- 22 Aug 08, 11:11 AM
Qingdao. Over and out.
What an epic two weeks it's been here on the coast. I have never experienced anything so exhilarating. It's been a privilege.
The British sailors came here with a big reputation. They lived up to the billing and then some. Four golds, a silver and a bronze - six medals from 11 events. You couldn't ask for more.
- 18 Aug 08, 08:18 AM
Double gold in the sailing on Sunday... what a memorable day.
And what a difference a day makes. The weather here in Qingdao goes from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Poor old Ben Ainslie had two starts called off within a minute of the horn and then, when they finally got under way, they scrapped the race at the halfway point while he was in pole position for gold.
- 4 Aug 08, 08:22 AM
Our first full day here and already the excitement is building. It started as soon as we began our marathon journey from Heathrow on Friday. From London to Hong Kong, we were treated to an array of adverts by Jackie Chan on the in-flight entertainment system.
The man with iconic status all over the world, undertook a 55-second mission impossible trying to gain access to the Bird's Nest without a ticket. Of course he made it, and of course he grinned. So did we. Because we knew we were en route to a special experience.
A three hour lay-over in Hong Kong - where the equestrian events take place - gave the volunteers a chance to outdo Chan's smile with their warmth and enthusiasm. They succeeded. Everywhere you looked around the airport there were posters "One World. One Dream."
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