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Super Seven – My London 2012 Highlights!

So this post may be a day late and a dollar short, but please indulge me for a minute. Last week Thursday I woke up in the pissiest of moods and for the life of me I couldn’t work out why. Now don’t get me wrong, getting up at 5.45am will never be anything to shuffle and jive about, but this particular morning I felt more ratty than usual. It was only when I caught sight of the solemn expressions on the faces of my fellow commuters on the tube that the penny dropped – OLYMPIC FEVER WAS ALMOST OVER! Arrrggh!! Now what was I going to do?

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So it’s finally here. Seven years after it was announced that London would be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, the biggest sporting event in the world is currently taking place in my home city. Now anyone who lives in the capital will be fully aware that this hasn’t been an easy feat. We’ve had rows about extortionate ticket prices and controversial lottery style ticket bidding, fears about lack of security, and just a few weeks ago hundreds of us took to the social networking sites to express our disdain at the BOA’s (British Olympic Authority) decision to deny accreditation to the UK’s biggest and longest-serving black newspaper, The Voice, (thankfully the authorities saw sense and revoked their decision). In truth, it’s been a pretty emotional affair and it’s a wonder we’re still on speaking terms as a nation. But as I tweeted mere minutes before the Opening Ceremony, the whole process has been like one big family wedding. We’ve fussed, fought and fallen out along the way, but we came together when it mattered. And weren’t we collectively one big, blubbering mess once the countdown to Danny Boyle’s spectacular production began?

I chose to watch the ceremony with thousands of others on Blackheath Common where they are hosting a live site called The Big Screen. We literally got there as the “The Queen” was descending into the stadium with James Bond and thankfully found a patch of grass where we could put down our blanket and sit down and watch the ceremony. The atmosphere was amazing. People from all walks of life sat down and cheered, laughed and clapped as we witnessed Boyle’s vision unfurl on the screen.

Us on the heath. I strongly recommend this as a great space to watch the games.

I couldn’t fault the production at all. I loved the tribute to the NHS, as well as the journey through Britain’s colourful, turbulent past. I danced heartedly during the homage to British music and smiled like a proud mother when Dizzee took to the stage bubbling away to his floor-filler, Bonkers. When Emeli Sande took to the stage to sing Abide With Me in honour of the 7/7 victims it was a touching moment. As a whole, I thought the production was innovative, reflective, honest, quirky, humorous and inclusive.

When it was time for the athletes to enter the stadium it started to get breezy on the heath but best believe we braved the elements and waited to cheer Team Jamaica on. As soon as that was over, we jumped on bus and headed home to watch the rest of the proceedings from the comfort of our sofa.

We screamed like frenzied teenage fans when Team Jamaica entered the stadium

It was nice to see Team GB do their thing as well, although the dodgy white tracksuits didn’t go down too well on the social networking sites, and some of the comments did make me chuckle. With my emotions already running high, I fought back the tears as Muhammed Ali stood up to light the cauldron. And then when the fireworks went off we ran upstairs to our rooftop to see if we could see them. And boy, could we indeed. It was a remarkable ending to an amazing night, one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. How did you feel about the Opening Ceremony and who will you be repping during the games?

As fearless, resilient and inspiring in sickness as he was in health, we salute you Mr Ali.

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July 29, 2012 · 9:22 am

Guest Post: Fast Girls Review

Anyone who follows me on Twitter would’ve probably noted that I’m a pretty keen athletics fan. And with the London Grand Prix currently taking place in Crystal Palace and London 2012 exactly two weeks away, suffice to say I’m pretty amped right now. One lady who shares my enthusiasm for the sport is my friend, fellow blogger, marketeer and social media expert – Ronke Adeyemi AKA Ondo Lady. Ronke is a prolific blogger who covers popular culture on her award-winning blog  Ondo Lady. If you’ve yet to check out her recently revamped site, head over once you’ve finished reading.

Ronke recently reviewed the track and field themed feature film Fast Girls for The Cocoa Diaries. So without further ado, take it away…

I fell in love with athletics back in 1983 when I saw Carl Lewis dominate the inaugural World Championships. To me Carl Lewis had it all, agility, grace and most of all speed. His record winning four gold medals the following year at the LA games only cemented his position as the fastest man in the world. Since then sprint kings and queens have come and gone. The likes of Linford Christie, Merlene Ottey, Evelyn Ashford, Florence Griffiths Joyner, Maurice Greene and Michael Johnson have all delighted and thrilled us. Of course some have been better than others and some cleaner than others. On Sunday 5th August the world will wait with baited breath to see if a certain Usain Bolt can retain his title and becomes the double Olympic champion over the 100 metres.

As soon as I saw the trailer for Fast Girls, I was really keen to see it. The film is about a group of British female sprinters who are seeking glory at the World Championships.

Lenora Crichlow

Shania played by Lenora Crichlow is a talented sprinter who dreams of being a champion, however with zero funding and no access to coaching and training facilities it seems that this will be nothing more than a pipedream. This is a far cry from Lisa played by Lily James who is the pampered daughter of a former champion. She has been groomed for success and is the darling of UK sprinting. Sadly Shania stands in her way and the two find themselves battling on and off the track. Both ladies have inner demons to conquer such as Shania’s ack of self belief which is stemmed from her poverty striken background. Lisa also has to deal with the demanding pressures from her father who is living his dreams through her. Fast Girls has a touch of Bend it Like Beckham about it – a girl who realises her potential in a sport she loves, female solidarity and some romance thrown in for good measure. The sprinting scenes are extremely well produced and exciting to watch and it is really fascinating to see what goes into training a sprinter. Lenora is a brilliant as ever (that lady has a wonderful career ahead of her) and the supporting cast hold their own. It is really great to see a mainstream film with females in the lead roles.  With the Olympics just round the corner, watching Fast Girls only makes the build up to the games more exciting.
Fast Girls is available to watch in cinemas now!

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