THE TOYOLOGIST: Feeling the Olympic fever ? at last

Peter Jenkinson gets set for the Olympics.
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As a resident of South London the Olympics has been all around me for a while now.

It has caused a few minor inconveniences in my area and given the local press plenty of front pages about the fencing off of our local royal park and the sprucing up of graffiti filled walls.

Although I’ve largely ignored the Olympic excitement that’s currently touring the country I will admit it is great to see that the population seems to be backing Britain now, after some concern that it would be seen as a London games.

This week however I’ve become a total convert and am flying the flag.

Early in the week damned postie woke us up with his recognisable five second thumb on the doorbell style ring, I swear he thinks we’re hard of hearing. I bounded down the stairs (stumbled) crashing into the door and opened it to find him grinning at the chaos he knows he started with his silly bell pressing games. “Signed for sir” - ususally means it is something relatively important and not just an oversized package. And it was - my Olympic tickets. I had almost forgotten about this purchase.

So I am now the proud owner of two tickets to get into the aquatic centre. Are you thinking impressive diving with Tom Daly? World class sprint swimming?
Oh no people, I have the dream tickets in my possession – Synchronised swimming. It’s a pursuit that has always impressed me, there was an entry on Britains Got Talent in the last series, this is a sport going mainstream – Synchronised Swimmer Barbie, you can have that one for free, Mattel.

Then on Wednesday the technology folk of Griffin had an open day at their new flagship shop over at Westfield in Stratford.

I do love a bit of Westfield, mainly as there is a Lego shop and The Entertainer, so that’s a couple of hours I can always kill having a wander, but, pad in hand I had an opening to attend so walked with purpose to the Griffin outlet.

Decking the walls were entire ranges of chargers/music appcessories/cases/docking systems and much more. But they’ve also devoted and entire, and rather large space, to enable them to test fly, in safety, their Helo TC iPhone/Android controlled chopper.

Now I know little about retail from that side of the counter but I am betting this outlet isn’t cheap to rent and devoting such a large space to one product is a definite sign of commitment to the category and I for one wish Griffin every success in developing their technology know how and putting it into toys.

Now as soon as I get my Team GB Lego Minifigures the week will be complete.

Peter Jenkinson is devoting the next two weeks of his life to the appletics.co.uk event and is looking for 100 metre final tickets if anyone has them.

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