The Olympics are coming…
July 6th, 2012
I work in London. East London to be precise.
My journey into work covers about 13 miles and I do it by motorcycle.
My journey goes right past the Olympic park and as such most of it will be closed to me from mid July until the end of September. I will have to use an alternate route in along with everybody else.
I live just outside the border of Greater London. Eastern Greater London to be precise.
A journey into London by tube, bus or rail would require me to pass Stratford (where the Olympicsi/Paralympics are being hosted).
Some of my local country park has been commandeered for use an a temporary Army barracks (and I’m not sure I trust LOCOG to restore it properly afterwards).
Another region near where I live has a number of small hotels who are apparently reporting they are fully booked during the Olympic/Paralympics. So we’re going to have a lot of tourists about.
In short: it’s going to be very hard for me to avoid the Olympics this summer. My travel will be affected, my local area will be affected, my life will be affected.
So with all this in mind can I just say that I am pleased the Olympics/Paralympics are coming to London. I am looking forward to it. I have managed to get tickets for an Olympic event and some Paralympics ones for myself and my family but I was looking forward to the event regardless of whether I got tickets. I was celebrating when the games were awarded to London.
As I have seen the park develop I have gotten more excited. The Velodrome and Aquatic centre look magnificent and coupled with other new London buildings like the Shard (and slightly older ones like the Gherkin) I am excited for the way my home city is starting to look. I think the games coming to London are a good thing and I am glad they are coming.
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