Well, it certainly rained yesterday. The site changed from being a pleasant country park to near Glastonbury-like muddy slush. It got colder and colder and we began to worry about whether we’d be able to get things ready in time. Late at night, 77 Saudi Arabians arrived without tents or sleeping bags. The wind was howling and the rain really was lashing down. However, a brilliant welcoming team managed to sort out sleeping bags and a dry space for the night.
Today, the sun is almost shining. As I write, over 3,000 international service staff have been checked in; the site is beginning to dry out and people are wandering around with smiles on their faces. Fingers crossed.