So, the Olympics London 2012 has started... Fabulous opening ceremony last night. Well done Danny Boyle and thousands of volunteers! My favourite bit was Mr Bean. He just cracks me up. But the whole evening was amazing.
I'm excited about my trip to London next week - though to be honest the whole Olympics thing hasn't up to now really had a lot of impact in this neck of the woods, apart from the brief passing of the Torch through the area. I think the Chinese athletes were based in Leeds for a while to acclimatise and train. In Manchester, they are hosting some of the Olympic football tournament at Old Trafford so there is a bit more of a buzz there.
Manchester is also now the home of a large section of the BBC, in its new headquarters in Media City, Salford Quays. It's an impressive regeneration project around the old docks on the Manchester Ship Canal. ITV Granada are also building new studios there, moving from central Manchester. If you look closely you can just about see the Olympic logo on the side of the building on the left.
Of course, most of the Olympics coverage comes direct from London. The BBC, along with other major broadcasters, have studios actually in the Olympics Park.