Tuesday, 18 September 2012
resistance is futile (seemingly)
2012 has seen a few exciting events for Great Britain - The Diamond Jubilee, GB winning the Tour de France, I qualified as a Midwife (ok ok, so maybe not a national event), and also we hosted the 2012 Olympics.
The country went bloody mad about it, and quite frankly it annoyed the hell out of me. the TV was full of it, the papers was full of it, my flipping Twitter time line was full of it. That was even before the event kicked off!
The torch arriving in a town was gauranteed to cause a major upheaval.
Everything and everyone was covered in the Union flag (please note, that we are talking about the union flag - its not a Jack unless its on a boat, a number of our patriotic residents might do well to remember that!).
once the opening ceremony was underway you couldn't move for the flipping Olympics.
I avoided it, even the opening ceremony. Actually that was accidental I didn't necesarily plan to but I was asked on a dinner date, and who am I to resist that?
But then it became almost a personal challenge of mine to make sure I DID NOT WATCH A SINGLE BLOODY EVENT.
ok I do admit to downloading the Dressage event on iplayer and I did watch that last week.
But that is all.
However then the closing ceremony was here and I felt a small tinge of regret that I hadn't made the effort (shush don't tell anyone).
Then the Paralympics was upon us and I decided to correct that regret and bought tickets for blokey and me to see the road racing event at Brands Hatch. I started the day with some trepidation, thought I would be bored pantless. Ha! how wrong can you be? it was brilliant. the paralympians, the atmosphere, the volunteers, the spectators, the organisation of it - all brilliant, honestly couldn't fault a thing.
Every nation cheering for everyone, spectators and crew alike.
Awesome, amazing, incredible.
Seeing a GB gold being won was spectacular. Standing right by the podium as the medals were awarded. Then to see the Union flag hoisted up the pole and the British National Anthem being played, put shivers down my spine.
Yes flipping amazing.
I only wish I had not been so stubborn in the first place and enjoyed it a bit more!