Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Idle at the Games

Crikey that was exciting. In the presence of greatness, from the stands (Bolt and Blake; that incredible Masai 800m runner, David Rudisha), and shaking hands face to face (Sir Christopher Hoy, no less). In an Olympic Park which, though teeming with people of all nationalities, speaking in tongues and thronging, felt open and airy and well designed, with the best landscape gardening you'll ever see at a major stadium complex. It was wonderful, and if I might have been pouring a bit of cold water on the event in the lead-up years, I take it all back. Coe played a blinder and deserves his barony now, though he didn't before.

It helps if you are well quartered for these events; this is no time to be dossing down in the St Pancras YMCA or a single-star fleapit in Paddington. Our clubhouse for the event was a decent enough hotel on Trafalgar Square, made delightful by a brilliant rooftop bar, where (thank you, the meteorological fates), we drank to the early hours whilst being able to smoke like chimneys, in shirtsleeves and with a happy and well-lubricated group of clients. Corporate entertainment can be a frightful bore, but this was terrific. Lady Idle's  happy snaps follow:

Meeting the great man.....

.... smiling to Lady Idle's camera

The great cauldron

View from the hotel bar

The Admiral in his party hat

Wild flowers beside the Olympic Park walkways

Gloriana, berthed in the Olympic Park

Idle, too fat for competition, but comfortable for spectatating

Inside the bowl

The Bolt, seconds after another sprint gold


lilith said...

OMG you were there! Of course :-)

It was a great.

lilith said...

Lady Idle is to be congratulated for her fine pics.

idle said...

Great indeed, Lil. I was encouraged to read this evening that the new England oikball manager, Woy Hodgson, says that the spirited, enthusiastic, happy Olympic crowds and athletes have put professional footballers and their supporters in the spotlight; their behaviour must change.

Yeah, that'll happen.........

idle said...

And Idle for his fine pecs, surely.

Scrobs... said...

"oikball manager, Woy Hodgson, says that the spirited, enthusiastic, happy Olympic crowds and athletes have put professional footballers and their supporters in the spotlight; their behaviour must change."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Lucky you just 'being there', let alone having to cope with industrial quants of alcohol!

Must be good for business to.

lilith said...

I did think I would write to the FA to say how great the women's footi was and how they must go to Rio even if the blokes don't.

apricotfox said...

Lucky you! What a treat!

Thud said...

Some of us oikball types are almost human...almost.

Disappointed of Didsbury said...

Oooooh! You old fraud!! You don't look a bit like Terry Thomas!

idle said...

It's true, I'm not remotely like TT. I do own the same suit, however, which I wear to Cheltenham, country baptisms and confirmations, Rememberance Sundays.

Thud, it goes without saying that there are many good oikball supporters. But you are heavily diluted by the lumpen mass.

Sebastian Weetabix said...

You do however look uncannily like Colin Montgomerie!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow you were there! Great pics and smashing view from the hotel. Lucky you :)

It seems such a bore to go back to reading politics and dull TV compared with the thrilling prospects of Bolt and Mo and all the others.

said Pip

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Hospitable Scots Bachelor said...

What a handsome, well rounded chap you are!

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