Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Seventeen Days In Vancouver.
For seventeen days I was back in my other home. Through the magic of television and the internet; I was transported back to the land of 'glowing hearts'; I was back in Canada, back in Vancouver. A land of such diversity, a land of many creeds and cultures. The land of those proud and noble people; the First Nations tribes.
I saw the venues for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the memories of youthful days, came flooding back. 'Hey', I thought, 'they're figure skating at the Pacific Coliseum.' I recalled the ice hockey games and rock concerts I attended there. 'Wow! the opening and closing ceremonies are at B.C. Place Stadium.' I remembered being there to see the first ever event. Vancouver Whitecaps played before an enthusiastic crowd and Peter Beardsley scored the winning goal against the Seattle Sounders. Yes, through the screen in my home in England, I saw the sights. Heck, I recognise that tree.
For seventeen days I was back in Vancouver. My 'body clock' went back eight time zones. All through the night; I lived and breathed the wonders that were happening in my other home. I thought of my friends, my family and the special memories I hold so dearly in my heart. Even so far away; I sensed the great joy and pride that embraced all those I know and love.
The games started with such sadness. A young man lost his life pursuing his Olympic dream. Our thoughts are with Nodar Kumaritashvili and the people of Georgia.
I watched the Canada versus U.S.A. ice hockey, gold medal game. I screamed with hysterical delight when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal for Canada in 'sudden death' overtime. My English neighbours must have wondered what was wrong with me. I have some explaining to do eh?
And so, the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver had drawn to a spectacular and thought provoking conclusion. The family of humanity had gathered in the true spirit of the Olympic ideal. Canada, a nation of glowing hearts. Canada, you have shown the world a wonderful celebration of humanity at its finest. The Olympic flame is now extinguished, but the afterglow of hope for Canada and for our world, burns bright.