Lucinda Newell – The Super Sleuthing Property Rental Expert – One Woman and Her Dog

The Lucinda Newell column To be seen pottering along the highways and byways of Luton in her Mini Clubman, her trusted Scottie Malcolm at her side, our super sleuthing property rental expert Ms Lucinda Newell is on the case on your behalf! The men from the local cycling club are still setting my pulse racing as they zip around the countryside in their lycra and the whole village seems to be gripped in an upsurge of sporting activity following our successes at the London Olympics. Whether it is the opportunity for me to catch a few extra glimpses of the cyclists or a subconscious desire to do more, Malcolm is benefitting from the extra walks that I am fitting into my schedule and his slight “middle aged” paunch has definitely reduced. I am hoping that it will do the same for me too! I was very impressed by the heroics of the Olympics and to see Oscar Pistorius competing against “able bodied” athletes was a truly inspirational highlight. Mr Pistorius will, of course, be one of the “superstars” of the Paralympics. The London 2012 Paralympics will be the biggest ever and, as I write, it is hoped that many, if not all, of the events will be sold out. This is a fantastic accolade to the organisers, those taking part and the public for their support. The Paralympics are a relatively modern event. Just after World War Two, an event was held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury, organised by Sir Ludwig Guttman for disabled war veterans and this is generally held as the precursor of what we see today. The first official Paralympic games were held in Rome in 1960, initially for wheelchair athletes only and 400 people took part. Over the ensuing years both the range of disabilities covered, and the number of disabled athletes taking part, has grown and in London this year, over 4,250 athletes from 150 different countries will take part. Team GB are hoping to secure over 100 medals at London 2012, a feat equally as impressive as their able-bodied colleagues achieved at the Olympics earlier this summer. The drive of those with disabilities never ceases to amaze and inspire me and the opportunity for the elite athletes to compete at the Paralympics in front of the world is a triumph over adversity of which we should all be proud. Come on Malcolm, walkies!
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