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  1. There's one other thing that really harasses me: that temperatures below 35°C are just not a summer. I work with people from all over Europe, including Italians, Spaniards, Greeks and Portuguese people and many of them keep moaning about the Luxembourgish summer, that 22-26°C is faaaar too cold, brrrrrrr. Well then why did they choose to leave their so-called "idyllic" homelands? Surely they should have stayed back in their respective towns, if all that they consider important is the weather. For me, I find anything above 30°C as torture. I spent a month in Malaga and it was like living in a h
  2. The view from the top of the stands at Greenwich Park This is how they put the stuff away after the triathlon The view to the hospitality area in Greenwich Park - it was crammed later, this was only a couple of minutes after the first afternoon session of the Modern Pentathlon! The BBC did have a few screens around the city - one of the best-kept secrets was the one at Greenwich Park outside the venue. I loved it there.
  3. I agree CAF - although I can only presume there's a lot of "broadcasting rights" issues tied up in there somewhere wrapped in disguise as "Olympic impartiality"....
  4. To say London was "cold" but not "by British standards" is like saying Athens' infrastructure was "built on time, by Greek methods". I was there in London, and I have travelled quite a lot, but nothing I have ever come face-to-face with could prepare me for the tremendous atmosphere or explain the sheer joy of that place. If chaos (a Greek word), traffic delays and torturously hot weather is what he wanted out of an Olympic Games, then we should have held it in Athens again to give the place some visitors once more... I have a LOT of Italian friends who were in London, and their views were c
  5. Funny you should say that about Coe. I thought the same. But since the Games finished, he's been pretty ubiquitous on TV, and he's a lot less catty. Actually, quite funny and down-to-earth. I think he was just stressed with that role, maybe tired. Now it's all over, he seems to be a different person. Give him a chance in his BOA role, then judge him after a year or two
  6. I hope you don't mind me saying this, but in the four and a half years I have spent in Germany, I think I've seen about 4 hours of German TV. I really don't like it at all... So I have UK television instead
  7. I watch it on Astra 1N - it's free! Got to have your satellite dish pointing here - get your local TV guy to come round and fix you up
  8. That's one thing I'm very glad not to see any longer - that bloody Sainsbury's ident!!!!!!! Yep, shame there's not much in YouTube with The Last Leg. Found another one though! It doesn't work outside of the UK because of the greedy reptiles who work for TV rights, but it'll work in countries where rapacious, humourless gold-digging multimedia mafiosi and their bloodsucking lawyers have been outdone, outflanked and outperformed by geeky heroes who know how to fiddle with these things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg_tUOX4jWQ
  9. Boris Johnson = speech of the year! "Speaking as a spectator you produced such a paroxysm of tears and joy on the sofas of Britain you probably not only inspired a generation you probably helped to create one as well!"
  10. Well the Far East may say they have the fastest (for now) but Europe is far and away the most developed: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/infrastructure/maps/doc/ten-t_pp_axes_projects_2005.pdf
  11. I made a rather detailed summary a few weeks ago about my Olympic experience. But my Paralympic experience, viewed not from the Thames or Greenwich, but from my sofa, raises some interesting observations: London 2012 Paralympic Games Summary: Q: Better or worse than the Olympics? A: Unquestionably better. Q: Why? A: With all the different categories, there's a 100 metres final every night! But mainly because the paralympians sum up the best about sport: the Olympics are highly technical. The Paralympics are waaaay beyond technical, and approaching the realms of "how the *@§! did they do t
  12. I think the Paralympic Games are in safe hands with Brazil - considering the Brazilian Para team did better than their Olympic team, I think there will be some good moments for the future host country. And considering Rio is known as party town, I just think what Seb Coe said to his Rio counterpart is true: look after the competitors and the rest will follow. Sport was first and foremost in London, and considering the Brazilian view of sport, I don't see much changing. Just relax, remember that Rio has an easily recognisable cityscape and especially backdrop, just like London, and think how b
  13. Well the whole of the last seven weeks has been so inspirational, and I am so glad it has made kids all over the UK turn up at sports facilities to get involved. Having so many joining in sports will reduce boredom, and in these times of hardness, that can only be a good thing. Sport costs little (except golf, polo and hockey!!) and makes everyone fitter. But coming back to the topic: I wrote an email to Boris Johnson today, because I felt I wanted to share my thoughts on the Paralympics: my email to him was to say that the stadium should be used once every year or two for a huge paralympic t
  14. Ha yeah! I once read a reply to an American blog who said Stephen Hawking couldn't be British because his accent was too American-sounding. Of course about 40 replies pointed out in varying degrees of sarcasm that it was his speech machine that had that accent, not him!!!!
  15. Well you don't have to be a priest to be a religious freak - there are parts of the world where saying the Earth's older than 6000 years is still heresy!!!!
  16. I'll second that. It was spectacular in an understated way, graceful and entertaining, educating and persuading. I wonder what the religious freaks made of the Big Bang part though - I hope it infuriated them
  17. Bring back the BBC, Channel 4 is k r @ p p on stilts. But I find the OC is more in keeping with traditional OCs. I hope they're going to sell off the dresses being worn by the placard carriers; I've got my eye on a few (not for me though )
  18. Personally, I think Rio's font fits well for Rio - it has the wavy look of a seaside city and the colours are very Brazilian, giving off feelings of the youthfulness and vitality of the city. It would look odd in London, because it is a historical, northern European capital city but nevertheless its colours and font match the youthfulness and vitality of that city too. I think both concepts, therefore, perfectly match the cities they are meant for, yet are totally different in concept. I mean, if you put either of those designs anywhere else (Paris, L.A., Tokyo, for example), they would not fi
  19. Yes it is, which is why I took nearly 500 photos in the space of 6 days Even my extremely austere Belgian Mrs, who is from a town near where Jacques Rogge was born, loosened her normally tight-fisted attitude to overspending I wondered if she was suffering from sunstroke when she said I could buy both of those framed sketches of the Union Flag from an artist in Greenwich Park...
  20. You'll have to burgle me first Admittedly it's not all Olympic stuff, but it made for an interesting 8-hour journey schlepping the lot back to Germany!!!
  21. My London Kleptomania knew no bounds. My bank manager did.
  22. Sorry to post something after so many others have come and gone, but I had to do something very important which is called "sleep". Anyhow, I actually thought about it this year, and to be honest, I preferred it before when they stopped at twilight, because I got to see other TV and do other things like cooking without having to rush in from the kitchen each time I heard a cheer. But if you have someone to cook for you or you just eat crisps, then that's never going to be an issue (By the way Mainad, concerning my post of yesterday at about half past seven, I knew faster was a Paris support
  23. Euhm... For the last couple of years since they installed the roof and the lights, they've had it. Andy Murray's semi-final finished at 3 minutes past 11 this year. But yes, it used to finish once the sun went down too far.
  24. Funny you say that about London. I lived in Paris for six months, and it had the same underwhelming effect on me as London had on you, and I'm not just saying that to spite you; I really didn't like it. So I think if Paris had won the 2005 bid, and not London I would probably have had the same reaction and thoughts as you. It's only natural.
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