Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cake & Bake...

My friend and I and 20,000 others descended on Earls Court at the weekend for the 1st Cake & Bake show. Having sold out several weeks ago it was no surprise to see a Q snaking around the venue on exiting the station, "fortunately" my friend has a broken foot and a very lovely kind security personal took pity on us and let us in the press door.
We had no real plan of the day and hadn't booked any classes, opting to just wander around. We got to see an meet lots of people including a few "celebrity bakers"!
As we walked past the Baking mad stand, they were setting up for their first class, with a little help from Eric Lanlard!...as you can see the stand was styled in a simple shaker way.

Having watched Eric open the show we headed over to the classroom space where we saw the VERY popular Paul Hollywood setting up in the Kids kitchen!... crowds later during the day to see the silver fox were huge!... even rumours of women fainting!!!
In one of the classroom areas we caught the incredibly talented Paul Young demonstrating chocolate making. He made it look so easy, and I'm definitely tempted to try a bit of chocolate making.... Just along from where Paul was demoing was his chocolate stand... his sea salted caramel millionaire brownies are to die for!.. his team on the stand were so friendly and very informative.
Heading back to the main area we caught the last 10 minutes of Eric's demo in the Cake Kitchen of  his Caribbean chocolate tart which looked delicious. ( it did feel as the day went on that chocolate was a big theme of the day!)
Leaving the cake kitchen we wandered around the stands falling in love with lots of goodies. Crowds were heavy but if too busy we walked away and just came back to it later.
One of the stands I did fall in love with was the Great Cake Places stand. It was styled delightfully, vintage glamour at its loveliest. I blogged recently about this book and can't recommend it enough... also available now on an App!
From Great cake places we perused a few more stands before catching Mich Turner demonstrating one of her signature small cakes with handmade roses... they were at the piped leave stage when we got there!. Later on we got to talk to Mich on her LVCC stand, where she was showcasing some new wedding cake designs and additions to her cake decorating kit. I have  a lot of this kit and it it some of my favourite pieces in my cake decorating box. The cupcake kit is a must for any cupcake fan.
Along with some pictures a Mich, styling on the Dr Oetker and cupcake decorating with Miss Cakehead caught my eye... rainbow cakes featured on several stands. Heading back to the Cake kitchen we caught the start of Jo Wheatley's demo... here's a few pictures of her having fun with Alistair Appleton!

having met Jo last year at her Christmas hamper day It was great to see how much her confidence had grown and looking uber glamorous!
Dotted around the venue were a number of show areas .. including a Beach Cake competition, Wedding cake and styled tables from Tempting Cake... my favourite Beach cake was this beautiful pastel nostalgic cake  from little cake cupboard ... it deserved far more than a merit. Rachelle's black & wedding cake was my favourite of the wedding cakes. I also fell in love with the chocolate cake on the stand of Tracey Mann, resulting in purchasing of several chocolate transfer sheets.
One of the other cake stands which drew lots of crowds and questions was the fabulous display from the Sugarcraft guild, which was entirely made from Sugar and cake for the Jubilee. The lace work on the cake was stunning. Loved the cookie bouquet as well.
Some of the other highlights of the day were bumping into Cathryn, John and Sarah-jane who were wandering around before Cathryn and Sarah-janes demo later that day.

I also managed to get 5 minutes talking to Peggy on her stand which looked gorgeous... a little slice of the Parlour bought to Earls court. The new "Bake & Decorate" range is yummy!.. . It was lovely to see Peggy and her "baby bump" looking so well.
We also caught up with Lottie Duncan from UK TV who was signing the Celebrity Bake Book which is filled with some great recipes, and some surprising celebrities... it seems its not just us who like to bake!.
After several hours we headed home a little weary but loaded with a few treats! We had a great day, fortunately didn't have the troubles that some people had Q'ing for toilets and coffee. It was very busy and as with every event I'm sure the organisers have a little food for thought for next years event in Manchester, but as you can see we had a great time... thanks Cake & Bake.

Here are a few treats purchased from my day...

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Tv treats for autumn....

Schools are back, nights are drawing in, mornings are darker.... yes summer is on its way out and autumn is approaching... Autumn is my favourite season, I love the leaves crisp underfoot and the golden hues of orange and brown on the trees.
It also means that the TV channels compete for peak viewing, as a reality Tv avoider this can proove a little challenging especially over a weekend, but I do look forward to a good drama.... here is what i'm looking forward to this autumn:
  • Hunted ~ BBC; from the makers of Spooks I hope that this fills my spy gap!
  • Homeland season 2 ~ C4; so many questions hanging over from season 1 this is one of the best things on TV and I'm already hooked just from the trailer!... Damien Lewis is fantastic.
  • Downton Abbey season 3 ~ ITV (starting tonight)... cant wait to see Dame Maggie Smith go head to head with Shirlie McClaine
  • Nigellissima ~ BBC2; Nigella, Italy and food the perfect combination... food p**n at its finest!
  • Mr Selfridge ~ ITV the life of shopping, seduction & Gordon Selfridge... can't wait!

Weekend round up

This weekend was my catch-up weekend... for many reasons I just needed a down-time weekend. This week I had some extensive dental surgery which resulted in me representing a chipmunk for the later part of the week and Florence went in for its MOT & service, both prooving more costly than anticipated. Washing machine has packed up and even though I've took it apart today, cleaned it etc its still not happy so I think it's gone to the washing machine world in the sky!
What this weekend has allowed me to do is indulge and catch-up on some series linked recordings and read a book!
This weekends read has been Veronica Henry's The Long Weekend, which I loved. This follows on from one of Veronica's early books Love on the Rocks, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Claire and Luca  have an idyllic beautiful boutique hotel in a Cornish village, however life isn't as idyllic as they think. Guests arrive for a long weekend with last consequence...... its a great read and will make you want to weekend away!... sheer escapism and great to catch up with two characters that you felt you knew within minutes of the first chapter.
My second indulgence was The Last Weekend starring Rupert Penry Jones.... billed as a psychological thriller it did have you guessing throughout. With a twist half hour from the end it did keep you guessing as to which of the 2 male lead characters would die.... Although set in a different environment this 3 parter did have the feel of a play I saw a couple of years ago starring RPJ called the Priory which also involved a group of friends meeting up after a longtime, again with disastrous consequences.... RPJ was great, and the gratuitous naked shot always works a treat!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Walking with Wenlock...

Sunday I was determined to enjoy the last of the British summer and the Paralympics by taking a stroll along the Thames.
Exiting at Blackfriars I crossed the bridge onto the Southbank and strolled along the river.It was quite early so it was comfortable to walk and people watch. The stall holders were busy setting up for their day at the Thames festival. It was lovely to be out in the sunshine/shade bimbling along the river bank. As I got to the London Eye, I came across my first Wenlock of the day! and decided to walk the Pink route to discover the Wenlocks. This would take me to Lambeth bridge and across, to the back of Westminster.
As you can see the weather was glorious, the Pink route would include:
  • Big Ben Wenlock
  • Underwater Wenlock
  • Speaker Wenlock
  • Tudor Wenlock
  • Doctor Wenlock
  • Garden Wenlock
  • A-Z Wenlock
  • Victorian Wenlock
  • Household Cavalry Wenlock
  • Westminster Wenlock
  • the walk was lovely and I had great fun photographing all the Wenlocks!... Finishing in the Park adjacent to the Houses of Parliament I walked up to Westminster I caught the last loop of the Paralympic marathon... and just caught where David Weir went into the lead. The atmosphere was electric.
From Westminster I walked down the Embankment and into Victoria embankment park for a drink and a brief sit down. Here were more Wenlocks & Mandeville's.Somerset House Mandeville,Cleopatra's Needle Wenlock, Embankment Wenlock along with 2 fabulous flowering bikes.
Day was finished with a spot of Brunch and then a long cool drink on the terrace of Tom Aitken's at Somerset House

a perfect summer Sunday.....

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Proms in the Park...

Saturday and it was continuation of my summer spectacular and time for a different park trip. This time Hyde Park for Proms in the Park in conjunction with the Royal Albert Hall and last night of the proms.
With such a huge wave of British pride this summer it was no surprise to find out that this was the largest crowd ever for Proms in the Park with over 40,000 squeezing into the park for an evening of Picnic's Pimms and Proms.
Headlining this year was Alfie Boe, Il Divo and Kylie!.... there was certainly a very mixed audience. The atmosphere was jubilant and lots of fun. The 6 of us managed to find a small space and set up picnic chairs and hampers. Prior to the main event Tony Blackburn entertained us along with the Gypsey Queens, Bjorn Again and the cast of Let it Be (new Beatles musical opening Friday). It was great just to sit, chat and listen to fun music whilst watching the sun set in London.
As you can the new camera was tested on the zoom and the skyline!

The evening was fantastic, Alfie was full of fun, Il Divo were cool and charismatic and Kyle was the Queen of the Proms... she absolutely stole the show. She had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand!
here are a few songs courtesy of BBC and You Tube!:~
and my floorfiller favourite.... Spinning around:
loved this version... especially when Kylie wrapped herself around the conductor!... she's a little minx!
The evening was rounded off by going over to the Albert Hall for a rousing finale of Rule Britannia, Land of Hope & Glory and the National anthem followed of by some patriotic fireworks ....
Great afternoon and evening had by all.... Thanks all for a fab day... Kylie rocked the Proms! everyone said that it was the best Proms they had been to.... Great weather, Food & Friends... couldn't ask for more.

Family night in the Park..

Last Friday it was the G family's turn to spend an evening at the Olympic park. Dashing out of work early I met Bruv & co at Stratford station for night of fun and games. This was their first trip to the park.
Bruv was looking forward to seeing the park as his business had been part of the compulsary buy outs to build the park. We had great fun standing at the top of the hill in the Park life area trying to work out where his unit had been!
We could not have wished for a better evening as the weather was glorious. A perfect evening for a stroll around the park before heading into the stadium for an evening of track and field. The evening's schedule was a mix of track events and discuss and shot put, all the big names were resting for finals on Saturday and getting over a fantastic Thursday. We were lucky enough to see Josie Pearson pick up her Gold medal for discuss and sing the national anthem along with 80,000 others.
We saw Jason Smyth pick up Gold on the 200m for Ireland, and the Irish in the crowd went bananas!... and then his medal was presented by Lord Coe who got as bigger reception as the medal winner.
We were seated in the upper tier not far from the Olympic flame, which was stunning. It was Libs first experience of a big sporting event and loved the whole mexican wave thing along with the remote control mini's which were used to shuttle the discuss, javelin & shot puts about!
The last couple of events had the crowd on their feet as they featured Shelly Wodds in the 1500m, Richard Whitehead in the 100m and Oscar Pistorius in the heats for the 400m. Unfortunately Shelly and Richard didn't make the medals but it was fantastic all the same and then  to see Oscar win his heat... which lead to him winning his final on the following evening.
Regardless of a low medal haul we had a fantastic evening, every paralympian was an inspiration and a hero in our hearts.
The views leaving the park were stunning, the gamemeakers were amazing and what we though would be a congested commute home was pain free......a fabulous evening had by all.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Spectacular Summer......

The weekend was glorious in London and it really did feel like the last weekend of summer for so many reasons...With sunshine a plenty I was determined to make the most of it. I will endeavour to blog my highlights over the next few days.
My weekend was filled with Walks & Parks!....
  • Friday night of fun with the family at the Olympic Park
  • Saturday was filled with picnic fun at Proms in the Park
  • and
  • Sunday was a stroll on the Southbank and a walk with Wenlock
This truly has been a summer to remember...

thankyou does not seem enough..

As the Olympics drew near, I along with many others were a little nervous. I knew it would be huge. As a city we had demonstrated we could do pomp and circumstance like no other, with both the royal wedding and the jubilee. The question was could we pull off the biggest sporting spectacular securely?
There was muted sighs of relief ripple through the city when it was announced that the army were being pulled in.
Having commuted into London for the past 9 years and witnessed the devastation that 7/7 bought to the city, just the knowledge that we would have an army presence in London made us all feel a little more secure. This was even more profound in the wake of 7/7, occuring the day after London secured the bid to be the host city for 2012 Olympics...the Olympics and Paralympics were always going to be a target of some description.
So I would like to say a HUGE THANKYOU to all the military and army personnel who cancelled leave and have spent the last 3 months sleeping in tents, alongside river banks and on benches keeping us safe. Your presence at all venues, working very long shifts, manning security controls has been appreciated by us all.
You are what made these games secure and the success that they are. This has allowed us to relax and share the fun with the fabulous gamesmakers and watch in wonder at the Olympians & Paralympians.
You were all fantastic .... Thankyou, you've made us Proud to be British... enjoy what time you have left your familys and stay safe in future endevours.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cake & Bake...

My friend and I and 20,000 others descended on Earls Court at the weekend for the 1st Cake & Bake show. Having sold out several weeks ago it was no surprise to see a Q snaking around the venue on exiting the station, "fortunately" my friend has a broken foot and a very lovely kind security personal took pity on us and let us in the press door.
We had no real plan of the day and hadn't booked any classes, opting to just wander around. We got to see an meet lots of people including a few "celebrity bakers"!
As we walked past the Baking mad stand, they were setting up for their first class, with a little help from Eric Lanlard!...as you can see the stand was styled in a simple shaker way.

Having watched Eric open the show we headed over to the classroom space where we saw the VERY popular Paul Hollywood setting up in the Kids kitchen!... crowds later during the day to see the silver fox were huge!... even rumours of women fainting!!!
In one of the classroom areas we caught the incredibly talented Paul Young demonstrating chocolate making. He made it look so easy, and I'm definitely tempted to try a bit of chocolate making.... Just along from where Paul was demoing was his chocolate stand... his sea salted caramel millionaire brownies are to die for!.. his team on the stand were so friendly and very informative.
Heading back to the main area we caught the last 10 minutes of Eric's demo in the Cake Kitchen of  his Caribbean chocolate tart which looked delicious. ( it did feel as the day went on that chocolate was a big theme of the day!)
Leaving the cake kitchen we wandered around the stands falling in love with lots of goodies. Crowds were heavy but if too busy we walked away and just came back to it later.
One of the stands I did fall in love with was the Great Cake Places stand. It was styled delightfully, vintage glamour at its loveliest. I blogged recently about this book and can't recommend it enough... also available now on an App!
From Great cake places we perused a few more stands before catching Mich Turner demonstrating one of her signature small cakes with handmade roses... they were at the piped leave stage when we got there!. Later on we got to talk to Mich on her LVCC stand, where she was showcasing some new wedding cake designs and additions to her cake decorating kit. I have  a lot of this kit and it it some of my favourite pieces in my cake decorating box. The cupcake kit is a must for any cupcake fan.
Along with some pictures a Mich, styling on the Dr Oetker and cupcake decorating with Miss Cakehead caught my eye... rainbow cakes featured on several stands. Heading back to the Cake kitchen we caught the start of Jo Wheatley's demo... here's a few pictures of her having fun with Alistair Appleton!

having met Jo last year at her Christmas hamper day It was great to see how much her confidence had grown and looking uber glamorous!
Dotted around the venue were a number of show areas .. including a Beach Cake competition, Wedding cake and styled tables from Tempting Cake... my favourite Beach cake was this beautiful pastel nostalgic cake  from little cake cupboard ... it deserved far more than a merit. Rachelle's black & wedding cake was my favourite of the wedding cakes. I also fell in love with the chocolate cake on the stand of Tracey Mann, resulting in purchasing of several chocolate transfer sheets.
One of the other cake stands which drew lots of crowds and questions was the fabulous display from the Sugarcraft guild, which was entirely made from Sugar and cake for the Jubilee. The lace work on the cake was stunning. Loved the cookie bouquet as well.
Some of the other highlights of the day were bumping into Cathryn, John and Sarah-jane who were wandering around before Cathryn and Sarah-janes demo later that day.

I also managed to get 5 minutes talking to Peggy on her stand which looked gorgeous... a little slice of the Parlour bought to Earls court. The new "Bake & Decorate" range is yummy!.. . It was lovely to see Peggy and her "baby bump" looking so well.
We also caught up with Lottie Duncan from UK TV who was signing the Celebrity Bake Book which is filled with some great recipes, and some surprising celebrities... it seems its not just us who like to bake!.
After several hours we headed home a little weary but loaded with a few treats! We had a great day, fortunately didn't have the troubles that some people had Q'ing for toilets and coffee. It was very busy and as with every event I'm sure the organisers have a little food for thought for next years event in Manchester, but as you can see we had a great time... thanks Cake & Bake.

Here are a few treats purchased from my day...

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Tv treats for autumn....

Schools are back, nights are drawing in, mornings are darker.... yes summer is on its way out and autumn is approaching... Autumn is my favourite season, I love the leaves crisp underfoot and the golden hues of orange and brown on the trees.
It also means that the TV channels compete for peak viewing, as a reality Tv avoider this can proove a little challenging especially over a weekend, but I do look forward to a good drama.... here is what i'm looking forward to this autumn:
  • Hunted ~ BBC; from the makers of Spooks I hope that this fills my spy gap!
  • Homeland season 2 ~ C4; so many questions hanging over from season 1 this is one of the best things on TV and I'm already hooked just from the trailer!... Damien Lewis is fantastic.
  • Downton Abbey season 3 ~ ITV (starting tonight)... cant wait to see Dame Maggie Smith go head to head with Shirlie McClaine
  • Nigellissima ~ BBC2; Nigella, Italy and food the perfect combination... food p**n at its finest!
  • Mr Selfridge ~ ITV the life of shopping, seduction & Gordon Selfridge... can't wait!

Weekend round up

This weekend was my catch-up weekend... for many reasons I just needed a down-time weekend. This week I had some extensive dental surgery which resulted in me representing a chipmunk for the later part of the week and Florence went in for its MOT & service, both prooving more costly than anticipated. Washing machine has packed up and even though I've took it apart today, cleaned it etc its still not happy so I think it's gone to the washing machine world in the sky!
What this weekend has allowed me to do is indulge and catch-up on some series linked recordings and read a book!
This weekends read has been Veronica Henry's The Long Weekend, which I loved. This follows on from one of Veronica's early books Love on the Rocks, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Claire and Luca  have an idyllic beautiful boutique hotel in a Cornish village, however life isn't as idyllic as they think. Guests arrive for a long weekend with last consequence...... its a great read and will make you want to weekend away!... sheer escapism and great to catch up with two characters that you felt you knew within minutes of the first chapter.
My second indulgence was The Last Weekend starring Rupert Penry Jones.... billed as a psychological thriller it did have you guessing throughout. With a twist half hour from the end it did keep you guessing as to which of the 2 male lead characters would die.... Although set in a different environment this 3 parter did have the feel of a play I saw a couple of years ago starring RPJ called the Priory which also involved a group of friends meeting up after a longtime, again with disastrous consequences.... RPJ was great, and the gratuitous naked shot always works a treat!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Walking with Wenlock...

Sunday I was determined to enjoy the last of the British summer and the Paralympics by taking a stroll along the Thames.
Exiting at Blackfriars I crossed the bridge onto the Southbank and strolled along the river.It was quite early so it was comfortable to walk and people watch. The stall holders were busy setting up for their day at the Thames festival. It was lovely to be out in the sunshine/shade bimbling along the river bank. As I got to the London Eye, I came across my first Wenlock of the day! and decided to walk the Pink route to discover the Wenlocks. This would take me to Lambeth bridge and across, to the back of Westminster.
As you can see the weather was glorious, the Pink route would include:
  • Big Ben Wenlock
  • Underwater Wenlock
  • Speaker Wenlock
  • Tudor Wenlock
  • Doctor Wenlock
  • Garden Wenlock
  • A-Z Wenlock
  • Victorian Wenlock
  • Household Cavalry Wenlock
  • Westminster Wenlock
  • the walk was lovely and I had great fun photographing all the Wenlocks!... Finishing in the Park adjacent to the Houses of Parliament I walked up to Westminster I caught the last loop of the Paralympic marathon... and just caught where David Weir went into the lead. The atmosphere was electric.
From Westminster I walked down the Embankment and into Victoria embankment park for a drink and a brief sit down. Here were more Wenlocks & Mandeville's.Somerset House Mandeville,Cleopatra's Needle Wenlock, Embankment Wenlock along with 2 fabulous flowering bikes.
Day was finished with a spot of Brunch and then a long cool drink on the terrace of Tom Aitken's at Somerset House

a perfect summer Sunday.....

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Proms in the Park...

Saturday and it was continuation of my summer spectacular and time for a different park trip. This time Hyde Park for Proms in the Park in conjunction with the Royal Albert Hall and last night of the proms.
With such a huge wave of British pride this summer it was no surprise to find out that this was the largest crowd ever for Proms in the Park with over 40,000 squeezing into the park for an evening of Picnic's Pimms and Proms.
Headlining this year was Alfie Boe, Il Divo and Kylie!.... there was certainly a very mixed audience. The atmosphere was jubilant and lots of fun. The 6 of us managed to find a small space and set up picnic chairs and hampers. Prior to the main event Tony Blackburn entertained us along with the Gypsey Queens, Bjorn Again and the cast of Let it Be (new Beatles musical opening Friday). It was great just to sit, chat and listen to fun music whilst watching the sun set in London.
As you can the new camera was tested on the zoom and the skyline!

The evening was fantastic, Alfie was full of fun, Il Divo were cool and charismatic and Kyle was the Queen of the Proms... she absolutely stole the show. She had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand!
here are a few songs courtesy of BBC and You Tube!:~
and my floorfiller favourite.... Spinning around:
loved this version... especially when Kylie wrapped herself around the conductor!... she's a little minx!
The evening was rounded off by going over to the Albert Hall for a rousing finale of Rule Britannia, Land of Hope & Glory and the National anthem followed of by some patriotic fireworks ....
Great afternoon and evening had by all.... Thanks all for a fab day... Kylie rocked the Proms! everyone said that it was the best Proms they had been to.... Great weather, Food & Friends... couldn't ask for more.

Family night in the Park..

Last Friday it was the G family's turn to spend an evening at the Olympic park. Dashing out of work early I met Bruv & co at Stratford station for night of fun and games. This was their first trip to the park.
Bruv was looking forward to seeing the park as his business had been part of the compulsary buy outs to build the park. We had great fun standing at the top of the hill in the Park life area trying to work out where his unit had been!
We could not have wished for a better evening as the weather was glorious. A perfect evening for a stroll around the park before heading into the stadium for an evening of track and field. The evening's schedule was a mix of track events and discuss and shot put, all the big names were resting for finals on Saturday and getting over a fantastic Thursday. We were lucky enough to see Josie Pearson pick up her Gold medal for discuss and sing the national anthem along with 80,000 others.
We saw Jason Smyth pick up Gold on the 200m for Ireland, and the Irish in the crowd went bananas!... and then his medal was presented by Lord Coe who got as bigger reception as the medal winner.
We were seated in the upper tier not far from the Olympic flame, which was stunning. It was Libs first experience of a big sporting event and loved the whole mexican wave thing along with the remote control mini's which were used to shuttle the discuss, javelin & shot puts about!
The last couple of events had the crowd on their feet as they featured Shelly Wodds in the 1500m, Richard Whitehead in the 100m and Oscar Pistorius in the heats for the 400m. Unfortunately Shelly and Richard didn't make the medals but it was fantastic all the same and then  to see Oscar win his heat... which lead to him winning his final on the following evening.
Regardless of a low medal haul we had a fantastic evening, every paralympian was an inspiration and a hero in our hearts.
The views leaving the park were stunning, the gamemeakers were amazing and what we though would be a congested commute home was pain free......a fabulous evening had by all.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Spectacular Summer......

The weekend was glorious in London and it really did feel like the last weekend of summer for so many reasons...With sunshine a plenty I was determined to make the most of it. I will endeavour to blog my highlights over the next few days.
My weekend was filled with Walks & Parks!....
  • Friday night of fun with the family at the Olympic Park
  • Saturday was filled with picnic fun at Proms in the Park
  • and
  • Sunday was a stroll on the Southbank and a walk with Wenlock
This truly has been a summer to remember...

thankyou does not seem enough..

As the Olympics drew near, I along with many others were a little nervous. I knew it would be huge. As a city we had demonstrated we could do pomp and circumstance like no other, with both the royal wedding and the jubilee. The question was could we pull off the biggest sporting spectacular securely?
There was muted sighs of relief ripple through the city when it was announced that the army were being pulled in.
Having commuted into London for the past 9 years and witnessed the devastation that 7/7 bought to the city, just the knowledge that we would have an army presence in London made us all feel a little more secure. This was even more profound in the wake of 7/7, occuring the day after London secured the bid to be the host city for 2012 Olympics...the Olympics and Paralympics were always going to be a target of some description.
So I would like to say a HUGE THANKYOU to all the military and army personnel who cancelled leave and have spent the last 3 months sleeping in tents, alongside river banks and on benches keeping us safe. Your presence at all venues, working very long shifts, manning security controls has been appreciated by us all.
You are what made these games secure and the success that they are. This has allowed us to relax and share the fun with the fabulous gamesmakers and watch in wonder at the Olympians & Paralympians.
You were all fantastic .... Thankyou, you've made us Proud to be British... enjoy what time you have left your familys and stay safe in future endevours.