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GIVEAWAY: it’s all about JAPAN

1st August 2021

Giveaway: it’s all about Japan.

With the Olympic Games 2020 in full swing, we thought you would love to dive into the culture of Japan with some top reads. We have chosen three great books to help you get under the skin of the country and they are accompanied by a Wimono, which is (can anyone guess?)…… a kimono for a wine bottle. It’s gorgeous, you never knew you needed one but you do now!

GIVEAWAY: it's all about JAPAN


The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley

In Tokyo – one of the world’s largest megacities – a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways.

But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers – from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo’s denizens, drawing them ever closer.

The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann. TR Jen Calleja

When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees – immediately, irrationally, inexplicably – for Japan.

In Tokyo he discovers the travel writings of the great Japanese poet Basho. Suddenly, from Gilbert’s directionless crisis there emerges a purpose: a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet to see the moon rise over the pine islands of Matsushima.

Along the way he falls into step with another pilgrim: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide. Together, Gilbert and Yosa travel across Basho’s disappearing Japan, one in search of his perfect ending and the other a new beginning.

Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.

Pure Invention by Matt Alt

The Walkman. Karaoke. Pikachu. Pac-Man. Akira. Emoji. We’ve all fallen in love with one or another of Japan’s pop-culture creations, from the techy to the wild to the super-kawaii. But as Japanese-media veteran Matt Alt proves in this brilliant investigation of Tokyo’s pop-fantasy complex, we don’t know the half of it.

Japan’s toys, gadgets, and fantasy worlds didn’t merely entertain. They profoundly transformed the way we live. In the 1970s and ’80s, Japan seemed to exist in some near future, soaring on the superior technology of Sony and Toyota while the West struggled to catch up. Then a catastrophic 1990 stock-market crash ushered in the ‘lost decades’ of deep recession and social dysfunction.

The end of the boom times should have plunged Japan into irrelevance, but that’s precisely when its cultural clout soared – when, once again, Japan got to the future a little ahead of the rest of us. Hello Kitty, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and multimedia empires like Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z were more than marketing hits. Artfully packaged, dangerously cute, and dizzyingly fun, these products made Japan the forge of the world’s fantasies, and gave us new tools for coping with trying times. They also transformed us as we consumed them – connecting as well as isolating us in new ways, opening vistas of imagination and pathways to revolution.

Through the stories of an indelible group of artists, geniuses, and oddballs, Pure Invention reveals how Japanese ingenuity remade global culture and may have created modern life as we know it. It’s Japan’s world; we’re just gaming, texting, singing, and dreaming in it.


GIVEAWAY: it's all about JAPANThis is UK entry only.

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  1. User: Beth2439

    Posted on: 20/08/2021 at 6:33 pm

    Of course all the GB medals, however the standout event for me is when Jamaican hurdler Hansle Parchment tracked down and thanked the Tokyo 2020 volunteer who paid his taxi fare to the Olympic Stadium after he took the wrong bus and got lost.


  2. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 17/08/2021 at 4:51 pm

    The winner is:



  3. User: vanessa bungey

    Posted on: 16/08/2021 at 9:03 am

    would love to visit Japan.


  4. User: angela lafortune

    Posted on: 15/08/2021 at 3:41 pm

    The main thing which I enjoyed about the Olympics is the celebration of humanity in which we leave our differences behind and the only thing which matters is human achievement via our love of doing sport.


  5. User: Chris Hindle

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 10:22 pm

    I have enjoyed the variety of sports in the Olympic games.


  6. User: craig Hindle

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 10:21 pm

    I have enjoyed team GB winning alot of medals in the Japan games.


  7. User: Sarah Swain

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve enjoyed watching live sport again, and seeing the athletes achieve their dreams.


  8. User: Jamie Butt

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 9:21 pm

    I loved seeing Tom Daley her his well deserved gold


  9. User: Elena

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 9:05 pm

    I loved to see that the gold medal was shared for the high jump 🙂 such a wonderful example of friendship and sportsmanship!


  10. User: Mamagill

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 8:35 pm

    Tom Daley for his long awaited Gold……and his knitting!


  11. User: Claire

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 7:51 pm

    I was particularly excited about the badminton, basketball and skateboarding. Such a great lineup of talent out there, and a great break from having Covid hog the news headlines for so long!


  12. User: Jcbrown86

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 7:17 pm

    My four year old daughter being amazed by the whole thing. Especially the diving and the BMX riding.


  13. User: Stephen Costa

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 7:11 pm

    Tom Daley


  14. User: CarolynE

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 6:57 pm

    I loved watching the ladies weight lifting, totally mesmerizing ! Incredible woman !


  15. User: Debora Parker

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 5:42 pm

    Loved watching the Olympics this year with all the family, we have all gotten behind team GB including as Tokyo theamed food party for the end


  16. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 4:26 pm

    Loved watching the diving x


  17. User: Margaret

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 4:10 pm

    I loved to see Adam Peaty swim and Tom Daley dive.

    So proud


  18. User: Adrian

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 3:52 pm

    I loved the swimming and diving, especially the Tom Daley wins.


  19. User: Lynne810

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t particularly enjoy the Olympic Games if I’m honest. However, I do find Japan and Japanese culture very interesting


  20. User: thecatwhisper

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 2:41 pm

    I didn’t see much of it to be honest, but I did watch Charlotte Worthington win the first ever BMX Freestyle Olympic gold. I remember watching BMX and skateboarding competitions over 20 years ago at Birmingham with a handful of people watching and now these are olympic sports.


  21. User: EllieMF

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 1:15 pm

    The modern pentathlon was my favourite part, Kate French was fantastic


  22. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 10:43 am

    The achievements of the athletes despite the resitrictions they have faced to get to Japan.


  23. User: da_outaouais

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 9:00 am

    On top of the stories of dedication about the lives of the athletes themselves, I was impressed with the determination to hold a workable Olympic games, by the organisers and hosts (the IOC, and governments of Tokyo and Japan), under unprecedentedly adverse conditions, to lift the morale of the whole planet.


  24. User: Chilledout

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 8:50 am

    I loved the team spirit which the athletes showed, which must have been difficult when they all trained sperately. The two men who shared the high jump gold was a stunning example of good sportsmanship.


  25. User: Tina

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 7:17 am

    Tom Daley knitting!


  26. User: Catlover12

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 4:45 am

    I enjoyed hearing the competitors stories and seeing their families supporting them.
    I love the olympics so much


  27. User: Rhodri

    Posted on: 14/08/2021 at 4:41 am

    I have loved getting emotionally involved in sports and the stories of people I know nothing about.


  28. User: Katherine McDonald

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 11:07 pm

    I always love watching the gymnastics.


  29. User: Boxfords

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 10:33 pm

    The Modern Pentathlon turned out to be my favourite event. Heartbreaking for the German competitor in the showjumping but so good to see Kate French overtake her rivals in the last event to take the gold!


  30. User: Lucy Wright-Booth

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 9:55 pm

    I always enjoy the mens gymnastics!


  31. User: shellee

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve really loved watching the extreme sports – BMX, skateboarding and climbing – definitely well worth staying up all night for!


  32. User: Michelle Turner

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve really loved watching the extreme sports – BMX, skateboarding and climbing – totally worth staying up all night for!


  33. User: pinklady123

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 7:23 pm

    I’ve loved watching the lesser-known sports, I became fascinated by the bmx!


  34. User: andyszym

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 7:13 pm

    Even though tennis is my favourite sport, I most enjoyed watching athletics. I liked the new mixed relay events which were fun.


  35. User: Emmajotara

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 6:55 pm

    I loved watching all the different countries compete and also see some new rising talent. I really enjoyed the swimming events (Tom Daley wow!), the athletics – especially the two men that shared the gold medal that was so heartwarming. But my favourite events were watching the Pentathlon and the rhythmic gymnastics – simply amazing!!


  36. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 6:00 pm

    I love the wide variety of sports in the Olympics but very disappointed by the little I was able to see because we only have Freeview TV


  37. User: aspella

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve enjoyed seeing footage of the competitors family and friends celebrating back in the UK despite the majority of the live coverage being broadcast early in the morning.


  38. User: Sarai

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 1:12 pm

    I enjoyed watching the live marathon & some of the other sports where you got to see parts of the cities where they took place.


  39. User: Karen R

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 11:52 am

    I just love watching the traditional sports, like swimming and athletics, interspersed with the fun new ones, like Skateboarding and rock climbing, with all the ups and downs, and the drama of it all


  40. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 10:12 am

    The delight on Keely Hodgkinson’s face when she realised she had broken Dame Kelly Holmes’ British record was priceless


  41. User: Alison Macdonald

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 8:12 am

    Love seeing the effort & determination put in by all of the GB team! Favourite was tears from Tom Daley- amazing!!


  42. User: Martha

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 8:06 am

    I enjoyed watching the swimming and the diving.


  43. User: Daphne1

    Posted on: 13/08/2021 at 8:04 am

    I just loved watching all those amazing people, and everyday the news on the radio announced the triumphs of the day. I am so looking forward to The Paralympics


  44. User: mumliz

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 6:30 pm

    ive really enjoyed the diving


  45. User: zeenie

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 6:17 pm

    ive loved the gymnastics


  46. User: Sheri

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 6:00 pm

    I enjoyed the huge variety of sports


  47. User: TheBlackLodge

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 1:10 pm

    Loved the camaraderie between the athletes – the two guys who decided they should both get the high jump gold medal were so inspiring! And also the amazing young women taking part in the skateboarding.


  48. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 12:01 pm

    I always enjoy the parade at the opening ceremony. I love to see the happiness of the athletes and the enthusiasm of the volunteers who manage to jig on the spot for hours! Sports-wise I love the gymnastics.


  49. User: hannafore

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 10:00 am

    I really enjoyed watching Tom Daley and Matty Lee win their gold medals, during the men’s synchronised 10 metre platform.


  50. User: hughese

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 9:48 am

    I enjoyed the equestrian events most and the diving.


  51. User: Chrissiewad

    Posted on: 12/08/2021 at 7:33 am

    I enjoyed watching everyone do their best and achieving so much.


  52. User: aligiraffe

    Posted on: 11/08/2021 at 8:02 pm

    I have really enjoyed the swimming & I always watch the cycling.


  53. User: JRGomis

    Posted on: 11/08/2021 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the whole thing


  54. User: linby

    Posted on: 10/08/2021 at 11:52 am

    I loved seeing Japan again when the cameras followed the cyclists, it brought back so many memories. I also loved the gymnastics especially the floor work.


  55. User: angela1212

    Posted on: 10/08/2021 at 10:25 am

    I enjoyed the diving and swimming


  56. User: RachelEHBlythe

    Posted on: 10/08/2021 at 6:17 am

    I’ve loved the fact that everyone was really down on the whole thing before it started, but despite the obvious set-backs, Japan gave everyone a spectacular event, and the whole world got behind it. Well done Japan!


  57. User: andyi

    Posted on: 09/08/2021 at 2:52 pm

    I have enjoyed the swimming


  58. User: John Rossington

    Posted on: 09/08/2021 at 1:19 pm

    The celebration of diversity was a joy to behold. It was a carnival of inclusivity was heart warming


  59. User: Tigger

    Posted on: 08/08/2021 at 4:38 pm

    Watching the cycling: the men’s road race; the women’s road race; the men’s TT; and then all of the track cycling.


  60. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 08/08/2021 at 2:43 pm

    Have really enjoyed the diving x


  61. User: David Reeves

    Posted on: 08/08/2021 at 1:46 pm

    The unexpected successes and failures – but just grateful for the distraction right now!


  62. User: Julie Camm

    Posted on: 08/08/2021 at 11:55 am

    I enjoyed the opening ceremony and the tennis.


  63. User: tdeakin

    Posted on: 08/08/2021 at 10:08 am

    seeing the increased popularity of skateboarding


  64. User: TP21

    Posted on: 08/08/2021 at 7:51 am

    The sheer joy of the athletes and their camaraderie once the competion is over


  65. User: Tony

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 9:05 pm

    The skateboarding has been awesome


  66. User: Ellie Wood

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed the diving, always become an armchair expert!


  67. User: TJ12

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 8:10 pm

    Seeing the good nature of everyone involved.


  68. User: Heather N

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 6:06 pm

    Together with my young daughter, I have really enjoyed the level of coverage and interest in women’s sport. She’s been really inspired by all the female athletes.


  69. User: claire woods

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 5:21 pm

    Hearing about all the medals we have won.


  70. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 4:42 pm

    The weird sports – dancing horses and the synchronised swimming!


  71. User: sugarland

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 4:06 pm

    The most enjoyable part about watching the Olympics is the pride that competitors take when winning (with a notable few exceptions). All the hard work they put in and the pain when they get injured – I feel their pain. Still only 3 years to the next Olympics!!!


  72. User: dana

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 2:19 pm

    I enjoyed watching the swimming


  73. User: Lisa D

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve loved seeing Team GB win lots of medals! I’ve particularly enjoyed watching Tom Daley in the diving, Max Whitlock in the gymnastics and
    Adam Peaty in the swimming.


  74. User: gelf

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 1:55 pm

    Got my wife hooked and don’t have to watch Corrie or Eastenders for a fortnight


  75. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve loved watching the diving!


  76. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 11:02 am

    For me it has to be the Rugby sevens.


  77. User: Dottie

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 10:37 am

    The bmx racing. Dont usually watch it but I was on the edge of my seat


  78. User: Chris Andrews

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 10:28 am

    l have enjoyed the athletics the most


  79. User: Topaz

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 10:19 am

    I’ve loved watching the swimming


  80. User: Suzanne

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 10:03 am

    I have really enjoyed watching new sports such as surfing and skaeboarding in the lympics, which opens the games up to a wider audience and scope of competitors.


  81. User: 2005zena

    Posted on: 07/08/2021 at 9:38 am

    I have enjoyed the swimming and diving the most,great team GB effort


  82. User: atticusfinch1048

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 6:28 pm

    the swimming


  83. User: Annette Oliver

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 6:26 pm

    The swimming


  84. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 5:28 pm

    Keely Hodgkinson’s face wheb she claimed a stunning 800m silver medal at the Olympics and broke the British record


  85. User: PearlDavison

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 4:23 pm

    Tom Daley’s knitting!


  86. User: bopper

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 3:21 pm

    the diving for me has been great to watch


  87. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed just how many events there, there’s been something for the whole family. I’ve particularly enjoyed watching the diving.


  88. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 06/08/2021 at 1:25 pm

    Love that there are so many different events and sports. I never thought that I would enjoy watching skateboarding and find it so thrilking


  89. User: booker talk

    Posted on: 05/08/2021 at 8:41 pm

    What a fantastic bundle – they all sound good but I’m really drawn to Pure Invention.

    I loved the first ever mixed triathlon event. It had individual achievement but also a tremendous team spirit. The stamina of those athletes is astonishing but the fact that they have prowess in three different disciplines is mind blowing.


  90. User: Becca0706

    Posted on: 05/08/2021 at 6:42 pm

    Simone Biles getting a bronze medal despite the setbacks she’s faced!


  91. User: MavD6

    Posted on: 05/08/2021 at 4:29 pm

    Has to be Tom Daley knitting so wholesome.


  92. User: Tunde

    Posted on: 05/08/2021 at 4:13 pm

    It’s a festival of sport, jam-packed with exciting events. Love the stunning design of the Olympic cauldron and how it was lit. The glimpses of the beautiful scenery of Japan at the outdoor races.


  93. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 05/08/2021 at 1:02 pm

    I loved seeing the families at home supporting the athletes, very emotional. The men re-lay swimming was fantastic


  94. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 04/08/2021 at 9:55 pm

    Tom Daley knitting during the women’s final


  95. User: Katheryn Thompson

    Posted on: 04/08/2021 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve loved seeing the athletes supporting each other – Kye Whyte cheering on Bethany Shriever, Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi agreeing to share gold


  96. User: MrsJ2000

    Posted on: 04/08/2021 at 3:45 pm

    The swimming and the diving


  97. User: Amy

    Posted on: 04/08/2021 at 11:21 am

    watching the gymnastics!


  98. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 04/08/2021 at 10:59 am

    I’ve enjoyed watching sports that I don’t usually watch – like the skateboarding, BMX,


  99. User: Francis Lee

    Posted on: 04/08/2021 at 10:33 am

    I have most enjoyed team GB performances. Very proud


  100. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 11:28 pm

    Great Brits WINNING golds!


  101. User: Daida89

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 9:54 pm

    Artistic Gymnastics is our favourite


  102. User: shane weir

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:59 pm

    I love love loved the bmx’ing


  103. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:06 pm

    Hello, I like hearing how many medals we have won!


  104. User: Marc Neal

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:00 pm



  105. User: Theresa

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed the swimming, Adam peaty lives in our local town.


  106. User: hgjhfhg

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 6:55 pm

    Seeing the huge age range of competitors has been really inspiring!


  107. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 5:45 pm

    The emotional reaction to wining a medal always gets me. I love seeing all their hard work and dedication paying off.


  108. User: Yvonne@FictionBooks

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 5:26 pm

    Hubbie isn’t a big sports fan, so the collective ‘sigh’ has gone up every time I have actually tried to watch the sport, but the swimming and equestrian events really fired my imagination and patriotism.

    Some of the small ‘non sporting’ events have also captured my attention – Krystsina Tsimanouskaya managing to evade the Belarus authorities – Tom Daley knitting in the audience as he watched the diving – the sheer joy of the British female weight-lifter winning her medal – the many personal moments of sporting achievement, whether medal winners or not!

    Apparently a ‘Wimono’ is supposed to be a floral wall hanging, but from your picture I’m not convinced about that one!


  109. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve really been enjoying all of the live coverage and highlights. It means there’s alway something on the telly worth watching!


  110. User: Sarah Wray

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 2:39 pm

    The bmx biking was a surprise treat, plus I always enjoy watching the gymnastics!


  111. User: YOLANDA DAVIS

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 1:09 pm

    The best part was Tom Daley getting a gold medal


  112. User: Ollyisagudun

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 12:41 pm

    When the two high jumpers agreed to share the gold medal. Great sportsmanship.


  113. User: Carol Greenfield

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 12:30 pm

    Loving it all but the track cycling is always
    pretty special.


  114. User: Gul Akkaya

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 9:58 am

    Gymnastics were pretty amazing for us.


  115. User: Marycarol

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 9:49 am

    Loved the gymnastics


  116. User: Fuchsia

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 9:34 am

    I don’t normally watch any sport but caught some parts of the Olympics while I’ve been in hospital waiting rooms for appointments. It occurred to me that it’s really good for any girls who have been watching it to see women on TV who are being celebrated for their achievements, strength and determination rather than their beauty. I also found it inspiring how some of the womens teams have been rebelling against what seem to be quite sexist clothing rules.


  117. User: RobZZ

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 9:03 am

    England winning gold


  118. User: greenaliens

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 9:00 am

    The weight lifting – especially our girl getting a silver medal!


  119. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:59 am

    Swimming and Athletics


  120. User: mummydinosaur

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:58 am

    Loving the track cycling this morning- always a favourite of ours. I don’t feel we’ve seen enough (or indeed any) of Japan itself sadly.


  121. User: anne09

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:01 am

    I’ve loved watching the swimming


  122. User: anne09

    Posted on: 03/08/2021 at 8:01 am

    The swimming


  123. User: Bethany Irons

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 10:50 pm

    The skateboarding and BMX events. It great to see more modern sports that can often have a negative stigma be embraced in such a positive way.


  124. User: Kathleen marsden

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve loved the swimming. It’s been awesome watching them do so well


  125. User: becksta75

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve enjoyed all the Team GB medal performances but mostly I was so pleased for Tom Daley after all he has been through


  126. User: 2janes

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve enjoyed watching everyone compete and being incredibly positive despite the risks and conditions. The competitors, coaching staff and volunteers are all under a lot of pressure and with their careful preparation denied due to the pandemic but everyone just gets on with it and does their best.


  127. User: walk1992

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 9:03 pm

    The swimming


  128. User: blt

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:53 pm

    Without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite has been the photos of Tom Daley poolside with his knitting!


  129. User: lolamia

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:49 pm

    The BMXing!


  130. User: Pin King Mouse

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:45 pm

    Seeing the two male high jumpers share their gold medal.


  131. User: stephanie tsang

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:42 pm

    I have enjoyed watching the Olympic Games with my two children. This is the first year that they have both been really interested in the games.


  132. User: Jimmy Milligan

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:36 pm

    Some of the stories behind the athletes are amazing.


  133. User: greench9202

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:29 pm

    the excitement of swimming


  134. User: Fleur Moody

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:19 pm

    Watching the gymnastics and the twin girls from GB that are only 16
    So brave and inspirational


  135. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:08 pm

    Tom Daley knitting has won the Olympics for me!


  136. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 5:32 pm

    My favourites in the Olympics are always the same – gymnastics & synchronised diving!
    Watching these makes me want to be 10 again, when I could do cartwheels, somersaults & backflips off the diving board!


  137. User: Emma Barham

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 3:24 pm

    Stories behind the athletes journeys. Team GB BMX medal winners who self funded their olympic dream. Simone Biles being open about her struggles and stepping back from competing. And Tom Daly doing his knitting!


  138. User: Karen hutchinson

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 2:30 pm

    Loved it all – the team gb bmx team were amazing and lovely to see us competing and winning in the swimming too – loved the mixed triathlon too


  139. User: Rozws

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 12:53 pm

    I am loving the Tokyo games especially the new events. I particularly enjoyed watching the successful male and triathletes and make and female swimmers in the relays.


  140. User: Debbie Hall

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the immense sportsmanship that’s been happening during these games. Winning is fab but it isn’t everything. Oh, and Tom Daley finally winning his gold medal. I loved his tears in the podium and the images of him knitting.


  141. User: Tom Ruffles

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 8:39 am

    I don’t actually follow sport and have no interest, so it is difficult to say anything about the events. What I have enjoyed most so far is the sight of Krystsina Tsimanouskaya standing up against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus. As someone who has visited that country, I am pleased that once again the international spotlight is being shone on the repressive nature of its government.

    Oh, and props to the Norwegian women’s volleyball players.


  142. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 7:34 am

    I just love to see the inspirational positive attitude of the contestants and all countries getting on together. The inclusivity of it all.


  143. User: Michelle Ptak

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 7:06 am

    Being a competitive swimmer when I was younger and representing England & GB I know how much work goes into the sport, I have loved watching the swimming and Adam Peaty’s swim was special.


  144. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 02/08/2021 at 6:20 am

    I’m enjoying the track and field at the moment, although I’m going to be away from home for a few days and will miss most of it. The women’s triple jump was amazing, that final jump was like watching somebody fly!


  145. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 01/08/2021 at 9:30 pm

    It has to be the success of the BMX team. Seeing the joy on the faces of Kye Whyte and Bethany Shriever was fantastic. Fabulous for them and the nation.


  146. User: Janine

    Posted on: 01/08/2021 at 8:02 pm

    I love watching the swimming x


  147. User: philatel

    Posted on: 01/08/2021 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve loved it all – even sport I wouldn’t normally watch. Have really enjoyed the BMX yesterday and today and also looking forward to Sky Brown and the skateboarding.


  148. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 01/08/2021 at 7:00 pm

    So hard to choose one thing! But I will plump for the hockey – and one reason is the respect the players have for the referees unlike footballers.


  149. User: Sally75

    Posted on: 01/08/2021 at 6:32 pm

    I have loved watching the tennis best but I have loved and seeing proudly how many medals we have been winning I have loved seeing how everyone has come together as a nation


  150. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 01/08/2021 at 5:22 pm

    Defo for me it is seeing sports that aren’t usually televised – e.g. BMX and then the non-stop variety of everything that is going on. Such a great viewing experience and the sportsmanship is out of this world. The athletes could teach footballers a few things!


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