Monday 13 August 2012, 09:51
Well that's that. And welcome to the rest of 2012. Not sure the closing ceremony was precisely what I would have ordered but it was a party. And it went on for so long, in the end I was quite happy for it to stop. So it worked! Liked the Spice Girls, Ray Davies, Muse, Eric Idle, Queen and Elbow (even though the tv commentators talked incessantly over 'One Day like This'. Until, I suspect, the producer told them to shut up). But I hope Lord Coe allowed himself a small creme de menthe last night. My 3 worder would be 'surprised by pride'. Took child 3 around the City Hall/Tower Bridge area at the weekend-where we did the show from in Olympic week one- and surprised myself by the glowing terms in which I was talking about my home town. I hope the memories last a long time.
And the Olympics beats all other competitions because (amongst many reasons) the stadiums and public transport fill with families and women. Coming back from the show on friday, the train filled up with Hungarians, Irish, Germans and Aussies. There was no tension, no beery, oppressive behaviour, no looking-the-other-way from the other travellers, just smiling, tired faces. Nice one Seb, Britain did indeed get it right.
And all of us not on holiday (Matt and Rebecca long gone) need to hold hands and support each other and a top Drivetime comes your way at 5 (trust me on this). Simon Callow is in after 6 to talk about his play The Mystery of Charles Dickens and we'll do CLEARING AND SWEEPING UP oldies please. It's your small contribution to the national effort.
Have a cheery and tip-top Monday, see you after 5
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