“I smiled at someone on the Tube!”
Trip Start Aug 01, 2012
9Trip End Aug 15, 2012
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Alistair and Johnny who? Well, to be honest, I didn’t know either until Monday night when the BBC went Brownlee crazy (that’ll be Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, brothers extraordinaire). Come the morning of Terrific Tuesday, I was an expert on them and watched every punishing stroke, pedal and step of the triathlon. I was exhausted by the end! After that there was no way I could leave home and ended up glued to the Olympics all day.
During the Beijing Olympics, when British cycling truly came to the fore, I was in Barcelona and given the coverage (no disrespect intended) was on a Spanish bias, I just couldn’t get into it (nor the rowing for that matter), as it was not a Spanish priority. Now, however, after watching Chris Hoy and Laura Trott’s triumph and Victoria Pendleton’s heartache (gold, gold, silver), I am Terrassa’s foremost expert on the keirin, the omnium, pursuit, sprint... Hell! I love the velodrome now!
Of course, this level of Olympic intensity is difficult to sustain and some of the newspapers have entered silly territory. One such example is the free London paper Metro, which has gone into a whole set of pointless statistics about the medals table using the second conditional (if I were a rich man,...) e.g. If Scotland competed independently, it would be 8th in the table. It then goes on to talk about the other home countries (though not Northern Ireland). When it starts going into cities, like if London competed independently it would be 11th, then it borders on the ridiculous. However, the stat that pushes it over the edge is 'if British women formed an independent country, they would be 8th’. Contrived? Definitely.
Anyway, to sum up the atmosphere of London at the moment, I heard Kevin Day on Radio 4’s The Now Show, a comedian and a committed Londoner, say recently, "London’s blossomed. I smiled at someone on the Tube! It felt weird!"