I got up and dressed in my lycra ready for our trip to the Olympic Village but then decided that I couldn’t impose the sight of me in lycra on the good people of London!!!
|The Aquatic Centre|
It was the opening day of the Invictus Games today and by the time you read this you will probably know all about it so I won’t go on. However I have taken the following off their website which, I think, says it all. “The Invictus Games are about survival in the face of adversity and the strength of the human spirit. They will send a positive message about life beyond disability.”
The views from the top were spectacular and I could have stayed up there for hours just looking but I was all too aware of a lonely husband on the ground waiting for me.
I was able to spot where we had been on Saturday – we were so close to the Park yet so far.
We had lunch not far from the Invictus arena and spotted Claire Balding – but were shot down when a lady told us that she had seen Prince Harry on a bicycle earlier!
After lunch we took a stroll across to the Velodrome through the park – it is lovely and you could easily forget that you are in the middle of London. They have planted a lot of wild flowers and plants but I just hope they look after it and don’t let it get too wild.
The map we had showed that we were closer to Stratford International Station this time so we caught the DLR back to Limehouse and Mary H.
|What is it?|
If anyone happened to see the One Show last night, this is the pod that they were broadcasting from.
Just before I close here are a few facts about the Orbit. It is Britain’s largest sculpture and was made from 2,240 tons of steel – more than half of it recycled. 1,200 tons of the steel used was recycled – equivalent to 660 cars. On a clear day you can see for 20 miles. 35,000 bolts hold it together. 19,000 litres of paint were used to paint it. It would take 954 steel drink cans stacked on top of each other to reach the top! And it all came about after a chance conversation between Boris Johnson and Lakshmi Mittal of ArcelorMittal in a loo!