So, without further ado let me introduce you to the Olympic games, as experienced by BlackLOG through the lens of The Beast, plus some interesting Olympic facts ....
I must admit that after the first couple of days of Olympic competition and without a sniff of gold for Team GB, I found myself countering the foreign guests' enquiry as to why Team GB was so rubbish with -
giving away all our gold, Gordon Brown already tried that and
look where that got us...."
With the sudden gold-rush that followed we have been left with the not inconsiderable problem of trying to decide who is going to be the British Sports personality of the year.
My suggestion would be a composite sports personality made up as follows :-
- Bradley Wiggins' side burns
- Jessica Ennis' torso
- Mo's Farrah's celebratory move (Even a certain Mr Bolt joined in)
- Chris Hoy's tearful eyes
- Ben Ainslie's revengeful comeback
- Laura Trott's youthful exuberance
- Nicola Adams' punch
- The very first attempt to stage a modern Olympic Games took place in the English village of Much Wenlock. and inspired Baron de Coubertin to found the International Olympic Committee. One of the London 2012 Olympic Mascots is named 'Wenlock'.
- GB is the only country to have won at least one Gold medal at every one of the modern summer Olympics...
- London is the only city to host three Olympic Games 1908,1948 and 2012
- A ten year old Greek gymnast, Dimitrios Loundras, is often named as the youngest participant in the Olympic Games but there is a record that a hastily recruited seven year old French boy was part of the Dutch team that won the Coxed Pairs Rowing Race at the 1900 Paris Games. Unfortunately, he became bored and wandered off before anyone recorded his name.
- The top prize at the first modern Olympics, 1896 in Athens, was the silver medal and an olive branch. Second place got a bronze. Third place got a great big fat nothing...
- In Paris 1900, the winners got paintings instead of gold medals, with silver and bronze going to second and third place. Gold, silver and bronze medals weren't given out until the 1904 St Louis Olympics.
- The 1912 Stockholm Games was the last time that solid gold medals were awarded to Olympic champions.
- London 1948 saw Gold medals handed out for :-
- - Architecture
- - Literature
- - Music
- - Painting and graphic art
- - Sculpture
- Some of the events that have been dropped from the Olympic Games over the years include the Tug-of-War, cricket, polo and the shooting of live pigeons (They must have been short of clay pigeons in Paris in 1900).
- The Olympic flag was created in 1914 by Pierre de Coubertin. It contains five interconnected rings on a white background. The five rings symbolize the five significant continents and are linked to represent the friendship forged by international competitions. The rings are blue, yellow, black, green, and red and were chosen because at least one of them appeared on the flag of every country in the world. The Olympic flag was first flown during the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games.
Rhino the internet based company who sell the jacket have been great - They are a fantastic advert for how to treat a customers. I managed to lose the neck strap and the lovely Philippa not only managed to tack me down a replacement but sent it recorded delivery and did not charge me a thing. So a big thanks to Philippa and Rhino ...
|Mrs B outside the Olympic stadium...|
|Mrs B's Union Jack shoes|
|Me and some of the ladies on one of my shifts|
I can't say I'm loving the Pink and purple
but it does stand out...
|Even the jacket can't carry off the pink and purple...|
The London Look
| Nelson got into the spirit of the Olympics|
adding a bit of Colour to his perch high
above Trafalgar Square....
|The O2 or North Greenwich stadium as it became known |
during the Olympics due to advertising rights....
|Tower Bridge joins in the Olympic fun....|
|One of the many country Houses set up during|
the Olympics....In this case the French House..
|Big Ben as seen from Horse Guards parade ....|
|The Orbit - £23 million pounds of statue....|
|London Bridge at night...|
|The Orbit - like something out of|
War of the Worlds
|Looks more like a game of musical statues...|
|Bentley (GB) celebrates prematurely as she gets knocked|
out in the 1st round against Peterson (Can) ....
|If you can't win with the sword counter with the |
sweaty arm pit....
|That's more like it - proper fencing...|
|Errigo (Italy) floats with excitement as she reaches the|
semi-finals by beating Kiefer (USA)
|Sea of people - we didn't last long in the throng and|
soon ran for the air-conditioned comfort that is
|Jessica Ennis on her way to Heptathlon Gold|
|Jessica comes across for some coaching ....|
or was it to take a closer look at the UJ Jacket???
|Start of one of the women's 100 metres heats....|
|Having managed to miss the Olympic torch relay we finally|
get to see the Olympic flame....
|Louise Hazel (UK)- 12.81M and 715 points in the Heptathlon shot put.|
|Jessica on her way to 14.28M and 813 points|
|Mens long jump heats - conventional attempt|
|Mens long jump - has this competitor clearly |
not heard of aerodynamics ....?
|Heptathlon 200 metres|
|Mrs B - the Union Jack jacket and myself at the |
opening evening of the Athletics....
|Mens Shot put final - Poland's T.Majewski throws 21.89m....|
|...and it's enough to give Majewski Gold|
|Pavey and Bleasdale (UK) celebrate qualifying for the |
5000 meters final....I wonder what they would have
done if they got a medal....
|Olympic stadium at night...|
|China beating Austria|
|It was a bit too easy - straight sets victory|
i.e. less time watching
|Horse Guards Parade - incredible venue|
for the Beach Volleyball...
|The joys of winning..free tickets for events|
Some of our Gold Medal rowers watching
the Beach Volleyball...
|Italy might look stylish but they got trounced by |
the eventual gold Medallists: USA...
|All those straight sets victories|
left time for the....
Price of fame match
Our gold medallist rowers are forced to come down
and show how not to play Beach Volley ball...
Mens Olympic Football final
|With just 29 seconds on the clock and many people still |
finding their seat, Mexico go one up.
Peralta pounces on a mistake in the Brazilian defence
Fortunately The Beast and I were ready....
2 : 0
|Mexico still not reading the script and this one counts ...|
Finally, Peralta gets his second
|Just when we hit injury time Brazil|
finally registers on the score-sheet....
Hulk (no not the green angry one in the
purple shorts - Just how did they manage to
stay on during transformation???) pulls back
one for Brazil....
|But no, Brazil's deep into injury time chance for an|
equaliser goes begging and with it any chance of an extra
half an hour of playing time...
Mexico are Olympic champions
|Queue the final whistle...|
|The Brazilian goalkeeper prays to the gods |
but it's too little too late - he knelt there for
a good five minutes - what was all that about?
|One very happy Mexico fan......|
I'm just glad she shaved for the occasion...
|Finally time to celebrate - |
even though most of the under 23 players
were now over 23.......
Closing Ceremony concert at Hyde Park
|This is what 80,000 people looks like at close quarters ...|
|The Specials bring a bit of 70's Ska to the proceedings|