Loving the Olympics, hating the congestion!

I am hugely excited about the Olympics. I enjoy watching all the different sporting events and seeing the wonderful athletes so determined to do their country proud. I also think that any event that helps unite a country is a worthy event, and we’ve had a few of those this year.

London is looking spectacular, cleaning up the city for the event has been well worth it and walking along the South Bank has been a pleasure.

The congestion however, is another matter all together. It is doing my head in! I keep hearing Boris telling me to ‘get ahead of the games’ and plan my route during the Olympics as we are expecting a huge number of visitors into the capital. This is all very well, however, there aren’t many routes I can take to get into work and all the different ways are likely to be struck by Olympic traffic, so I’m not entirely sure what I’m meant to do! The website they direct me to for support isn’t much help and I don’t have the option of not going into the office. Today I was in Victoria at about 11am and the number of tourists was immense, all dragging huge suitcases and standing in inappropriate places.

This is almost empty in comparison to what we’re currently experiencing!

I want to be welcoming to all the visitors and charitable about their lack of knowledge for underground etiquette, but quite frankly when I’m hot, bothered and rushing around it is extremely hard to do! The transport network can hardly manage the everyday traffic so I’m not sure how it’s going to manage all the additional people travelling across London. I can only hope that a significant amount of Londoners have left the capital for the summer and this will balance it out.

I have tickets for a couple of events and I’m looking forward to watching the rest on TV. I sincerely hope that team GB manage to obtain a significant amount of medals, but regardless it will be fun. Although I’m worried about the congestion and am sure it will cause me plenty of annoyance over the next 6 weeks, I’m giving London a ‘gold’ for the effort they have put into hosting the event and hope it’s great for everyone.

Time to let off steam: Things that annoy me!

People who just stop without considering who is walking behind them, it doesn’t take much to make sure you move out the way!

Parents who don’t want to talk to their children about difficult issues for fear of encouraging their children to experiment.  If you don’t talk to them be sure their friends and the internet will, so if you want to influence what they think you must TALK to them!

Colleagues who seem to think that work is like a school, a chore that must be done; don’t they realise they are paid to do a job and can always leave if they don’t want to work!

Internet dating when men exchange emails and seem enthusiastic but then never go to the next step; what is the point of that!

People who have only the speed of slow and stop; some people need to move quickly and will leave you behind if you don’t move more efficiently!

Parents who scream at their kids to stop screaming; do they not know children learn by what they see and hear not what they are told!

People who think their way is the right way; there are many different paths to the same goal, choose the one right for you, not the one someone else says is right, they are not you so don’t know what is right for you, only ourselves know that!

People who don’t seem to be able to leave things as they find them; for those of us who have minor psychological issues that means everything has to be in its place it is very difficult to understand how you can just leave the washing up, or not put the bath mat back correctly, or see the loo roll always has to have to paper facing out!

People who think they are experts when they have no clue at all, or change their opinions according to who they are with; a certain Jeremy on TV whose surname rhymes with vile springs to mind here!

People who think that the youth of today are worse than when they were young; don’t they know this is said by every generation and is sign that you’ve got old and forgotten what it means to be young

People who think that because they don’t like something then it’s wrong or unnecessary; just accept it’s not what you want but don’t criticise others for enjoying it

People who say ‘oh no I don’t have time to do that’ as if you have all the time in the world when they are so incredibly busy.  Why not admit that you don’t want to find time to do it, coz you can be sure you find time to do other things that you do want to do

Cupcakes that look absolutely magnificent but taste like shite; all food that fits into that category quite frankly!

People who question and judge my choices because they are not the choices they would make; they are not me, I wouldn’t expect them to make the same choices as me!

People who talk at me endlessly and don’t even ask how I’m doing; this is surely the way to lose friends and discourage relationships!

People who go on about what annoys them; how annoying is that for others!