Friday sees the start of the Olympics and with it, London will embark on a voyage of love, hate, indifference or excitement. We wanted to see how London was feeling about the Games and who better to ask than some of our favourite London bloggers? To kick things off, we asked these Londonophiles: What are you you looking forward to about the Olympics?
‘The big events mainly, the Opening Ceremony of course and the men and women’s 100m and 200m sprints. Watching Usain Bolt try to break his own record is going to be electric…’
Henry: ’I am very much looking forward to the Opening Ceremony, in which I am ‘performing’.’
Matt: ’Watching Henry restore a sense of pride to our nation during the Opening Ceremony.’
Tired of London
‘It’s a great opportunity to showcase modern London on the world stage, and to demonstrate to the people of the world the strengths of Britain and the British people, and the history and culture we share with the world. We live in the most tolerant and welcoming place on earth and I hope that shines through. I did volunteer to be one of the Team London Ambassadors, but thankfully they told me I wasn’t up to it.’
Miss Immy’s London
‘I’m looking forward to the sense of celebration, collaboration and unity that it will bring. Us Brits are good at patriotism and a good knees-up, so I’m sure there will be an electric atmosphere across the land. I’m also keen to see what Danny Boyle’s got up his sleeve. Oh, and to see if Boris has mastered the art of flag-waving yet!’
Bollards of London
‘I’ll be totally honest I prefer the Paralympics to the main games. These are people who really are making an effort above and beyond any other Olympic athlete in my opinion.’
‘Personally I’m really looking forward to there being millions more people using the public transport system. That’s going to be amazing. Aside from that pretty much everything. I tend to become an overnight expert on certain sports for a couple of weeks, talking with authority using bits of information I’ve picked up watching TV and then just as quickly forgetting them when the games are over. I could easily bore you for 5 minutes telling you how Usain Bolt is going to run this year and about his technique, but I’d just be parroting words I heard in a documentary the other night.’
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