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An afternoon in Stratford

Lyn and I just got in after a lovely afternoon up in Stratford. Believe it or not, I hadn't been up there for a few months, and I was surprised by how much it had changed. The place seems to be thriving, with multi-story buildings going up all over the place. Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park has really blossomed into a great place to go, and the short walk by the River Lea we took reminded me of when Bill used to push me along the canals near Alsager.

Above all, though, visiting that park never fails to remind me of what took place there six years ago. Walking towards the stadium, following Lyn, it felt like many decades had passed since the night she and the Paraorchestra played for the world in there. So much has happened since then, both good and bad. But you never forget events like that: Occasions so enormous and wonderful that they stay riveted permanently into your memory; and whenever you need to remind yourself of just how truly spectacular life can get, you have only to think about them. Before 2005 there was nothing in that area apart from a couple of ramshackle tower blocks, but seven years later we hosted a truly great olympics there, putting on a performance which blew everyone away, leaving behind one of the coolest parts of the metropolis. Going there thus not only reminds me of great memories, but what we can do and are capable of.

The world has changed a great deal since 2012, and not for the better. That year was an incredible one for me, and things got even better two years later. Since 2016, though, things seem to have gone down hill for the whole world, which is probably why my memories of 2012 now seem so distant. Yet despite the stupidity currently enveloping both the UK and America, there is still room for awesomeness: I only need to take the short tube ride up to Stratford, preferably with Lyn, to remember that.


[Edited 15/05/2018 at 22:14:06 - added a bit]

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