It’s a long old walk around the stadium, and there are a lot of countries and a lot of athletes taking part. Here are a selection of some (yes, that’s right – my first and probably only fashion post).
Mexico had just about the best outfits, ever.
Germany, with their helpful gender colouring.
America looking very smart and dapper.
Ireland likely had the biggest cheer per athlete.
The Canadian army of red and white, with extra labelling in case you’re unsure.
I don’t remember where these guys were from, but I like their outfit all the same.And finally, after an explosion of sparkly bits, the spacesuit wearing British.
So. I went to the Paralympic opening ceremony last night and it was pretty spectacular. I took a lot of photos, had a great experience, and haven’t begun to start collating my thoughts, let alone anything more.
As I’m sure I’ll be posting about this for a while to come (sorry, please bear with me), here is a before and after shot for the impatient.
Seen on Portobello Road, Notting Hill. I’m not sure if it is in reference to the Notting Hill carnival that was taking place, the dilapidated building it was above, or maybe these were just the letters the owner had left.
Tucked away on Goldhawk Road this Szechuan BBQ place serves up spiced meats and vegetables at cheap prices – 75p per veggie skewer, and 85p per meat skewer. Several warnings are needed though – it’s easy to spend more than you think, and it’s Szechuan hot. Don’t come here looking for sweet and sour pork.
Not to be confused with Tian Fu across the road, owned by the same people, but serving up traditional Szechuan hot pots. I guess once you’ve settled on a name it’s easier to stick with it.
The Notting Hill carnival brought a lot of graffiti, some of it more hopeful than others (the red line just continued on for a bit).
The girl was watching the Notting Hill carnival from the window of a building while the penguin was keeping an eye out for camera happy visitors. I think I was rumbled.
In a shameless ploy to capture some Paralympic traffic here’s… the
Olympic Paralympic stadium!
This extra-wide photo is made up of three individual photos joined using Hugin, and comes complete with its own matrix-style man-in-the-red-shirt glitch. He looks suspicious.
Part of the Olympic park was inexplicably paved with bouncy coloured bubbles. I enjoyed walking on them.
And finally, the stadium and the orbit tower, with canal in front.
Apparently Fry’s chocolate cream is one of the first chocolate bars produced, dating back to 1866. I don’t know how old this particular box is, but I like the fact that someone has kept and used it for such a long time.
Found in a corner of Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Sheffield.
I don’t know how many trees are involved here.
One of those things that’s likely to appear in a million photos but… this is mine, complete with random guy in corner of frame, and the tops of some rubbish bins.