BURN BABY BURN!
When I was little, my brother & I would pretend to be in the Olympics and would practice in this very back garden. We loved everything about the Olympics and still do. If we were lucky, dad would set light to some charcoal & wooden logs (as you see) and we would pretend it was the Olympic torch, whilst we competed in all the different events, the 100m sprint up the lawn, to the long jump (which actually happened in the flower bed), gymnastics on the swing (which is sadly no longer) and even the javelin with an old bamboo cane we found in the shed. Even better, if the Olympics was actually on the TV during the day, we would watch, before running outside and mimicing our favourite athletes who we'd just witnessed hours earlier. Whilst our make-shift torch burnt away, dad would sit, reading the paper, toppping the flame up when we would shout 'It's going out dad!!' You couldn't compete properly if the torch went out.
The London Olympic flame will be carried by no less than 8,000 torchbearers. When we were little, my friends & I would run around the block with a pretend torch. There was only 6 of us, some of whom I don't even see or speak to anymore and haven't for some years. I wonder if, come the beginning of the London Games, when they see the torch, they'll remember our torch-bearing efforts, around a small block of houses in Yorkshire?
WELCOME EVERYONE to my official London 2012 Olympics page. With just a year away from the Games starting here in the UK, I was selected by one of the London 2012's Offical Partners, BT, to be a BT STORYTELLER, and will be helping to bring an inspirational insight to these Olympics.
From now, right up to the sporting spectacle itself, I will be delivering my own take on what the Olympics means and is all about, whilst also bringing other people's views and experiences of the build up to these Games and lots more. So, please feel free to comment and spread the word!
For all of my Olympics Storyteller content, you can visit my bio page on the BT Storytellers website here, visit this very page, can follow me on Twitter, and you can also contact me directly via the contacts page, here on my website.
This is my very own build up to these Olympics in London and invites those taking part (in whatever way, shape or form!) those who'll be watching and all other creatives, to interact with my stories & help pave the way towards what we can all help to make, a truely memorable sporting occasion!
My first articles, photos and videos will be coming shortly. Watch this space!