I would be unable to undertake this venture alone.

I am incredibly fortunate to have the support and sponsorship of family, my London-based friends, The Cavendish Hotel, technical colleagues and a few valued supporters spreading the word. It is the community around me that are enabling me to achieve this.

Here is a little about them. Heartfelt thanks for your genuine enthusiasm, time and energy

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susannah at a restaurant in Covent Garden

My London Tip

Although the Tube is great to get around London, try to walk above ground and soak in the sights. It’s easy to forget how close everything is and you’ll be pleasantly surprised what hidden treasures London has to offer around its corners! You’ll get the chance to see the true London!

The Games: 2012

Unfortunately I’m not going to be in London but watching from afar. It will be great to see all the celebrations and hear about the progress of all the teams via coverage of the event. London will come even more alive.

I’m Supporting Juliette Because…

I think it’s a great opportunity for Juliette to be picked as a London Ambassador and a great achievement to be made. Being her sister, I wanted to aid and support her along this road of discovery, but living so far away, this meant I could contribute the best with monetary support. I’m not physically there but definitely in spirit. I am excited to hear the updates in her blog, I’ll feel the experience with her.

My Favourite Tube Station…

I love Baker Street and Gloucester Road. Baker Street for the creative Sherlock Holmes tiles and Gloucester Road as its home to Platform for Art – an exhibition you can examine whilst you wait for your train, check it during the Olympics. I’m sure there will be some interesting creativity over this period. The art pieces are found on the eastbound District Line platform.

Susannah lived in South London. She now lives in Dubai and visits London occasionally

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marjorie at Riverside Terrace in the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank

My London Tip

Prioritize what you want to see, what interests you and then pick an area. Because you’re not going to fit it all in. Buckingham Palace, Tate, Park Lands: Hyde Park, Regents Park, Green Park, The National Portrait Gallery, Cruises on the Thames… London covers such a vast area, I think of London as a collection of villages.

The Games: London 2012

I’m looking forward to watching them on Television. I enjoy the swimming and the hurdles. I used to watch Colin Jackson; it amazes me how they pace to get themselves over each hurdle.

I’m Supporting Juliette Because…

I feel she deserves the opportunity to put her skills in to practice.

My London Highlight

Listening to an opera singer in Covent Garden last summer was an unexpected highlight.

My Preferred Mode of Transport…

… around London as an infrequent traveller are The Black Cabs because:

  1. They know where to take you
  2. You can see some of the sights en route
  3. Although, beware, it can be expensive

Marjorie attended a Women’s Business Event at The Café Royal, Regents St in 2002 and occasionally visits London.

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Colin in telephone box near Waterloo Bridge

My London Tips

Get familiar with tubes. That’s one thing that’s essential. You get this small leaflet that’s a very useful map.  A lot of tubes cross and you don’t have to stay on the same tube when another one will do and get you there quicker.

It can sometimes be more convenient to jump on a bus than to go down the stairs to a tube. You need to decide this yourself.

Tube is quicker usually than most other forms of transport around London, in most cases, but sometimes it isn’t. The stations may not be near the venue. Find out where the bus goes, as the Tube station may not be suitable walking distance.

Familiarity is the main thing you have to develop.

There’s so much variation, you’ve got to be specific. There’s a wide repertoire of shops in one area. For example so many streets connect up on one side of Oxford St, to Soho,  Piccadilly. Piccadilly Circus is where a number of streets meet. The direct route to Oxford St is Regents St. You can easily get lost.

Know all the mainline stations.

The Games: London 2012

I’m looking forward to seeing it on TV. I’m not anticipating going to the Olympics. Unless someone wants to pay my costs and I’ll guide them around London! Mainly sailing in Weymouth on South Coast. Running is good, that’s a majority sport. Hurdling is interesting. Yes looking forward to variations in running. 

I’m Supporting Juliette Because…

It’ll give Juliette a wider experience: of people visiting, ways of life. It’ll encourage her to take an interest in London. She’ll get to mix with people from other countries. Its part of a ‘good will mission’ and I’ve got an enthusiasm and interest in it. I have some knowledge of London already I can pass on.

My London Highlights

Seeing Harry Secombe in London Palladium. Also seeing James Stewart in Harvey The Rabbit in The West End. Broadcasting outside Buckingham Palace with the BBC for Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s Wedding. We had a large wooden hut on the edge of Hyde Park. It had a big window through which you could observe the State Landau (open top carriage) pulled by horses.

My Favourite Station

Charing Cross Station because it was the first station I met. It was my second home. I worked in London and went everyday through Charing Cross for The Southeastern Railway, endured rush hour, crowds of people milling around.

Colin lived in South East London whilst working with BBC Overseas Broadcasting at Bush House. He has been a regular patron of The London Boat Show and now visits London occasionally

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Orlando at Carluccio's in market Place, Oxford Street

My London Tip

Try not to travel during peak times and when in the centre walk as much as possible as nothing is too far away and you’ll get a much better and authentic feel for the City.

The Games: London 2012

I’m looking forward to welcoming people to our Country and enjoying the passion and commitment of the contributors and supporters. The Olympics and Paralympics should be a giant party where the UK is the centre of attention.

I’m Supporting Juliette Because…

She has a genuine enthusiasm for London and a great empathy with people. On a personal level I believe that this is a challenge, which she can achieve and get a lot of enjoyment and confidence from whilst helping others too.

My Favourite Tube Station

South Kensington has easy access to tubes and interesting because it has arcades and a tunnel to the museums (Natural History Museum, V&A etc).

Orlando is a North East London Resident

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Adrian shopping in Covent Garden

My London Tips

Keep to the right on the escalators on the tube; this really annoys residents when you don’t.

Try to avoid rush hour: 8-9 AM & 4.30–6.30 PM

Remember Londoners do not normally talk to strangers on the tube.

Get off the beaten track. Try Columbia Road Market & Broadway Market: within walking distance of the Olympic Park.

The Games: London 2012

I’m looking forward to the World coming to see this great City. Being able to be proud of London and the UK.

I’m Supporting Juliette Because…

…of her enthusiasm for the games. Also because of the interest and dedication she has put into finding out more about London and it’s people.

My London Highlight

The Tower of London. It’s so London! It resonates history. I visited last on my 40th Birthday with family.

My Favourite Tube Station

Westminster Station for the Jubilee Line extension. Cavernous, very modern & slick. It’s 21st Century.

Adrian is a North East London Resident and a Games Maker

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Bev and George the dog

My London Tips

Beware of passengers with their pull-along cases – they forget people are walking behind them, especially in a crowded tube station!

Remember to take your litter home with you.

Try and see the sights, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace to name a few.

Try and see A West End Musical or some Theatre – I loved War Horse!

The Games: London 2012

I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, which will be lovely and the friendships that will erupt. Meeting different nationalities and seeing everyone together. It’s going to be beautiful.

I’m Supporting Juliette Because…

She is lovely and extremely helpful to people. She has a caring nature and a wonderful attitude towards people. She loves Georgie too!

My London Highlight

When my family took me to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant  – it was just amazing food. And also to Fortnum & Mason for Afternoon Tea with my son and granddaughter.

My Favourite Station

I love Stratford because it’s a big modern station with lots of people and it’s a gateway to a very happy place  – Westfield Shopping Centre. Best shopping in London!

 Bev (Ex Restaurant Owner) & George are North East London Residents

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Cavendish Screen Shot 08.04.12

Screen shot taken from The Cavendish Hotel website 08.04.12

The Cavendish Hotel have very kindly agreed to support me for one night to enable me to attend Module 2 training at the end of April 2012.

Please read about My Stay at The Cavendish here.

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Geoff from Canton Social Media Surgery and Cardiff Blogs is helping now and then with WordPress advice

Gareth and Mike (Creatives) at Apple St Davids, Cardiff are giving me podcasting tips in our One to One sessions

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Big thanks to Orlando, Adrian, Emma, Chris, Colin and all the Londoners I have chatted with and met since January until now, over my visits to London for training, for taking time to share their knowledge of London with me. Your informal chats are invaluable for me as it helps my understanding of London grow. With M.E. it is impossible for me to explore everywhere, but having your descriptions helps me to help others.

Also to Victoria, Mr and Mrs Flute, Action For M.E. and Dan Phillips who have taken an active interest in this project – they have offered contributions and are spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook.


5 thoughts on “Supporters

  1. Juliette is a wonderful person, who gives herself tirelessly to the community. She will enhance the Olympic spirit for all national and international visitors she meets. She will also convey the spirit of the Welsh dragon and community of Canton, Cardiff in all that she achives. Juliette will capture the moment and transcribe it for our future generation.

  2. Hi John, wow thanks for your kind words and for reading, much appreciated. For once I am now lost for words. I am definitely going to have to get a Welsh flag to take with me now! Thanks for yours, Ceres’s and Eira’s enthusiasm about my London Ambassador role. I appreciate those talks 🙂

  3. A great blog Juliette – and all the best for your period of volunteering – From Angela (a fellow London Ambassador & ex. pat Celt too!)

  4. Pingback: New Supporters Page | Being a London Ambassador

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