An olympic disaster?
It's been quite a year for Britain, what with the Jubilee celebrations, respectability at the European Championships, glorious failure in Eurovision, success on the Tour de France and (nearly) at Wimbledon. Now all eyes are on the Olympics which are finally upon us.
My students and fellow foreign teachers are already teasing me about the various cock-ups; lack of security staff, people threatening to strike, wrong flags, rain, buses getting lost and beds being too short for athletes. Actually, it's been looking a bit embarrassing ever since the logo was unveiled. Why didn't they go with something more like this (designed by a student at a friend's UK school)? Oh well. Fingers crossed for the Opening Ceremony (4am our time - but I'll be watching!), and then let's hope our athletes do as well as in Beijing. And let's hope that Chinese TV doesn't spend the whole tournament following only table-tennis, badminton and diving!
27/7/2012 04:40:08 am
As usual the media highlight a few blips. However I have to say -from one who is not a great sports fan - it is truly an amazing site & you would not believe how much of London (& indeed UK) is absorbed with Olympic fever. It is surely a once in a lifetime experience. yes even I will be watching the opening ceremony.
Paul (the one)
28/7/2012 11:56:09 am
My student today: "The British Olympic Ceremony was much better than Beijing's. We had thousands of dancers and drummers, but you had Mr Bean!"
Paul (the other one)
28/7/2012 08:23:41 pm
Who knew the Queen would ever be a "Bond girl" and that she could parachute!
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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