It's not often that I think or even say that I'm proud to be British, but this was one of those days. I was lucky enough to see the Olympic Heroes Parade this morning (it went right past the bottom of the street where my office is located).
There was a marching band from the Household Cavalry (I think?) which set just the right tone. The sun was also shining really brightly and just added to the overall atmosphere - I was also amazed at how many people made the effort to leave their desks.
12 full floats filled with all the sportsmen and women who took part in the Olympics and Paralympics, 61 golds, 42 silvers and 46 bronzes - if there was a ever a good reason to celebrate, I can't think of one!
First up, I got a shot of local Hackney boy, Phillips Idowu, who won a silver medal in the Men's Triple Jump - love the fact that he's so nervous about keeping his medal safe that he's holding it rather than wearing it around his neck!
Then, we have the most successful British Olympian in a single Games - the absolutely fantastic Chris Hoy with his haul of three gold medals - it was just fantastic watching on the cycling track, no-one could touch him. And he seemed so happy to be there.
I missed getting a shot of Rebecca Adlington (which was the real reason I went down there), but all in all, not a bad way to pass your lunchtime break!