On Tuesday the Olympic Torch came through Kew Gardens and I joined the hordes lining the broadwalk, watching Oli Golding carry the torch and the photo opportunity in the middle of the giant Olympic rings in front of the Orangery. It was a lovely atmosphere with loads of families and minimal security needed ( a lady on a bike asking people politely to move off the Broadwalk and Kew staff as stewards.
I followed the crowds following the torch out the gate onto Kew Green where all the cavalcade of noisy sponsors, buses , film crews and more police then I've ever seen in one place were gathered - quite a contrast to the relative peace within the Gardens.
Had a good view of the torches 'kiss' though
Best of all, this morning (Friday) I dashed out of the lab (which overlooks the river) and onto the tow path just in time to see Gloriana sailing by with the torch on the Thames. They'd been delayed for a while at Teddington Lock so with visitors arriving at 10 I thought I'd miss it . So special.