Archive for the London Category

Coca-Cola Beat Box

Many of the corporate sponsors for London 2012 had a building of some sort inside the Olympic Park. One of my favourites was the Coca-Cola Beat Box. Designed by up and coming architects Pernilla & Asif, the building is meant to promote the company’s “Move to the Beat” campaign. The whole structure was covered in 230 five-meter-long cushions made of EFTE, a plastic polymer, each one acting like an enormous drum skin that made a musical sound when you touched or waived your hand in front of it. So all very cool. That and being able to take a picture […]

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A Letter from the Prime Minister

When I initially applied for and was accepted as a London 2012 Ceremonies Volunteer Performer, the furthest thing from my mind was getting praise for partaking. Sure I would end up spending hundreds of hours rehearsing, but as so few had this opportunity, I was ever so grateful. That said, as the games got underway, some of the other ceremonies volunteers felt slighted particularly as much praise was being showered on the 70,000+ Games Makers. This I wasn’t really surprising as the Games Makers had the McDonald’s PR machine behind them. But more importantly, the Games Makers were who the […]

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

I absolutely loved walking around the Olympic Park admiring the venues (those permanent and temporary) along with landscaped gardens and so can’t wait for it to open again. Unfortunately with major work taking place, it won’t be fully opened until spring 2014. So thankful that on the final day the park was open to the public, I was able to go up the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit which is a 115-metre-high (377 ft.) sculpture and observation tower. I was desperate to go up as I’d read so much about the controversial structure. Plus it was one of the first […]

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The Climax

Boris Johnson’s speech at the end of the Greatest Team Parade for Team GB and ParalympicsGB signaled the official end to London 2012. And so I tip my orange bowler hat to the athletes, military, police, volunteers, Seth Coe and staff and really everyone involved in making the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games such a huge success. It’s been an amazing summer of sport and culture.

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Last Hurrah

Towards the end of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony, I felt a soar throat coming on. Was most annoyed as I really had planned to stay out all night for the after party. But sensing that my body was calling for rest, I went home. However, the next day, I dragged myself to the Greatest Team Parade for Team GB and Paralympics GB. It would be the last hurrah for London 2012 and so I wanted/needed to be there. Particularly as I’d gotten a ticket to be in The Mall with the other volunteers. Thankfully, it was a glorious day and […]

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