That Was Great

The Olympics have just finished and there are a lot of glum people at work. I’m looking forward to the Paralympics now which is just a week and a bit away. It was great to see so many people out running over the period. I’m usually quite cynical when we get the New Year runners and don’t see them in February but this was different. I saw parents out running with their kids and it was obvious it was a new thing. Great stuff.

I haven’t posted in ages but i have been out running around. I have no plans at the moment but i am seriously looking at doing a triathlon sometime next year. Time to dust down the speedos and get the bike out.

The people who do these things sent me a lovely pair of Polaroid sunglasses. I don’t usually wear glasses when i’m out running but these were of a different quality. Slightly heavier (in a good way) than others i have tried and when i put them on i did let out a surprised “oh!” because these sat very nicely on my big nose. There was a good gap for ventilation something i suffer from horrendously because of the amount of sweat i generate. It was so nice running without squinting and i thought they looked ok. I was going to say cool but a bloke in his late 30’s saying that is not cool. Now a part of my running kit and good for everyday stuff.


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London 2012 Olympics Wenlock Mascot

Say hello to one of the characters that are the official London Olympic Mascot. With less than 2 weeks ago i can’t wait for it to start and grumpy friends who a few months ago were moaning about the cost etc are starting to show little flickers of excitement. I had to read up about the mascots because i had no idea who Wenlock was and where it came from. It turns out the story behind it is more than a dreary idea thought up by London types using buzz words.

The two characters are named after Much Wenlock in Shropshire, the village that hosted a precursor to the Olympics in the 19th century, and Stoke Mandeville hospital (I spent time there when i was a kid with a severe Asthma attack. I met Jimmy Saville ), the birthplace of the Paralympic Games. Each mascot also sports a yellow light atop its head, as a reference to London’s black cabs, and the Olympic Rings get a nod via Wenlock’s bracelets.

I like it but the true test is whether the kids like it and when i opened it from its post wrapping there was a huge “OH WOW!!!” from the 7 year old and the 3 year old. Yep it’s cool!


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