Watching Bolt in Style

Nothing beats the experience of being in an Olympic stadium or arena—despite the airport-style security queues, the £10 spent on Cornish pasties and a Coke or two, and indignity of being herded on to trains when the event is over. (At every event I’ve been to, people leave early to avoid the rush—at a run-of-the-mill sporting event, I can see the point, but I’m not giving up a single minute of an Olympic event for a little convenience).

Top 5 Ways to Escape the Olympics

London is usually overflowing with tourists in summer, and we all expected the Olympics crowds to take it to the next level. So far we’ve all been wrong. The tourist attractions, theatres, and high streets are practically deserted. The planners warned the people away from central London, and unfortunately, the people listened. So, it’s a great time to visit London and an even better time to experience the city like a Londoner.

A Tale of Two Olympic Teams

I know a little something about volleyball. One thing I know is that if half your starting line-up is the same height as your libero, you’re at a disadvantage. Not only does a libero wear a different-coloured shirt, on a women’s volleyball team she’s often a foot or more shorter than the star attackers. But not on Team GB.

On the Fence at the Olympics

It’s not as crowded as you might expect. In fact, the crowds in non-Olympic London seem somewhat typical for the summer tourist season. But many of the high streets almost feel deserted. The venues and Olympic-themed sites are crowded, and the trains from those sites are certainly full, but the rest of London is calm and carrying on.

Olympics Medal for Heathrow

Have you ever arrived home on a late-night or early-morning flight, breezed through a deserted customs area, and awaited your bags in an cavernous baggage claims hall? Has it ever happened to you at London’s Heathrow Airport?

I’ve been through London’s Heathrow Airport several times. It’s always an experience. My first time was shortly before 9/11. I was rather taken aback when my passport was checked no less than five times before I boarded my flight home. Little did I know that just a few months later, Heathrow’s approach would become the new normal.