Bumped into Ealing Borough’s Chief Executive Martin Smith at this afternoon’s Olympic torch rally/ party in Walpole park featuring Rizzle Kicks and and had to convey my congratulations to the Council for pulling it off. The whole area was buzzing with excitement and the weather was great. What a difference from the gloom almost a year earlier when riots hit almost the same spot.

Luckily too there was no repeat today of when famous local girl Konnie Huq carried torch in 08  If any criticism I’d single out the heavy product placement from Coke and Samsung. Whilst there has been cynicism about the benefits that these games will bring your average Londoner you’d have to be a real killjoy to knock all the festivities. Let’s hope the omens are good for GB medals too now.

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