The Tinkerous Toddler has taken very well to the Olympics or rather the Lympics as she has re-named them. I’ve tried to correct her, but she most emphatically told me that it was I who was wrong. I daren’t argue, she is a very strong-minded young lady at the moment.
Talking of strong-minded ladies, how amazing was it to watch Jessica Ennis not just win, but totally smash her way to gold in the Heptathlon at London 2012! And don’t get me started on Mo Farrah, what a guy. I was literally on the edge of my seat as he did his final sprint.
The brilliant thing for us is that though we, like a gazillion others, didn’t manage to get tickets to the athletics, we can stand on our balcony and at least share in the whoops and cheers as they get carried on the wind from the Olympic Stadium.
We’ve been making the most of the BT London Live zone in Victoria Park to get us really into the Olympic spirit. The Tinkerous Toddler loved going up in the Viewing Wheel so much that she rail-roaded her Grandpa straight to it when he came to pay a visit a couple of days back.
Alongside watching the latest Olympic action on the big screens, we also caught a performance from one Rasta Mouse and his Easy Crew, which pleased TT as much as the viewing wheel. We all had a little dance as they gently swayed their way through their set.
Sad to say, that little dance was one of the most energetic things I’ve done in the last week. It’s amazing how having the Olympic Games in the ‘hood has turned me into a massive couch potato. Oh the irony of it.
As I’ve alluded to more than once in the last few weeks, we really weren’t sure what to expect when the Olympics started. But the reality so far has been just lovely. The Olympics have brought with them early daily postal deliveries, early morning rubbish collections, a massive decrease in traffic on the roads, copious amounts of parking spaces in a usually hard to park area… oh hang on a minute, I suppose I should be focusing on the sport!!
I do get a sense that these Games really are proving to be a success, not just because Team GB is cleaning up on the medals front, but because the goals of sustainability and legacy really do look like they will be met. There’s the physical legacy of the buildings, facilities and the regeneration, but there’s also a great sense that Team GB are leaving a legacy of success for current and future generations to emulate.
And as I finish writing this post, I’ve just witnessed Andy Murray win GOLD and BEAT Federer. I don’t even like tennis, but who could deny that this is a magical moment. Boy oh boy, these Games, The London 2012 Olympic Games really are something else. To steal a line from the Olympic brand sponsor that I wholly disapprove of… I’m lovin’ it!
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