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Simon Mayo | 08:27 UK time, Friday, 3 August 2012

Well good morning again bloggers, normal service resumed. Even if everyone seems to have disappeared. August eh? Yesterday's adventure by Tower Bridge was quite a treat. It's a stunning place for a wander. As our wonderful architect (wearing a boater) explained, it is a fascinating mix of the very ancient (Tower of London 1066) and the glassy, brash modern (County Hall 2002). And a splendid international venue to watch a big screen-step forward sweary Australian man with a pint in his hand (I wonder if Aussie swearing and Irish swearing doesn't count as much as normal swearing as it seem s to be part of everyday language? Maybe not).

I hope you're all enjoying the shows; I think there is real momentum behind the games now and I'm already wondering what on earth we are going to do when it's all over. Yesterday was a great day for judo, cycling and shooting and we all cheered to the rafters. I love the Matt cartoons in the Telegraph but he excels himself today. The old guy watching the tv is shouting "COME ON, whoever you are, keep doing whatever you're doing. YESSS! NO..have we won?" Which sums it up nicely.

But it is the ARF today, back in the studio for one day. It can still be an OARF but an OARF that is studio-based and teeing-up your weekend as normal. Time to crown a new (O)ARF King/Queen...your song please.

Have a knowledgeable and wise Friday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 1.

    First??

    Good morning Simon, team and blogpoppets

    Really enjoying the shows this week; I thought the architect in the boater sounded like Andrew Lloyd Webber!

    I haven't been around much but I have a note from my boss!

    Off to find the thinking cap (or boater) for an OARF!

    T x

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all

    Off to the archery today - and very disappointed Drivetime isn't out and about for me to pop along.

    I won't make an ARF suggestion as I won't get to hear the show but hopefully a new blog king or queen will be crowned.

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning Simon, DT team and fellow blogsters!

    Yep, after a slow start, the 'Limpics is definitely warming up now. It is great to see all the sports that otherwise wouldn't normally get an airing on the tv.

    Excellent shows this week, enjoying the 'Lympic slant on things.

    OARF?

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - TEARS FOR FEARS

    ...of course!

    Have a great weekend all!

    x

  • Comment number 4.

    After a quick think, the very obvious springs to mind:

    GOLD - Spandau Ballet

  • Comment number 5.

    Chicken update: our lone surviving chicken refuses to roost in the chicken house still, preferring the hay stable instead. She has so far laid one egg each day, and regularly comes up to the house for a treat of some tinned sweetcorn or cooked rice. So I think she'll be ok. :-)

    ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼

  • Comment number 6.

    #5 It's lovely that she's settled in the stable enough to lay eggs every day, madchick. Will you get some more chickens eventually?

    T x

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning,

    OARF you say Simon? TWIST AND SHOUT by The Beatles

    PSL, Heard your mum and dad's Diamond wedding anniversary mensh yesterday. What an achievement.

    LILAC BLUE, I'm glad you had a good time at the Olympic Park. We went on Monday and I was struck by the beautiful flowers too.

    ANDY TOVERSON, Have a fab day at the park today.

    On Monday we headed off to the Handball venue (or Copperbox as its called). I can report the following:

    Public transport ran like a dream. We got on a line straight into Stratford and we all got seats.

    We were part of a big flow of people walking round to the stadium but at no stage did we have to wait. It just kept flowing.

    The security staff were very efficient.

    The Gamesmakers are great. Very friendly without being false. Several of them made a fuss of the girls which was really kind.

    The park itself is a sight to behold. A fantastic achievement in itself.

    LILAC BLUE mentioned what my elderly friend calls "the facilities". They were spotlessly clean. When one attendant saw me coming along with the girls she grabbed us and took us to a large cubicle and gave it the once over with a wipe before we went in. Very kind of her.

    The gardens around the grounds are absolutely spectactular. Sat eating our sandwiches next to some glorious Gladioli. ALISON OF EASTLEIGH, they made me feel even more guilty for not weeding my allotment.

    The BBC centre is rather peculiar. A pile of cargo containers piled up with the studios on top.

    There's "nothing quite like" the queue in a certain fast food outlet. Yes, I know you have already heard how several other outlets weren't busy but the girls, who had been so good all day, requested ice cream and it was the only place I could find selling it. 20 minute queue so not exactly fast food.

    At one stage I noticed an excited crowd approaching where we were sitting have a drink and thought maybe COFFEEBUZZ was there dishing out double expressos. Turned out it was the Prime Minister making his way very quickly through the park.

    Its a great place for people watching. I enjoyed trying to work out the nationalities of the people around me. Lots of great headwear. KATYMAC, Have you launched a new international line?

    Right. My time is up. The girls have set up a cake shop and need a customer. I will try to get back later.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning again -

    Lovely post Julia!

    Glad to hear about your solitary chicken, Chickster.


    Simon & Team -


    AN OARFO -


    ♫♫♪ - GREATEST DAY - ♫♫♪ Take That ╪ (Wah!)


    Yes!

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning,

    Queen - I Want It All

    ...would be a most excellent way to start.

  • Comment number 10.

    Good moring everyone!

    Looks like the blog needs the kiss of life so I'm puckering up to do my bit!

    First things first, OARFO:

    RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH by IKE & TINA TURNER should sum up the emotional swings being experienced by all Olympians, don't you think?

    Would that count as Soul, PSL?

    Be back later

  • Comment number 11.

    #7 Judo41, great to see you popping in and thanks for sharing your experience of the Games.

    The whole complex does look fantastic. I wonder who had the vision for it all? Oh yes, I remember, a Labour Government ;0))))))))))

    #9 amy, Queen? Yeeeeeeeeeeeessss, we just don't hear enough Queen on ARF ;0)

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning Simon and Blogpoppets

    Another nice day, but I can't believe it's Friday already!

    Madchick, I can't help feeling sad for your lone chick, will you get her some new friends?

    Simon, as the GB team have won several gold medals, how about this for an ARFO...

    WE ARE GOLDEN ~ Mika

  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning all

    Not Olympicy in any way but I will stick with

    LETS TWIST AGAIN - CHUBBY CHECKER

    It could be the only exercise some of us sofa-Olympic watchers will get!

    I think the blog is probably quiet as, not only are a lot of folk on holiday, the rest of us don't want to miss anything. Great performances are happening all the time amd we want to see it!!

    JW

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning All


    A very wet place this morning over here, hope its better for day 1 in the stadium back in London

    Suggestions for todays OARF opener

    YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT - JIMMY CLIFF

    or as our TV over here has been showing the empty streets of London

    GHOST TOWN - THE SPECIALS

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 15.

    #13 J-Ennis, I know the reasons for it being quiet; that's when we all need to pull together and give it a sound filliping.

    After all, if you want to podium, to medal, or to gold, you have to give 110%. There's no "I" in team!

    So, taking one post at a time, let's get going and , at the end of the day, we'll all be podiuming together :0)

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all

    It's been a while, so we must be due for -

    BLACK DOG - LED ZEPPELIN

    Good luck to the pursuiting boys and girls today, not that I think they'll really need luck.

  • Comment number 17.

    Ah yes, I've decreed that pursuit has now joined the likes of "medal" as a term which is fair game for use as verb, adverb and adjective. Language evolves!

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning all. Sir Cumference at your service, though my moniker has changed in deference to the Olympics for now, as seems to be the fashion. Been absent for a wee while. Not being at work has given me less time to get online - go figure! I wasn't really looking for a new contract but out of the blue got a phone call for one 5 miles down the road. One interview later, I start on Monday. Though I will probably have to wait a while before I can post on the blog from the new workplace...

    ARFO openers? Any of the following would do me nicely...

    CHICAGO - 25 or 6 to 4

    STATUS QUO - Paper Plane

    PRETENDERS - Brass In Pocket

    FREE - Wishing Well


    or

    FLEETWOOD MAC - Oh Well

  • Comment number 19.

    It didn't work for me last week, but now the athletics have begun, perhaps I'll be more successful. to be honest, I can't think of anything else today.

    J U M P (long jump)

    JUMP JUMP JUMP (triple jump)

    J
    U
    M
    P (high jump)

    by Van Halen

    Good luck to whoever, doing whatever it is they are doing...

  • Comment number 20.

    Now the track and field is starting all the individual channel streams are going to come into their own. All hail the direct feed from the velodrome which will keep me satisfied until the middle of next week.

  • Comment number 21.

    Packing ready to go to that London tomorrow for t'Olympics - fencing in the Excel on Sunday and water polo in t'Olympic park on Monday - excited and paniccing (is that how you spell it?). Stressed Eric has booked us (me, him + 2 stresslings) a hotel about as far away from everything as he could possibly manage so we're going to have to be up before we go to bed each day to get to the venues for security checks etc in time. And we're coming back Monday evening so will have to divert to railway station before water polo in the morning to drop off at left luggage. All too stressful.

    Judo41, you said you sat eating your sandwiches in the garden - can you take your own food in then? We (stresslings included, of their own volition) don't do the golden arches or the red + white drink company or anything associated with them on principle, which is making t'Olympics quite difficult for us! We were at St James' Park for ladies football on Tuesday and the only cold drinks they had, other than alcoholic, were affiliated to the red + white company - even the bottled water! Stresslings weren't happy. No free water fountains there either.

    Think I may explode before I get on the train!

    Anyway, to less stressful things, the OARF. How about

    The Beer Olympics - THE LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS for a bit of a humourous change

    or, more likely,

    The Winner Takes it All - ABBA

    Now, which bags should I take........?

  • Comment number 22.

    Good Morning All

    I absolutely love reading this blog and Simon's morning welcome. It really is the best on-line place in the world ;)

    I think I was a bit keen puttin on a summer outfit this morning. Off to change into my waterproofs again ;(

    Well done to WaterPauloSheffield for the Chas and Dave song yesterday. It was the only menshe I heard due to life getting in the way but *drum roll*

    Wee Jimmy's blood sugar levels are stable! What a relief. The vet thinks he is a star.

    My ORFO? Nothing to do with 'Lympics

    HEY YA - OUTKAST

  • Comment number 23.

    Beautiful Day - U2. That is all.

    GB

  • Comment number 24.

    Good morning Bloglympians!

    Did I hear a rallying call? Reporting for duty, Sir!

    Sorry for absinthe, sometimes life just takes over and I've been up to all sorts lately. But if there is a chance of podiuming, I'm here for the team! lol

    I've been reading you all though and especially loving the tales from those lucky enough to visit an Olympic venue.

    So to the OARFO....

    I know there is really no chance of this getting played but what the hell...

    RELAX - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

    or maybe slightly more relevance vis-à-vis current sporting affairs ..

    TWO TRIBES - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD


    Have a lovely Friday all.

    Back in a bit :)

    BJx

  • Comment number 25.

    I had another thought whilst in the bath

    KEEP ON RUNNING - SPENCER DAVIS GROUP -good steering wheel thumper to start with, I think

    JW

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning All,

    Chickster so sorry to hear of chicks, hope the survivor continues to be well

    Lovely post Julia enjoyed reading it. Was up there this week and was a wonderful experience and the people were so very helpful and cheery, particularly as some have not the most glamourous of positions such as directing at road junctions with not much going on

    Coffee Buzz, thanks for doing the names list, my events last weekend were 'Bully Off Brandon'and 'Clean and Jerk Brandon'

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 27.

    #21 Have a wonderful weekend, Erica. I felt most anxious for you reading your post!

    #6 & #12 Tortie & Flo, I think that after 10 years + of keeping chickens, I may stop after my lone survivor is no longer surviving. Sad, I know, but Mr M & I have decided to scale down our menagerie of animals and not to be too hasty to replace our expired pets.

    Does anyone remember going to a 'phone box and dialling 'dial a disc', or running up a huge home 'phone bill in the early '70's? Can anyone remember the number? Happy days!

  • Comment number 28.

    #21 Hi Shona, glad Wee Jimmy is doing well. I agree with the vet, he is a star!

  • Comment number 29.

    Good Morning Each! I've put up my 'GO JESS' poster outside the shop, and watched her start off in the hurdles. Woo,hoo,hoo hoo, hoo! Some start. eh?

    So, OARF?

    'She's Electric' by Oasis

    'Go, Buddy Go' by The stranglers

    'Jessica' by The Allman Brothers


    Oh, and thanks for my lovely mensh yesterday. Chas and Dave, eh?

  • Comment number 30.

    #27 Thanks madchick I'm sure we will once it all starts happening, and sorry for passing on my jitters!

  • Comment number 31.

    #27 Chickster, I remember 'dial-a-disc' very well. The number was '160' in London, I don't know if it was different elsewhere. There was also dial a bedtime story, with Jonny Morris! :)

  • Comment number 32.

    A very good Friday morning to all,

    Just a quick poop by for now with an OARF

    RUN TO THE HILLS - IRON MAIDEN

    Glad to hear your remaining chook seems to be doing well madchick.

    Wishing all bloggers a great day, especially those luck enough to be off to the games, enjoy.

    TTFN GoP 8-)

  • Comment number 33.

    Oh yes,

    Go Buddy Go - THE STRANGLERS

    - nice call WaterPaulO Sheffield!

  • Comment number 34.

    Good Morning All;

    I may not be getting much (or indeed any) time to participate in the blogging, but I'm still listening to, and enjoying the show. I'm not a sports fan at all, but the Olympics has a different vibe from things like Euro whatever, and the world cup etc, nice to see team GB doing so well.

    Sorry I've not had time to read back, but I hope everyone is well and happy.

    Have nice weekends all, whatever you may be up to :))

    OARFO suggestions...

    DON'T STOP - ROLLING STONES

    SONG 2 - BLUR

  • Comment number 35.

    Just thought of another one:

    AMERICAN WOMAN by BLUES IMAGE

    There are SOME American females in the Games, aren't there? ;0)

  • Comment number 36.

    #27 I remember dial a disc Madchick - I think the number was '16' where I lived. What made you think of it? I had completely forgotten about it!

    Loving the personal Olymics' stories - Erica, I'm sure you'll have a great time once you're there!

    t x

  • Comment number 37.

    #36 "personal Olymics" - a new sport this year! Here's the missing 'p' : )

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning all

    Brief visit again, visitors getting restless and the beach is calling. Loving the shows this weeks, slightly manic (in a good way) and really reflect the joy and emotion of the Olympics.

    Have a good weekend everyone, especially those going to the games, very jealous and looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.


    Fields of Fire - Big Country

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning all (just). Great to read about all your olympic expereinces on here. What with the Radio 2 coverage as well I almost feel like I'm there myself.

    I have a confession though - I haven't seen any of it on TV, other than the opening ceremony. Not a conscious decision, just been doing other things. So keep up all the reports please.

    In view of the fact that I am going to see them all tonight, please may I request:

    500 MILES by The Proclaimers or

    BLACK HORSE AND THE CHERRY TREE by KT Tunstall or

    COME UP AND SEE ME by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

    x

  • Comment number 40.

    A tenuous song link to the Olympics to start the programme with a bang would be Hammer to Fall by Queen. An amazing energy filled song that has to be played to the very last drum beat.

  • Comment number 41.

    It's Friday and it's been a absolutely fabulous week for our fantastic Team GB!!

    There's only one song for which captures this week for me, 'Friday Night' by The Darkness.

    What other song references Cycling, gymnastics, archery, rowing, badminton, ping pong!!! We are definitely Dancing on a Friday Night after our wonderful medals haul.

    X

  • Comment number 42.

    Welcome to Tom and Sue, hope you will come back again and join in the banter. It's a lovely place to hang out :)

  • Comment number 43.

    #29 Why have you put up a poster telling my dog poppet number 1 to go? (Tee hee)

    Back for another try as I was listening to these 2 songs the other night and they are fab (I'm sure Scotgit, keep it country, will agree)

    I CAN'T WIN - RY COODER

    THE REBEL - THE COUNTRY GENTLEMAN

  • Comment number 44.

    #43 Scotchgit. and County Gentleman Oops

  • Comment number 45.

    #43. Just an attempt to increase my sales of (ahem) doggydoo bags.

  • Comment number 46.

    Was just going to lurk but saw a comment I need to respond to.

    #21 Erica, Yes, you can take your own food in, but not drinks. We bought sandwiches from the "This isn't any prawn sandwich, this is an..." shop in the nearby shopping centre.

    We bought drinks from one of the food stands in the park - but 3 soft drinks and one tea cost nearly 12 quid.

    You can take your own empty drinks bottles in but we didn't actually get to the fill up station because we received reports that it was extremely busy and decided not to bother.

    You will see people around with backpacks full of a variety of drinks but these seemed pricey.

    The food stands I noticed included curry and pasty - all good healthy British fayre!

    So in summary... You can't take drinks in, you can take food in, you will be wripped off paying for drinks - but I hope you have as good a day as we did!

  • Comment number 47.

    Not much time to post - watching my namesake doing the high jump.

    JW

  • Comment number 48.

    Just had time to design this in between jumps


    U
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    J M

    P
    H [-------------------------------]
    [ ------------------------------]
    G [-------------------------------]
    I

    H

    Any more designs for different sports?

    JW

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi All,

    Julia, we took in home brought sandwiches, crisps and chocolate bars and empty water bottles to fill. The water was good, purified and we did buy one coke (2.50) and one piece of southern fried chicken for 3.50.and well over priced.

    OARF:
    Locomotive breath - Jethro Tull
    London Calling - Clash

    Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 50.

    And it looked so good in it's original form! Won't let me change it around to how it was.

    Back to the drawing board.

    JW

  • Comment number 51.

    #47 She did well there!

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Glad everyone is enjoying the Olympics, I have only really seen the swimming last Sunday on TV as so busy in the week. I heard last night that one of my ex work colleagues managed to get tickets for qualifying heats of any event but another ex work colleague is still trying and is quite prepared to pay £160 each for them even though she has no job and is being supported for money by her partner!

    Now for any OARF:

    1. SHOUT TO THE TOP - Style Council
    2. GLITTERING PRIZE - Simple Minds
    3. SHINE - Aswad

    Congrats to all blog menshes this week.

    Have a great weekend

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 53.

    Jennie & Flo, forgot to add, thank you for your comments and the Olympics far exceeded our expectations. There was one funky structure that was a cross between a car park tower and Centre Pompidou - with a total industrial look . It was next to the Riverside Stadium and was told when asked what it was for, that was where to press are staying/living. I hope it looks different from the other side because it had windows.

  • Comment number 54.

    No. Won't let me change it. I'll leave the cleer designs to Katy and CoffeeBuzz!

    JW

  • Comment number 55.

    #50 Your namesake would be jumping in her Wellies if the 'Lympics was here ;(

    It is pouring down.

  • Comment number 56.

    afternoon all

    opening song

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS-QUEEN

  • Comment number 57.

    #54 - can't even spell now - feel free to add a v where appropriate.

    JW

  • Comment number 58.

    Thanks #46 Judo41 :o)

  • Comment number 59.

    Hello!
    We are driving to Gatwick to stay at a hotel before getting on a plane to KEFALONIA!!!! Please can you play falling for the first time by the Barenaked Ladies? Thank you!

  • Comment number 60.

    The one thing I like about being on holiday is that you can have a wee nap whenever you like. Woke up to find what can only be described as aliens on bikes.

    Have nice evening everyone. I need to get my skates on to do "hostess with the mostess" for guests arriving and no doubt get myself banned from the band later for not practicing enough;(

  • Comment number 61.

    Ooh, crown for Mr J. Good choice, Ken.

  • Comment number 62.

    Well done Ken... the new ARFO King!

  • Comment number 63.

    Hehe, thanks, I only ever get mentioned for Black Dog these days. Two ARFOs and the Plant Electric Prom First song I think are my last three menshes. And I missed it this time as well. In honour of the loose dog in the road race this time.

    I will have to look for the with it in 6 months :)

    C'mon Vicky, c'mon women pursuiters, c'mon men pursuiters, c'mon Sir Chris and c'mon Becky A

  • Comment number 64.

    Look for the hatrick...... Editing failure?

  • Comment number 65.

    All hail King Ken!!

    Long may you reign, Sir!

    JW

  • Comment number 66.

    Well done King Ken!

  • Comment number 67.

    Afternoon All

    Not read back - just a quick visit to curtsy to King Ken - who, incidently, HAS achieved Excellence!

  • Comment number 68.

    #21 - Erica! Your post really made me laugh out loud but not in a bad way. I completely understand. All you have said are the reasons why we seldom go anywhere! And NEVER plan to go anywhere! Just TOO stressful!
    Sometimes - spur of the moment is more palatable! And we don't have any littleuns!

  • Comment number 69.

    Incidently - In the past I didn't really enjoy ARF but I seem to be "getting into it". I LOVE the children speaking to Simon. He is so good with them.

    Apropos #21/68 - We are planning a House Move! ARRGGHH!



    Supper - Mr. BP's signature dish - he has many (Ha!) - Toad in the Hole - Lincolnshire Sausages.

    AND

    After just hearing it on DT - I've just downloaded the Sheet Music for B52s "Love Shack" (£2.25) so that should keep me busy - itchy fingers !


    Have NiceTimes! Whatever you're doing/watching/not doing!

  • Comment number 70.

    Have great athletic weekends all - in which ever way you wish! ;0)

    JW

  • Comment number 71.

    Well the pursuit teams certainly achieved excellence today didn't they! What an evening in the velodrome :-)

  • Comment number 72.

    Quite quiet on here today... it's clear that like me, other bloggers are also enjoying the outstanding Olympics and I'm surprised at just how much I have been glued to the TV... and the amazing GB's seven gold medals in two days! I felt for Rebecca Adlington's disappointment, but like she said, silver and bronze medals are not failures, especially for those who haven't done her sport!

    Shona, do you ever go to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo? We went to the opening night last night, and this year's theme is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and it was excellent, as it always is and I took a few pics! As I had time to spare, I stopped off, camera in hand, to see the swans at St Margaret's Loch and will bore you with a few of the many pics I took!

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8010/7703812050_b99beef89e_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7703812178_9f23a0191e_b.jpg

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7135/7703812298_26e757ec14_b.jpg

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7703812370_b63fdeae74_c.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7703812436_52d919dc7f_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8006/7704604960_0d465608ed_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8157/7704605390_100622b476_b.jpg

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  • Comment number 74.

    Evenin' All,

    Just popped in to curtsey to King Ken. I fine choice Your Maj. Wish I was artistic because I would design you a special laurel crown for that.

    Erica, You are welcome. Have fun!

    Billie, Am imagining your rendition of Love Shack.

    Still Lovin' the 'Lympics.

    Night all.x

  • Comment number 75.

    hi all been watching the olympics a few more golds today shame becky didnt win but bronze is better than nothing,i have noticed that the british athletes and swimmers havent got much up top chest wise.

    the usa coach who complained about the young chinese swimmer who done well and won gold saying she must be on something what about his swimmer who won she was only 15 is she on something then.

  • Comment number 76.

    Good evening! Sunburnt of Stavanger reporting for duty. Who'd have thunk it. Have my final visitor - unless Jilly comes avisiting ;-) - and have had a fantastic day. Bit miffed to have missed the tennis but I did enjoy the result and look forward to the final on Sunday. As long as it doesn't clash with my 5,000 (or is it 10,000) race ;-)

    Congrats to Ken for OARFO!

    Great tales from those who have been to events. So pleased all running relatively smoothly. I may have already reported my own surprisingly easy crossing of London twice last weekend. And not a soul in a queue at passport control coming through terminal 3.

    Have to admit my attention has swung towards the games from radio 2. Well, it's only every 4 years and unlikely be in our own back yard again in my lifetime. I hope the DT team are in a forgiving mood.

    Will check back in as soon as I can.

    x

  • Comment number 77.

    It seems my latest Olympic blog name may have predicted the Times front image tomorrow.

    Would have preferred all the numbers up tonight, but I guess it's a minor consolation :-)

  • Comment number 78.

    Good Morning!

    Oh it's grey here! Bechod!

    Good Morning!

  • Comment number 79.

    Wonderful photos, Flo!

  • Comment number 80.

    Good morning everyone.

    Sincere apologies that yesterday's promised filliping never materialised. Men, eh? Just can't keep their word :0)

    Hope everyone has a great day

  • Comment number 81.

    Good morning all - grey and damp here too, Billy.
    Much rain overnight again.

    Never mind Harry. I think it could be a losing battle to energise the blog with so much going on! I will keep popping in to see if anyone is about but there is so much to watch....................!!

    JW

  • Comment number 82.

    Morning

    All hail King Ken.

    Well, it is sunny here for the moment. Enjoying coffee & peace in the garden, teenage visitors still in bed. Late night watching Doctor Who, at least they have good taste. Off to the beach again later.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • Comment number 83.

    Good morning all!

    Hope you have got some aftersun handy, Mo! It is chucking it down here, which makes cutting our jungle lawn pretty impossible. I'm missing the Greek sunshine already and hence, I'm here, procrastinating, instead of tackling a giant pile of ironing.

    ...but the 'Lympics is pretty good. I am really looking forward to Murray's match on Sunday, too, Mo.

    Congratulations Ken, on your OARFO. ♛

    x

  • Comment number 84.

    Watching the women's triathlon when we had a power cut and missed the end ....grrr!

    JW

  • Comment number 85.

    Go Jess, go!!

  • Comment number 86.

    hi all

    just got soaked it was sunny when i went shopping but as i was walking home thunder and the heavens opened up.my speedos got wet.

    team gb still doing well maybe a few more golds tonight

  • Comment number 87.

    Good Afternoon everyone and all hail King Ken.

    Flo, the last time I was at the tattoo I was 16 so it wasn't last year. Glad you enjoyed it though.

  • Comment number 88.

    Afternoon all

    Just popped in to say 'well done' to King Ken!

    Lovely and sunny here today; the promised "torrential rain" hasn't arrived yet, it probably will when we walk down to our local later!

    'See' you all next week.

    T x

  • Comment number 89.

    Beautiful pictures again Florence. The close ups of the swans are stunning - they are such lovely birds.

    JW

  • Comment number 90.

    been watching the tennis that laura robson cant serve keeps getting broken.

  • Comment number 91.

    But they won, addlington phelps!

    Have golden evenings all.

    See you tomorrow.

    JW

  • Comment number 92.

    Seems I have a big race tonight. Hope you'll all be cheering me on ;-)

    x

  • Comment number 93.

    WOW! 2 blog golds. Who'd have thunk it ;-)

    Need to get some rest now. Will be back for some chat and a proper catch up tomorrow.

    Good night x

  • Comment number 94.

    I'm zonked watching all these 'Lympic medals. What a day!

    Go team Gee Bee!

  • Comment number 95.

    hi all 6 golds today

    #91 thay won but it should have not decided by a golden tiebreak if robson could hold serve it would be 2 sets to nill,so it be 2 silvers 4 murray he wont win gold,the mixed doubles pair are very strong and federer is the master at wimbeldon.

  • Comment number 96.

    #95 Ssshhhh Come on Roger

  • Comment number 97.

    #95. Fed is strong at Wimbledon, but over five sets. Murray can get him over three.

    p.s. Virgin Active (gym) in Sheffield has a job vacancy, if anyone is interested. I can't imagine the previous holder of the post will be back. :0)

  • Comment number 98.

    #93 - as you say Mo - TWO BLOG GOLDS - WOW!!

    Whenever I put my name to something, it is usually the kiss of death - but not this time - and great congratulations to Greg Rutherford too - WHAT AN EVENING for Team GB.

    What will today bring??

    Good luck Ben, Andy and Laura and anyone else in contention for success..........

    JW

  • Comment number 99.

    #98 'Lympics was brilliant yesterday. Go Team GB!

    But phew, I'm exhausted watching this marathon.

  • Comment number 100.

    It's hard work - Olympic watching!!

    JW

 

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