So after checking our bags, a process which took only ten minutes, we headed to security. We joined the queue which stretched the whole length of the building, out the exit and on down a ramp and some stairs. We were in this queue for just under an hour which by any estimation is not acceptable. How on earth did these people cope with the influx and the departure of all those spectators and participants for the olympics.
I’ve said it many times. I am constantly amazed by the sheer grit and determination of the athletes participating in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.
None more so than that shown by Houssein Omar Hassan during the 1,500 metres, earlier today in the 2012 Paralympic Games. He finished last in his heat, recording a time of 11:23.50, which was nearly three times that of the time of the winner. Although the rest of the competitors had finished he continued to the end with enormous support from the spectators.
Hassan who was competing in the T46 category, is the first representative from Djibouti to compete at the Paralympic and it should be noted that he is the only athlete from Djibouti in 2012.
This man showed the true olympic / paralympic spirit.
I’ve been sitting here this evening watching the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympics. Although viewing remotely you cannot help but get caught up in the atmosphere. The enthusiasm being shown by the both the spectators and the athletes is infectious. The show is, as expected, less intricate and in general a lower key affair than the olympics which so dominated our lives earlier this year. Having said that it is no less colourful, no less special.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not normally a sporty person. That is I don’t normally watch sports unless they involve two or four wheels travelling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. However, I did get hooked by the various disciplines and dipped into most at least once. And some, like handball and volleyball (no, not the beach variety) I watched on numerous occasions. Suffice it to say I am now looking forward to watching the Paralympics, to being introduced to some new and unique sports.
But most of all I am looking forward to, vicariously perhaps, sharing the excitement and the pleasure of the athletes as they compete and as they win their various medals. Of course I want to see Team GB succeed and dominate the medal tables but, just as with the Olympics, it doesn’t really matter. The spectators at the olympics didn’t discriminate. They cheered on all the teams, all the competitors regardless of which country they represented. Of course they cheered louder for the home team, that’s to be expected. So I am looking forward to sharing again in the warmth that was demonstrated during the olympics.
So I say again, Bring It On, Let The Games Begin.
Am I the only person in Britain that doesn’t give a damn about the arrival of the Olympic Flame ?
Olympics fever was officially ignited in the UK today when the iconic flame started its 70-day nationwide tour.
The only fever that I see anywhere is the media falling over itself to report that a flame has arrived in the UK.
So What ?
Anyone would think that we are a nation of pyromaniacs, to be aroused by the appearance of a flame.
What on earth do we need 8,000 torch bearers for ? Surely a simple Bic lighter could have been used at far less expense. Several million folks in this country carry one everyday.
Yes I know the olympics are approaching and I do understand that national pride is at stake and I will be as pleased as the next person if we win any medals. But that is the actual olympics.
I really can’t get excited about a flame and I really don’t want to see endless news reports about its progress around the country.
This countries press have reached new depths when they are reduced to reporting that the flame had its own seat allocated on the flight from Greece.
I’m more interested in the fact that the Princess Royal was seated 3 rows away from David Beckham. Presumably she wanted someone sat next to her with whom she could hold an intelligent conversation.