Saturday, 30 August 2014

Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Eight

Welcome to Part Eight of my Clyde-Sider series.

I have (mostly) written these posts as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts (or a day or two after).  I hope you enjoy the tales of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!!

The 24th July was a busy day for me.  It was very tiring, as Hannah & I didn't get back from Glasgow until after midnight after the Opening Ceremony on the 23rd.  It was up nice and early to get through to Glasgow again in time for the Netball.  I had never been to a proper netball match before so it was really interesting.  We had really good seats, a few rows from the front, behind one of the nets.  The first game was Malawi v Northern Ireland, which Malawi won, and then Australia v Wales, which Australia won.  Unfortunately we had to leave a little early as both Hannah and I were on late shifts.  Canada won their first medals!  A silver in the women's triathlon for Kirsten Sweetland, and a gold in the pool for Ryan Cochrane.  I re-did Gillian's nails, as the decals came off because we didn't top coat them.  This time I freehanded some maple leaves.


Gillian's nails.
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Seven

Welcome to Part Seven of my Clyde-Sider series.

I have (mostly) written these posts as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts (or a day or two after).  I hope you enjoy the tales of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!!

Wow... I'm on to part SEVEN already, and it's only just the Opening Ceremony!  Here are some pictures from my shift.  I was on a late shift, so I watched the Opening Ceremony from Team Canada HQ!  It was a great shift, as the Village was buzzing.  Susan Nattrass was chosen to be the Team Canada flag bearer.  With the rest of the team wearing their awesome tartan trousers - Canada tartan, the 4 colours of the maple leaf during the year!! - she wore a special kilt!
I applied nail decals to Gillians nails, and we all put on Canadian flag temporary tattoos.
It was amazing just how many Canadians there were in the team.  To see them all gathering together ready for the ceremony was fantastic!  Whilst watching the Canadians gathering, we saw a few other teams all looking really smart in their Ceremonies kit.  There was such a great atmosphere!  From the back of Canada HQ we could see Team Scotland gathering too, we were quite lucky where Canada were based in the Village as there was a good view of a large part of the Village, and also when the Red Arrows went across, we were able to see, and also when the fireworks were happening, we could just about see the top of them and they lit up the whole sky.

Below are some of the photographs I took on the 23rd July - aka Opening Ceremony day!!

Canadian Flag-Bearer:
Susan Nattrass
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Six - RADIO ONE BREAKFAST SHOW LIVE

July 22nd was a long day for me.  I was up really early so that Hannah & I could get to Glasgow for 8am, and I had a late shift after the Breakfast Show!!

The BBC were hosting a number of radio and TV shows at the Quay in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games.  Most shows were balloted.  I was lucky enough to get two tickets in the ballot for the Radio One Breakfast Show Live.   The guests on Nick Grimshaw's show were: Clare Balding, Professor Green, Ella Eyre, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans, Gemma Gibbons, Kelly Edwards, Megan Fletcher (England, Judo), Steph Owens (Wales, Weightlifting), Josh Taylor (Scotland, Boxing), Luke Carson (Northern Ireland, Gymnastics), Jason Mohammad & Trevor Nelson.  Clare Balding was lovely, and spoke to Hannah and I about our volunteering, and Luke Carson told us to visit team Northern Ireland in the Village!

Hannah & I.
Luke Carson & I.
Clare Balding & I.
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

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Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Five


Welcome to Part Five of my Clyde-Sider series.



I have written these as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts (or a day or two after).  I hope you enjoy the tales of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!!


My second 'day one' wasn't too stressful, as Hannah was starting her shift at exactly the same time as me so drove in. I went to the Service's Centre to check in as normal, but this time I wasn't staying. I asked for directions to Team Canada's part of the village.... however, I found the map of the village hard to work out... so in the end I set off in the general direction of Canada, just looking for Canadian flags. I found it really quickly - it was a lot closer to the Service's Centre than I knew!! Most of the other Team Canada CGA Assistant Clyde-Siders had started the day before, but they were all accepting of me, the newcomer!  After introducing myself to everyone I met, I had my first task! We had to place all of the cyclists gear in their rooms. After sorting out my shifts, I helped to decorate the portacabin with solar powered light, flags and banners.  Day one with team Canada was definitely busier than my previous day one!  After all the decorating, all the Clyde-Siders who were on duty, and I, went along to the International Zone to see the Opening Ceremony for the Village.  The National Youth Theatre put on a great show, followed by Village Chieftain #1 Gavin Hastings formally welcoming everybody to the Village.

On the 14th I had a day off, the only day off that both Hannah & I had together!  We went to check out the new Wetherspoons in Stirling, only to be told it was opening in a few days.. oops!  So we went to Filling Station for some yummy food.  After having a look round the shops, it was back to Hannah's to chill out and relax.

Vincent (Team Canada Attache) & I
Suzie & I

The next few days went by quite quickly.  Not too much happened, however, on the 15th I painted maple leaves on the pavement outside the Team Canada portacabin.  The team had requested one of the builders who were still in the village doing finishing touches, to have some maple leaves in the cement which was quite cool... and then Suzie and I set about painting them - all without a paintbrush!!  We had 'Q-tips' (cotton buds) and sponges though, which got the job done - just not quite as precisely as I would have liked.  They did look really cool though.  Suzie had to go out for a drive, so I was left to crack on with finishing them off, and giving them a second coat.
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Four

Welcome to Part Four of my Clyde-Sider series.

I have written these as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts (or a day or two after), but I am only posting them now that the Games are over due to media rules and me airing on the side of caution - didn't want to get 'sacked' before my role even started (haha)!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the ups (and downs) of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!

Tuesday 8th July 2014 aka DAY ONE!
CGA Assistant Mobile!
I was quite pleased I was on a late shift the first day, as I don't particularly like early mornings, so this was great to get into the swing of things.  I felt proud when I put on my uniform, however, I felt very obvious on my way in to Glasgow as there were not many people on shift this far from the beginning of the Games.  I managed to get to the Village without any problems, phew!  Once inside, I was given my first 'reward & recognition' gift - a bag with a towel in, and a 'thank you' wristband.  I also received my CGA mobile phone, which was a Nokia 109.  We had to set up the phones, which was actually a lot harder than it sounds because the backs were really hard to get off!  Once that was all done, we were ready to begin.  We were shown how to scan accreditations so that we could check people in for their shifts.  Apart from that, nothing much of note happened.  It was a nice easy shift to start off with!

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Current Tunes.

Right now, I have several songs that I cannot get out of my head.  Also, when I hear them, I just want to stop everything and sing along!  Most of these songs were on the radio in Hannah's car on the way to our shifts in the Commonwealth Games Village, so are combined with good memories!  I also saw Naughty Boy & Sam Romans perform Home live, which was awesome.  I still think he sounds a little like Sam Smith when I hear the song though!

These are the songs:

Charli XCX - Boom Clap

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
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Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Three

Welcome to Part three of my Clyde-Sider series.

I have written these as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts, but I am only posting them now that the Games are over due to media rules and me airing on the side of caution - didn't want to get 'sacked' before my role even started (haha)!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the ups (and downs) of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!

Uniform and Accreditation: This was one of the days I was most looking forward to!  After seeing the uniform at orientation, I was so excited to finally get to try it on and get my own!  It is even better than I expected!  My favourite item is the soft shell jacket and I will definitely be wearing it after the Games have finished.  When I returned home, I donned my uniform and had a photoshoot with my mum being the photographer... She took over 100 photographs!  I knew I had to get at least one decent photo as I had to send one in for a BBC article! Here is the article!!


Photoshoot for Programme:  So, I kept this a secret when I posted about the photoshoot before, but seeing as I am writing this to post after the Games, I can say what I was being photographed for.  I was asked by the media team if I would like to be featured in one of the Commonwealth Games programmes as "Clyde-Sider of the day"!  So I headed to Glasgow to meet up with Shiona from the programme team and photographer Willie Vass!  Katherine was also in Glasgow for the shoot and we ended up having our photo's taken together.  I felt like quite a celebrity having my picture taken in Central Station.  We moved around a bit, having pictures taken in the pop up shop, in front of the countdown clock, next to the shop and outside the station!

Afterwards, Katherine and I went to see the 'Big G' with Michael who was also on the shoot.  It was SO wet, I just hope the weather is better for the Games!  We managed to get some respite from the pouring rain when we met up with Lindsay at Central Station and went for a wee drink.  It was so nice to catch up with both Katherine and Lindsay.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

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Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Two

Welcome to Part two of my Clyde-Sider series.


I have written these as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts, but I am only posting them now that the Games are over due to media rules and me airing on the side of caution - didn't want to get 'sacked' before my role even started (haha)!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the ups (and downs) of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!


Orientation: Katherine (from media day) and I shared a hotel the night before orientation, as it was too far for us both to travel up to Glasgow for an early start.  We met up with Kate & Lindsay (also from media day) the evening before orientation as it was the perfect time for a catch up.  This was a lovely evening and it was great to catch up with such friendly people.  We all met in the Counting House - funny story number one, Kate texted the wrong number when she thought she was texting Linsday to say she had arrived (she even received a reply: "Counting House?") - and then went to an Italian restaurant, Amarone.  I opted for a starter as I knew a main would be far too big, however, mine looked bigger than the mains.  It was delicious though!  We finished by asking the friendly waiter to take a picture of us all, using Lindsay's phone.  He couldn't work it, and ended up taking over 50 photos without flash... So I gave him my iPod and showed him how to work it (twice), he took 18 photos without flash and eventually, one photo with flash, but by then we were all hysterical with laughter!

Me, Katherine, Kate & Lindsay.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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Clyde-Sider Journey - Part One

Welcome to the first in a series of posts about my time as a 'Clyde-Sider'.  I have written these as I have done the various media days, training days and my shifts, but I am only posting them now that the Games are over due to media rules!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the ups and downs of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games! 

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Nutra Nail Gel Perfect

Whilst browsing Poundworld, I saw Nutra Nail Gel Perfect, and thought that I'd quite like to try it.  I'm always looking for new nail products to use, and thought a silver one would be perfect for the Commonwealth Games, when I know I'm not going to have a chance to repaint my nails for a couple of days.  I also saw a blue which I couldn't resist!


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