I might say that this morning on the heath I was greeted by a very cross dog-walker and his extremely guilty looking dog, shouting, ‘It’s a sea of crisps out there. A sea..’ My dogs thought they’d found cheese and onion paradise, but he was right.. there were a lot of left over crisps!
Anyway, all this is an introduction to saying that there is such a sense of community in London; the Olympic volunteers are wonderful, so friendly and eager to help. I keep having to say it’s okay, I’m not lost, I live here! London is a very transient city; people move all the time, it’s full of visitors and sometimes it is a hard city to live in, but at the moment, it is radiating positivity. I’m so proud. My timeline is full of people choked with emotion and if there is one thing I’d recommend for BBB readers watching the Olympics it is waterproof mascara!
But, it isn’t just about us – it is as much about the athletes and their families. I very much like that P&G (massive sponsors of the Olympics) have opened a pamper salon at the Wella Studio in London (as well as on the Olympic site) focussing on treatments for the mums of athletes as well as athletes and media. Being an athlete’s mum must be so nerve-wracking, and not to mention the years of 5am drives to practice on dark winter mornings, eternally washing kit, attending events all over the country and all the while trying to see to the needs of the rest of the family. I cannot imagine it is an easy life. Other than Judy Murray (mum of tennis player, Andy Murray) you don’t really ever see athletes’ mums in the limelight. P&G have put a focus on the backbone of athletes; their mums. And yes, I know, it’s all part of the bigger media picture for them, but it genuinely has made me think harder about what it must be like for the mums, and I hope they are pampered beyond all known pampering measures! They couldn’t deserve it more.
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Wonderful post. As an expat im in two minds about the Olympics. I mean I am kinda sad to be missing all the emotion and atmosphere of London, which obviously ramps up around any huge event. But I have also heard so much negative stuff about the impact of it all. However watching the opening ceremony on tv I was kinda proud of London and homesick for the not so little city.
The opening ceremony was amazing last night- watched it in a bar in Clapham and everyone was so happy and excited for it. Love being in London for something so amazing! X
Bravo to the Brits for starting off the games with a spectacular show! Loved it here in the former colonies! Of course something so huge is going to be intrusive, but it is the first Olympics in ages that has made me really want to be there – of course, I”m a city girl and Anglophile! Hope it all continues to go smoothly!
Interesting alternative view of the Games over at the Inspector Gadget blog http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/
I’m actually finding the Olympics isn’t making too much difference in terms of transport. I get the District out past Earl’s Court in rush hour every day and it’s no more crowded than it ever is. Even Stratford didn’t look too busy when I went through today!
I live in Greenwich Area as well, and as you said, the closed roads, difficult to park and etc, doesnt kill the amazing atmosphere about the games, I wish the weather helps!