On the Olympics: legacy?

I deliberately kept the weeks of the Olympics and Paralympics as free from work commitments as possible. You see, as one of the official BT Olympic Storytellers, I felt it was my duty to watch as much as I could. And, as planned, I spent most of those weeks sitting in front of the television with the remote control in my hand, watching everything cycling, swimming, rowing, football, volley ball, sailing, tennis and the glorious track and field events.

Shortly after the Olympics finished, I went to support our eldest daughter (Ella Fields) as she took part in the Vitruvian Triathlon at Rutland Water – a punishing open-water swim, followed by a 50K 50 mile bike ride, followed by a half-marathon run. The weather was sunny and hot. I am proud to report that our daughter successfully completed the event. Despite finishing way back in the field, she looked cool and fit at the end – unlike most of the competitors who looked grey and ill.

If watching sports people perform could get you fit, I would be an Olympic champion myself.

Having put on a few pounds in weight (watching people being sporty makes me hungry), I have enrolled myself in a circuit-training fitness programme and, so far so good, have been exercising three times a week and dropped a couple of pounds.

Can we chalk this up as part of the legacy of the Olympics?


Following the Olympics: on Twitter

It is true that there have been some unfortunate Twitter events; for example the hurtful tweet sent directly to Tom Daley, informing him he had disappointed his dead father.

Olympic Rings at St Pancras StationWhy have I found the Olympics so utterly compelling this year?

Maybe it’s because I am an official Olympic Storyteller? Maybe it’s because the Games are happening on home turf? Maybe it’s because of the orchestrated build-up, and the relentless advertising, in the month’s preceding the event? Maybe it’s because TeamGB have so many real chances of medal success?

Whatever the reason, I feel involved in this Olympics in a way I never have before. Continue reading “Following the Olympics: on Twitter”

Olympic Storyteller – failing to live up to my expectations

Olympic Storyteller websiteWell, damn and blast it. After initial mad enthusiasm, I have failed dismally to update my Olympic Storyteller site with new stories.

The last story I wrote was in August. I am hanging my head in shame.

Then someone kindly pointed out the link to my profile page on the Olympic Storyteller site wasn’t working. So, for one awful moment, I thought I had been expelled from the site. But they had just moved the pages around. Whew.

I must do better…..

A question answered

jonathan-brownlee Olympic storyteller interviewee Well, Jonathan Brownlee chose one of my questions to answer. Yippee!

The question he chose to answer was:

If you could choose your own theme music for the medal podium, what would you choose and why?

Err, hang on. Did he really answer my question?
Sort of.
Maybe.
Actually no.
No, he didn’t really answer my question. But I forgive him. He chose the national anthem after all.

Personally, I would go for something like this: Hawaii Five O.
You could choose Chariot’s of Fire, but this is too predictable.
Given Jonathan’s possible film ambitions, maybe he should choose 007 – licensed to thrill.

You can find the questions and answers here on the BT Storytellers website

Olympic Storyteller – site live

olympic storytellers live site The official BT Olympic Storytellers site is now live, along with details of all the storytellers. They look an intelligent and talented bunch of people. I have no idea what I am doing among them.

Here is my page. I look a little stern. And somewhat confused.

Twitter is beginning to wake up to the fact we have Olympic Storytellers among the Twitterati. There seems a confusion of hashtags to follow, but the official ones appear to be:
#ldn2012story
#London2012
#btstorytellers

Personally, I prefer #olympicstorytellers – because what you see is what you get. But Twitter has a life of its own and defies all attempts at logical organisation (thank goodness). We will see what trends emerge.