I helped construct the Olympic Site, tell the story of the Greatest Show on earth, and am on site for the Legacy build until 2014.

This is my View of what's going on. These Views are mine and not of my employer or the LLDC/ODA/LOCOG

I was one of the Official BT’s Storytellers for London 2012 .

Friday, 31 August 2012

'Instagram Contest : Olympic Park' £25,000 worth of VISA prepaid Gift Cards to be won !!

Westfield in London is giving everyone their own 'I was there' story which will live on as part of the legacy of London 2012. From the landmarks to the people, East and West London each have their own unique energy and flair which make up London. This summer, a competition between 'Team East' and 'Team West' will generate a healthy rivalry betweent the two sides of London while showcasing the best of the city.

Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City are going head to head in a battle of East vs West. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, show your allegiance and share your story by signing up to Team East or Team West.
By signing up you become part of a team which represents your side of London. Your pictures, tweets, videos tagged #IWASTHERE become part of a hub of content representing East or West London. Plus by joining, you enter into a prize draw for £25,000 worth of Visa prepaid gift cards to spend at Westfield. The best content is also rewarded and there are more prizes as part of ongoing Twitter and Facebook competitions.

Hey fellow Londoners, do you represent East or West London? Sign up to show your support and participate in a friendly competition to show the world the best of London.

Thanks to Westfield for supporting this competition.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

#paralympics Beemer @BMW

#paralympics Beemer @BMW by Andy Wilkes
#paralympics Beemer @BMW, a photo by Andy Wilkes on Flickr.

#Paralympic 24hr Torch Relay comes to Bushey, Herts.

So this morning I was at Bushey Arches at 2am awaiting the arrival of the Paralympic Flame, which was due to pass by at about 2:30am, little did I know there had been a delay of about 1 and a half hours. Nor did it seem the 2 dozen hardy souls who also had come out in the middle of the night to see it.

Everyone was in good spirits though, we wished we had brought Tea or Coffee with us but the 10 or so children who'd come out to see the flame, some in pajamas, were full of excitement, and loved it when the police, either in cars or on motorcycles kept stopping by to inform us of how long the delay was now lasting.

I'm really glad I stayed up and saw this..


Monday, 27 August 2012

Olympic Stadium - London | August 2012


Today  a special group of visually impaired athletes will arrive around 4.00 PM at the Royal Docks Community School, London E16, where also the Sport Compass House will be located during the Paralympics. The group scooted more than 300 miles from the Netherlands to the Paralympics in London! The London Steppers want to use this tour to promote the disabled sport in all it dimensions worldwide.

The Mayor of Spijkenisse gives the signed volleyball to the London Steppers

Promoting Football for visually impaired

The special team scooter for the visually impaired athletes
The money that is being raised by this event will be used to introduce and promote football for the visually impaired in the Netherlands. This Paralympic sport is almost unknown in the Netherlands, and, the London Steppers and foundation Sport Compass, plan to change this. The foundation, Sport Compass, located in Spijkenisse, is dedicated to promote and create awareness for disabled sports worldwide. Their message: sport is for everybody!
 The London Steppers have the full support of the whole municipality of Spijkenisse, who gave them a grand rousing send off on their journey to London. The Mayor of Spijkenisse (Mirjam Salet) scooted with the London Steppers on their first leg of the journey to London, and gave them a speech full of words of encouragement and praise. They were cheered on by the Paralympic American women’s volleyball team (Team USA), many volunteers, family, friends and well-wishers. For this event, the ladies volleyball team gave a display of their impressive skills, and presented a signed volleyball to the London Steppers. The Mayor of Spijkenisse wrote a message on the volleyball, especially meant for the Mayor of London and gave the London Steppers the task to bring this ball all the way from The Netherlands, and hand this special message over to the Mayor of London.  

The London Steppers with the USA womans
sitting volleybalteam

Sport Compass
Sport Compass aims to promote, support, guide and advise on (physical) disabled sport worldwide, within the sports technical and organizational domains. We follow a distinctive new concept, where local residents are directly involved in project planning worldwide. Sport Compass believes that sport makes people physically and mentally stronger and can make a significant rehabilitation and personal development.


Sport Compass House during the Paralympics - August 27th – September 9th
The Sport Compass House will be a meeting place, in a school close to the ExCel Exhibition Centre, for Paralympic sportsmen, their families and friends. There will be demonstrations, presentations of Paralympic sports and several organizations involved with disabled sports will give information about the opportunities and possibilities in disabled sports.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Olympic Sunglasses | London August 2012

Armed Forces Op OLYMPIC badge

army badge, originally uploaded by simonse15.

These were like gold dust to the forces, I heard about guys having to share their badges with each other between shifts.

A rather burly Royal Marine, who was also carrying an automatic weapon heard me admiring his, and as I walked off, he called me back and gave me his one..

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Day 14 - #GELights on the Thames


Yesterday I was a Guest of the Royal Navy and 661 Sqn Army Air Corps.

HMS OCEAN is planned to visit London (Greenwich Ship Tier) from 13 Jul to conduct the security tasking required in support of Op OLYMPIC, as well as supplying accommodation for the Venue Security Force at the Olympic Park.

The Mk7 and MK 8 Lynx helicopters from 661 Squadron Army Air Corps and the Landing Helicopter Force respectively are on 5 and 10 minutes for activation during daylight hours and 45 minutes notice during the night, in case of a security incident.