Author Topic: I lurve the Olympics!!  (Read 6523 times)

Prabhakari

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Re: I lurve the Olympics!!
« Reply #15 on: 20 Jul 2012 08:02PM »
It will soon be all over.
There will be a photograph of an empty MacDonald's food container lying on the park.

Then the recriminations will begin.
Secrets that will shock the Daily Mail will gradually be discovered...

Nobody will have any idea what to do with the site.

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I hope that the opening display will be magical. Something to make a child look on, in awe and delight.
It is my intention to watch a video of the opening if I can.

In spite of all the bad publicity, it is our Olympics. May we be happy.
Bless 'em all, bless 'em all,
The long and the short and the tall.

auntieCtheM

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« Reply #16 on: 20 Jul 2012 11:29PM »
Oh Hurty!  >hugs<

Is it that you cannot do the journey or that you cannot sit in a seat for a long time?

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« Reply #17 on: 21 Jul 2012 02:54PM »
Oh Hurty!  >hugs<

Is it that you cannot do the journey or that you cannot sit in a seat for a long time?

Truth to tell, I can't really manage either. The thought of trying to do both in one day is enough, never mind the reality! Never mind, I expect we would have been sat so far back that the athletes would have looked like ants. With TV I will get the best seat in the house  :-)

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« Reply #18 on: 21 Jul 2012 04:28PM »
I wanted to go to see the archery but the tickets were for a morning, afternoon or an evening session.  It wouldnt be worth going just for a couple of hours.  I will watch some of the olympics like archerym, shooting, triathlon & some of the cycling & athletics. 

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« Reply #19 on: 24 Jul 2012 01:35PM »
Yesterday I travelled to London for the first technical rehearsal of the opening ceremony.  This is quite a long post, as I have tried to describe the practicalities of travelling to the Olympic Park.

The journey to London wasn't too bad.  We had decided to drive part of the way and then catch the train from a station closer to London, as the last train home to my local station leaves London far too early and we would have missed half of the ceremony.  When we arrived at London Bridge station I was disconcerted to see armed police patrolling; I know they are there for our safety and security but somehow it just makes me feel uncomfortable and not reassured at all.
From London Bridge we went on the Jubilee line straight to Stratford station, which was very straightforward but very busy.  At Stratford station there is lots of signage and stewards around to point you in the right direction for the Olympic Park.

It was very easy to find the Accessible Shuttle bus to the Olympic Park and there was plenty of seating in the shade in waiting area.  The Shuttle bus had enough space for tying down 4 wheelchairs and had about a dozen seats.  The bus had to stop at a security checkpoint, which was run by Army personnel.  The check was very thorough and included looking under the bonnet, mirror checks under the vehicle and the roof.  Even the wheelchair ramp was deployed and examined, and the interior was also checked.  Apparently, each vehicle has to be checked each time it enters the Olympic Park, and it is worth noting that this adds to the journey time.  It all ran very smoothly and we were soon dropped off at the entrance to the Olympic Park.

This is where we ran in to our first problem.  I needed to pick up the tickets from the Box Office and I was surprised to see such a small Box Office.  It was basically 2 portacabins placed back to back with about 6 windows for serving customers on each side.  We queued for 50 mins in the full sun to collect the tickets, so if you are going to the Games and will be collecting your tickets there, be prepared for a long queue in a very exposed area.  I'm pleased it was such lovely weather yesterday and I was glad I had taken a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with me.

Once the tickets were in my hand, we went straight to the security check-in which was very similar to airport security.  There was a separate area for disabled people which meant we didn't have to wait as long as everybody else.  In fact I went straight through with no waiting.  Again, it was Army personnel doing the security checks.  Our bags were scanned and we went through a scanner and had a light pat-down, and that was it.  I can't comment on the security checks for AB's.

If you are planning to go to the Olympic Park, I would warn you that once you go through the ticket barriers into the Olympic Stadium area, you can't get back into the wider Olympic Park.  So if you fancy walking around the Park, you need to do this before handing your tickets over.  The wider Olympic Park has a huge MacDonalds (what a shame, I missed it  >lol<) and a large shop selling Olympic souvenirs.

In the Olympic Stadium area, there are loads of eateries ranging from Indian & Asian, to Ice creams and Pasties.  The price of the food and drink was what I expected to be paying in London.

There were plenty of toilet facilities and no queues! 

I had booked wheelchair accessible seating and I couldn't have wished for a better seat.  The seats are at the front of the first tier allowing a really fantastic view of the stadium. At each wheelchair space there is a seat for a companion.  The access is good and the seats are spacious.

Now for the show itself!  Danny Boyle requested that we keep the content of the ceremony to ourselves so that we don't spoil the surprise, so I won't be going into any details here.  All I will say is that it was awesome.  I don't think that is a word I have used before, but I think it best describes the whole experience.  I hadn't known what to expect, and to be honest I'm not usually one for shows, however this was so spectacular and so very cleverly choreographed, that I couldn't fail to be impressed.
I had to leave at 10pm (it was due to finish at 10.15, and they were behind schedule) so I missed the last bits and the grand finale.  So, I will definitely watch the opening ceremony on iplayer when it's on to see those bits I missed.  I'm not usually excited by this sort of thing, but seeing the rehearsal has whetted my appetite and I would recommend watching it, or at least catching the highlights if you can.

It is stunning and I'm so glad I made the effort to go.

I didn't get home until 2am.  When we left the stadium at 10pm, quite a lot of people were doing the same.  The trains were packed and I dread to think what would have happened if we had left with everyone else at the end.  I do have reservations about how well the transport system will cope with the volume of people arriving and leaving the Olympic venues at the same time.  If you are travelling to the Games, ensure you leave ample time for your journey.  It will be hectic.

My overall impression of the Olympic Park is very good.  I hope the Games go well, and I'm sure that anyone going to spectate will have a great time!



 

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Re: I lurve the Olympics!!
« Reply #20 on: 24 Jul 2012 09:04PM »
Thank you so much for writing up your incredible visit DD, because I realise you will be very tired by such a long day out.  Well worth it though.    >star< >star<

I am absolutely delighted you had such a wonderful time and am looking forward even more to the Opening Ceremony.   >rainbow2< 

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« Reply #21 on: 25 Jul 2012 12:32AM »
So pleased for you Ditchdwellers.  But glad it was not me having that long day.  Hope that you are OK after it all.

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« Reply #22 on: 25 Jul 2012 10:54AM »
Yvette & Auntie, I feel more tired today than I did yesterday.  Sometimes it takes a day or so for the aches and pains to come out, so I'm going to have a lazy day today.  The effort was all worthwhile though  >biggrin<

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« Reply #23 on: 25 Jul 2012 03:28PM »
Thank you so much for your helpful review, dd. I do hope that you are not suffering for it today!
 
It was interesting to read that trains might not stop at Stratford station due to the heat - I wonder how that will affect journey times!  :-(

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Re: I lurve the Olympics!!
« Reply #24 on: 25 Jul 2012 05:00PM »
I really like your review.
It should get a wider audience.
The Guardian?

I know what you mean about aches and pains coming later.
In my case they usually take two or more days to let me know
I shouldn't have done that.   >biggrin<
Bless 'em all, bless 'em all,
The long and the short and the tall.

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« Reply #25 on: 05 Aug 2012 10:41AM »
I fell asleep during the Opening Ceremony - but I did record it - so I've been watching half hour's of it at a time.

It is absolutely brilliant! DD you were bang on when you said it was stunning!

Aren't we doing well with our gold medals?   We are third in the tables.  >star<

And if you count gold medals per thousands of population (USA and China have far vaster populations than us) we are actually *top of the table*!  Yay! 

Well done all our athletes.  And good luck to all our Paralympicans too.   >thumbsup<

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« Reply #26 on: 05 Aug 2012 10:49AM »
I was away; so missed the opening ceremony. There was a big screen; but we were busy setting up camp and all that jazz.

I'm loving the Olympics. I generally don't care for cycling, swimming, had no idea what water polo and fencing are. I've watched most sports - don't like the tennis; so won't be watching that.

I don't think I've watched much else this last week.

There was a lady from down here who won a medal in the swimming. Unfortunately, she's from Lithuania.

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« Reply #27 on: 05 Aug 2012 11:02AM »
I didnt think that i would get into it but now we have got loads of medals coming in i'm really enjoying watching the olympics.  I will be watching the mens 100 metres final later tonight. 

Ive got  some of the archery to watch.  I am a keen archer though im not very good but i do enjoy it.  I use a perching stool to shoot as standing is really uncomfortable for me.  I will be watching the para-olympics when they are on & will be watching Dannielle Brown, GB archer.   

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« Reply #28 on: 05 Aug 2012 11:38AM »
I actually saw my first Olympic event last night (it was only a matter of minutes) - the last part of the women's hepthalon?  It was a 2-lap race, anyway - and our very own Jessica Ennis took the gold.  In fact we took 6 golds yesterday  >thumbsup<  I may not be watching much of it, but I like to hear of 'Team GB's successes  >magicfairy<

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« Reply #29 on: 05 Aug 2012 11:49AM »
Yes, that was the ladies' 800m race.