What went on at the Opening Ceremony rehearsal

Coming soon but #keepthesurprise

Waltham Forest Council (one of the 6 Olympic boroughs) allocated tickets to seniors to look about the Games Park on 29 and 30th July 2012.  Up Your Street   submitted the names and addresses of Up Your Street subscribers to the Council offices by rapid email. The plan worked. Lucky OAPs. (It was a ballot, wasn’t it?)

Greenwich (Royal London Borough of)  is offering the same treat now. We are spoilt.

Olympic Route Network

Yaheee! The Games come closer. London is truly excited. Pro or against, this is one of the biggest things happening in London in many people’s lifetime and we are ready.

In 5 hours the Olympic Route Network opens and woe betide you if you mistakenly drive into it.

Beckham told newscasters that he will feature in the Opening Ceremony. Wow. All surprises are really still intact. #keepthesurprise  Look how we all did keep quiet after having attended the rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony. London fans unite.

London people are so ready to greet our Olympic visitors. There are many people on the streets, going about their business. Nothing interrupts their routine. They don’t drive, never knew Stratford east anyway, and are oblivious to the rising of beauty from a massive brownfield site. They are the people the Olympics forgot. The community engagement officers tried and failed to raise the indifferents off their butts. Meanwhile, we, the involved, are set to party. London Transport has advised us to stay out of Stratford on Friday evening unless we have a ticket. Marooned E15ers; empty Westfield, I don’t think so.

At the Opening Ceremony rehearsal, McDonalds was shut. I know!!!   And better I checked their food prices and there were no nasty mark-ups. Ain’t Friday yet.

Boris our Mayor, speaks to passengers on the buses. His recorded message is lost on non-English speakers. I rarely meet any English speakers nowadays on the buses in Leyton and Stratford. Tonight when Boris spoke no-one showed a glimmer of understanding. Now, ain’t that a shame! Ah, the people the Olympics forgot.

Olympic fan

Since Day 1 I have been a fan of The Olympics and Paralympics Games coming to east London, Stratford. I took tours around brown sites and watched waterways being dredged and cleaned. I have butted negative comments all along the way, have done my utmost to engage Seniors (OAPs) with something growing on their doorstep which sprouted Arts Council, Heritage Lottery etc etc funded free activities and events  by running Up Your Street with its High Street Seniors and The Pamper Shop under its parasol.

I have seen the dejection felt by locals as no free tickets fell into their laps, have battled with my principles about taking up the Gamesmaker post and kinda working freely for Cadbury, Coco Cola and Maccas, and been insulted and ignored tons of times. (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).

I was worried about transport to and from the Games and recently, security.

Hey the journey to here was long and packed. I am dying to blog about yesterday’s rehearsal and my personal experience of it  but respect the #keepthesurprise.

Welcome World to my doorstep!

I woz there: The Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal