I have managed to tear myself away from the excellent Olympic Coverage for just long enough to say I AM LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
From Danny Boyle’s wonderful, witty, quirky but hugely ambitious opening night to the Boxing I was watching late last night, it has all been fantastic, heart-stopping, dramatic, soul lifting, exhilarating, exciting, emotional and utterly addictive.
I have run, jumped, cycled, rowed, shouted and wept along side everyone. I have never been more proud to be British. And not just because we are third in the medal table. The way the Olympics has been run seems to have been a triumph too.
Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony seemed to represent my Britain. The place of innovation and wit, the home of the best music and a leader in youth culture. But for me the cornerstone was the celebration of the digital revolution and the appearance of Sir Tim Berners Lee. His altruistic gift to the world has changed all our lives and in this age of greed and avarice in many of our institutions it was good to be reminded that Britain is full of decent, wonderful, funny, generous people.
The same with the volunteers and the people watching the rehearsals. Danny Boyle told them to take as many pictures as they wanted but just to save the surprise. And everyone did. Not one piece of the opening ceremony was leaked. We are a nation chock-a-block with good, honest people but it’s not often we get to see it. I love my country right now. Everyone has that feel-good factor, I like it and I don’t want it go away when the Olympics ends. Maybe that needs to be the legacy of the Games, that it’s great to feel good about ourselves and our country, that not only it is ok, it’s essential. That is this a wonderful, fair, inclusive, funny, tolerant nation, and it’s good to celebrate it. It makes me want to be a better person, to try harder, to be the best I can be too.
And the games, where do I start? It has just been amazing. The whole family is loving it. My daughter wants to be Jessica Ennis when she grows up, we have re-bunted the house. We have flags on the car. I don’t want it to ever end. We are even going down to stand on the streets of London to cheer on the Men’s Marathon runners on Sunday.
Right if you will excuse me I need to get back to seeing how those Yorkshire brothers are getting on in the triathlon. Did you know if Yorkshire was independent we would be 7th in the Medals table! Makes you proud by gum!