I'm pleased to see so many of this year's Olympians and Paralympians included in the 2013 New Year Honours List, especially Ellie Simmonds who now has an OBE to add to her MBE. All the Honours are very well deserved, and 2012 must surely go down in history as the greatest year ever for British sport.
See the full list of Olympic and Paralympic Honours here:
Here is a phenomenal 17 minute piece of footage from the Olympics Opening Ceremony taken with a hidden camera worn by one of the "working men and women" during the Industrial Revolution section. It's the part where they build the five Olympic rings and includes all the in-ear instructions received by the participants.
For anyone who loves to know what goes on behind the scenes at such massive choreographed events, it's a real eye (and ear!) opener. Once it got going, I found it to be totally addictive!
Yes it's another video made by the same guy on his channel OlympicHiddenCamera, excellent.
I have the BBC box set of their Olympic coverage, including the entire Opening Ceremony, so last night I was able to synchronize that and the 21 minute hidden camera footage and audio, it added a new dimension to the DVD!
But I couldn't stop at that, I ended up watching the entire opening ceremony again, 12 months on, it brought back some nice memories! But when Emeli Sandé sang Abide With Me, nice though it was, I couldn't help but think Hayley would have done it even better.