Ahead of flying over the channel to La France I had a short stop-over in a summery London and decided to lose my luggage (so to speak) at the airport and head centrally towards the Thames for a few hours of quiet reflection in the city. Of course, it’s almost impossible to capture the ‘quiet’ vibe in most capitals and with London now in the midst of preparing itself for the 2012 Olympics, I expected to hear and experience a buzz of industrious activity but in reality it was more of a dull background hum combined with an inordinate amount of Union Flags displayed from every angle. Pompous flag-waving doesn’t interest me, although, I do and will support British Olympian hopefuls and perhaps even ogle the sporting prowess of the likes of Bolt and Ennis via a tv screen, however, with scandals already emerging over ticketing sales, athlete’s village and the main stadium itself, I do wonder what exactly the legacy of the London games might be? One of my favourite legacies from the Millennium celebrations is the London Eye and although this was my fourth circuit of the wheel, it still mesmerises me with it’s design, views and blatant occupation of the South Bank. It earns a gold medal from me.
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