Proud to be a Brit

For SEVEN long years we’ve had the build-up to hosting the Olympics.

Long Years.

A large part of the UK seemed totally fed up with hearing about this event, which was many years/months/weeks in the future. News reports telling us about this and about that. They’d reached saturation point. I must admit that I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

I LOVE sport.

Strawberry love heart

A lovely little strawberry in a recent punnet

If watching sport on television was an Olympic event, I think I could compete. Maybe not win GOLD, but I could give it a good shot. I’ve always enjoyed watching the Olympics and I do take pride when an athlete wearing a Team GB vest competes in anything. Put a bunch of different sports together, cram them in to a couple of weeks with dawn until dusk coverage and you get my vote.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking forward to the start of the games. One of the main reasons is I am off work for a couple of weeks. Since the end of June I’ve been working flat-out. We’re still a team member down and I’ve not had many times when it hasn’t seemed manic. Glad for a rest and hopefully get back to some writing.

Anyway, for the first time I watched the whole opening ceremony of any Olympic games. I don’t know what you thought: Brits did you feel proud? Non-Brits did you enjoy our show?

For once, I’m proud to be a Brit.

I really enjoyed the spectacle, though at times things seemed to take WAY too long. I loved the way each team contributed one of the petals for the flame. Classy.

I have more planning to do before Camp NaNo starts next week and a LOT of sport to watch.

I hope you enjoy the games.

Thanks for reading.

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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14 Responses to Proud to be a Brit

  1. There were moments to be really proud and I’m proud of the effort that’s gone into it. I’m hoping to see a few wind though to get our demoralised chins off the ground. Next Olympics though, I’d be happy seeing the paralympics competing in conjunction with the main games instead of as a separate rather second class event since there are some real heroes there to cheer on.
    Hope you enjoy the whole kit and caboodle Pete.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, David. I agree about the paralympics. They should be held at the same time. Swimming is on for 1 week out of the 2 so have the paralympians performing the other week.

      Glad Lizzie Armistead has won our first medal now. Hopefully many more to follow. I’m looking forward to Camp NaNo with the Olympics in the background.

  2. rtd14 says:

    I did not get to see the opening show because we were out last night, but I heard the Queen went out of a helicopter with (the newest) James Bond. I will probably watch some of the recast online. I am still very attached to the Beijing Olympics. That said, England is my second home outside the Carolinas. I am very proud of GB.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, Rebecca. The Queen showed her sense of humour with that part. Definitely worth watching for that alone. I hope team GB continue to make us all proud.

  3. EllaDee says:

    I missed the opening but caught some highlights last night. The Olympics has a lot of knockers, many who are ho hum (which I lean to), and avid followers. For me its attraction is it brings the world together and we get to see & appreciate other (but not all, I guess) nations. Better to be competing at sports than war 🙂

    • Pete Denton says:

      Hahaha thanks, EllaDee. Yes, I think better to compete at sports. 🙂

      I just love sport. Any excuse to watch sport all day on television. Works for me 😉

  4. robincoyle says:

    You should be proud. When is your gold medal ceremony for watching? I want to tune in.

  5. 4amWriter says:

    I’m proud to be half-Brit (my dad is from Petts Wood, England), so I admit, when I’m watching the Olympics I am always rooting for GB as well as Team USA. I’m happy when either of them gets a medal.

    I haven’t been able to watch as much of the Olympics as I’d like, so I’m not sure how everyone is faring thus far. Hopefully we’re doing okay!?

  6. Kassie says:

    When you hear that jelly doughnut a-calling, imagine yourself eating some other kind dieting in america of food that you eat.

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