The London Olympics on the Big Screen


Londoners who didn’t get (or couldn’t afford) tickets for the Olympic Games can watch them on a large outdoor screen in Lewisham, among other places.

The much vaunted 2012 London Olympics kicked off yesterday with the opening ceremony and a function hosted by the Queen herself. Although the US President wasn’t here, he sent his missus, but in spite of her impressive biceps and televised press up routines, First Lady Michelle Obama won’t actually be taking part.

The London Borough of Lewisham has erected a large TV screen on Blackheath to provide live coverage from 8.30am until 10.30pm, and there are daily activities from today, July 28, until August 12. If you live locally and decide to come, the advice is to leave your car behind. Here is a map; you will find a lot more information on the site about refreshments and other activities for this family friendly fortnight long event.

Big screens have in fact been erected up and down the country; check out here to start with, or your local authority website.

South Korean Im Dong-hyun broke his own world record in the archery event at Lords, a remarkable feat for a man who is legally blind in one eye.

Commenting on the BBC, the British archer Nicky Hunt, winner of two Commonwealth gold medals, sounded less than impressed, and said that Im Dong-hyun’s partial blindness actually gave him an advantage. This was a particularly dumb thing to say, and obviously she won’t be following his example.

[The above article was first published July 28, 2012; the original wasn’t archived.]

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