Where do we start?Just being in The Olympic Park fair took our breath away. We just couldn’t comprehend that at that moment we were in the middle of the whole world’s focus, or to big it up even more …..we were at the centre of our Universe …..
Seeing, smelling, hearing, breathing, feeling ……. almost tasting history as it was being made all around us.
We were all covered in mahooooosive goosebumps, but realised that if we didn’t calm down and quickly, we wouldn’t be able to absorb all that was going on and as the Korea v Russia women’s handball semi finals we had tickets for didn’t start until 5 o’clock we had almost a whole day to explore and embrace robustly The London 2012 Experience.So ….. we lingered for quite a while outside the NBC studio (just as Vinnie had done) bobbing up and down and waving profusely just in case Dianne, Doug and Christopher in sunny Florida were watching and might see us!
We in turn spotted Jamie Oliver getting ready for a cookery demonstration and Ryan Seacrest from American Idol …… and someone called Alistair Campbell, who we didn’t really know but who seemed to be enjoying his Magnum until this nutty overexcited woman in the crowd
molested accosted him …….
We would have liked to have had our picture taken right in front of the Olympic Rings but the queue was mahoooosive, so we posed as best as we could from a romantic distance.We also waved up at the BBC TV Studio (below) which seemed to be perched on what looked like storage containers and someone waved back, but we’re not really sure who it was, but we like to think that it was Gary Linekar having a crisp break between takes!Then we went to see Gloriana ……
The barge of our beloved Queen and kindly lent by her to David Beckham to transport the Olympic Flame to the Opening Ceremony because there would have been so many health and safety implications if he had tried to bring it in via the underground or in a taxi or on the bus!
…… And we cannot begin to tell you how beautiful all the planting around the park was, it was just stunning, like an English country garden.
So beautiful in fact that we are thinking that we should use some of these pictures in the 2013 calendar that we are thinking of putting together.
Team GB’s success in the Velodrome (or Pringle) has made us think that perhaps we should consider taking up cycling as a legacy of the 2012 Games ….. it also seems a most excellent way of getting a pair of shapely turned calves!
But …… the most exciting moment of all was when we were actually able to take our seats in the Copper Box for the ladies handball.
We were at an Olympic event and it was toooooooo wonderful to describe….. from the warm ups, the Mexican waves, the lights, the music, the roar of the crowd ………… watching all the television cameras, sitting in the middle of Norwegians ….. and cheering at the top of our voices until we were hoarse as the teams come out, watching them play, seeing the joy of the Korean girls when they won……
….. and the abject sorrow and tears of the Russian girls when they realised that their Olympic dream had came to an end. It was an emotional rollercoaster ride none of us will every forget and doubt if we will ever experience again.
After, overwrought with emotional exaltation we decided to sit a while in the Park Live arena, it seemed so peaceful but still of a very excited type nature.
Now and again we could hear a mahoooooosive roar coming from the hockey arena ….. it was a sound none of us will every forget ……. it sent chills that were constantly multiplying down our spines.
“A man who is tired of the Olympics is tired of life” ……. and if we were Oliver Twist we would be saying “Please sir ….. we want some more!”
….. My most favourite memory/picture of the day? Was one of Darrell just sitting in silence ….. just watching as thousands of people walked by …. lost in his own Olympic World …..