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A dramatic Petersfield sky, a South Bank whirly-gig…and Jessica in excelsis

Taken through a train window at Petersfield station, en route from Portsmouth to Waterloo this evening…

A South Bank whirly-gig, in the Priceless London Wonderground, not far from the London Eye.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I witnessed the climax to Jessica’s wondrous gold-winning Olympic performance, in the company of several dozen other noisy and enthusiastic souls, in this free showing at the Royal Festival Hall this evening…and what a way it was to win a gold medal…or three ;).

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4 thoughts on “A dramatic Petersfield sky, a South Bank whirly-gig…and Jessica in excelsis

  1. What a night for the medals! I don’t think I breathed during the last 2 laps of the 10000m.

  2. Haha, as a 10k runner yourself, why am I not surprised by your comment? ;). I probably did both Mo, and Greg, a slight disservice in seeming to mention their achievements only as an afterthought in this post, but it was a fantastic few hours in the Olympic Stadium for British athletics last night, and London’s sometimes an astonishing place to be at times like those at present. I’m not sure that I really ever expected to see a few dozen folk crowded round a TV screen in the Royal Festival Hall, cheering and clapping (and doing the hand-clapping thing during Greg’s long jump run-ups!), in support of the athletes in the Olympic Stadium, and it was great to be a part of it :). And if I put the emphasis on Jess Ennis in this post, it’s only because I feel she’s had an extraordinary amount to deal with in being a ‘poster girl’ for the London games, and the hopes for her, and expectation of her, have been so great. And that too in a seven event competition where there is so much potential for things to go wrong on the day. Incidentally, I don’t know if you saw the clip this morning of the BBC broadcasting studio team’s reactions during the last few hundred metres of Mo’s race, but it was priceless ;). http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19134764

  3. secret squirrel on said:

    Great pics again!!
    I saw that clip ~ it was hilarious, and nice to see how much they are enjoying the events too.
    I am not normally a big Sports fan but I have been drawn in by our amazing athletes and the crowds who have been so supportive of every one of them ~ so proud to be a Brit at times like this. It feels like a real ‘pulling together moment’. 🙂

  4. Thanks for your kind words :). Yes, it’s great to see how even the BBC commentary team get emotionally caught up in the moment sometimes, ‘off-camera’ ;). And I agree, it’s great too to see and feel the unifying effect, and the feelgood factor, that some of these inspirational performances by our fellow countrymen and countrywomen at these Games are capable of producing :).

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