Andrew Penman's notes from the Games

THE PARTY'S OVER: Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde, right

THE PARTY'S OVER: Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde, right

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SO GLASGOW 2014 has been and gone and for most of us up here, media and athletes alike, it’s been a brilliant experience.

Not for everyone though! Cardiff discus thrower Brett Morse didn’t seem to enjoy it as much as most of his teammates.

The 25-year-old complained about the noise in the athletes’ village and was eager to get home as soon as possible after finishing fifth in the discus final on Thursday.

He booked an Easyjet flight home for the next morning and was apparently delighted at how cheap the ticket was.

But all didn’t go to plan and he took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.

“Looks like I'm staying in Glasgow for another week. #HeadsGone,” he posted on Friday, followed by “Everyone says to avoid @easyJet and now I can see why. Not wanting to help in the slightest and not even bothered about the customers.”

It soon emerged that the flight he’d booked onto was in fact for this Wednesday, however, and he was forced to return to the village with his tail between his legs before finally getting a flight back to Cardiff on Saturday night.

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It’s goodbye too for the hugely popular Games mascot Clyde – a 7ft thistle-man who has been delighting crowds everywhere.

Now the spiky chap is preparing to withdraw from public life and enter the mascot retirement home with Wenlock and Mandeville from London 2012, 2010 World Cup mascot Vector (me neither) and the granddaddy of them all World Cup Willie from 1966.

But Clyde will live on in our hearts and he’s made a big impact on one little girl from East Dunbartonshire.

Beth Gilmour was only 12 when she designed him as part of a Blue Peter competition and she’s now seen the initial 46,000 cuddly Clyde toys sell-out.

“It’s really good to see,” said Beth, now 14. “I feel like it’s my own part of the Games. I love seeing the reaction from people.”

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I’ll sign off by picking my favourite moment from the past 12 days – no easy task.

Seeing Jazz Carlin surge clear to win a first gold for Wales’ women in the pool for 40 years was pretty special but for me it has to be the rhythmic gymnastics.

That’s a sentence I never thought I’d write but Frankie Jones’ gold in her last performance before hanging up her shiny leotard was a magical moment for Team Wales in a Games packed with them.

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