The final stretch

Plenty of discussions today on TV, and on line about the legacy of the Olympic venues.  No doubt LOCOG have had a legacy plan in place for a long time; they have already said the Olympic park will close after the Paralympics and open again next July as a local park. It seems a shame to just close it immediately after the 9th September closing of the  Paralympics because there are many thousands of people who love to see what their taxes have been spent on, not just the lucky ones who were able to get a ticket to see the games.  Personally I would like to see it stay open for say a month after the end of the games, charging a nominal fee to get in. There will still have to be security in place, but this could be much lower key and would prevent vandalism and theft.  It will also show the country that the park is accessible to all.

A gratuitous picture of a lily from our back garden:

Another day, another day off.  Girding my considerable loins for my last day.  Sad, but happy in other ways. Sad that my experience is coming to the end, happy because quite frankly I’m tired, and didn’t realise how much the walking and standing would take it out on me.  Now I’m no lardy, I go swimming and cycling many times a week, so for my age I consider myself fairly fit.  But, this Games Maker adventure has taken its toll on my body.  All together….aaah. The day off has also been rewarded by a bit of better weather, so some sunshine for today, at least.

There is one good thing to look forward, the organisers have invited us to an end of Olympics get-together on the Sunday, when I hope to bump into the people I worked with over the last two weeks, and have a photo session.  Then it’s off to one of the parks, probably Victoria BT live park to watch the closing ceremony and catch the fireworks from the Olympic stadium.  Then on Monday it’s back to….normal life, which for me is mainly at home, doing what I like to do all day, every day.  Ah, retirement is bliss.  Catch me tomorrow night, if I don’t collapse as soon as I get in.  Five fascinating facts about taekwondo…..zzzzzzz:

About cliverh

Retired aerospace engineer, first with the Royal Air Force and then BAE Systems. Now enjoying a variety of activities and not getting bored. I was a Games Maker Volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics and a volunteer at the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. I was also a volunteer at the 2019 Cricket World Cup in Southampton. I intend to blog about what interests me.
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2 Responses to The final stretch

  1. teresa says:

    Haha, love it. Sunday should be good fun. 🙂

    You’re nearly, can you believe it? Seems like an age ago we started this journey.

    Looking forward to seeing all the pics.


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