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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 13 August 2012

It's over

The men's marathon is always the last athletic event of the Olympics. As you didn't need a ticket I went into London to have a look but tens of thousands of other people had the same idea. Here is Northumberland Ave lined by thousands waiting for the runners to go by.


This group had a bird's eye view from the base of Nelson's Column.

This was my view from outside Buckingham Palace!





This woman had the right idea - bring your own step.


And now it's all over. London will never seem the same again.

Until the paralympics - bring them on!


31 comments:

  1. The Olympics have been wonderful this year! I love your captures and wish I could have been there myself! My late husband was a silver medalist in the 1964 Olympics, so it has always been a big event for my children and I! Thanks for sharing the fun!!! Have a great, if not as exciting week!

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  2. It was so much fun following your coverage of the Olympics...I felt like it showed more of an average persons perspective rather than the news footage. The Closing ceremonies last night was incredible!! Thanks for adding to the whole event with your great photos...now the paralympics...yay!

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  3. Congratulations to Britain for hosting such a successful Olympics and proving Mitt Romney wrong. That makes me very happy :) (And nice shots too.)

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  4. How do feel now that it's all over? Sad? Relieved? Excited about the Paralympics? I'm guessing all of the above...

    Loved seeing it all through your eyes! When the commentators last night mentioned the upcoming Paralympics I was thinking of you and hoping we'll get to see the big show on TV here in Spain! There won't be as intense a coverage as of the Olympics (they said there would be highlights, implying they won't be showing much), but there should be something!

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  5. Great sequence !! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. Great series.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. great shots. Personally I am happy it is over. Now there can be other programs on TV to look at.

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  8. Great shots. What fun to be close enough to hit the streets for the marathon.

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  9. The end is exhilirating, as well as the let down of going back to "normal." How do you feel about it?

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  10. how exciting! London did such a great job!

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  11. You have had much to celebrate in London-town ...... I loved seeing the Queens Jubilee earlier in the year and the Olympics have been amazing ... Next, as you say, will be the Paralympics.
    All wonderful show-cases for your beautiful city ... Its been good to see members of the Royal Family out and about, enjoying the events.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your Olympics photos. I saw some of the marathon on TV. Now it is on to Rio. It has been neat seeing some London scenery while watching the events. Great post.

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  13. Thanks for sharing all of your thoughts and photos from the Olympics. That was neat!!!!! You should be very proud of your country. They did a wonderful job. I'm kinda sad that it's over... I watched quite a bit of it these past two weeks. My fav's were the swimming, gymnastics, diving, and track and field.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. Great shots, I miss the Olympics. Great Britain did a great job. Mitt should come back and apologize maybe?

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  15. What fun to see at least part of it....even if you part of a very large crowd. You can be proud that GB did such a super job,

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  16. Thanks for sharing your view of London during Olympics!

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  17. I read your other post..how neat to be a volunteer and everyone said how wonderful London and all the helpful people were..sorry some of the athletes weren't so nice..Michelle

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  18. I really enjoyed the Olympics this year and thought London was a fabulous host! It must have been so exciting for you to be there and experience it first hand!

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  19. What a great event. Can't wait for the Paralympics - so many brave men and women.

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  20. Wonderful shots. You have beautifully captured the Olympics.

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  21. Must have been fun to catch a glimpse of the action first hand and all the excitement which goes along with that.

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  22. So much fun! Splendid shot, indeed!

    Cheers … visiting from Our World Tuesday

    Tito Eric

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  23. Hi,
    The most of Olympics Games were broadcasted at night or late at night in Japan. I stayed late to enjoy games and next morning I was a sleepyhead. Now I miss them!
    Wonderful, wonderful games!
    Keiko

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  24. I just watched it a bit on TV just to see the crowded streets and thought my goodness fortunately I didn't come back this day to visit the London Tower and take a bus !

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  25. I'm glad you enjoyed having the Olympics so close by! A friend once went to the Olympics in Calgary (she has relatives there); it was a time to remember. I'm never crazy about crowds, but I do have fond memories of watching the Boston Marathon as a child.

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  26. I still have very mixed emotions about these Olympic games. I am delighted they went so well and we showed the world we can organise a great event but then last week I went into central London and found most of the Westend deserted and many of the shop keepers bemoaning the whole event. Did you know that the number of tourist from Asia this summer is down by 40%... a figure that will have a very long economic effect on many of the business in London. Great sporting event and achievement for London? Yes.... An economic boast for London? Would seem the answer is sadly going to be no.

    Mollyxxx

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  27. These were some of the best run Olympics ever! You have every right to be proud of your country's hosting of these important Games. I hope you'll be posting about the Paralympics, too! :-)

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  28. Yes … the Paralympics is the next exciting thing to look forward to! I am so impressed with the woman who brought her own step. But I probably wouldn’t want to be standing behind her. :)

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  29. I can't imagine that many people in one place!

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  30. Lovely pictures to capture the ambiance!!

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  31. It must have been such an exciting time for everyone in London. Looking forward to your reports on the Para olympics.

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