British troops more than happy to soak up action
THERE'S been a massive kerfuffle about the fact that so many of the British army, just back from foreign duty, had to give up their holidays to help out on Olympic security duty.
But they couldn't be more helpful and are unfailingly good-humoured when they check you at every venue entrance.
The guys down at the beach volleyball certainly aren't complaining about the particular 'tour of duty' they've been assigned, confessing "yeah, we sneak in now and then to have a quick peek".
Actually, London organisers LOCOG have now got sense and are offering them any spare seats while they're between shifts.
Many of the squaddies have also really gotten into the Olympic spirit in another manner.
When they're re-packing your laptop bag after having it X-rayed they regularly ask if you have any spare Olympic pins and show you their growing collection. Aw bless.