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Helen awarded Silver for purple prose

Ann Fazakerley presents Helen Warren with the London 2012 £5 coin.The Olympian efforts of Dr Helen Warren in the field of blogging were rewarded with the presentation of a special piece of silverwear this week. Helen, a Research Assistant in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics at the School, provided a commentary throughout the London 2012 Games for the Chariot news blog, sharing her experiences as both a volunteer and spectator. Read more

Inspiring views from the Paralympics

So farewell then, the London 2012 Paralympics. But there were many moments to savour and inspirational stories. Here are a few photos from Paula Fentiman's day at the Paralympics: On the right is a shot of the Paralympic emblem, arranged on the grass on the side of the Aquatics Centre at the Stratford site. Read more

Dancing dinner lady at Closing Ceremony

On 12 August 2012 our Equality & Diversity Manager, Hilary Lowe, made history by performing in the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Hilary put aside all thoughts of equality policies, schemes and strategies and instead became a dancing dinner lady for the night - even appearing as a backing dancer for boyband One Direction! Read more

An interview with Tapani Parm

Throughout London 2012, Maria Ramos has been working as a volunteer for Finnish broadcasting company, Yle. Here she speaks to Tapani Parmc, chief director for the international integrated signal for the Athletics at London 2012... During the last few days of the Games the banter in the broadcast van goes on relentlessly. There is a lot of laughter and witty humour over the headphones between the crew in the van and the cameramen in the field of play. Read more

Olympic withdrawal

I watched the closing ceremony from home, was teary eyed and cheered every mention of appreciation for the volunteers. I have a new housemate and I'm certain I kept her awake until the end of the ceremonies. I have to thank London for so many things. London is where I have experienced many firsts, staying away from family, house hunting, job interviews... and the city has given me a chance to take part in London 2012 - something that is truly once in a lifetime. Read more

Celebratory trumpets at the quarter-finals

When applying to be a volunteer at London 2012 you can choose the venues you would like to work at. I chose the Olympic Park and Wembley Stadium. If you are lucky and are assigned a good team leader, you have a better chance of finding some empty seats in the stands once the event has started. Read more

Politicians must make the most of London 2012 success

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, shares his thoughts on London 2012 so far... Something quite remarkable has happened to me in the past 10 days. Normally I find televised sport barely more exciting than watching paint dry and I share Dr Samuel Johnson's view that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Yet, somehow, I've found myself avidly watching sports events that, if I knew they existed (omnium, keirin?) I certainly didn’t understand the rules. Now I'm even beginning to understand what the judges are looking for in gymnastics, beyond not falling off the apparatus. So what has happened? Read more

Girls day out at the Olympic Park

On Monday 6 August I went with my mum to see the Synchronised Swimming at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre. Together with rhythmic gymnastics, it is one of the only two Olympic 2012 events for women only – a good excuse for a girls day out! We made a full day of it, arriving at Stratford by 9am, and leaving at 8.30pm. I would have happily stayed longer in fact. Read more

Asian countries excel at table tennis

On Super Saturday (4 August), my husband and I went to the Excel arena to watch the morning Table Tennis Session. This was the second part of the Men’s Team Round One matches. There were 16 countries in the competition battling it out for a place in the quarter-finals. Team GB had already played their match the previous evening and lost against Portugal, so sadly we didn’t get the opportunity to cheer on Team GB. Read more

Super Saturday at the Olympics

Ruth McNerney currently works in the Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology as a senior lecturer. She is also a trustee of TB Alert, the UKs national (and international) TB charity that is working to support TB patients in East London. She was at the Olympic Park for 'Super Saturday'... Read more