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article imageCommonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Special

By Amanda Payne     Jul 23, 2014 in Sports
Glasgow - Today, July 23, sees the start of the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. In temperatures surprisingly warm for the Scottish city, athletes, spectators and citizens have been enjoying the build up to the opening ceremony due to take place this evening.
Teams from 71 nations have gathered to take part in 17 sports, everything from swimming to gymnastics to athletics. Glasgow was chosen in 2007 to host this year's games and seven years of preparation have come to a head today.
Two members of the Gibraltar Team
Two members of the Gibraltar Team
A walk around the city today meant enjoying sunshine, watching crowds of people heading towards Glasgow Green for the opening ceremony due to take place this evening with the Queen in attendance, and looking out for athletes from around the world. The Queen will be reading out the message that she placed in the Baton which has travelled through all of the Commonwealth nations and territories as part of what promises to be a great show as the games get under way.
A member of Team Canada out on his bike
A member of Team Canada out on his bike
With the city so full, there were various options for transport. The city has sprouted several ranks of bicycles for hire in a fetching pink colour which means that you are unlikely to miss them. Posters everywhere encourage spectators to use public transport, cycle or walk to venues to help keep traffic flowing.
Bicycle ranks have popped up across the city.
Bicycle ranks have popped up across the city.
It's not just sporting events that are taking place between today and August 3 but also many cultural events. Musicians, dancers and performers of all sorts can also be seen at various venues around the city. This Digital Journalist was surprised to find a mini pop up museum in one of the shopping malls with exhibits highlighting the various nations and territories taking part. The curator explained to me that the items on show were from the museum archives so have not been on general display in the many excellent museums in the city. I was particularly taken by the model carving of a Maori canoe.
Maori canoe carving at a pop up museum display
Maori canoe carving at a pop up museum display
Whether you are sports mad, love culture or just want to be part of an amazing international event, then Glasgow is the place to be. Even the weather is set fair.
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