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Olympics Update – Six Golds!!! (Plus Photos)

Okay, first things first again:

Britain Took Six Golds Today!!! On the water, on the track, and in the velodrome… they're calling it the greatest day in British sporting history.

One thing that's been impossible not to notice is the extent to which the athletes, in their post-event interviews, gawp at the support of the crowd. I've heard phrases such as, "It was like having a third person in the boat with us" and "I've never heard anything like it in my life" and "the crowd just kept me going." Team GB a team effort, then.

And aside from that, the British athletes just routinely seem like such completely lovely people. Check out Jessica Ennis, heptathalon champion, and Mo Farah, winner of the 10,000m, just to pick a couple. Those pages have video of the finishes at top – listen to the roar! – and post-event interviews if you scroll down on the left. (*) We happen to have some lovely out-of-country guests this week, which has reminded me that a lot of you are watching this on NBC rather than the BBC, which I presume is a rather different experience.

We went and had a cruise around the various points of Olympic interest in Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (largely due to still not being able to get tix to the actual Olympic Park) and here are some photos.

A nice Swiss family on our street JESS!!! Canadia making its presence felt That's actually just the Korean Embassy, on Gloucester Road – above a police van from Manchester! Tent production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens Liev Schrieber, Naomi Watts, and GB-bedecked brood buying tickets (Anna does all the celebrity spotting for us) Team USA athlete in front of Kensington Palace? or just someone with merchandise? Swedes repasting in the Orangerie Russia Park turned out to just be kind of a cheesy kiddy play area… …though they at least did have a big screen for events Africa Village turned out to be mainly just a bunch tourist promotion booths… Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial …though they did have beer (I went and said hi to this other guy with divided loyalties) Proms! We're actually going tonight Sochi Park turned out to be a cheesy Russia boosterism thingy - but you could at least buy that stylin' Team Russia gear here! Sochi Park also provided a previously nonexistant view down Queen's Gate - 'positively Parisian' said Anna Team Italia!

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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