London 2012; Olympic Dreams

Olympic Dreams

I’m still having Olympic Dreams; every night in sleep I recall the sunny wonderland that we shared and strolled through, where people waved and smiled the livelong day, helping everyone, laughing, joking, waiting patiently in lines, singing and chatting to strangers.  Policemen with idly dangling machine guns were integrating and laughing with the crowds, mounted police having their horses petted and posing for photographs.  Wind rustled through the leaves of untroubled trees, the River Lee flowing silently and smooth, cooling the giant columnar feet of the Olympic live television screens at the river bed, and on the banks, picnickers in their thousands with rugs and parasols and hats and wine.  Nature and cutting edge architecture living and breathing in peace and harmony; together embracing the temporary.

Thousands and thousands of people packed themselves willingly together, in the hot sun, with not a single rude or bad tempered word spoken, not an iota of litter strewn, and no hint of antisocial behaviour.  The worst thing that happened is that Ashley from Leeds threw a bottle onto the athletics track, causing a delay, (the bottle would have been plastic because they all were, and to be honest now I think this happened the week before we went and I saw it on television) and as we strolled up to the gates two young Henrys uttered an F word twice with a smile on their lips.  I can honestly say that this is the only swearing I heard all day.   Cold beer was delivered to all corners of the park on smiling helper’s backs, advertised by tall flags.

At the entrance to the Olympic Park

The Stadium

A helper with megaphone

Hyde Park waiting for the swimming

We went early so it was quiet at first

The Aquatics Centre and The Orbit behind

The orbit

The not so VIP experience in Hyde Park

The Orbit

Helpers getting Ready for the Day

The BBC Centre

Live Screen sitting in the River

The Velodrome

Mounted Police posing for photos

Picnic by the River

Badminton Court , I think

Loved this one

Crowds on the Hill watching the Live Screens

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