how great the United Kingdom is, and also to "deliver long-term economic benefits from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games," they've launched a tourism campaign called GREAT.
Conan O'Brien is incredibly ill-disguised as he waits at a Manhattan polling place to cast his vote yesterday. Funny, he looks a lot shorter on TV.
Celebs who weren't getting out the vote brought themselves to the polls yesterday in a year of higher than average turn-out. British-born Anna Wintour waited in New York's SoHo with the plebes--no red carpet into the poll station. And Diddy, whose 2004 "Vote or Die" movement proved a lot of young people would actually rather die than vote, brought news cameras into the voting booth with him.
But Tim Robbins found himself a victim of voting irregularities when his name was missing from the local rolls. Apparently Robbins protested being handed a provisional ballot, whose impact has been shown to be questionable when it comes to the final tally.
[Photo: Dan Hacker]