Dr Filis is the Director of the International Olympic Truce Centre in Athens. Here he is interviewed on British Forces radio, including his thoughts on Syria.
The World in London – beautiful photos, voice clips and short interviews with Londoners from 204 countries.
You can view the exhibition at
- Park House, 453 – 497 Oxford Street, London W1C 2AU
until 30 August 2012.
This is our country – Olympian Mo Farah has inspired Hope not Hate to invite everyone to celebrate the moment when the UK as a nation found peace within itself.
Moments after Mo Farah’s fantastic 10,000m win at the Olympics, Mo was asked by a journalist if he’d have preferred to run as a Somali. He replied: “Look mate, this is my country.
“This is where I grew up, this is where I started life. This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I’m proud. I’m very proud.”
And Mo is right. It is as much his country as it is mine or yours.
This last week has been amazing. From Danny Boyle’s wonderful Opening Ceremony to the medal haul we are now raking in. This is a moment that we as a nation found a peace with itself. There are many problems facing us but we are a modern, diverse and confident country.
Let’s join Mo in saying proudly that “this is my country”
Over 3,000 people have already signed the This Is Our Country wall, which you can do here.
The Olympic Truce wall in the Athlete’s Village has run out of space! But there is a virtual wall on the International Olympic Truce Centre’s website which is collecting contributions and uploads from around the world (last day will be 9 September, when the Paralympic Games end).