When I arrived in London, I was overwhelmed by the number of friendly, helpful people (paid and public) who were so helpful and welcoming.
I felt very proud that this was the welcome that the many millions of visitors to London would receive. The tube stations, King’s Cross, St Pancras etc are all clean, tidy and clearly show the way to the Park and venues but are also decorated with 2012 colourful bunting. The atmosphere wherever you go is busy, exciting and full of energy.
For the opening ceremony, both Sam and I watched this from very different places. Sam watched this for his balcony overlooking the Park and I watched it from the screen. The only comments I really have about the ceremony is – what a clever, symbolic and inclusive ceremony that truly stunned the world.
From Beijing, that was a festival of military precision and mass participation to a thoughtful historical and cultural extravaganza that touched everyone of the British public and showed the world that we can put on a show like no other. The Ceremony was talked about for days around the Park.
Day one of the competition was chaotic, busy but expertly organised to the very last second and detail. Hannah Miley unfortunately did not medal in her 400m individual medley final but swam extremely well. It is very clear that the Chinese are collecting medals in all disciplines as they strive to compete against the greatest forces of the USA and Russia, with one of their youngest swimmers breaking a world record.
On Day two saw Rebecca Adlington gaining the bronze medal in the 400m freestyle- the atmosphere and support as she walked out onto the deck was electric and the roof was certainly raised as she touched the side to medal. The diving also started today, with the real GB competiton starting tomorrow.
I’ve been sightseeing while I have been here and have attached two of the 84 Wenlocks that are placed all over London to ensure all the sights of London as seen by spectators. I feel truly honoured to be a small part of something so spectacular.