The London 2012 Olympics – Boris Johnson Caught Dad Dancing At The Closing CeremonyAugust 14, 2012
We had our London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday. I had high hopes for it after our opening ceremony just a few short weeks ago, but, with a few notable exceptions (a very dead Freddie Mercury from Queen stealing the show for one), it was a bitter disappointment, so I’m going to leave it there. But there was something in that show, lasting only a few seconds, which peaked my interest. Boris Johnson, our esteemed mayor of Londinium was caught dad dancing. And it was brutal. There’s a reason why the royals remain seated. He’s the blonde one with the red tie on the right.
I laughed with the rest of the nation. But then the cogs in my head started turning and I had to ask the hard question as someone who is Officially Old™: when do you become too old to dance? When do your cool moves of yesteryear become an embarrassment at weddings? Pray you’re never caught on camera.
Just a month ago, I was at an after hours event at London Zoo, where there was a silent disco. I’ve never been the one that clears the dance floor by flailing about as if I’d been tasered. I’m a self-contained moving Pie and I think I acquitted myself well that night. But now, in the light of the Boris dad dance, I wonder if I’ve been deluding myself all along and my friends have been too polite to tell me that, consistent with my age, I have developed the moves of a baby elephant hopping on hot coals. There again, there are some people who have always danced like a sack of fighting puppies. Or a deep-sea diver.
Yup! I think I’m doing OK…