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Unbelievable!

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That’s the word that sums up the Olympics for me. It’s what we heard the athletes saying again and again. It’s what their performances amounted to. It was the enthusiasm and support of the crowd. It’s what was achieved in grand style by those who organised and ran this extraordinary celebration of human endeavour.

One of my most vivid memories will be of switching on the television for the news each morning at 7.00am, then finding the tears streaming down my face even before I’d properly woken up. As each of the previous day’s triumphs were relived so the heroes were paraded on the breakfast TV sofa.  Also, as I’ve travelled to the country on several occasions I was so, so proud for Jamaica.  I can just imagine how their sprinters’ achievements were celebrated at home.  I am in huge admiration of the respect that Usain Bolt and Johann Blake showed for other countries’ national anthems, even stopping TV interviews when the flags were raised.  Both of them also sang their own anthem with unashamed pride, something I wish more of our athletes had managed.

Britain is truly great. The games and our achievements at them prove that. We exceed every reasonable expectation that we could have of ourselves. That is why we have such a proud history, why we are the leaders  that we continue to be and why we hold a place in the world out of all proportion to our size and resources.

That our athletes and those who train and organise them can achieve so much sheds a very harsh light on those that now run our government and economy.   Today we are let down by leaders who are pygmies compared to the giants that have made Britain great.

The British people can achieve the unbelievable. All we need are the leaders to show us the way. If we replaced the 29 members of the cabinet with our 29 gold medal winners I think we might do far better.

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August 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Our GOLDEN Girls – Heather And Helen

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August 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

Amy Williams

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She was spectacular winning her gold medal at the Winter Olympics.  She was equally mesmerising last night on “Question Of Sport”.

I realise that “our Amy” has one elusive, temporary quality which we can only enjoy for a little longer.  She doesn’t yet know just how gorgeous she really is!

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April 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

Wales Leads British Olympic Effort

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So Nicole Cooke, carrying the Welsh Dragon high, cycles to a gold medal and sets the standard for the British Olympic team.

Meanwhile, at home, far too many people are adopting a cynical, world weary attitude.  Shame on you!

Barbara Ellen, sexy new columnist at The Observer says “Call off 2012, Beijing Is Boring”.  Well, she may be appreciable eye candy (useful for all those soirees columnists just have to attend) but she is resorting to the oldest trick in the journo’s book – if you can’t say something sensible then slag it off.

More disturbing is the pub talk, the man on the Clapham omnibus who also claims to be bored.

Listen killjoys, cynics, non-Welsh Brits, in a fortnight’s time there will be a tear welling up in your eye.  You’ll want to and, undeservingly, will, feel part of it.  Your patriotic spirit will be reborn and you’ll be screaming as the next British runner, cyclist or egg and spooner takes gold.

The Olympics are a wonderful, inspiring celebration of mankind.  I remember them throughout my childhood and I am cheering for our boys and girls from the very beginning.  The rest of you are welcome to the party however late you arrive.

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August 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm