Thursday, 2 August 2012

London Calling

“London calling to the faraway towns
Now that war is declared-and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look at us
All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing”

London Calling – The Clash

This blog is not about the actual meaning of London Calling – which is said to be about world events including "a nuclear error" to the incident at Three Mile Island, which occurred earlier in 1979. No, this blog is jumping on the bandwagon of the biggest sports event right now – the 2012 London Olympics.

I’m so excited the Olympics are here. As one of many, many self-confessed sports nuts in the world, there is no better place to see high level sports action than the Olympics. These are the elite, the best of the best, and the ones who are dedicated enough to spend hours training, overcoming disappointment and injury, and competing to qualify, who have made it to the top of the world sports stage. And then there are a few events between them and that long time dreamed of podium finish. From rowing to athletics, field hockey to cycling, there are 10,000 athletes competing. And, noticed I picked four sports us Kiwi’s are expected to excel at? Yep, the Olympics are the time to get behind your country and show your support. Is there any better feeling of national pride than hearing your country’s national anthem following a gold medal win?

Speaking of anthems, did anyone pick up on the fantastic British songs spanning 100 years used in the opening ceremony? Paul McCartney singing Hey Jude (despite a bit of a mess up), Dizzee Rascal, The Beatles and Sex Pistols. It almost turned the opening ceremony into more of a musical spectacle – almost, except the flaming Olympic Rings were soon to remind us what we were celebrating. Music was just a fantastic accompaniment.

But that’s just what music can be – an assistance, an enhancement, a thing to fill in a bit of time. Whether you need to music to help you do the dusting, raise a societal point like The Clash, or take your London 2012 Olympic Ceremony to the next level, music is your go to, number one, and most reliable best friend. 

And .... Go New Zealand!!!

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