Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Olympic legacy

Yesterday i watched the ITV program the real history of Chariots  and what good program it was ( just spoilt by the adverts really) It centered on the real life story of Harold Abrams and Eric Lidell Olympians from 1924 and they were featured in the film "chariots of Fire'

What I didn't know that Harold Abrahams was born in Bedford and went to Bedford School. I am from Bedford and i must have been living in a bubble not to have known this ! Also Harold Abrahams went to Repton School which is a village not far from me here in Chellaston , this is another fact that I didn't know.

And of course with Eric Lidell being Scottish ( I am Scottish too!) he was one of the greatest Scottish athletes ever to have lived. He was a a selfless religious man who held onto his Christian values and ran  in a unique style.

I love the film 'Chariots of Fire' it is the embodiment of the Olympic spirit the passion and the determination to succeed which should pretty much such as the mantra for every ones life.

The film's title was inspired by the line, "Bring me my chariot of fire," from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn "Jerusalem"; the hymn is heard at the end of the film. The original phrase "chariot(s) of fire" is from 2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17 in the Bible. And its this hymn that was sung at my wedding and its is one of my favourite hymns.

The Olympics should not be about over commercialism and elitism in this department but everyone should be able to have a piece of the action without having to pay the earth. For example yesterday I went to a well know sport shop to buy clothes etc for my for coming holiday. I spied a rather nice ruck with the obligatory Olympic team GB logo clutching  the rucksack like I myself had struck gold I enquired to a unhappy happy shop assistant...

"How much is this please  ?"

"£29.99" quipped the shop assistant !

"That's rather expensive " I replied.

"Its 2012 innit " said the shop assistant with the Queens English well in hand.

I sadly replaced the rucksack and when off to pay for my sons rugby boots that were £39.99 ( Don't go there !)

So the Olympics message and legacy shouldn't get lost and there is a central theme and message running through it  so please go out with determination and passion to succeed what ever you do in life.

Jerri Peterson Olympic tattoo
The Olympic spirit is alive and well.

1 comment:

  1. I watched this too, and loved it. Chariots of fire has always had a bit of place in my heart as I knew some of the people who were extras in the Cambridge scenes.

    One thing I think is very sad though is the fact that no UK businesses can use the five rings. I heard of a woman that was running a cake competition with an olympic theme and had to cancel it as they couldn't even use the rings, let alone the 2012 logos or mascots.


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