We are 65 metres up in the air . Below, a patchwork of picnicers spread out in multicolour irregular blobs, all cheering and watching Screen 1 as the women’s pursuit team won GB’s third gold of the day in the Velodrome barely half a mile away on the other side of the River Lee. The view today is spectacular from the top of this giant ferris wheel. The whole of London stretches out. To the East and just beyond the boundary of Victoria Park the magnificent Olympic Park-the backdrop and setting of what turns out to be the most extraordinary night for the GB team and particularly for the track and field Athletes.
As our capsule reached the top of its circuit we could look west to this magnificent city and a skyline that might not match Manhattan’s for sheer size but now contains landmark after landmark seemingly lined up alongside each other for maximum effect. From the left the newest and tallest landmark, The Shard, begins the line-up. Followed then by the City skyscrapers of the Gherkin, the Cheese Grater and Tower 42, the still distinctive dome of St. Pauls, the London Eye and the BT Tower. You can see the Arch of Wembley Stadium on the horizon, where guess what, our footballers lost to South Korea on penalties, and to the right the hills of Hampstead, Highgate and Alexander Park. Finally, as we looked towards the river the O2 Centre and the towers of Canary Wharf sit. Wow!! What a place.
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