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Make your own Olympic gong!

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Anne Diamond | 11:10 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Andy Murray and Laura Robson with their flowers

Ever wondered about the significance of the flowers that are presented to each medalling athlete, as they podium? (Forgive the use of 'medal' and 'podium' as verbs but it's entirely acceptable nowadays according to a language expert I've spoken to on the show!)

Well, athletes have traditionally been presented with floral tributes - sometimes a Greek-style olive branch, other times a sapling, for heaven's sake. But this year, there were very specific instructions from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) about the 'victory bouquets'.

For instance: they had to be no bigger than 20x25 cm, British grown flowers, have strong visual impact with vibrant colours, they must be fragrant (for the athletes' sake - so they always remember), should reflect the energy of London 2012 and be of hardy varieties that will withstand varying temperatures and handling by non-experts.

Crumbs! Quite a brief!

If you fancy making an Olympic posy yourself - listen to my chat this morning,
plus I've found a handy link that shows you EXACTLY how....

Really tired and driven mad by the quest for tickets.

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Anne Diamond | 15:30 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Olympic park ariel view

I deserve a medal for just trying, and trying, and trying.

I've been at it all night, and most of the morning (whilst simultaneously presenting a radio show). Still so frustrated, and now getting angry. I'm desperate to get some more Olympics tickets before the Games finsih. Wanna go to the Park. Wanna feel the buzz.

Everyone says that 'tranches' of tickets are being continuously released - but it certainly doesn't feel like it. You mustn't give up, say all the websites. You have to keep refreshing your browser, and keep applying every 30 seconds. And still when you get to the end of what looks like a hopeful application process, you're left high and dry.

Going home now to spend all afternoon on the computer. Wish me luck

There's a BIG future in archaeology!

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Anne Diamond | 13:00 UK time, Monday, 6 August 2012

They're still digging away at Silchester - the Roman and Iron Age site near Reading, where the team from the University of Reading's Department of Archaeology have been busy for at least six weeks every year. In fact, as they go, they're unearthing more history - literally.

Professor Michael Fulford came into the studio today to tell me all about the iron age cat they found at the bottom of a well, and why there are so few human bodies on the site. We think it's because the Iron Age settlers didn't bury their dead, but quite what they did with them is still unknown...

Michael said there is so much to uncover at Silchester that, if they continued digging at the rate they are (six long, hard weeks a year) it would take several thousand years to excavate.

Amazing also to think that while experts are digging away in the earth, NASA has also just landed its roving mobile laboratory to dig away beneath the surface of Mars.

The gold rush continues....

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Anne Diamond | 12:53 UK time, Thursday, 2 August 2012

Spent another exciting morning at Leander club in Henley where they've had to update the banner hanging outside to 106 - the number of Olympic medals gained by Leander members. General manager Paul budd has several more banners in a box on standby because we're expected to gain more medals tomorrow. Watch this space.

Our girls....

Predictably today's newspaper front pages are celebrating Bradley Wiggins' Olympic triumph but I'm so glad to see that "our girls", Helen and Heather, get almost equal coverage because after all, they gave Team GB the first gold of the whole 2012 Olympics!

I'm back with the rowing community, at Leander Club in Henley this morning, to see if we can get any more medals. Hopes are high. Also really pleased to see that there are no empty seats in the public stands at Eton Dorney, where the rowing is taking place.

Unlike Wimbledon, where I was with my family on Tuesday. We had seats in court #1, and witnessed the longest Olympic tennis match ever, between French ace Tsonga and the Canadian #1, Milos Raonic. The last set, which went on for three hours, went to 25 games to 23! Fantastic! Then we saw young British starlet Heather Watson on court - playing to a rapturous welcome by an army of fans waving Union flags and chanting her name.

But I couldn't believe so many stayed empty all day. When you think of the tennis fans who would have desperately wanted to see top class tennis at the world's most famous tennis venue, it seems scandalous. What's going on?

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