London 2012: The Announcement

I get tingly arms every time I think about the moment that London were announced the host city for the 30th Olympic Games.

I remember being at work (way back in 2005) and refreshing the page on the internet to see the announcement come through LIVE.

Would it be London?

Could London possibly beat the favourite, Paris?

Here’s a video of Trafalgar Square in London. You can feel the tension as the crowd nervously await the news…

What a moment!!!

Tonight all eyes will be on London as they open the games with a huge ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. Tonight I will be more than ever to be British. Here’s to a fantastic games. Good luck to all taking part.

London Protests Go Too Far

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The news in England has been focussed on the student protests for some weeks now. It is true that in a country where freedom of speech is respected (most of the time), these students have a voice and should  be heard (irrespective of whether we agree or not). But, I do question the lengths to which they are going in order to put across their point.

During the last couple of days London has witnessed protests that have gone far beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable. In order to make yourself heard there is no reason to become violent or destructive. It is also clear from news footage that many ‘students’ are using the current issue simply to cause havoc and mayhem. Some people are happy to jump on the bandwagon and put a point across, which many I suspect do not understand.

The attack on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on their way to the Royal Variety Performance in London was shameless. I believe that by acting in this way towards people who are unrelated to the protest is outrageous and that those protesters deserve no respect.

Having an opinion and wanting to be heard, listened to and acknowledged is one thing. Attacking members of the royal family, vandalising National monuments such as the Cenotaph (at Whitehall) and those at Trafalgar Square should be condemned. No protester has the right to act this way! These actions show no respect for anyone other than themselves. They are so caught up in ‘their moment’ that they don’t think for a second that people witnessing such events and destruction will be hurt deeply.

I watch the TV is disbelief seeing how peaceful demonstrations have escalated into riots of vandalism and hate. It’s a sad state of affairs in London at the moment. No matter which view you take on the ‘issue’ that they are protesting over, it is the way in which people make themselves heard that matters.

It comes down to money in the end. But, how much money will be needed to repair the damage done during these protests? I expect that they don’t think about that.