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Coffee and chat with Helen Turner of Team GB

  “I’m hoping that I may have time to tour the Olympic Park in my downtime,” says Helen.This may seem an odd thing for an Olympic athlete to say, but Helen’s event, Wheelchair Basketball, will be held in the O2 … Continue reading

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He died in France

My father died in France in high summer. One bitter-sweet memory was buying fruit from a street market to tempt his failing appetite. Cherries, ripe, red from a Rouen market, cupped in her hand. His hand, pale and still, in … Continue reading

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A Summer of Poetry

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Chobham Games Makers

( Image of Seb Coe, Eddie Izzard and volunteers from the Games Maker website)   Games Makers David and Maureen Smith The reality of being an Olympic volunteer, a Games Maker, involves an amazing amount of commitment, both of time … Continue reading

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The Torchbearer – James Toney

“ The Olympic Torch Relay has the power to influence attitudes and win hearts,” says James Toney, Executive Editor of Sportsbeat, award winning journalist and soon to be torch bearer. His interest in  bringing the Olympics to London started with … Continue reading

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Chobham’s Olympic Stars

I live in a small  village, not the kind of place, I thought, to brush shoulders with people directly involved in the Summer Olympics. I couldn’t be more wrong. Since one of my ‘BT Olympic Storytellers’ poems appeared in the Parish magazine, … Continue reading

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An old poem for a new task on dVerse

I really wanted to participate in this week’s dVerse challenge – using verbs from a particular profession to strengthen a poem and to find new verbs to refresh an idea. Unfortunately I am very caught up in other writing with … Continue reading

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Security…not exactly a rant!

It is probably obvious from my last two posts that I was fortunate to have tickets for the Wheelchair Tennis Event at Eton Manor which was part of the London Prepares test Event at the Olympic Park. I was there in the role of … Continue reading

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London prepares – Wheelchair tennis at Eton manor

Eton Manor is as impressive as its name suggests, a great outdoor tennis facility. The courts, sporting their navy blue playing area, sky blue surrounds, and bounding boards of fuchsia pink are a sight in their own right…the colour scheme … Continue reading

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Olympic Storyteller – latest challenge

The latest challenge for the BT Olympic Storytellers was to pin down what puts the Great in Great Britain and to describe our greatest team for 2012. My piece was commended….so just off the podium this time! London 2012…the Greatest … Continue reading

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