Jul 30 2012 By Paul Warburton
YEARS ago working as a student at Twickenham rugby ground, someone asked me which was the South Stand.
I had to tell the poor chap it was the other end from where we were standing.
“It always is…” he said, sorrowfully before trudging away burdened by what looked like a heavy rucksack.
Was at the fencing on day three of the Olympics to see Westminster’s Corinna Lawrence’s brave performance in the épée division that took place at the ExCel. Ever been to the centre?
Those that have will know just how massive it is. Big doesn’t do it justice. In fact, if you go from one end to the other three times – you’ve walked a mile, according to one of the volunteers in the media centre.
Well, that’s my mile for the day, because as you’ve guessed, the fencing is at one extreme end - and the media centre is at the other. By the way, one arrives at Custom House station on the DLR and leaves via Prince Regent at the other end of the ExCel – it’s all very orderly.
Going by on the train, one can glimpse the Games Village and the way teams have staked out territory. Flags from every nation hang from every apartment balcony, sometimes for four floors in a row.
But I wondered about the thundering great North Korean banner that draped itself not just past one balcony, but three more below?
You will recall the wrong Korean flag saw their women walk out of the football game at Hampden Park last week. The North appears to be taking revenge.
I’m hoping their NK team-mates are underneath the balcony where it’s fixed. If not, try and imagine a curtain that won’t happen and that’s what down floor occupants have to contend with.
Should someone return to Medal Way – no they really do have names like that – having finished last in his or her competition and are not from one of the most secretive nations on earth, I could see a major incident when the flag gets a ‘window’ slashed by an angry javelin or similar. I’ll keep you posted.