On Your Marks!

Olympic Rings on Tower Bridge and Victoriana Ship

Club France mirrors

raining bin liners umbrellas England London 2012 outside

exchange Broadgate


So, the Olympics have arrived in my city! I remember when I was little at my gymnastics class, when my friends and I first considered that we might be able to actually go and watch the events in our own country: “Shall we go and watch the gymnastics together?” we wondered. Oh how simple it seemed back then, but how hard it actually was to get any tickets! Whilst I didn’t win any of my bids, I was treated to a pair of leftover women’s Volleyball tickets by my cousin who came over especially from France to get involved and feel the London Olympic spirit! We had absolutely no idea who we would see or where we would be sat, but by some miracle we found ourselves in the front row and watching Team GB play against Russia – what luck! It was just incredible to be a part of the huge mexican waves and watch one of the best volley teams in the world (the elastic and toweringly tall Russians) and of course to cheer on my home team.

But back to the beginning of the whole shebang – the opening ceremony! How did you watch it? I was determined to absorb the community spirit and see it among a crowd of strangers. Again, I was incredibly fortunate to have found a big screen in a grassy square in Broadgate, where I exchanged glasses with a randomer and giggled with an Irish man. The best bit? All the huge cheers for the queen and roaring belly laughs for Bean, not to mention all the little groups of people who stood up and cheered when their own home countries came out with their flags in the procession. It was an incredible experience! I hope you all loved it as much as I did and are excited for the games!

Earls Court Olympics London 2012

army outside Earls Court Olympics

Volleyball stadium crowd

Cleaning the court with brooms

Olympics Volley ball DR v Italy

Olympic Rings Earls Court

Cheerleaders and camera man

Team GB shake hands with Russia womens Volley

P.s – On a completely unrelated note, I’m sure many of you will be delighted to know that Wish magazine is on it’s way if you pre-ordered it! If you’d like to purchase a copy in the next round of sales, we will be reopening on Wednesday!


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  • Jenny August 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    You’re so lucky to have gone to one of the events, I’m so jealous! I loved the opening ceremony and I can’t wait for the closing ceremony tonight, though I’m so sad it’s coming to an end! x

    • Lulu August 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      I’m so sad it’s ending tooo! 🙁 London won’t feel the same!

  • mat August 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    jealous much

  • Hope Adela Pasztor August 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Looks like fun! =)

  • Anne July 31, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    What lovely pics! You’ve captured a really buzzing London 2012 xoxo

  • Maria July 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I never thought I would get so emotional over a ceremony but I really did, it sounds lovely that you watched it with lots of people too, I think the community spirit is what its all about!

    Maria xxx

  • Crystal July 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Hello! I’m new to your blog and love all of your photos! The ones in this post are especially great. What great tickets you had for the volleyball game! It sounds like you were in the perfect place to watch the Opening Ceremony. I watched from home and had a few friends over. I loved the Queen (and the Corgis) as well as Mr. Bean!

  • SJP July 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I was at a festival this weekend and have just got round to watching the opening ceremony – I can’t wait to watch all the events on tv : )

  • Katie July 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    wow guys you were lucky one <3 really!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
    i enjoy watching olympics! it makes so much fun!

  • Lyzi July 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    It’s actually pretty exciting, isn’t it! I didn’t think I’d be so into it, but I am. I unfortunately missed the opening ceremony as I was out volunteering, but I’m going to try and find a spare 3 hours to watch it on iplayer! Saturday morning was the most exciting for me, as someone I grew up with in my hometown was rowing in the men’s doubles! And they came second! So lucky that you got to go and watch some in real life, c’mon team GB! xxx

  • Olga July 30, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    I like sport!! This look very intresting and wonderful!

  • Becky Bedbug July 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    I didn’t even try to get tickets. I wasn’t interested at all back then. Now I really regret it- I would love to have been able to go to an event!


  • Eve Maria July 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Brilliant photos! Wasn’t the opening ceremOny brill- made me so proud!