Thursday, 26 July 2012

Saw the Olympic torch

I didn’t use the Brompton yesterday as I was working in Barnet, North London and this requires a long journey by underground to East Finchley and the heat and crowds at London Bridge at the moment is just too much to carry a bike.

At lunch time the Olympic torch passed through on the high way. I just about got to see the top of the torch bearer from where I was having lunch. Watching the torch bearers is the best event of the prequel to the games. They just look so happy to be taking part and you just feel happy for them too. But the downside to this occasion was the overpowering corporate sponsorship that surrounds the torch bearers. I can see the point of having the bus convoy covered in logos before and after the torch bearers as they are part of rolling traffic block that protects them. But giving out fizzy drinks, and corporate banners to wave it a step too far. Did no one think of providing small Olympic flags for the crowd? You can still have your logo on the handle and it could have been a keepsake. All my photos are full of coroporate ads and no torch bearer.

I used the Trek bike to get to the station & from my local train station and I wore my hand made leather sandals from Gohils on Camden High Street. I have had them for years and get them out them out whenever it really is too hot for anything else or when I am on holiday in the sun.


Chandra said...

The flag might have been a good idea.
But, unlike you, who wanted to save it as keepsake, many might throw it away. At least I see people do that here on our Independence Day.

She Rides a Bike said...

First all, the sandals are wonderful.

Second, have a festive Olympics. I thought including the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen during the opening ceremonies was only topped by the commercial w/ the Queen parachuting in w/ James Bond/Daniel Craig (I just love DC!).

Third, I ordered my Brompton on Saturday. Expected delivery in late September. Apparently, the Brompton factory is really, really busy. Turkish Green H6R, in case your curious.

Cycling in Heels said...

Yes the inclusion of the Queen has been a talking point of the weekend. I am currently enjoying watching the swimming events.

Bet you are counting the days. Hopefully you will get your Brompton before the weather changes.

She Rides a Bike said...

Actually, I can't wait for the weather to change. We now live in Phoenix, the big city in the desert -100 - 115F during the summer. Brommy should arrive in time for much better temps.

Cycling in Heels said...

Ouch, that is hot!