Sod it! Lets eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. I'll pretend this is a genuine thread.
My memories of the 2012 Olympics are very vivid, like they happened yesterday for a number of reasons. Firstly, they were held only 10 miles from where I live and secondly, at the time I was looking after my dad and his health was rapidly going down and his walking was just coming to a end.
The Olympics started off with the Red Arrows flying over my house, literally right over my house!!! This was on the day of the opening night and five seconds later, I ran indoors and watched them appear on tv. What a treat! Really enjoyed seeing them.
And for the next few weeks, my family was glued to the tv and we watched as much as possible. From the wonderful indoor events, to the outside events showcasing the veey best of what London has to offer, it was brillant, I loved it all.
I'll just highlight a few of my favourite things and of course going back to that opening night, Danny Boyle's leftwing extravaganza was a masterpiece. In particular the opening Industrial revolution segment was superb. Nothing has been seen like that since and proably never will be again. Those chimneys coming out of the ground destroying England's green and pleasant land, was incredible and the rings at the end was simply amazing. Didn't like the music bit, but loved Mr Bean and the lighting of the cauldron(s) at the end. Very innovative. And all those drums....
The cycling was brillant. I watched the lot. Both indoors at the velodrome and the outside events showcasing the city. It never looked better. That sight with Chris Hoy and his mulitple gold medals, is something I will never forget. And didn't all our cyclists do well.
In the pool, our swimmers were great and people like Rebecca Addlington did well and of course everyone supported a still very young Tom Daley. But unfortuntely the media interest in him was just too overwhelming for him.
Loved the triathlon and the Brownlee brothers are a pair I have always followed since. They look so physically puny, yet they must be the fittest and strongest out of all the athletes and talking of which I found the men's gymastics very interesting. Strength and power of some events with the grace and agility of the floor event. Very unique.
And in my house down we screamed like mad when Mo Farah won his races. So much so, we had to hit the strepsils afterwards, as out throats were so sore. An incredible moment.
For my family as a whole and especially for my dad, as his dementia was advanded by then, we really enjoyed the horses. The elegance of the horses and riders at the equestrian events was fantastic to watch. And what a great setting it was set in.
We almost went to the stadium, but my dad was so poorly and I was worried about how to handle him if there was a problem, so decided against it in the end. Of course I reget not going there, especially as it was so close, but as well as seeing the Red Arrows with my own eyes, I did get a "little" flavour of the excitment a few weeks later.
In early September we had a holiday booked in Great Yarmouth and a little bit late, we realised that the Tour of Britain was going to pass by our holiday caravan on the day we arrived. Due to a problem with my dad, we were late leaving our house and I insisted to my mum that we must see the cyclists. She was rather keen too.... She put her foot down and did about 85mph up the A13. (I don't drive) We got to our caravan site five minutes before the cyslists were due. We shoved our bags in the caravan and put my dad in a wheelchair. His walking was going and in fact two days later, his walking came to final end, but on that day we wheeled him to the street and got there just in time. We all stood up as the cyclists roured past with all the entourage of their cars and police escorts. Fantastic. I am sure Bradley Wiggins was there, but he went past so fast, it was impossible to see. On the tv, you really don't appreciate just how quick they the cyclists are going. They are seriously, seriously fit.
What a sight and well done to my my mum for getting us there on time to have our own olympic like experience. Loved every moment of the olympics.
Now, that is more like it! Good post, Horizon!