The main event (23rd July)

I woke up super excited on Wednesday, the day of the opening ceremony. The excitement was palpable on the train as my fellow Clyde-siders and I made our way to Celtic Park and the weather was beautiful.

As field of play first aiders we needed to be able to get a cast member off the arena as quickly as possible without causing too much disruption to the performance, so during the afternoon we practiced this in the blazing sunshine.

I don’t need to describe the opening ceremony as I’m sure everyone watched it on the TV, I can only put into words the amazing experience I had that night. The atmosphere was electric way before the performance even started and was off the scale once Des Clarke had finished his warm up.

My partner Scott and I were well positioned at gate one, just to the left side of the big screen, which meant we had a fantastic view of the performance and of all the stars as they left the stage, Rod Stewart definitely blew a kiss at me when he walked off. It was so easy to get caught up in the spectacular sight and forget that I was there to do a job.

It was the first time in my life, and maybe the only time, that I got to sing the national anthem in the presence of the Queen and I felt so proud to be British.  The atmosphere hit the roof when the athletes came into the stadium, but the noise was so deafening when the home team arrived that the arena floor seemed to shake and at that moment I wished I was Scottish!

I have to say that night was probably one of the best in my life so far and even the hour long wait for the train couldn’t dampen the wonderful feeling inside I had after such a fantastic day.

opening ceremony

Oh the weather outside is frightful

As I’m a bit of a snow phobic and hate going out in it, I decided this weekend I would decorate the back bedroom in readiness for when Hasan eventually gets here.

I always work better when I have something blaring out at high volume that I can sing really badly to. My mum was my fellow worker so I trawled through my ipod for something appropriate for both of us to warble to.

I chose Rod Stewart’s greatest hits because he is a big favourite of mum’s and I kind of like him too. So while we worked we sang along to Maggie May, Do you think I’m sexy and all the usual suspects. But then a song came on that I hadn’t heard in years and I think it’s really lovely, The Killing of Georgie. I’m not going to say anything clever or witty about it, I’m just going to share it…enjoy (and check out the lycra leggings!)