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The Last Post for the London 2012 Olympics

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Last Post Bugle Call (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are seven reasons why I should be glad that the London 2012 Olympic Games are over:

  1. I no longer have to worry about which events I’m missing if I go out for the evening
  2. On evenings in, I don’t burn holes in my ironing when, so gripped by the excitement of an event, I forget to keep moving the iron
  3. I can take the Union Jacks down from the front of the house, where they’re practically in shreds, having been there  since  the Diamond Jubilee kicked off this amazing English summer
  4. I’ll save  a lot of money on Kleenex, no longer being reduced to tears at least once a day by the athletes’ amazing victories
  5. Shops will return to their usual shorter Sunday opening hours (did you notice that the restricted Sunday opening times were removed for the duration of the Games, in hope of extracting extra cash from Olympic tourists? When were those poor shop assistants meant to watch the events?)
  6. We can reproduce the Olympic logo without fear of being sued
  7. I can once more plan trips to meet friends in London without worrying about being caught up in crowds of Olympic spectators

But – did you guess? – I’m bluffing. I STILL don’t want them to end, even though their closing days have produced so many wonderful memories to treasure. Not least was the Mayor of London’s priceless speech at the Athletes’ Parade through central London today. Only the gloriously brazen, blustering Boris Johnson could get away with some of the things he said – and whatever your politics, you have to love his spirit. (If you missed it, you MUST watch it here.)

The Olympic Rings, the symbol of the modern Ol...
Photo: Wikipedia

If Boris was right about the creation of a new generation on our nation’s living room sofas during the Games, I’m willing to bet that by time the  athletes are leaving the starting blocks of Rio 2016, Britain’s nursery schools and playparks will be full of little Jessicas, Ellies, Mos and Jonnies, named in honour of our London 2012 heroes.  I  hope there’ll be  a smattering of  small Borises too.

The Olympic Games are over, long live the Olympic Games!

 

 

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Optimistic author, blogger, journalist, book reviewer and public speaker whose life revolves around books. Her first love is writing fiction, including the new Sophie Sayers Village Mystery novels (out 2017), short stories and essays inspired by her life in an English village. She also writes how-to books for authors and books about living with Type 1 diabetes. She is Author Advice Centre Editor and and UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) Advice Centre blog, an ambassador for the children's reading charity Readathon, and an official speaker for the diabetes research charity JDRF.

4 thoughts on “The Last Post for the London 2012 Olympics

  1. For a year that has been so hyped for the past 4, I think we’ve done really well. Such great sporting achievements, the Jubilee, the fantastic fireworks at every event! And Andy Murray not realising our summer was over by winning the US Open! I’ve loved this year. 2013 isn’t going to be the same.

  2. People moan and winge (used that word just cause you’re a Brit) about the Olympics costing the city more money than they bring in, but the pure nation-building aspect of them is something you can’t put a dollar value on. And I don’t know much about old Boris, but I laughed hard when he got stuck in the middle of that zip line during the Games.

    1. You’re absolutely right, Laura – the feel-good factor now running rife through Britain is priceless! And look out for Boris, he is always good for a laugh – which I think is why he annoys so many other politicians (even those in the same party)! Do click on the link in my post to listen to his speech – it is Boris at his best and the nation loves him for it!

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