The world knows about our almost unstoppable rugby team, the All Blacks. In a test against the British and Irish Lions on June 24, they won and another Test is set for Saturday.
And we have had golf stars – Lydia Koh the youngest ever No 1, Sir Bob Charles who has won numerous titles over a 50-year playing life and Michael Campbell who won the US Open. Dame Susan Devoy dominated the squash world for many years and now..
Since June 17th this elderly New Zealand woman, along with most of the rest of the inhabitants of our country, have been transfixed by the sailing going on off the coast of Bermuda. And today, for the third time, New Zealand won the America’s Cup. It was a really fantastic win. Team New Zealand beat Oracle, the USA team by 7-1. So no doubt who the winner was.
Well done Peter Burling and Team New Zealand. We look forward to the welcome home, with the ‘auld mug’ safely here again.
End of bragging, for today at least. No promises for not more to come.
Along with much of the free world, I have checked in to watch some of the Olympics. I must admit here that I didn’t watch all through the opening ceremony because I guess I have a short attention span. But I did cheer (albeit in my head) when the New Zealand team marched into the stadium and then again when the England team arrived. You see, I have definite divided loyalties here. Can you image what happens when NZ plays England in a test match.! Canada of course, also got a cheer from me.
I have seen the James Bond and the Queen skit of them arriving in a helicopter and think it was fabulous. I think the Queen enjoyed it too.
Today we had the spectacle of that road race and wasn’t that exciting. Who would have expected that result? England were tipped to bring home the medals. Congratulations to Kazakhstan wonder Alexandr Vinokourov for winning the gold medal. Such a long ride and those young men all looked so fresh, fit and healthy at the end of the 5 plus hours. Our hope Jack Bauer, came only tenth but that was a sterling effort on his part. Apparently he was fighting cramps but when asked if he still harboured hopes of a medal in the final stages, Bauer said: “Of course I do”.
We cheered on our NZ rowing pair who sliced 6 minutes off the world record – and these two rowers haven’t been beaten since they came together in 2007 winning 16 major titles in that time. So although this was only a heat, we have great hopes for a gold here.
As you know from previous blogs, I am a Londoner and even though I live 12,000 miles away I am still proud of what has been achieved in my ‘home’ city.
The last time the Olympics was hosted in London was 1948. London and Londoners were war-weary and concern was expressed at how the Olympians would be fed and housed. Now all that is changed. According to the Los Angeles Times “London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the whole world”. Please read the full report here.
But for me, the most impressive thing is how they have turned an almost derelict part of the city into a games venue up there with any other in the history of the games. I am sure that Boris Johnson (London’s Lord Mayor) and all Londoner’s wherever they live, must be very happy with this. When I was growing up this whole area was full of factories and as these factories moved away the area became abandoned. And now look at it.
I am looking forward to seeing more of the games, but intermittently as I do have other things to do with my time. Luckily, I have the ability to record anything that I particularly want to see and so can watch at my time.