Going Home After Day One of the Paralympics

This is James. We met yesterday evening at St Pancras station. Our conversation was brief as his train was due before mine, and the passenger assistance employee came to meet him to help him board.

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Trafalgar Square

The Mall is still closed, but you can walk a few yards into it and look out at Trafalgar Square through Admiralty Arch.

Admiralty Arch from The Mall

Nelson no longer has a Union flag on his hat, but I think they must have taken the opportunity to give him a quick wash when they removed it.
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Smile, the Paralympics are Coming

First up, I was disappointed to learn that although the torch would be lit in the Houses of Parliament while I was working there on Friday, I would be unlikely to see it.
However, just as we were leaving the Lords Chamber on my second tour, we were told to stop. There was a lot of hanging around, and people in grey shorts with turquoise trim walking backwards and forwards. Then an announcement explaining that the torch was going to be lit in front of us in Peers’ Lobby and that photography would be allowed. I didn’t have my camera, but I am hoping the members of the Royal navy who took this blog address will send their photos here. In the meantime, you can see it here on the BBC news. The two torch bearers were both workers for Sainsbury’s who have been responsible for heroic acts while at work, one saving the life of woman who had been crushed by a car, the other helping an elderly customer who had suffered a stroke. Their smiles say it all.


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