Meeting the London 2012 Olympic Mascots around the capital:
So you finish work a little early, the sun is beaming outside and you are Olympic obsessed. It just seems too perfect that right outside is a small statue of Wenlock, one of the London 2012 Olympic mascots.
This particular statue, decorated to the title ‘Skyline’ in front of Tower Bridge, is the start of a small walking tour around this part of the river along which you can discover a whole series of differently painted mascots. Given that it incorporates the newly opened Swiss House, it would be rude not to give this a go.
There are 82 dotted around London in total - can you spot them all?
After dropping into the Tower of London, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay has entered into its final week and will spend the next 7 days touring every borough in London. Strangely, this journey starts pretty close to the Olympic Park.
At around lunch time, Phillips Idowu arrived in the Stratford City shopping mall and landed on a small podium outside one of the sponsors stores. It is obviously a bit of a marketing trap, with a series of sponsored clappers and a sponsored PA system blaring across the street, all with the intention to build hype. Hands up. I fell for it. It is hard not to. The ‘Chariots of Fire’ theme came on and the crowd was pumped. The torch and the flame were both a lot bigger than I was expecting, but just as sleekly designed as I had seen on the tele.
It was special to get caught up in it. Phillips, a local lad from Hackney, could even to be seen to be getting a little emotional himself. The whole thing was exciting and a bit of magic as Anna explains in this video.
I think I will try and see this burning symbol of the Olympic Games more than once this week!
In the middle of The Malborough Playground in SE1, 50,000 sq feet of concrete has been transformed into Southwark’s own Mini Olympics.
The Pop-up Mini Olympics have been running for a few weeks and have so far gone by as a small, fairly unnoticed little treasure in the middle of a school.
But with 1 week to go before London 2012 rocks into town, the festival is picking up speed. So much so that it might extend its original programme right the way through till September.
The site is covered with sports activities including a sprint track, giant sand pit for beach volleyball, small tennis courts, a boxing ring and a five-a-side football pitch - right in the heart of a central London community.
The programme includes lots of coached events and activities for children. The buzz of this place is now picking up!