(12 August 2012, Reaction to London 2012. Published in The Independent),
"The party spirit and togetherness caught me when I didn't expect it – on my
journey home from the Olympic Park. Packed into a hot overland train where us
Brits are normally stony-faced, pissed off and uncommunicative, I found that
practically everyone had launched into lively conversations and laughter about
their day. I had assumed that the group I was talking to had all arrived
together. I was wrong. They had met just an hour before in the queue for the
train. Will we all go back to ignoring each other when this is over?"