Friday, 17 August 2012

Olympics and team spirit!

Well, it's all very sad.  The olympics are over.

I amazed myself.  For a woman with not the slightest interest in sport I spent night after night watching everything I could.
I could feel my heart thudding in my chest watching Mo Farrah win his races.  My heart thudded even heavier when I saw how heavily pregnant his wife was!
I nearly cried for Tom Daley.  I had to put my hands in front of my eyes for some of his dives.  I've never been so happy for a medal winner.  I kept whispering Come on Tom, you can do it!
Jessica Ennis was a spectacular role model for young women, as was all our competing athletes.  The south african boy swimmer, whose dad was interviewed on TV did make me smile and cry all at once.
But the closing ceremony certainly had me howling with laughter at some points.  Especially since my friend was there and kept sending me pictures.
The stadium looked amazing.

One Direction didn't look too bad either, if you can forgive the blip in the photo!

The Pet Shop boys were pretty spectacular.

As were the Spice Girls in their health-and-safety issues taxis!!!

I'm not going to say too much about the fact Noel Gallagher must have been killing himself laughing at Liam's nasal voice.  Or about Russell Brand's singing.

I'll focus on the joy that was Eric Idle and the palpable emotion in the air when Take That took to the stage.  Hats off to Gary Barlow.
My only regret that the ceremony wasn't closed by Take That singing Never Forget.  I think it would have been a fabulous end to a wonderful olympics.

And my only gripe???

Why is the flame extinguished when the Paralympics still have to take place??
I was a tiny bit uncomfortable about that and thought it would have been more fitting to extinguish the flame when both events had finished.
But then again, who am I?


  1. Hi Scarlet:

    As your Prime Minister told the world: Brittan Delivered!

    You also delivered when I was in London and you won the World Cup (1966)! I’ve never seen so many thousands of happy people out on the streets walking around. You sure can celebrate over there.

    Now’s here’s what I would like to know: When are we going to get an Olympic theme Medical Romance? I’d like a doctor who treats the athletes in Olympic Village. Many sports have older athletes. I’d also like the scoop on what happens in the village during the events.

    An Olympic series would be nice in two sets: three stories each for the Winter Games and three for the Summer Games. In fact, it is not too late to have a story of this past Olympics. What a great way to re-live the glory that was the last weeks!

    I’m ready to order now.


  2. Vince is right, Scarlet, that would be a great idea. There are plenty of people around who you could interview for their experiences. We had one guy at work who was a volunteer at the opening ceremony and I'm sure lots of people would like to relive their experiences. I thought the opening ceremony was in parts brilliant and the closing, in parts atrocious. I'm looking forward to the paralympics too.

  3. Hi vince
    Loved the olympics, only wish i'd thought of a story idea nine months ago! Need to learn to plan in advance!

  4. Hi cara, one of my friends was a volunteer and had the time of her life. Was assigned to Wimbledon and saw all the big stars . Hated the obvious miming in bits of the ceremony - they are singers, why can't they sing?

  5. I actually whinged about the cost of the games through the first minutes of the opening ceremony - then James Bond went to fetch the Queen and I was won over.

    I loved it best when we won - especially gold (and there were plenty of them). I never tired of the medal ceremonies. And I fell madly in love with the gold-winning 56 year-old horseman - he's given me hope I could win a medal one day (and I've still got a few years left to learn to ride a horse).

    And this is from someone who always came in last on sports day. Once, ten minutes after the rest (that was the last one I took part in - I got my mum to write me a note after that).


  6. Right there with you Suzanne, I was always last in the running race too! I'm now following Tom Daley on twitter ike some sad old woman!