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.
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It’s just over a week since we had the opening ceremony of the Olympics, here in London. It’s late, dear reader, I know, but I still wanted to give my take on it. An estimated 4bn people worldwide watched it live. American audiences had to wait for NBC to broadcast it a few hours later. I heard they made a pig’s ear of it, but more on that later.
Here in Blighty, we had to endure a two-hour show before the ceremony, full of fluff and nonsense. However, it began with this brilliant ode to London featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, also known as Sherlock. This should’ve been the intro to the opening ceremony.
After many weeks of being urged to Get ahead of the Games by changing our travel routes, or working at home, because of the anticipated hoards of Olympic fans descending on Londinium, I was preparing to go to work on what would’ve been the first real test of the transport planning. Monday mornings are always tricky, but my route contains the combined hot spots of the DLR system, Bank and London Bridge stations. I conceded to leaving Pie Palace half an hour earlier, but otherwise I ignored the advice to re-route my travel and prepared for battle. I’m a Londoner. I fight through the crowds on our old Victorian system. It’s what we do.
Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield, our British synchronised diving team, came fourth and lost out on a medal at the Aquatic Centre in Stratford on Monday. It was a bitter defeat for both of them, particularly Tom, a young man who has captured the hearts of many people in Blighty and around the world.