While Olympic athletes are headed out to various courts, pools, road and tracks, the people of London have hit the parks. Starting with a huge opening ceremony concert last night, and continuing throughout the Olympics, there's a non-stop party at three locations throughout the city.
By far the largest is at Hyde Park, where I ventured out today to soak up the scene. Random shots by an unprofessional photographer follow.
The first thing you notice is that Hyde Park is huge. It's definitely the "Central Park" of London. It's smaller, yet just as wonderful and just as cherished by the locals. London Live is set up on only a small portion of the park.
The largest screen takes up only a small portion of the small portion that the experience takes up:
It's a perfect place to grab a pint and kick back watching an event, such as the US vs. Croatia in women's basketball:
British pride is everywhere throughout London. And there's no lack of it during London Live:
Between events, there's live music. While I was hoping to see Tom Jones, bronchitis kept him away. The crowd was treated to Newton Faulkner after the basketball game:
On smaller (still very visible) screens, the action continued. Here, a very pro-Team GB crowd watches the Great Britain-Cameroon women's soccer match:
Of course there's no end to the supply of food and drinks, including fries, probably much to McDonald's chagrin:
If you felt like getting active, there was basketball court:
And if you felt like having some pints with your mates while cheerleaders from The Sun newspaper posed for pictures in the background ... well, you could do that too:
Afterward, it was another suspiciously easy trip back to temporary work headquarters on the Tube. So far, so good. London is putting on quite the show.