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How can something so big, be so beautiful?

Chris Evans | 12:29 UK time, Friday, 27 July 2012

That's been the question at the forefront of my mind, whilst I returned home from the eighth wonder of the world that is the Olympic Park this morning.

It's taken seven years to evolve, and is a true meeting of Sport and Art. It's enormous, and honestly - it's stunning. And it's now officially our home for the next two weeks - how exciting is that?

And by the way - how great are the guys and gals of the British Army? What an honour to be greeted by them at silly o'clock this am, whilst going through stadium security. They truly are the flags this country should be flying over the next two weeks with proper pride.

The show this morning was a joy - thanks so much for all your texts, email and calls. Your input is our output. And we how we loved outputting the bells at 0812 - Martin Creed is officially a dude.

See you all on Monday - don't forget we have a new start time of 0700.

And have yourselves an awesome Olympic Opening Ceremony in the meantime...



(London) 2012

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  • Comment number 1.

    Chris you did it to me again

    But am I first - copied from previous blog

    How do everyone.

    Deevs sorry to hear you will be home alone (well not quite with the likkle rascal) tonight but just think of the lovely day you will have on Saturday with ma, step pa and soul mate along with a bbq and alcoholic grape juice.

    Just heard from Mr CB he is out of the hospital wadding free and the doctor is happy and told him not to come back for 6 weeks. So fingers crossed his ear is fixed. The doctor did say that the operation did take longer then envisage due to the infection that had built up over the years.

    Was driving to work this morning when the bells were a ringing but I didnt have a bell so I shook my charm bracelet that I am wearing do you think it counts.

    As for the Olympics, as I said before I work for the main company who has planned, designed and enabled the olympic park. I think it has all sort of been a daily thing for me with notices and videos of how we are doing so this morning when I heard Chris say todays the day, I swelled with pride and realised that I am proud to work for the company who has been involved in so much. It nearly brought a tear to my eye.

    Looking forward to the show and who do you think will be the individual who will light the cauldron, I say Lord Coe, guys here say Redgrave, Roger Bannister, the queen, princess Anne, Beckham or Boris. What do you think. Have a lovely Friday everyone.

    CB xx

  • Comment number 2.


    Loved the show this morning but I'm still baffled why the bells thing was at 08.12 Hrs - surely doing it at 20.12 Hrs this evening would have been more Olympic?

    I remember getting the train into London when I lived in Suffolk (traveling from Colchester) and seeing all the derelict warehouses and waste-ground, then it was all bulldozed and cleared and slowly, the Olympic Stadium began to take shape, eventually dwarfing the skyline in Stratford.

    I've not been past on the train since returning home from your Bye Bye Drivetime, Hello Breakfast night at the 02, which was the morning of Christmas Eve 2009, but from what I've seen of the site on the tellybox, the contractors and everyone involved have done us proud.

    I'm still a little overwhelmed by all the information though. There is such a thing as too much. Really.

    CB - thanks. I know I'm being daft but after all the waiting for The Limpix to open, I just feel a bit deflated today. And yes, hopefully we'll have a fantastic weekend with the parentals and maybe even a trip to Worcester on Sunday to watch some cricket (weather permitting). The Royals are playing Essex so maybe the gorgeous Alistair Cook will be playing! :-))

    Right, I'm covered in post-dog-walk mud so it's off for a shower then ELH.

    Muchos amore, amigos.


  • Comment number 3.

    Afternoon everyone,

    Am so looking forward to this evening, and to watching the Opening Ceremony . Loved the bell ringing at 8.12 this morning, I was driving to work and suddenly Big Ben boomed into the car. So, when I pulled in to the car park at work, I gave a little toot on my horn ....... 3 minutes late but it was the best I could do.

    I am hoping the Queen is involved in the lighting of the cauldron, its good to see that it is still a secret so close to the start of proceedings.

    I will have a beer, some nibbles and my hankies ready .......

    Enjoy the Friday Olmpic feeling folks

    MC xxxx

  • Comment number 4.

    Wow Chris!!!

    Just looked at the photos from the show this morning - no wonder you were so excited! how could you fail to be, looking out of your window.

    You take care of yourself on your marathon broadcast fortnight! Make sure you come out the other side in one piece!

    CB, Good to 'ear Mr CB's doing well! ;-)

    MC, Hankies all round I think!

    Deevs, was just thinking Boo to Nic's company for not inviting you along too! Could you not arrive "early" to pick him up?

    Re the cauldron lighter, I have been thinking all day about Princess Anne. Not only is she, I think, the president of the British Olympic lot, she is an Olympian herself.

    We'll have to wait and see!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 5.

    PS, following on from my visit to the trainee vampire the other day, I really do have the most spectacular bruise on my arm now!!!


    Never mind, all in a good cause and I don't usually come up like this

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Chris,

    I do think that it is amazing that everything has been completed in time and that it looks absolutely stunning. Well done to CockneyBirds's firm xx

    CB, Glad MrCB got a thumbs up from the Doc xx

    MC and Sezza, Do you know I've been thinking about the Queen doing it, what with it being her Jubilee year and all, I think that would be nice. Otherwise I'd be happy with Princess Anne or Sir Roger Bannister. Please NOT Becks, or some wanna be celebrity chav!

    Less than an hour before I leave work, I might have to go home and have a sneaky 40 winks, so I can stay up for the duration tonight!

    I'm so excited, that I just can't hide it, I'm about to loose control and I think I like it!


  • Comment number 7.


    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP - Firstly THANK YOU for a new blog just in time for THE START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just a quick one now as am MEGA busy doing me new old 'ouse before finishing te rwatch the opening ceremony later..... WOW A FEEL SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After all the misery and cynicism of the security madness and the olympic lanes and the boo boo of getting the North/ South Korean flag the wrong way around.... OH DEARY OH DEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHATTA BOO BOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now am ready for us ter show the world 'ow great we are.... Great Britain at it's greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    Just like Dolly Parton 'as goot assets that yer can't buy..... London's assets that go back 'undreds of years no businessmen or world leaders or billionaires could make the assets of London!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just like Dolly Parton with 'er fine.... Vocals.... Yes yer cna buy a tuning machine ter make the worst of voices sound in tune.... But NEVER could yer get the unique pleasantness of Dolly's country friendly but slightly angst charm of 'er voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    The same principle applies ter Great Britain and London.... From The Queen and all the grandeaur that surrounds the British Royal Family.... Ter Buckingham Place... The Thames.... The London Parks.... Traflagar Square.... Westminster... Big Ben.... The Mall.... Whitehall.... Oxford Street.... The Underground... Tower Bridge... Piccadilly Circus.... The Shard... And the A4 flyover..... These are things that 'ave stood for 'undreds of years.... 'old on am getting a message in me ear from me producer..... The A4 flyover and The Shard 'ave noot stood for 'undreds of years.... Ok forgeet the A4/ Shard for the monetation.....

    All the above is what makes London the greatest city in the world coupled with the mix of people form all over the world.....

    A for one am so excited ter be able ter enjoy the Olympics at last....

    A getta feeling sinc ewe are on abit of a roll after the Andy Murry getting ter the Wimbledon final and now Bradley Wiggans (no relation ter snooker ace Alex)......

    A just getta feeling this is gonna be a suberbative games for us with a strong medal tally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Soz me quick one turned inter a longer one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Back ter me new old 'ouse!!!!!

    PS Me water pipes fixed after yesterdee's mention on the blog!!!!!

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Chris & Everyone.

    It must be wonderful to be there at the Olympic Park Chris. I have to admit that living outside London I'm not yet in the mood but I know I will be as soon as the ceremony begins. I am really looking forward to how we Brits sell ourselves to the rest of the world. Like you say the British Army must be up there at the top, together with all the forces and emergency services, the NHS, lots of things we take for granted which a lot of countries aren't lucky enough to have. On the music side surely Gary Barlow songs such as Shine, Greatest Day, etc., The Beatles, the song One Moment In Time must be included. I could go on and on! Oh and we Brits are famous for our love of animals so this must be included.

    The final torchbearer could be Boris Johnson as he hasn't run with it so far.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 9.

    GOOD LUCK TER ANY COMPETING IN THE OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    Oh Bums, typed a really interesting and stimulating Blog hit the wrong button and lost it. . . .

    Have a great day everyone, and Chris your enthusiasm should be bottled you truly have one of the if not THE best job ever.

    Love & Hugs to All (X)

  • Comment number 11.

    PS ALL - While we're on the subject of London and the east side....

    A 'ear the very lovely Piloma Faith (wish all women were like Piloma Faith, beautiful and a crayyyzee personality).... Where was a??????

    Oh I yeah....

    A 'ear the lovely Piloma Faith says when she was younger she wished 'er ashes could be spread all along the number 73 bus route.....

    A know of somebody who 'ad this very wish come true after they goot 'it by the DAMN IT bus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Piloma.... Be VERY careful what yer wish for!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 12.

    Thanks for the lovely and positive messages from you all on here and face cloth. I think that all your positive vibes have helped Mr Birds ear to heal. You are a wonderful lot. Enjoy the cricket Deevs I hope the weather stays nice for it.

    Have a lovely weekend one and all. xx

  • Comment number 13.

    Ave 'eard the final torch bearer is gonna be a BIG suprise and that the lighting of the Olympic Flame will be a spectacular suprise.....

    Patrick Kielty said 'e thinks it could be Katherine Tate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now that would be a suprise....

    Am thinking more wild:

    Am thinking it could be Nora Batty riding a Triumph motorbike one 'anded bursting inter the Olympic Staduim at speed pulling a wheelie complete with Olympic torch in 'and... Failing that it could be Peter Kay on a superchipped 100mph mobility scooter.... Also a BIG suprise!!!!!!!
    OR Tom Jones being lowered in on a rope from a Wessex 'elicopter in Union Jack livery with Prince William at the controls.... Complete with flame ...
    OR.... Eddie The Eagle Edwards sliding in from a sky slope (all stunts prepared by movie dudes from Pinetree studios (the best in the world).... Doing a loop the loop right over the cauldron... But getting the loop the loop wrong and then crashing inter it... And lighting the cauldron at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gasps from the crowd.... Worry ensues..... THEN in Burst The London Fire Brigade... Blues and twos blurring.... 12 fire engines (all Dennis) back ends sliding out... Dust english mud flying up..... And out they jump.... Ter rescue The Eagle dude....
    But no injuries or burns as 'e is wearing a British manuafacturered flame proof suit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Or since the UK leads the world in motorsport (a do 'ope they've not overlooked this in the opening ceremony, even though there's no motorsport in the olympics) 'ow about Nigel Mansell scremaing inter the stadium in an F1 car.... A few doughnuts in the car then stepping out with the olympic flame!!!!!!!

    As for lighting the flame.... 'ow about Tiger Woods 'itting an 7 ironed golf ball that's on fire inter the olympic cauldron.....

    OR the army firing one of the missiles from the top of the flats direct inter the olympic cauldron.... Now that would be a BIG suprise!!!!!!!!!!

    Am going for The Eagle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 14.

    Thanks CB, and glad MrB's earrole is on the mend: there's nothing worse than nagging and nobody to hear you ....! ;-)

    Sezza, you devious minx! I like your suggestion BUT ..... Nic works in Redditch which isn't exactly on the doorstep of Cannock, especially given the M6/M5 on a Friday night, also they're starting the party at 4pm (apparently) so by the time I take The Lad to Puppy School (which finishes at 6pm), get home, de-puppy myself and drive to Redditch, lawd only knows what state they'll all be in.

    On the plus side, he's texted me to say he'll get a taxi from the station to home so I can at least have a cheeky Friday night snifter whilst he's out partying. I've also decided to go and get a Chinese for 1 after Puppy Class and to hell with the expense!

    And who will light the Olympic Couldron? Given recent events, Bradley Wiggins seems like a good idea to me, but he'll have to watch those siddies and the naked flame ....


  • Comment number 15.

    I think that Ozzy Osbourne should light the Cauldren. As the Olympics originated in Shropshire before being given to Greece then somebody from there should do the honour.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 16.

    Chris: you absolute sweetheart - writing your blog today, of all days - we knew you would be here! xx

    CB: good news about Mr CB - fingers are, indeed, firmly crossed. xx btw: charm bracelets definitely count!

    MC: your toot on the car horn - great move, every little helps, as they say! Hope you and Mr MC enjoy the ceremony this evening. I will be having my wine, and using my lovely, lovely coaster, and will think of you both. xx

    Cheryl: excellent news that you will be having an Olympics Opening Snifter! Hopefully see you this evening for a chat over the drinks cabinet!

    Now, it is so difficult to think who will light the Olympic Flame. My heart says, wouldn't it be fantastic if the Queen did it, but would she even dream of putting herself through this? So, I am going for Steve Redgrave- incredible Olympian, fantastic athlete and all-round British sport great. Wouldn't it be a laugh if it turned out to be Cliff?

    Only joking, of course!

    C xx

  • Comment number 17.

    Am watching the Olympic build up!

    Doesn;t it look fantastic there!

    I agree with Chris - it is fantastic to see our servicemen and women there. It's a shame that there was hassle with the security but I couldn't be happier that our guys and gals are doing there stuff!

    In this world of total information overload, it is fantastic that they have managed to keep so much of tonight secret

    The torch is tucked up having a rest now and there is apparently a spectacular way it will get to the Olympic park!

    Wine is chilled, I'll put the snacks out soon - turn up any time you want to!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 18.

    Sezza I'm gutted that I won't be able to join you, but they're not showing the opening ceremony until 7.30pm which is 11.30 your time. I'll have to keep off the Internet so as not to spoil the surprise, but I will be thinking of you all.

    Deevs good luck with the last of the puppy classes, indi used to always make a bee line for the box of snacks as soon as I let her off the lead and she too had a few "accidents" on the floor

    Have a fun Olympics everyone, I wish I could listen to your shows Chris but for some reason restrictions have been put in place booooo.

    MaW xxx

  • Comment number 19.

    We're back from Puppy School, and .....

    HE PASSED!!!

    Beyond all my expectations, the lovable but loopy Randall will be getting a Certificate to say that he's an Elimentary Puppy (or something like that!).

    We need to keep up with the training disciplines but I feel that we've turned a corner with him, even if he has eaten half of the interior of my Micra.

    I'm really tired after Puppy School, so will join you in spirit at 20.12 by the drinks cabinet. Thanks for today - you're all rather lovely and very special people who've kept me going. I'm now going to switch off the PC and give my eyes a break, saving them for the Limpik opening ceremony. With beer. And noodles.

    Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and I'll see you on the other side.


  • Comment number 20.

    Hi all - this will be in bits as I think what to type

    deev - I'm on my own too - it maybe a party for one - but I'm still loving all the Olympics stuff

    I'm sorry - I didn't understand the reason or idea behind the bell ringing - that completely passed me by!

    Sezza - I'm on your vertiual sofa tonight - hope there will be a few of us

    I would like to see princess Anne or seb coe (lovely bloke) light the torch

    Hi Sharon - welcome and sorry I've not been around to greet you probably - I'm an old timer but not really around much anymore


  • Comment number 21.

    Baggy. always welcome on my sofa lovely!

    x x x

  • Comment number 22.

    Sezza - so glad to see you - began to feel a little lonely!

  • Comment number 23.

    Well done Sezza, getting the 2012 post.

    I'm here with a G&T, looking forward to seeing what is in store.

    Welcome to the newbies as well and I feel for the overseas listeners who are not able to get the show.

    Hope the others turn up soon.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Mtd - great to see you

  • Comment number 25.

    My very own Olympic flame is alight!

    Good luck to all taking part in the 30th Olympiad - The London Games

    To all the competitors, volunteers, officials and everyone else playing their part, Every Best Wish for the Best Games Ever!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 26.

    Good evening everyone,

    Rang my bicycle bell at 0812, to be honest, I don't understand the significance of it but I joined in anyway.

    Well done to Randall on being a clever puppy.

    My morgans and coke is poured, and my flame is lit.

    Good luck to everyone involved tonight.



  • Comment number 27.

    Ring ,ring ,ring .

    Hello,tis me ,left my goody bag in the kitchen for you Sezza ,and I hope Im not too late .,I know Annie has a sofa seat reserved so I'll just hang around at the back.
    I did light the candles before coming over ,have left Ken keeping watch .


  • Comment number 28.

    Loads of room Bids, just you get comfy x x x

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi to all Olympic Chris Evans blog dudes ... or whatever we are calling ourselves!

    First of all, yes, I really feel for everyone who can't listen to Chris's shows over the Olympic period - no idea what this is about, but I think this has happened before, for whatever reason.

    Cheryl: och, I knew Randall would do it! What a wee star, eh?! Go, Randall, go!

    Hi Baggy: I am sure you will have company here - nice to see you.

    mtd: I'm having a wee G&T, too!

    After a sort of "unusual" start to the Opening Ceremony - just getting my head round it - I think it is going to be brilliant.

    Just watching the industrial revolution - wow, incredible. Have to go to watch it properly ... be back later!

    C xx

  • Comment number 30.

    Did feel a liitle wobble when the opening music started ,Enigma ,i think it was ,one of my favorites .

    And how very rudev of me ,hello to everyone and i hope you're enjoyig it as much as me ,dont reallyb want to takke my eyes of it ,it's spell bounding


  • Comment number 31.

    Made me go tingly - truely Epic

  • Comment number 32.


    Go The Queen!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Nice to see our troops doing their bit and rasing the flag .God Bless them .


  • Comment number 34.

    And the choir sang beautiful.


  • Comment number 35.

    Just brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyone want a drink?

    Baggy, shove up a bit there! x x

  • Comment number 36.

    I dont mind if I do Sezza ,thank you ,just a wee one mind !!! .Im sorry if Im not chatting much ,my mind is in two places at the mo..Getting caught up in all the excitement.


  • Comment number 37.

    I am sooooo angry about the 'french first' announcements. This is Great Britain!!!!

    Having a giggle now though (and on my second merrrlloot).

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 38.

    Me too MTD ,seeing as English is the most spoken language,it beggars belief. had the wine ,on the beer n ow ;-))


  • Comment number 39.

    Lovin the bouncy punks!

    More Merlot Mtd?

    Small one here for you Bids!

    Nuts anyone?

  • Comment number 40.

    this is excellent -making me smile so much

  • Comment number 41.

    Why didn't a think of this before, a trying ter think who is the most famous Briton in the world, ter light The Olympic Flame...

    Sir Paul McCartney WILL light... The Flame!!!!

    Yer 'eard it 'ERE 1st!!!

    Glad ter 'elp!

  • Comment number 42.

    Yes please Sezza, and thanks for the wee one , I like the saying wee one ,it reminds me of our lovely ladies north of the border ,by the way has Annie arrived yet or has she missed her train ,.knowing her she'll turn up in the morning .


  • Comment number 43.

    Take heart in the fact the the french sounds daft as they have to keep using English words!


  • Comment number 44.

    I don't think so Bingo. It is traditionally a sports person, although I would like to see the Queen doing it or maybe Princess Anne. Just as long as it isn't Beckham.

    I might have another wee one a bit later on (there is still a couple of hours to go...) thanks Sezza.

    They're off with the French again....

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 45.

    Just got sight of Beckham ,wow!! that's great ,thought they had forgotten him.


  • Comment number 46.

    Yes , We will remember them .


  • Comment number 47.

    Isn't this just astonishing? I have been in tears on several occasions. If I could have that lassie sing "Abide With Me" at my funeral, that would do for me! Haven't a clue why we are getting French announcements first - hopefully this will be explained.

    We will probably watch another hour of this, but then it will be lights out for us. Will be taping the remainder, and check it out tomorrow. I would love to see the Ceremony through to the end, but it's a typical Friday, I am shattered!

    Take care, will see you tomorrow. What an exciting and special evening, eh?

    C xx

  • Comment number 48.

    Night ,night Crissie ,God Bless .


  • Comment number 49.

    It's lovely to see all the teams, they say it's all about the sport, and it certainly makes a change from polatics eh!!! and everyone is so happy.


  • Comment number 50.

    French announcements first because that is the official language of the olympics - I think cos it was a frenchman who started the modern olympics

    Night Chrissie, sleep well x x


  • Comment number 51.

    MTD - Am sorry ter ave ter correect yersen, BUT Macca lad is a sportperson..... 'e played footy in the Pipes Of Peace video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A see the Thailand flag bearer is called first name..... Nuttapong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A like!

  • Comment number 52.

    PS MTD - What's wrong with The Beckham.... Aka Dave.... 'e's a fine role model for the youth of terdee.... Or when yer say Beckham do yer mean The Spice Girl????????????????????

  • Comment number 53.

    Bids, it's so lovely when someone says to you night night! xx

    Sezza: ahh, that makes sense. I love the fact that on this blog, someone, somewhere, has the answer!

    Waiting for team GB - I have my second wind!


  • Comment number 54.

    Crissie ,and don't let the bed bugs bite ,that's what I used to say to mine ,makes you feel all nice and snuggley ;-))


  • Comment number 55.

    And you next uselss olympic fact, team GB will be out last!

    Greece always first, host nation last!

    Bingo, i love Becks. i think he always looks like he would smell lovely!


  • Comment number 56.

    My Ken at the moment is on the Becks smell nice stuff.


  • Comment number 57.

    Evening all,

    Seeza - Chrissie gave me the heads up about the candle and being a candle fanatic I was happy to join in. I lit my candle on the stroke on 20:12 and raised my glass to Team GB.

    Spectacular ceremony loving every minute of it - I have laughed and cried!

    Seeza - I have had the pleasure of being in the presence of Beckman and can confirm he is a perfect gentleman, smells gorgeous and has an amazing presence!

    I have been up since 04:10 but I am so hyped up by it all I don't feel tired so I will be here until the end - the pink fizz might have something to do with it ;o)

    Respect to Danny Boyle, the organisers, the volunteers and the audience for their control of their pixels!

    Good luck Team GB!

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 58.

    Gotta love Danny Boyle!! Loved, loved, LOVED all the music he included!!! Come on Team GB!!!

  • Comment number 59.

    ooo Mary, I'm a bit jealous!!

    x x x

  • Comment number 60.

    Seeza - well done on posting at 20:12 if anyone deserved it you did!

  • Comment number 61.

    Seeza - he has a good, strong, firm handshake ;o)

  • Comment number 62.

    She sure did Mary ,nice to see you ,and Hello Berni.


  • Comment number 63.

    Very jealous!!

    Another round of drinks?

  • Comment number 64.

    Yes, please pink fizz for me - I put some in the chiller.

  • Comment number 65.

    Bids: yes, so lovely to feel safe and snuggly. xx

    Sezza: of course, you are 100% correct - host nation always last. MrS has just fired me up a triple espresso - I hate coffee, but needs must!

    Mary: hiya toots! Isn't this just fantastic - I really do think Mr Boyle is a bit of a genius. Keep topping up that pink fizz!


  • Comment number 66.

    Oh!! gone on then Sezza ,just a wee one mind ,and just had a thought ,got my sleeping bag in the car ,how big is your garden???


  • Comment number 67.

    Chrissie - hiya my wee pal xx! Yes, I agree, Mr Boyle has excelled himself!

  • Comment number 68.

    If I'd tried to post at 20.12 I'd never have done it!

    Only noticed when Mtd pointed it out!

  • Comment number 69.

    Berni: I agree, the music has been just brilliant. Fantastic Ceremony - can't wait to see what lies ahead!


  • Comment number 70.

    Seeza - he likes minstrels!!

    Chrissie - I hope that coffee is of the Irish variety ;o)

    Hiya Bids xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Mary, just how much did you get to know about him????????????

    Music has been fantastic

    In fact, the whole show has been amazing

    Loads of room in the garden - boy1 even has a tent somewhere!

    x x x

  • Comment number 72.


    Go Team GB!!!!!!!

    Gold all the way!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 73.

    Sezza: yes, I agree, you are totally deserving of the 20.12 post. xx

    Mary: are you suggesting, for one single moment, that a liqueur would enter my mind? As our lovely Pen knows, I would much rather have a cup of tea!

    We're getting there troops - our lovely boys and girls are on their way!


  • Comment number 74.

    Chrissie - me? Never ;o)

    Seeza - I couldn't possibly put it in print ;o)

  • Comment number 75.

    Go Redgrave!

  • Comment number 76.

    Wow!!!! Explains all the copper petals! Exquisite!

  • Comment number 77.

    Well, didn't we do well, no other word for it .that's why there is the word Great in Great Briton .


  • Comment number 78.

    Awesome! Just Awesome!!!

    Night all. Make sure you put your candles out safely and shut the door quietly on the way out

    It's been a pleasure spending the evening with you all

    Sarah xxxxx

  • Comment number 79.

    Here here Bids xx

    Seeza - thank you for a splendid evening! I will extinguished my candle otherwise I will have Chrissie after me ;o)

    Nite nite - good night and God Bless xx

    Go Team GB!

  • Comment number 80.

    Night,night ladies ,and Sezza ,thanks for having us join you tonight ,hope we didn't make too much mess ,and by the way ,if you find the Gorgeous Gibbs missing in the morning look no further ;-))

    It's been a very incredible night tonight ,just thinking that the whole of the world has joined us in our celebrations ,and happy ones to boot. And every nation together under one roof .

    Maybe we need our sports men and women to rule the world ,and wouldn't that be delightful.

    Night ,night all ,and god Bless.

    Take care ...Bids..xxx

  • Comment number 81.

    Well, what can one say? Brilliant, inspired, and indeed as Sezza said, awesome.

    Also, Bids, you always get it just just right

    It's been a wonderful evening - have extinguished my candle - if in doubut, put it in the sink, ok?

    Yours, troubled candle person,

    C xx

  • Comment number 82.

    Morning all

    Sorry for not saying goodnight or thanking Sezza for her excellent hosting (where were my manners....).

    All in all (apart from the language thing) it was a spectacular evening and something to be proud of.

    I'm now looking forward to the next 2 weeks of wall to wall sport (honestly, I do like most sports - except cricket and golf which are thankfully not Olympic sports) I hope team GB live up to our expectations, I am wearing my wrist bands and have got my Tshirt to wear on Fridays (we have just gone casual every Friday at work).

    So for now - Go Cav.

    I hope everybody has a good day.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 83.

    morning peeps - wow what a fab show that was last night.
    Sorry I couldn't join you on the virtual sofa, I was too transfixed by what I was looking at to move from my spot on our actual sofa!

    Thought some of it was a bit surreal but absolutely wonderful.
    Loved it that the young sports stars of the future lit the flame - just as it should be.
    Although good that Sir Steve had a part in it - delighted that Daley Thompson and Lyn Davies were part of it too.

    Lit my mini lympix flame at 20.12 - pic of FB.

    Chores this morning - just had dippy egg and toast soldiers for brekkie to fortify me.

    Tonight Wrexham Community Choir has a concert in St Giles Parish Church, so I will be singing my little heart out - plus I am introducing the 1st song in the 2nd half.
    It is an Hawaiian earth blessing called E Malama.

    So instead of ttfn, I will say Aloha x

    Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Good morning friends

    How fabulous to see an upbeat FNOWC. A lovely catch-up read this morning.

    Well, WOW, WOW and DOUBLE WOW for last night's opening ceremony. My personal highlights - HRH wiping a tear away as the Choir sang The National Anthem, HRH and James Bond - inspired, Rowan Atkinson, boingy punks, and all the people on Twitter who thought Kenneth "Brunel" Branagh was Abe Lincoln.

    All emotions held in check until Sir Paul McCartney sang Hey Jude, and then the tears flowed (and I only had 2 x tinnies last night so it wasn't the ale!)

    Every time I hear Hey Jude I think of what was quite possibly one of the best days of my life, ever: me, Bingo, Jovial and Janeybabybeezer in Liverpool, at the mercy of Bingo and his Magical Mystery Tour where we took the Ferry Across The Mersey, danced down Mathew Street and ended up in The Cavern, drinking beer from the bottle (classy!) and singing Hey Jude as loud as our lungs would allow. Up to that point in my life, I had honestly never been happier.

    I only hope our Beez was looking down, glass of red in celestial hand, a grinning like a Cheshire Cat!

    Let the Games commence.

    I've got the Archery on at the mo, from Lords, and it's looking good. I think Nic's company may have had a hand in that one.

    Today is mummy BBQ day - I hope she doesn't take too long to cook!

    Have a fabulous weekend everyone, and I'll drop in on Monday.

    Muchos Olympic Amore!



  • Comment number 85.

    Ladies, what perfect guests you all were!

    The place is spotless!

    It was a pleasure to spend such a splendid evening with you all

    Bids, We've just got to pop out for a while so can you drop Gibbs back a bit later? ;-)

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 86.

    Good morning all,

    not feeling to bright this morning ,self induced I'm afraid as I was so enjoying the get together at Sezza's that I had just one too many and know have a headache .

    And thank sezza it was fab must do it again and so glad that we left it all tidy for you ,by the way who did do the washing up ?? not me as I was busy Smuggling the gorgous Gibbs into my doggy bag bought specially to take him home with me .

    I shall be popping out later Sezza so I'll drop him back then ,must say he was a god boy but Ken wasn't so keen when I let him snuggle down between us , and my doesn't he snore and lick. just a pity I have to return him. ;-(

    Well I have managed some washing so far this morning and it's on the line ,so now I need to go and put some more out .so have a lovely day all in what ever you're doing and hope that the weather is the same as we have here ,wall to wall blue

    And I must go and find a cure for this head of mine 'tis banging

    Take care ...Bids.xxx.

    PS ,Chris just seen a nice pic of you and Noah out for a stroll ,lovely.

  • Comment number 87.


    I am glad you all had a good time at Sezza's last night, wish I could have been there but I was watching it with my friend and her two girls (8 and 11).

    Can I just echo what the rest of you have said; it was an absolutely fantastic opening ceremony. Quintessentially British and made me very, very, very proud. I have a feeling that my telly will be working overtime over the next two weeks. It's already been on for a couple of hours!

    Have a good Saturday everyone xx


  • Comment number 88.

    Hi everyone what a fantastic opening ceremony I am so proud to be British. We had to watch it 3 hours after the start and it was full of adverts. I then got my computer back and was able to watch the end of it live on the BBC. I've since watched it back right through and NBC put an interview with Michael phelps on when the tribute to 7/7 was on, I'm absolutely disgusted with their disregard and disrespect for our tragedy. They can stick their distorted coverage where the sun don't shine and I shall thankfully watch it on the beeb?

    I'm glad you all had a great time at sezzas.

    MaW xxx

  • Comment number 89.

    Evening each

    So sorry I couldn't join you on the sofa last night but watched till the very end - an awesome spectacle and a truly fitting end with the young athletes lighting the flame.

    It was lovely to see so many happy smiling faces from round the world, and how beautiful were all the young athletes?

    I thought Abide With Me was just gorgeous.

    Back in a bit when I've caught up. xxxxx

  • Comment number 90.

    Hello MaW, Annie and everyone.

    I thought it was great last night. Loved the Queen with James Bond.

    Had a really lovely day today, granddaughters 4th birthday party.

    The theme was princess and pirates. Great fun!

    Hope you are all having a good weekend.

    CSN. xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Evening all,

    Just having a very quiet night after what turned out to be a very busy day ,even ate late tonight so am relieved to be sitting down for a while.

    We also have a busy day on the cards tomorrow,people coming to dinner ,more or less invited them selves ,didn't see that one coming .

    Everywhere seems to be hyper about the Olympics, after last evenings show ,seems that now it's started and the opening ceremony is over and behind us ,its all about sport and medals now. I hope we do well and get a few ,that will be nice for our GB team.

    Well just a drink to be had now then I think I shall hit the sack ,seeing as I'm going to be busy tomorrow ,so i'll say night night, and take care all and have a good sunday.


  • Comment number 92.

    Hi csn, Annie et al, sorry for my Ranty pants, I'm sitting on my porch looking at the empty nest above, my four little chicks have flown today so I really do have empty nest syndrome . So I'll raise a glass to them and rejoice their freedom xxxxx

    MaW xxxx

  • Comment number 93.

    Morning all!

    Snacks - packed!

    Train - booked!

    Boys - Up!!!!

    TeeShirts - On!

    Flags - Unfurled!

    Tickets - In my Hand!

    We're off to the Olympics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Sezza xxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 94.

    Morning all!
    Well had another very busy week and a busy catching up at home chores including shopping for GDs uni accomodation - not sure where she thinks she's going to put it all and I did laugh when she said she needed clothes hangers - that'll be a novelty as she certainly doesnt use them at home!

    And what a great FNWC atmosphere - I watched most of the ceremony but gave up about 11 and watched the rest with GD yesterday.

    Watched most of the cycling - how disapointing for Mark Cav - seems the rest of the world defo were not playing ball in terms of supporting each other, I'm generally not a massive sports fan but I'm defo getting caught up in the excitement, think the coverage the BBC are providing is amazing - on line and red button. Once again well done the UK!

    Right time for a coffee, two dogs to bath and then off to see Batman with GD before a roast later today. Thankfully a quieter couple of work weeks on the cards so I might be around a bit more to join in the fun.

    Happy Sunday everyone

  • Comment number 95.

    oooooo Sezza snooked in there - how jealous am I, have a wonderful time!!!!

  • Comment number 96.

    Good morning all.

    Just a quick pop in for me ,needing to check a recipe on line ,decided to do Braised moroccan chicken ,with cous cous and rice.not done it before so wish me luck ,and I have a vegan to cater for as well,and they will have the look a like pellets to chicken. and the sun is shining and fingers crossed that we can eat out today ..yeah!!

    Maw ,sorry I meat to speak last night ,sorry to see that your suffering empty nest syndrome ,so ill join you in celebrating later tonight and have a tipple in honour of the fab four.and was it If i remember your son is coaching in the olympics ,proud mum eh!!.

    Sezza, Wow !!! of to the limipix ,great news hope you all have a fab time ,and enjoy.

    Debs ,Another busy week I see that you've had ,but go no ,you love it..only draw back is do you ever wonder where you are when you wake up in the mornings ,being here and there all the time ;-)) I've got loads of spare coat hanger here Debs ,but the aren't the matching variety type ..lol...do you think that the GD will actually use them ?

    Not seen Maddy of late ,so hope you're Ok ,think the last time she was here ,wasn't she going along the prom on her scooter ,you've not decided to do walk abouts have you Maddy.?

    Right better go so take care and have a good day all.


  • Comment number 97.


    I'm right here Bids suspiciously lurking in the background. No I didnt do a Forrest Gump on my scooter and just keep on going lol.

    Apologies for not turning up at FNOWC but I had unexpected visitors and also I did'nt want to take my eyes off the tv screen for one minute. Wasn't it all so wonderful, I can't find words to describe it but I feel so proud to be British. We showed the world our great sense of humour with the Queen and Bond and Rowan Atkinson. I watched clips a few times since. Let's hope Team GB get some medals.

    MM xxx

    PS Back to wet & windy here.

  • Comment number 98.

    Afternoon each

    Maddy, it's SUNNY here!!! Grass cut, pots dead-headed, recycling recycled, housework waiting for another day.

    CSN, 4yr old's party sounds fun - were you a princess or a pirate?

    Sezza, hope you're having a wonderful day.

    Debs, enjoy Batman. No child of mine knew what clothes hangers were till they got their own place.

    Bids, hellooooooooooooo

    MaW, the Sunday Papers all have comments from around the world about the opening event - they seem to have got it - but I agree with you, a tad disrespectful to be conducting an interview at such a time.


  • Comment number 99.

    CONGRADULATIONS TER TEAM GB on our first 2012 Olympic medal....

    A silver medal in the woman's cycling....

    And what number was she carrying....

    WHATTA COINCIDENCE.... Number 22!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 100.

    Number 22 ave noticed is the luckiest number, it even came up in Fridee's special Olympic national lottery result!!!


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