Friday, 27 July 2012

Olympic Coventry - Godiva Awakes

Though as I write we are a couple of hours away 
from the beginning of the Olympic Ceremony 
which will officially open the 2012 Games, 
here in Coventry the games have already begun.

As you can see the exclusive Olympic rings are evident in the city, 
as is the welcome for our visitors.

We are already into the third day 
of the  Olympic football competition 
being played out here in the former Ricoh (now Olympic) Arena.

(I have to admit I am not a great fan of the Olympics
but can boast about the ingenuity and industry of Coventry,
as the Olympic torches used for these 2012 Games 
were designed and made here in the city.)
At this moment we can only surmise
 what the Opening Ceremony in London will be.

There are hints that Britain's history will be rolled out
 in one form or another.

Here in Coventry we are in no doubt that our summer festivities,
 beginning tomorrow, 
 continues the story of the Lady, Godiva,
 who is very much part of our city, and our country's history.

The centrepiece of a weekend 
of street theatre and carnival is to be 
The Awakening of Godiva.

She is the heroine who speaks uniquely 
of the need for justice, courage, and hope,
 in the face of oppression and injustice,
 so she remains a meaningful figurehead for our celebrations.

I am slightly amazed to be taking part in the carnival in her honour,
albeit I will merely be one of the hundreds
 taking part in the procession.

I am hopeful my ancient legs will be up to dancing
 through the streets on Sunday,
 and that the threatened rain will be light and refreshing
 and not a deluge.

I'll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy the
 Olympic Opening Ceremony, 
should you be watching.

Also that wherever your legs carry you this weekend
you will know joy and freedom,
as Godiva would have wished you.

Be Blessed

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