Tag Archives: Olympics

A wedding with Sir Chris Hoy (Rousse)

We were married in a Milan: TMcE and S, TPR and me. The wedding venue was a massive, old-fashioned hotel. JK had a small role in the proceedings. She fashioned some dressmaking pins into the shape of a Christian fish … Continue reading

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Arthur Lowe and the Penis Olympics (Belle)

It seemed I had – at last – achieved my lifetime goal.  I was the passenger in a sweet, vintage car and it was the 1970s.  Arthur Lowe was taking me to the shops in Catford, having proposed to me … Continue reading

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Harry the photographer prince (Rousse)

What a coincidence to spot Prince Harry twice in the same day! First of all I ended up just a couple of rows away from him in the stand at the Olympics reprise show. Here television footage from London 2012 … Continue reading

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Wedding preparations and wolves (Rousse)

S and A’s wedding rivalled the Olympics for scale. Everyone was invited. I loved it, especially since so many of my own friends, relations and work colleagues would be there. These included: my sister J and her family all the … Continue reading

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Nightmare at the Olympics (Belle)

For a horrifying ten minutes, I was drafted into the Chinese men’s doubles table tennis semi-final match. As I walked towards the table in the arena, an official admitted the administrative error and took the bat out of my hands.  … Continue reading

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Foreigner seeks bathroom refuge from summer 2012 Jubilee and Olympic Torch (Rousse) hype

I pushed open the tiny bathroom door. Behind it stood a French student and his racing bike. I frowned at the dirty tyre marks on the white-tiled floor. “What on earth are you doing here?” I asked. “I had nowhere … Continue reading

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Lulu in London (Belle)

The coach pulled up outside the Houses of Parliament and I felt my excitement levels rise. Determined to be the first to disembark, I pushed the other passengers out of the way. I could hear Lulu belting out her number … Continue reading

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‘Sherlock’ at the fish olympics (Belle)

I stood on the quayside watching Benedict Cumberbatch, (as Sherlock) participate in the Fisherman Olympics. Not only were competitors asked to compare their ‘bucket o’fish’ (squids scored double) but the rules required them to repeatedly sink to their knees and … Continue reading

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Security enforcement with Charlie Drake and sliding with Suggs (Belle)

Thirty years after I did it the first time, I was now moving into my hall of residence. This time round I was at ‘a Northern University’ but had no idea which one. When I lay on my single bed, … Continue reading

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Kevin Towler – Olympic athlete (Belle)

They were an unlikely pair of gold medal hopefuls. In fact, they looked more like young media types out on the town in Hoxton, and yet here they were being filmed for a documentary about Britain’s Olympic hopefuls. It had … Continue reading

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