The Olympics have reminded us there is more to sport than just football. As a kid, I remember watching any sport that I could on TV largely due to the fact that there was no football on it. In those days a year's worth of televised live footy could be comfortably watched in a single afternoon. Today, men's football is ubiquitous, so it was ironic that our representatives in The-Only-Sport-That-Matters-TM bowed out quietly, with yet another bathetic penalties defeat in the Quarter-Final, on what was arguably the greatest night for British Sport since 1966. It would be great to think that the FA and the Premiership were capable of learning something from this.
London 2012 is in full swing and the world's eyes are all on England's capital, with Brand London's reputation on the line. Last year I put together some thoughts on potential factors that could affect London's brand during the Games. I thought it'd be interesting to see how these predictions fared!
Nicola Adams has become the first ever women's boxing champion at the Olympics after she defeated China's Ren Cancan 16-7 in the London 2012 women's f...
While watching the Olympics over the last week, it wasn't just Team GB's fantastic medal tally that made me stop and think. Something else was different, noteworthy. Gone were the airbrushed, botoxed and identikit actors and actresses of soap operas, dramas and commercials. Instead, people of many shapes and sizes danced across the screen.
At first glance, it's hard to see a bright future for the UK's high streets. The latest vacancy rates rose to 14.6% in June, the highest level on record, and the latest reports claim that high street stores are suffering as shoppers stay at home to watch the Olympics.
My last post predicted how the retail sector would fare during the Olympics both in the capital and beyond. A week into The Games, some of my thoughts were correct and some were sadly far off the mark, however I am not sure anyone could have predicted what has happened this week. I was optimistic that both bricks and mortar retailers and e-tailers would benefit from the influx of tourists and the domestic consumer working from home, all of whom were eager to spend; unfortunately this is not the case.
Twelve days into The Greatest Show on earth and after weeks of grey clouds and rain, Team GB have found their medal winning form and (at times!) the clouds are clearing. The energy on the streets grows palpably with every new medal win and a rather weary nation is cautiously emerging and daring to start to celebrate a little.