Dave and I talked long into the night after watching the live relay of the closing ceremony of the Olympics from London. Seems like it has been an amazing success and that the whole country is buzzing. After the extraordinary opening ceremony got such acclaim, and after the British gymnasts so much improved on previous Olympic performances, we’ve really been hooked on watching as much as we could. The BBC even set up 24 additional TV channels so that every event could be watched live – and then repeated them in High Definition. And no ads!!!
There’s our personal pin-up boy, Max Whitlock, certainly a rising star of the British artistic gymnastics scene.
We watched a lot more, of course, including the wrestling, although the Greco-Roman style isn’t really our thing. More into this sort of style:
Diving too, naturally:
Cheers, Tom… great handstand…
Of course, our sport of acrobatic gymnastics is not an Olympic sport. Spelbound, now of Heathrow Gymnastics in London, got a small spot in the closing ceremony mainly, I suspect, because of the remarks of the judges when they won ‘Britains Got Talent’ a couple of years ago, suggesting that they should be in the opening ceremony. But in the huge Olympic stadium, performing as ‘backing’ to a singer, it all seemed rather pointless. They did a few ‘stock’ balances but the TV cameras only caught them briefly anyway: to most of the live audience they would have been barely visible amidst the melee of other dancers and extras, all dressed as clowns. We always prefer an ‘intimate’ venue so people can really appreciate what we try to achieve. And the practice is often more fun than the performance anyway even when (as here) things are somewhat untidy and unfinished:
But: all of this has made us think of ‘home’. We’ve been in Tennessee (apart from periods touring) for 12 years now, we’ve huge numbers of loving (and mainly gay) friends here, and each of us has a child here. Moving back would be a huge wrench, but…. what to do?
We definitely want to go on doing this, both professionally and for having fun. It’s makes some money (not a lot) and adds to coaching fees and, if they sell well enough, income from books about our life and times. the climate in Tennessee is hardly ideal – far too humid too often, but we like the sun which is a rare thing in UK (except during most of the Olympics. Oh, goodness knows what we should do.
Right now, we’re going down to the river with Leo and Jaymee and, no doubt, will end up mucking around like these guys, and having fun:
I guess that’s what we have to decide. Where will we have the most fun, with our friends and kids? Here, probably.
Anyway, WELL DONE TEAM GB!