Paralympics LDN 2012

Recentely I went to see Athletics at the Paralympics! It was such a great experience and the crowd was so overwhelming when there was a member of Team GB competing! I went with my friend Amy who managed to score us the tickets last-minute! My only complaints were that the lifting of the flags is much less impressive in real life, a hot chocolate costs £4! and that Stratford is a little impersonal. Knowing me, if those are my only complaints it means I had one of the best days. A Cypriot Parathlete came first in one of the heats unfortunately I think we missed that but I can tell you I think the high from cheering on a team at the olympics is much better than any high off hitting the clubs. I loved every second, if you get the opportunity to see the Olympic Park, don’t think twice, just go!

The Basketball ArenaThe VelodromeMe and my ticket!China in the Long JumpTeam GR first in this part of the heat, second overall!I got to see Hannah Cockroft destroy the competition in a heat round!

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Tapped and Packed Coffee Shop Review

The big high street chains now dominate the coffee front, constantly launching new products, new sizes, new freebies, new offers, new food. It all just needs to slow down and get taken back to simple, good quality coffee. With a clean trendy interior and some good music. It’s not hard. Now I am by no means a coffee expert but I adore good coffee shops due to the atmosphere, the people sitting around. Tapped and Packed seemed to be brimming with conversation between the customers, it’s a really social environment.

The cutlery was a huge talking point for me and my friends. Very antique style, one even had Mickey and Minnie mouse on which was great for my Disney obsessed friend. I had a Latte and with two spoons of the charmingly rustic brown sugar on the table and it was very smooth, had an odd aftertaste but not unpleasant, that is probably because I’m a coffee newbie. The store has a modern yet slightly gothic design. I adored the tree trunk table in the center of the shop. The mirror on the right hand was a nice piece of eye candy. The lamps also very Iconic. I was rather stuffed from my birthday meal earlier so I couldn’t try the food. So to sum up:

Pros

  • Great Interior
  • Great Exterior
  • Real smooth coffee
  • Social atmosphere
  • Music played at the perfect volume
  • Good Location next to a Tube station
  • Reasonable Prices
Negatives
  • Can be hard to find a seat sometimes
  • 40p charge to pay with Card

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