Today I thought: hm, what with all that snow, wouldn't it be a nice quiet time to take a walk along the river?
Typically I hadn't realised that the Olympic Torch had the same idea. So I made a flag out of a page of my sketchbook and joined the protest on South Bank.
I did not stay for long though because it really wasn't the right place for it - I would have liked to have shouted FREE TIBET at Whitehall (too late for that).
Instead, I found myself watching some unhappy acrobats, and after a lot of dancing a childrens' choir started singing Peace and Freedom, which made the protesters cringe quite a bit, but also prompted more and more shouting back about peace and freedom for Tibet. I suddenly realised I was shouting the right thing at the wrong people entirely, and I shut up and left.
I walked back to London Bridge station feeling melancholy and sorry.
I found out when I got home that I missed the torch by a few minutes, it was carried across London Bridge just when I was on the train home. I think a lady in a wheelchair carried it though, and heckling the paralympics really isn't my cup of tea, so that was ok...
It really is a shame that this event, which so many people care about, is marred in this way, but I truly believe the protests are important, and I would have felt worse if I'd stayed at home. But I do promise to get my stuff together next time I feel like saying something, and shout it at some politician when cameras are running.