Mmmm, as someone who has worked in licensing and merchandising for an Olympics I am well aware of the restrictions around who can produce Official Retail Merchandise. That means I shouldn't even be giving the products below a second glance, but... they make me smile.
When I'm not cooking breakfast, cleaning rooms, gardening or kayaking this is where I'll be. In front of the TV. Watching the Olympics.
Athletes or events I'm most looking forward to seeing:
Pretty much any event with Aussies in it. Although between CTV, NBC, TSN, etc etc there's not much coverage of the Australians.
Kohei Uchimura - mens gymnastics. An awesome gymnast from Japan who was favourite to win 5 gold medals. He didn't get off to a good start falling of the bars.
Oksana Chusovitina - women's gymnastics. At 37 this is her 5th Olympics She also competed in the 92, 96, 2004 and 2008 Games, winning Team Gold in 92 and Silver on the vault in 08.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings - Beach Volleyball. Gold medal winners in 2004 and 2008. Can they threepeat?
Roger Federer - one of the greatest tennis players ever. He's never won Olympic gold in the men's singles in three previous games (2000, 2004 and 2008).
Track and Field and the Marathon - I don't know many (if any) of the Australian team anymore. But it's still my favourite sport.
Sally Pearson - Australian hurdler. Current World Champion, silver medalist in 2008. Until recently she was undefeated in 2012.
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake - sprinters from Jamaica. Or will another sprinter take them both out.
Roman Sebrle - decathlete. Silver medalist in Sydney 2000 and gold in Athens 2004. First decathlete to score over 9000 points. Suffered a potentially career ending injury in 2007 when a javelin punctured his shoulder.
My favourite events to watch:
Track and field
Cycling - track and road
I have a bunch of old, not vintage just old biscuit tins that I use for all sorts of junk. There's an Arnotts bus that now contains my collection of wine corks. A toy shop tin with R. Wilson on the awning that is full of girl guide and athletic pins. A Tim Tam tin holds coupons and membership cards. My Mum and Dad store tea bags in my tins from Tokyo Disneyland.
I need more biscuit tins like I need a hole in the head. But these three appeal to me. I'm sure I could find a use for them. Pity I'm not going to London anytime soon.
This is the Jubilee tin from Marks & Spencer
This is also from Marks and Spencer. It's covered in London landmarks most of which I have been to.
The red phone booth has typical London characters on each of the four sides. This was their 2011 Christmas tin
This bus is a chocolate tin, and it's really small. It's very cute. It could hold all that loose change in my car.