Today the Olympic Torch came through our borough. Like most people in London, I have the Olympic spirit. When I saw that the torch would travel through Holland Park, my favorite park, I knew I had to go. I arrived early to make sure I had a good spot. I sat on the grass for over an hour reading my book. At first the crowds were minimal.
More people started to arrive.
There was a lot of waiting.
A boy with his best friend.
This dog just wanted to take a nap.
Then there was some excitement. Police were telling people to stand aside. It was the big moment. Yes!
Oh wait, they were just telling us the torch would arrive in five minutes.
Before I show the next photo I should inform you of a few things. I am not very tall, 5’ 8”. Furthermore, I am not the type of person to push others out of the way. In fact, I’m the type to get pushed out of the way. When the big moment arrived, I had a shot lined up and then a gentleman (I use the term loosely) shoved me out of his way. I recovered some and then quickly snapped this photo.
I tried again.
I heard many other people complain that they didn’t get a shot at all. Well, folks, I saw it.
Afterwards the crowd moved on to hear the choir performing in front of Opera Holland Park.
Actually, the entire time I was waiting for the torch I could hear the music. All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon. The sun was out, there was a gentle breeze, and everyone was in good spirits. Bring on the events!