A Quote – 20 March 2010

This was not the hip, modern or funky city that London has been presenting itself as over the last couple of decades. Leona Lewis might as well have told those watching that "the food's awful, too".

— Will Gompertz

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I was browsing the BBC’s News website, and came across a very interesting blog about theatre, and specifically the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympics. In regards to the handover to London, Will Gompertz wrote:

Boris Johnson waved a flag, not completely convincingly, before presenting the world with some of the oldest cliches [sic] about London. A slow red bus; queues; bowler hats; lots of umbrellas. This was not the hip, modern or funky city that London has been presenting itself as over the last couple of decades. Leona Lewis might as well have told those watching that “the food’s awful, too”.

And it’s true. We didn’t really sell ourselves. But with just 860 days to go until the start of the Olympics, and around £35 million to spend on the two ceremonies, it’ll be interesting to see what London has to offer.

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Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 20-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. A self-professed "lover of life", he enjoys a busy calendar of activities and engagements. With regular involvement in the Scout Association and his church, he was made Head Boy in his final year at school. After a gap-year spent as a Teaching Assistant at a local junior school, he is now half-way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he swims, reads, and enjoys writing about himself in the third-person.