This week I'm in full-on Olympic Mode. The whole of London is gearing up for this grand occasion, Mayor Boris Johnson has even had a haircut. And, the only opening ceremony I care about is the one that's taking place in east London on Friday evening. So, last night me and Mr That's Not My Age had tickets to see the dress rehearsal for Friday's show. I was beyond excited to be visiting the Olympic Park. Though the entrance via Westfield shopping centre is just plain wrong, and there's been a big hoo-ha about corporate sponsorship and security, let us not forget that this is one of the biggest sporting events on earth. I have to say that the organisation, the atmosphere and the venue were all world class. Top-notch. And the stadium is fantastic. Designed by Populous, it's already been nominated for an architectural award. Just look at the lovely Olympic Meadow in the foreground.
It's beautiful on the inside too:
This is Anish Kapoor's Helter Skelter sculpture with a funny name. More corporate sponsorship.
Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre is very fine - couldn't capture the whole structure on my little camera so here's one of the curves.
Sorry I can't tell you what the opening ceremony was like, Danny Boyle personally asked everyone to #savethesurprise. Suffice to say that this is Great Britain, and on Friday there will be clouds: