They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore
What feels like a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, but was actually 7 years ago in Singapore, Jacques Rogge made the now immortal announcement – “London.” Even the most ardent fan could not have imagined what would transpire. From opening to closing there hasn’t been an event like it.
There may have been a great deal of jingoistic nationalism in the last 2 weeks and living legends have been self proclaimed, but as many have said already the unsung heroes have been the real stars. Over 70,000 people gave up their time to help others with an outpouring of community spirit and service not seen since the Second World War. If Cameron could bottle that spirit his dream of a “Big Society” would be an instant reality.
Through all the emotion of the heroics, cheers, tears and phenomenal video montages nothing has stood out more than the smile on everyone’s faces. The country took a two week holiday and packed the streets, parks and stadiums to cheer, sing, scream and cry along with a nation glued to their ipad, iphone, androids, tv’s, pc’s and radios.
In a land that thrives on gossip, bad news and scandal, for the first time in decades good news was top of the agenda on a daily basis, people smiled and all was good in the world. No wonder the crowd fell silent when they extinguished that fabulous cauldron, we didn’t want it to end. Monday morning felt like the first day back after the best holiday of your life, still excited, lots of stories to tell but a feeling you were never going to go there again.
There will be no doubt now be lots of debate about legacy, and we might still be paying for these last few weeks well into the next century, but watching that closing ceremony, I knew it had been worth it.