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 Friday, August 31, 2012

Walking time from my Olympic Stadium seat to my kettle: 19 minutes 45 seconds

That bit where you stand for the British national anthem. The girl to my right may just explode with joy.

Weather conditions in the Olympic Stadium are 'Typically British'. Latvia has a shot put world record. The world's media have not turned up.

I like entering the Olympic Park via the Victoria Gate. It makes me feel like I'm giving 40 people something useful to do.

 Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If this was Eurovision, we'd be onto the scoring by now.

The man in seat 601 has given up and gone home. The Queen, William, Kate, Cameron and Boris are still looking professionally interested.

Disconsolate to discover that Heather Small isn't listed as a performer in the Opening Ceremony programme

Security check, tick. Queue for food, tick. Souvenir programme, tick. Free apple, tick. Thunderbirds theme playing, tick. Bring it on...

Police outriders are whisking the first VIPs around the Bow roundabout. Part 2 begins...

 Saturday, August 18, 2012

RT @tabascokid: New post on the Olympic opening ceremony. Yes, I know. Don't start. ;) http://t.co/eXbgQDr7 #photo #london2012

Olympics Opening Ceremony about to be repeated on BBC1. Shame a) nobody's in b) Trevor Nelson's still commentating

 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

People are tweeting about football again. I think it's all over.

 Sunday, August 12, 2012

The first non-Olympic programme on BBC1 for 16 days is The Sky At Night. Yay, back to reality at the bottom of Patrick Moore's garden.

From less than a mile away, the post-Olympic fireworks sound like the end of the world. Which, alas, it is.

Watching the reflection of the Stadium fireworks on nextdoor's wall, while Take That are mufled by a helicopter clattering directly overhead

It's proving increasingly obvious why the Queen hasn't dropped in tonight.

"Imagine there's no country" (except, John, that would completely wreck how the Olympics works)

One day they'll dish out the medals for the women's marathon at the Closing Ceremony. We're not there yet.

Having said that, the Victoria Gate is the ideal spot to listen in on the Closing Ceremony dress rehearsal #waterloosunset #katebush

The Victoria Gate is now closed. There are no Games Makers, only a lot of lost Closing Ceremony spectators facing a long unsigned detour.

The Olympic marathon is not passing my house, right now.

 Saturday, August 11, 2012

Fish and chips in front of the big screen on the beach in Weymouth. That's London 2012's Olympic sailing wrapped up.

On Chesil Beach

A bemusing maritime ballet is taking place in the bay, with a Jurassic limestone backdrop. Two policemen on jetskis go scudding past.

On the blustery rocks beneath The Nothe, watching Finland and Russia tacking for glory.

I am at the seaside. There is sun. There is wind. There is sailing. There is Olympics.

 Friday, August 10, 2012

High in the wings at the synchronised swimming. Team GB outclassed by superior spangly kersploshes.

A sticky shade-free afternoon in the Olympic Park. The policemen are sucking ice lollies.

Giant pink signs have gone up in the Olympic Park saying the exit to West Ham is the 'fastest route to Central London' #liars

 Thursday, August 09, 2012

Remember the Games Maker advert where someone got to be Usain Bolt's race attendant. There's the lucky chosen one...

 Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Olympic Cycle News: The bike park in Victoria Park is less than 5% full

Amid the middle classes at the canoeing. This should be the first time I've ever been live on BBC1. I'm waving

 Sunday, August 05, 2012

Standing at my front door in Bow, a mile from the Stadium, waiting for the women's marathon to pass by.

 Saturday, August 04, 2012

In a fortnight's time, all the sports headlines are going to be football. Make the most of joyful plurality while it lasts

 Friday, August 03, 2012

Dining out with Dad in ghost town Greenwich. The pie and mash shop is closing early.

Under the Dome for the final of the bouncing men. Expert commentary from the five year-old sat behind. The Chinese are walking it.

I can confirm that Games Travelcards aren't valid for free travel on the Dangleway, only the usual pay as you go discount.

Viewed from the DLR at Pudding Mill Lane, the Olympic warm-up tracks are (finally) busy with athletes preparing to compete

 Thursday, August 02, 2012

Magenta punctuation fail (at the Olympic Park's Eton Manor Gate) http://t.co/AKI2lM3k

It's Great Britain v Argentina at the handball. We're losing. The crowd are as partisan as a bunch of Dads on Hackney Marshes.

I swear the bloke who just walked past was wearing a badge which said Head of Sustainability #olympicpark

It's a gorgeous sunny morning in the Olympic Park. I've seen my first drinking fountain with no queue!

 Wednesday, August 01, 2012

At the Low Countries grudge match, a sea of orange ponchos and orange brollies emerges when it rains.

The view from the top of the hockey grandstand, down the entire length of the Olympic Park, is spectacular.

It's an earlybird kickoff in the men's hockey. So far, only half the crowd have hiked all the way up the Park to the Riverbank Arena.


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