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Well !  How tiring was that?  Great to see all the old rockers at the Olympic closing ceremony.  Makes you feel good to have survived without the need for too many non prescription drugs.  And marvel at the superlative effects of looking after yourself with the help of coaches, advisers, managers – and the occasional botox injection if you are a Spice Girl (possibly)?

It just feels supremely ironic that:

  1. Most of us watched prodigious amounts of TV entirely sedentary and now want to become the new fit for GB legacy
  2. The cynics at day 4 (no gold rush yet) have stopped saying ‘told you so’ and now want to bask in the reflected glory?
  3. The best commentators on BBC knew when not to comment
  4. The men cried more than the women
  5. This government is still selling off school playing fields

The Blubolympics one of the Gamesmakers called them.  And wasn’t it wonderful that the longest and most sustained standing ovation was reserved for them?  They really did us proud.

I will not need to stock more Kleenex tissues now – the blubbing is over.  My favourite moment?  Jessica Ennis taking her private moment as she won the 800 metres to cap her glorious Heptathlon victory.  Eyes shut, arms extended and smiling and drinking it all in.  Wow.  And she doesn’t normally win that race – but wanted to put  show on for the fans.  Double wow!

Jessica Ennis flying over the 100m hurdles to take Olympic Heptathlon Gold commemorated on Royal Mail stamp

Yes – we can all buy the stamp (and I bet they sell out as well as the seats did eventually…)

That’s the link if you want to look at the whole range of stamps.


One of the athletes said he wanted to thank two people.  My cynical hat thought here we go – mum, god, coach, EPO or whatever.  Ban that cynical view!  he said “The Gamesmakers and the crowd”.  And, come to think of it – Gamesmakers – what a stunning name for the volunteers?

The other thing that seemed in abundance was sportsmanship.  Astonishing that Victoria Pendleton held aloft the hand of her nemesis the pusher from Australia, Anna Meares, after being relegated in the first session of the Sprint final.  There were many other moments like that (Chris Hoy being hugged by Steve Redgrave, cheers for the brave injured who crossed the line last, Mo Farrah and Usain Bolt doing their opposite trademark poses – and you will all have your faves too).

I’m a football fan, and was desperately trying to Hoover up all the last crumbs of the last day of the games and dip into the Charity Shield match between Chelsea and Man City.  They didn’t feel like they had learned anything from the Olympic spirit.

Can’t wait for the Paralympics now!

Comments on: "Couch Potato Olympics!" (3)

  1. I also thought that the opening and closing ceremonies captured ‘britishness’ as near as you can get. The messages of the closing ceremony: Freedom – George Michael; One World in Peace – John Lennon. And we should always remember that we hand over to another “My Generation’ – The Who.I loved the bit with Freddie mercury too – my favourite rock singer (although not a big fan of The Queen). And Muse hit the spot too! (A modern-day Queen). I thought it all spectacular (technically the lighting and effects were astonishing and at times really subtle). I was pleased about the recognition for the Volunteers. I went to the Athens Olympics and for me the volunteers at that event made the whole thing like a world party, and it seems that maybe the volunteers at London did too!

    This was about the PEOPLE of Britain, not the sneering, carping, power-hungry and downright manipulative politicians who think they should moralise to us, tell us to behave. I heard the Co-ordinator of the Volunteers on Radio 4 – fresh out of the Army – and when asked why he thought the volunteers did so well he replied: “We told them, we just wanted them to be themselves”. Hurrah!! So simple. The British people, in all the diversity and acceptance of ourselves, with the humour the two shows captured (all very left field) are fabulous when left to be themselves!!

    Thanks for this blog, o man who cooks!


  2. Murray Stewart said:

    Well said, Phil. I had to suspend my lifelong committment to cynicism during the Olympics, and remove the chip on my shoulder that comes fitted as standard when you are from north of the border – and support Great Britain.

    I watched most of it on the TV in Spain, where I am happy to say the locals were impressed by the opening ceremony and the Games themselves. I was also in Hyde Park on super Saturday, trying to see the triathlon swimmers avoid swallowing too much duck-pee in the Serpentine – a great atmosphere. Now got tickets for the Paralympic athletics – bring it on, indeed.

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