A couple of charming Olympic Party stories this week. We won’t mention the USA swimming team who seem to have got carried away in more ways than one and are now in big trouble. There were a couple of well publicised wedding proposals amongst the medal winners. A gold medal for Great Britain dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin encouraged her fiancé Dean Golding to hold up a sign saying “Can we get married now?” Chinese diver He Zi was still on the podium after winning her silver medal when fiancé Qin Kai made his proposal. However best proposal so far maybe goes to triple jumper Will Claye who ran in to the crowd to propose to Queen Harrison shortly after winning his silver medal. There was also amusement when a local Brazilian hen party decided to gate crash the BBC 4 coverage. The hen, Maria, was interviewed for the BBC and subsequently invited the presenter Dan walker to her wedding in September.
If you are thinking of a hen or stag do where better to have your Olympic Party than Rio which, because of carnival, is often considered party central. Closer (and cheaper) to home though, it’s Nottingham which is climbing up the medal table. Stag and hen party events organiser, Last Night of Freedom, has analysed recent trends and revealed Nottingham beats Barcelona and Ibiza as Europe’s 4th most popular stag and hen destination.
And if you are interested in a Pyjama Party why not combine it with raising funds for charity. Our friends at the National Brain Appeal are asking people to register for their annual Pyjama Party event which raises funds for the Neurological hospital. If an Olympic party or pyjama party feels too much like hard work, follow the lead of Colombia where citizens have just celebrated their 32nd annual “World Day of Laziness.” This whole day is dedicated to rest, and people drag their beds into the street, dress in costumes or their pyjamas, and sleep in the great outdoors. It’s not promoting “laziness” but highlighting that the modern world needs to relax by encouraging restorative behaviour, wellness, and a healthy use of our spare time – be calm and serene and listen to the stillness of silence.