London 2012. It’s finally here – the Games!
I took this picture at St Pancras (King’s Cross) station last week. I love the way it sums up how huge the Olympics is in London. It has been truly amazing so far, having a home Olympics in sunny London. And it’s not just the winning of medals, so far ‘Team GB’ as we so lovingly call our 556 athletes, have managed to garner more gold medals than ever before.
For me it really is a home Olympics, I was born just a stone’s throw from the Olympic park, and my first home was in Hackney, East London. It is, where my roots are and that has been just amazing. It is bringing people together in a way nothing has in the more recent times.
The Opening Ceremony
Two years ago I met Danny Boyle, British director of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Sunshine’ while watching his production of ‘Frankenstein’ at the National Theatre in London. It was pretty surreal, I simply strode up to the cafe and there he was, an arm full of important-looking papers and books. I kind of stared, in a way that was uncharacteristically rude to stare. Then I said, “Hello.” He said “Hi.” And that was it.
Little did I know that in a few years time he would be responsible for the twenty-seven million pound opening ceremony for the London Olympics. Now, many people said that the Brits could not follow Beijing, but I believe we put our own special stamp on the ceremony, celebrating everything that we share, from Mr Bean to James Bond.
Quite a few people have said that the Opening Ceremony was a little too British. I don’t know what that means. I don’t think I will ever know. However, I’m sure it is equivalent to being too awesome. Impossible.
Should We Believe the Hype?
So there’s no denying that this is a very corporate Olympics. Despite British taxpayers like myself forking out millions of pounds in a time of recession and austerity. Most of the staff: the Gamesmakers, London Ambassadors and guides, are all volunteers, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, seem to be raking it in. However, the general feeling here is that it is still the People’s Olympics. It belongs to all of us.
So what is the legacy of the London 2012 games?
For me, it’s the importance of dreams. What the Olympics truly highlights for us is the importance of dreams and dreaming. Dreaming is taking something insubstantial and turning it into reality. If you ever doubted the power of dreams, you only ever have to go to Disneyland to see the imaginations of people brought to life in the most tangible way possible.
Leave a comment below – what do you think of the London 2012 Olympics? Do you have any sporting dreams?
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