London 2012 Olympics: Day Five – London has it all, even a Jester in the shape of a Mayor

BoJo the clown entertains all

Spot of admin as we look at the fifth day of the 30th Olympiad in 2012. Lotta numbers there. Seems that the fuss at the badminton seems to be continuing at pace. Some journos seem to want to call it ‘Badmintongate’ or ‘Shuttlecockgate’ or some equally dim name. I wont do that as 1) It is stupid and 2) I’m not really a journo, I’m just a guy with internet access.

All 4 of the teams that took part in the debacle at the Wembley Arena mentioned yesterday have been disqualified and sent home – some of the OCs from those countries even banning them for life. 4 South Koreans, 2 Chinese and 2 Indonesian athletes will literally take the slow boat back to China (and surrounding areas) in shame and ignominy and we can all now forget them! Yay!

I have had some tweets to say that I focus on the negative too much while I write and I should be more ‘up’ on the Olympics. Sorry if I come across as an anti-Olympics type (aka London Cabbie) but I do like a good rant. In truth, I think the Olympics is one of a long list of amazing things that London does well. I love London. Full stop. Anyone who is a regular visitor to the site will know that I recently had a whinge about Londoners, but that was about Londoners, I love London as a place. Much like my feelings for the south of France – great place, shame about some of the people. The last few years have been historic and amazing for the best city in the world. Whatever your personal views on the royal family are, the royal wedding was a triumph of policing and organisation and celebration and partying for the city to endure the millions of tourists and day-trippers who descended upon it. There is of course the Marathon every year which is not only a great way to feel distinctly unfit, but a great way of seeing the spirit of London as people turn out to cheer on anyone with a funny outfit and a name on their chest.

This year London took it up a notch by allowing the Queen to reach 60 years on the throne and this was marked with a 4 day party on the Thames, in the parks and at the palace (only two or three weeks after the marathon don’t forget), which was then followed by another royal bash for the Queen’s birthday. And now the Olympics have moved to town. Remember this involves the closing of many roads, disrupting traffic and transport all over the city and the upheaval of everyone’s daily life. This includes setting up an entire Beach Volleyball arena in the space of 32 days – this being the time between the Queen’s birthday and the beginning of the Beach Volleyball. And there have been no issues. No big dramas. London gets on with it – much like on the 8th of July 2005, we just dust off, bow our heads and say ‘well, that was Wednesday’.

So I love the Olympics and I love this city. So it is a joy that Team GB have finally rewarded us avid fans with a Gold medal. But not just one Gold though, two! Ah…Gold medals are like buses, you wait ages for one and then it turns up smelling of tramp piss and sweat. Those making the morning commute to work may have missed the success over at Eton Dorney as Glover and Stanning took gold in the women’s pair. An amazing achievement as the two had only been rowing together for 2 years and in fact Stanning had only been rowing  for 4 years at all, having previously been a PE teacher. An unbelievable feat for the girls and well done to them. A special mention also must go to Greg Searle who was part of the crew who won Bronze in the men’s eights. It was his third Olympic medal and one that he won 20 years to the day after he won his first, a Gold, in Barcelona in 1992. He came out of retirement for these Games in particular and made it a very special event and an amazing feat. Well done Greg.

But the Gold-rush moves on for GB as the great Bradley ‘Wiggo’ Wiggins took his 7th Olympic medal and 4th Gold at the Time Trial in Hampton Court. I used to work in East Molesey and would cycle across many parts of that route on my way to work so it was great to see the place again and it was even better to see Bradley Wiggins destroy the field, averaging a speed of 32.3 MPH over the 27.3 mile course. He is a remarkable man and a remarkable athlete. Only Chris Hoy can surpass him in the medal count when he takes to his bike tomorrow in the velodrome….

A few bits of fun news to wrap up this post: The unofficial London Olympic Games jester, Boris Johnson, got stuck today whilst trying to zip-line his way across Victoria Park in celebration of GB’s early Gold medal. I will happily repeat that. Boris Johnson, London Mayor, the head of a city of 7 million people and the current host of the 2012 Olympic Games, got stuck while trying to zip-line over a crowd of people in East London. God bless that buffoon. He was stuck for around 20 minutes and tried making small talk to the crowd below and called for a ladder to come get him – most of the crowd however decided that this was something that deserved recording on their ubiquitous smart phones. Good call. [Update he has even become an internet meme since this was published – check out this fine blog with various pictures of the Mayor:]

Away from BoJo and his antics, another Olympic broadcaster has tried to bring shame on its country. After the NBC fuss where the corporation censored a journalist, cut a memorial segment, insulted the inventor of the internet and shunned an entire African country, it seem that Italy’s TV broadcaster RAI would like in on the action. Sadly what they did isn’t embarrassing in Italy – essentially they started making ‘Phwoar’ noises during the Opening Ceremony. The commentators (both male) only got as far as Cameroon before commenting that the African country had very few ‘hotties’. This then descended into “Oh here comes Sweden, cor wouldn’t you fancy a go on those” type of punditry. Andy Grey and Richard Keys are filling out their applications as we speak. You would expect that this caused uproar, but nope – newspaper La Repubblica posted a photo slide-show on their site with the ‘B side of the Olympics‘ which was just a load of pictures of women’s arses. And Corriere della Sera devoted an entire slide-show to German weightlifter, Julia Rohde. What a great country.

Check out the current medal table below. If you are Italian and wish to defend your country in 200 words or less, then please feel free to leave a comment or to find me on Facebook (TheOnlyMoxey) or Twitter (@theonlymoxey). For everyone else, the same applies.

Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 17 9 4 30
USA 12 8 9 29
Japan 2 4 11 17
France 5 3 5 13
Germany 3 8 2 13
South Korea 6 2 4 12
Russia 2 3 4 11
Italy 3 4 2 9
Great Britain 2 3 4 9
Australia 1 6 2 9
Ukraine 2 0 4 6
Romania 1 3 2 6
Canada 0 1 5 6
North Korea 4 0 1 5
Hungary 2 1 1 4
Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3
Brazil 1 1 1 3
Netherlands 1 1 1 3
Poland 0 2 1 3
Cuba 0 2 1 3
Colombia 0 2 1 3
South Africa 2 0 0 2
Slovenia 1 0 1 2
Mexico 0 2 0 2
Indonesia 0 1 1 2
Norway 0 1 1 2
Slovakia 0 0 2 2
New Zealand 0 0 2 2
Georgia 1 0 0 1
Lithuania 1 0 0 1
Slovenia 1 0 0 1
Venezuela 1 0 0 1
Egypt 0 1 0 1
Chinese Taipei 0 1 0 1
Sweden 0 1 0 1
Spain 0 1 0 1
Thailand 0 1 0 1
Czech Republic 0 1 0 1
Denmark 0 1 0 1
Norway 0 0 1 1
Serbia 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1
Azerbaijan 0 0 1 1
Belgium 0 0 1 1
Belarus 0 0 1 1
Greece 0 0 1 1
Moldova 0 0 1 1
Singapore 0 0 1 1
Mongolia 0 0 1 1
India 0 0 1 1
Qatar 0 0 1 1

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