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London and Olympics 2012
Posted by David Harvey, Wednesday 18 July 2012
With less than 10 days to go before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games I thought long and hard about what to show here on my news feature and felt this superb early 19th. century Mahogany Extending Dining Table would be appropriate. As shown here, it extends to over 12 feet in length with the use of all the intermediate leaves and the tops are all cut from one huge block of Mahogany with the grain running through consecutively. So what has this to do with the Olympics?
It would seat 16 for an Olympic Scale feast and what is amazing is that the top is flat and level with no movement even at the ends. That is indeed a tribute to the construction and craftsmanship of this piece. This is achieved by having all the correct telescopic actions to the underframe costructed to last. The only drawback is that this means it is a heavy task to lift this but once in situ in a home the movement works easily and smoothly. It would certainly be a task for all but the strongest of Olympians to carry this.
We have certainly been more than a little unlucky with the weather here in Britain over the past 3 months with the wettest period on record according to many. As so often happens here when the chips are down, the sun comes out and once again that appears to be the prognosis going forward. Indeed, the jetstream which has been stuck over the South and Midlands of England for weeks looks set now to return to its more normal path to the North of Scotland within the next few days once again drawing warm, bright summer weather into England and all this hopefully in time for the opening of the 2012 Olympiad on Friday July 27th.
I am certainly looking forward to watching the Games both on TV and live. It should be a wonderful spectacle and will hopefully leave a legacy of urban renewal as well as sporting endeavour in its wake. It should be very exciting and if you want to take a few hours away from it and calm down, please do call on us and we will try to assist you.