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Around Covent Garden – close up with Wenlock and Mandeville

Our Wenlock and Mandeville Discovery Trail took us around Covent Garden yesterday. I liked the ones we saw on this trail, but my favorite remains Cockney Wenlock. ๐Ÿ™‚

We completed all 6 Discovery Trails and should have caught all 83 Wenlock and Mandeville mascot sculptures. I have a feeling I may have missed one. I still have some time to get him…

I am sharing my favorite details of the Covent Garden mascots, Tourist Wenlock, Busker Wenlock, Chinatown Mandeville, Performer Wenlock and Spotlight Mandeville (who was literally standing under a spotlight).

Enjoy!

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London Landmark Wenlock and Mandeville

I told you there are 83 Wenlocks and Mandevilles all over London. I still haven’t seen them all. I better hurry, not sure how long after September 9th (end of Paralympics) they will be around. I really should bid for one in the Wenlock and Mandeville auction. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I am going to share a few sculptures with you of British landmarks that you should all be able to recognize…

The Red Bus Wenlock

The Telephone Box Wenlock

The Beefeater Mandeville

And my favorite from this series, the Queen’s Guard Wenlock

I think this one is the least scary of all the Wenlock and Mandeville sculptures that I have seen so far. He looks very peaceful, nearly cheerful even.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


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And then there is running…

You can’t be blamed for thinking I have given up on running. Let me assure you. I have not! The Olympics were just so much more fun to talk about.

Well, I did actually take a break after the British 10k. I sustained a back injury after the race and took a running break. I even went to see a physio therapist and he finally cleared me for running again last week.

I can’t say I didn’t workout during the Olympics. I walked miles and miles. I wish I had used my NIKE GPS to log the miles. My leg muscles are still going strong. ๐Ÿ™‚

I started on short runs this week 2x 20 minute runs and a 3-mile run. I am going to add another 3-4 mile run tomorrow. I have a half marathon coming up in October. I think it’s looking good.

However, I do want to change my workout routine a little and run fewer miles every week and spend more time on strength and speed training. Does anyone have some good tips here?

Today will be another walking day. Off to find more of my now beloved Wenlocks and Mandevilles. I found probably half of the 83 around. It’s time to look out for the other half.

These two inflatable Wenlock & Mandeville outside St Paul’s Cathedral don’t quite belong to the series, but isn’t this a pretty picture?

Inflatable Wenlock and Mandeville outside St Paul’s Cathedral


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So exhausted…

I didn’t want to go completely MIA at the tail end of the Olympics. But I am exhausted and need to keep the remaining energy for more fun Olympic activities. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been back at work this week, so it’s been a juggling of work, Olympics and the usual…

I have tons of pics still to share and I am getting to them. I promise!!

It’s been a whirlwind of activities: watching events live, watching them on TV, checking out the different illuminations in London (Tower Bridge and Houses of parliaments are great – if you live in London and you haven’t seen both at night yet, why are you still reading? Get out! ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

A lot of the countries have country villages/houses, that are usually open to the public (or at least part of it). Most country houses offer their local specialties (beer and bratwurst at the German House, raclette and roesti at the Swiss House, Bud at the USA House). Today we are going to try and find the Brazil House. We hope that this one will be fun to visit with a sneak preview of the Olympics 2016.

I hope to catch some more Wenlocks and Mandevilles on camera, too, today. I have got a small collection now.

Happy Olympics!


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Tourist Mandeville

My new favorite Olympic mascot sculptures (until I find Punk Wenlock…) is Tourist Mandeville.

Tourist Mandeville is located south of the river opposite Houses of Parliaments. Pretty cute. He resonates a lot with me probably because I have been exploring London and the Olympics like a tourist (I am at around 1000 photos…). It was a great decision to take some time off work to enjoy the Olympics.

Still searching for Punk Wenlock

Tourist Mandeville


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Aren't they adorable?

I told you they are growing on me. The Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, that is.

I found three more the other day, leaving me over 70 sculptures still to discover.

83 Wenlock and Mandeville sculptures are scattered around London on different Discovery Trails. My personal quest will be to find Punk Wenlock. Please keep an eye out for him and tell me when you find him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, in the meantime, I saw these:

Pirate Wenlock (my current favorite)

Pirate Wenlock

In case you are wondering, he is hiding next to the Golden Hinde.

St Paul’s Mandeville – you can guess where he is.

St Paul’s Mandeville

And then there is Marine Wenlock hanging out by the HMS Belfast.

Marine Wenlock

Aren’t they adorable?

 


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Wenlock and Mandeville – the scary mascots

I don’t know about you, but when I first saw the 2012 Olympic mascots I got scared. No kidding. The other day, two 10-year old girls sitting on the tube next to me looking at a poster with the mascots commenting on how scary they looked…

Hmmm, I am as easily scared as 10-year old girl? Where is this going…?

However, the stories about the mascots – or better Wenlock and Mandeville – are beautiful.

Wenlock (or Much Wenlock) is a small English town where in 1850 Dr William Penny Brookes initiated the Wenlock Olympian Games. Dr William Penny Brookes was later credited as having started the modern Olympic Games. Fun fact is that the Wenlock Olympian Games are still running every year in Much Wenlock.

Stoke Mandeville is another small English village where in 1948 neurologist and neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttmann started the Stoke Mandeville Games with patients from the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. 16 people competed in the first Stoke Mandeville Games and the event grew every year. It is said that these games were the forerunners of the Paralympics. In 1960 the first official Paralympics were held in Rome.

Given those beautiful stories I am surprised the artists couldn’t come up with some less scary looking mascots…

I am not sure what the deal is with the one eye? Maybe the two together are supposed to be one face? I am not sure…

Allegedly, the original mascots were created out of a droplet of the same steel that the stadium is made of. And they are based on a children’s story. Or was the story based on them? Either way, they are supposed to get children involved in the Olympic games and to interact with them.

In case you want to know what Wenlock and Mandeville are up to, naturally each of them has their own Twitter tweets you can follow.

And according to my extensive research, where you see their initial on their heads – that is supposed to look like a London taxi sign. Oh dear…

However, they are memorable and have been growing on me over the past months. And now that I see them everywhere I start to find them adorable even. ๐Ÿ™‚

Walking along Southbank last weekend, I saw these sculptures.

Rainbow Wenlock

Rainbow Wenlock – as seen on Southbank

Mandeville

Mandeville – as seen on Southbank

Arty Wenlock

Arty Wenlock – as seen on Southbank