I'm not sure if I should be insulted or elated but more people have started following the BlackLOG during my month's break than in the last 12 months.....is it a sign that people don't actually want me to post any more????
Oh well, I never was good at taking a hint - so I shall pick up with my role as an Olympic London Ambassador and our Paralympics adventure – Yes this will include loads more photos for those of you with stamina to wade through them....
The inspiration that the Paralympians generated was, if anything, greater than even the Olympians. Not just the sacrifice of four year's hard slog but the issue of dealing with disabilities in their everyday lives and the prejudice of others.....It was amazing - when I first started watching paralympic sports it was very hard to look beyond the athletes' disabilities, but within a very short space of time you simply saw the athlete and not their disabilities....
What are the odds....
When Mrs B and I went to the Athletics (amongst 87,998 other people) we had no idea that we would ever see the two people who sat to the left of us ever again - imagine our surprise when they turned up at the swimming the following night (amongst 17,498 other people) in exactly the same position (sitting just to the left of us).
Having seen Touch* I am well aware of the importance of coincidences shaping the destiny of the human race.... With this very much in mind I took the very English step of ignoring the twist of fate and in doing so have either saved the planet from total destruction or possibly plunged us all into a headlong date with oblivion. My apologies, if it is the latter, feel free to sue me from the depths of hell....
* Jack Bauer, oops I mean Keifer Sutherland** in a preternatural drama where science and spirituality intersect with the premise that all events are interconnected.
** That well known cockney actor - I bet most of you didn't know that he was born in London...
London Ambassador role
If you had gone on to say that I would be dressed in pink and purple while doing so I would have attempted to give you a very wide berth indeed.....
If you had pressed me further and insisted that I would actually enjoy the experience I would probably have petitioned to have you sectioned.....
Yet at the end of the experience I can truly say I did actually enjoy my time as an Ambassador for the country.
“Yes madam we will return your husband as soon as we have finished cleaning him up.....”
"Would you mind keeping an eye on my children (pointing towards two young kids sitting about 20 metres away) while I get some...."
I reached down and proffered a sachet of sugar which had been left on the desk during a previous shift.
Bloke one – “Not another one of those pink bastards they are everywhere...”
Not such a good experience with one of the Games Maker drivers however. We had been given meet and greet boards by one of the Stansted LOCOG team to give to the drivers. I offered it to one particular driver –
Worse still it was surrounded by security officers and coach chaos had ensued as he was blocking part of the access to some of the bays and had triggered a security alert......
Interestingly enough the security guards were more interested in having a go at me rather than the delivery driver. I gave my apologies and was amazed when they let us leave with no further action....
Athletes and the slightly famous
I failed to meet a single athlete during my 160 hours on shift. I did see the back of Pete Doherty's head (not really a sportsman unless you count snorting cocaine as an Olympic sport - I suspect an unlikely event until we get the Columbian Olympic games..... ) and a side profile of the Football TV pundit Chris Kamara as he hurried through the airport.....
The only sportsmen that I came across were the Leeds United football team - which turned out to be a low point. One of the women on shift is a lifelong Leeds fan and a season ticket holder to boot (travelling regularly from Cambridge to Leeds to watch their home games). She went across to say hello and they completely blanked her. Now she was in London Ambassador uniform and giving her time freely, while these over paid pampered stars could not even be bothered to say hello. She made excuses for them saying that they were hungry and had just wanted to get food but I witnessed them shuffle away and just continue hanging around chatting to each other. She had been polite and friendly and didn't deserve that treatment...
Mrs B and I embark on a trip to Japan next month and fingers crossed that we come across some helpful Japanese ambassador’s....
Record of the week (although possibly record of the month might be a more apt description with my current blog-rate....)
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Exposito Pineiro J - Spain
F20 Long Jump
Crucifying his body in search of success....
|2 of 5|
Tonight we will be cruising at an altitude
of approximately 4 feet...
|3 of 5|
Fasten your seatbelts it 's going
to be a rough landing
|4 of 5|
Assume crash position
|5 of 5|
Exit stage left and pick up your Gold medal
|Our T35/T38 4x100m runners celebrate Bronze -|
It should have been so much better but in the
fine traditions of GB relay teams they mucked up
one of the changes....
|David Weir winning the second of his |
4 Gold Medals in the T54 - 1500m.
I have never experianced such a volume of
sound as it followed David around the
stadium like a vocal Mexican wave....
|A cheeky celebration for|
Lenine Cunha (Portugal)
as he wins Bronze in the
F20 Long Jump
|If you can't win the long jump you|
can always try sculpting sand with your feet...
|Elana Pautova Russia on the way |
to Gold in the T12 - 1500m
Apparently Elana is used to training on a
surface that is about a foot higher than
the Olympic Stadium track....
|Not a three legged race but blind |
runners with their guides...
|The Aquatics Centre - with wings|
Makes it sound horribly like an advert for pantyliner
"Giving the building confidence to swan about the
Olympic park no matter what time of the month it is...."
|Despite what it looks like there were certainly|
no half measures from these athletes...
|Certainly a different way of swimming|
perhaps he forgot his towel and didn't
want to get wet .....
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Personally I feel the placing of this
sign seems poorly judged...
|2 of 3|
How do you enter a diving pool if you
are banned from diving?
|3 of 3|
Does this mean all of these Paralympians are
all about to be disqualified for ignoring the
no diving sign?
|Look at those pesky Games makers |
forcing guests to have a good time.
|Is it me or have we discovered another floating|
competitor? Which leaves the question was this
the Paralympics or paranormalympics?
|Apparently having your horse using the arena |
as a public convenience is not a reason to be
marked down as it is as seen as a sign that
the horse is relaxed....
|I'm guessing that the caption|
"Look mum no hands"
is probably not PC during the
Paralympics which is why I
decided not to use it....
|Canary Wharf looms large over the Equestrian|
arena in Greenwich....
|Mrs B leaving Greenwich after |
the Equestrian event...
|The Olympic stadium|
|The National Gallery - Trafalgar Square|
|Mrs B takes on the Underground and |
comes away with a narrow victory....
|The local buildings in Stratford |
didn't want to miss out and
came along in fancy dress
|Even Tower Bridge got into the spirit of things|
and dressed up for the occasion...
After such a full-on Olympic and Paralympic summer Mrs B and I decided we needed closure - OK finding out that Coldplay were going to be playing a full set didn't make our decision any harder....
|You know that times are hard when they can't even |
afford to put doors on the royal transport.....
|The Athletes take up residence in the |
centre of the stadium..
|Not entirely sure what this burning effigy was|
all about - but it looked mighty impressive....
|London gets to crow about the success of the|
2012 Olympics/Paralympic games....
|Coldplay - at last I got the Beast in to see them|
unfortunately we were seated at the wrong
end of the stadium...
|Some of the entertainers seemed |
happy to just swan about....
|Not the end of the world but the|
end of the Paralympics.....
|Probably not what this entertainer expected |
when they told him he was fired....
|Annabelle the creator of map hats |
- not just for Ambassadors but
also for the Desk...
|Captain my Captain|
"If you want to get ahead get a map....."
|Would you take a map from this man ?|
Stephen, an actor between roles ,
plans to take his one man show
to next year's Edinburgh Fringe
|Two of the London Ambassador shifts at change-over time|
|Despite my best efforts I managed |
only 2nd as the Stansted Pod took
1st place the Best Map Hat competition..
One of the rewards for working as a London Ambassador was access to a reserved section on the Mall for the Athletes Parade....
The original Mobot
Gold - Heptathlon
Gold T34 - 100m
Gold T34 - 200m
|David Weir (honest)|
well at least it's a good shot of his 4 gold medals
T54 - 800m
T54 - 1500m
T54 - 5000m
T54 - Marathon
|Sir Chris Hoy|
"Make mine a double...."
Gold - Team Sprint
Gold - Keirin
|Lee Pearson - Equestrian|
Gold - Mixed Team Championship
Silver - Individual championship test grade Ib
Bronze - Freestyle Dressage
Equestrian Gold Medallist
|Rebecca Adlington - Swimmer|
Bronze in the 400 m freestyle
Bronze in the 800 m freestyle
Ellie Simmonds - Swimmer
Gold S6 - 400m
Gold S6 - 200m
Silver S6 - 100m
Bronze S6 - 50m
David Anthony GB Wheelchair rugby star
or Murder ball as it is affectionately known ....