Saturday, 26 May 2012

Even an old cynic like me -

- can find some things inspirational from time to time, although I try not to make a habit of it. The chap in the fuzzy photo just ran past my house a few minutes ago. Nothing too inspirational about that, I agree. It was what he was holding which made the difference , though. That shiny thing in his hand is actually the Olympic torch. A few weeks ago notices went up in our street to say that we are on the Olympic torch relay route. Fantastic.

The Olympics have a special place in my heart. Some people don't have a favourite sporting event - some love the World Cup - and some love other things. For me the number one has always been the Olympics. Which is one reason why I took the modern Olympic Games from 1896 as my first ever specialist subject on Mastermind. It's funny how things work out, isn't it. When London first won these games I always planned to stay at my Mum's, and watch the torch relay as it nears the stadium in Stratford. Then Mum moved away to Worthing last year which put the kibosh on that idea, and then what do I find - it's only going right past my own house !

Not that this whole thing has a lot to do with quizzing, despite the tenuous Mastermind connection, but hey, it's my blog !


drgaryegrant said...

Actually, the title is a bit misleading - that is the first NON-cynical thing I've read about the Olympic Torch!

Nice to know it means something to somebody! On a personal note, I suspect this is my lucky year - I applied for Olympic Tickets and, unlike many friends who got none, got 4 - one for the heptathlon final, one for the football final, and two for a game at Old Trafford which has turne out, quite by chance, to be Great Britain v Senegal.

The torch won't be running up my street mind - nobody can find it at the best of times! Great that that occurred right outside your front door.

Gruff said...

I can't remember where I read it. But I know that amongst my friends there are a lot of people who when asked the question "what were the London Olympics like Grandad?" will only be able to respond "I don't know, I was too busy making clever snide and cynical comments about it on twitter".

Londinius said...

Actually all joking aside it was a really nice event for the street. We were all gathered outside the houses for a good hour or so before the torch went past, and the atmospher was tremendous.