The power of uniforms

Lots of stuff to carry and wear!

Lots to carry and lots to wear!

The other day I caught a flight from Stockholm to London. It was a busy morning on Scandinavian Airlines and it did not take long for me to realise why. On board were parts of the Swedish Olympic Team on their way to Vancouver. No, the number of direct flights between the Swedish Capital and the winter sports centre of all attention for the next few weeks is non existing, so a stopover in London is probably the best alternative for those heading that way.

On board that flight I realised what a uniform can do. People were very cheerful and sent their best wishes and good luck to the future Olympians. I do not think anybody actually recognised any of the faces but the uniforms you could not miss. Bright yellow and blue tracksuits and combinations of T-shirts and sweaters that actually looked really cool.

 I have had the same experience once before. In Barcelona Airport when I ran into the Barcelona football team. Not being such a football nut I could not recognise the faces, even though I did spot Thierry Henry as he walked by, but the uniforms were way too obvious not to be noticed. Bright orange tops with light brown jogging pants. When golfers travel in uniform it is usually in their blazer. Even though that can be an efficient way to get the lucky upgrade on the flight I am not sure it is what the players would pick, had they had the choice. A cool, relaxed outfit in the team colours would probably go down better!

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