This is going to be a big post (you have been warned!)
The Paralympics have finished, having managed to outdo the Olympics which preceded them. The noise that greeted Peacock when he won 100m gold (in a race that was of such quality that the great Oscar Pistorius finished out of the medals) was far louder even than the noise that greeted the triumphs of Ennis, Farah and Bolt. David Weir brought the games to suitable conclusion by winning the wheelchair marathon, for his fourth gold of the games. Meanwhile in the pool, where the British olympians had been almost uniformly disappointing, there were some incredible moments. China dominated, as they dominated the overall medals table, but Ellie Simmons took two gold, a silver and a bronze medal from her four events, and established four new world records along the way.
Meanwhiile at the US Open, in spite of the tournament organisers worst efforts, which have led to a Monday finish (Murray vs Djokovic in the final tonight), the tennis itself has been magnificent. Laura Robson showed the sky is the limit for her by taking out two grand slam winners before finally losing a humdinger of a match to the defending champion. The women’s final last night was a quite superb match, Serena Williams winning 7-5 in the final set to confirm once again that whatever the rankings say she is the best in the world.
Saturday saw a double header of T20 cricket (there is another today), which started with England Women dismantling the West Indies (winning by eight wickets with over half of their overs to spare) but unfortunately the men could not match that against South Africa, losing emphatically.
Yesterday I got to have a look around the Red Mount Chapel, one of the buildings that was open was part of a heritage day. Inside it is quite astonishing, with all manner of curiosities (see the photos at the end of this piece).
The Support Group I run for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome will need to find a new meeting place because Norfolk County Council have cut the funding that Asperger East Anglia used to get for these groups. We will find a way to keep the group running (I have already been in touch with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and the Lynn News), but our current meeting room is too expensive to retain in these circumstances. Of course, AEA are being thoroughly supportive, and we will still be able to have regular visits from them once we have sorted out a new room.
Photos as usual…