Boris welcomes you to London and the XXX Olympiad

Today after due British ceremonial scepticism, cynicism, and complaints about special Olympic traffic lanes, we in the United Kingdom are starting to feel the excitement of the imminent official start of the London Olympics.

Your favourite blog is caught up in the excitement and will be cheering on Team GB and all those who show true sportsmanship.

For those of you who may be coming to watch we have been able to gain special access to the Mayor of London, the renowned classics scholar and consumer of all things Patrick Leigh Fermor, Boris Johnson, to bring you this exclusive welcome.

Let the Games begin!

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5 Responses to Boris welcomes you to London and the XXX Olympiad

  1. Hi Tom,
    Great video!

    Thought you were going to give us Boris reading the Pindaric Ode on the Games he commissioned, but this is much better.

    PW

  2. abtwixt says:

    I can still remember the excitement of living in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. There is nothing like it — enjoy it!!

  3. proverbs6to10 says:

    Peter – if there is a video it would be great. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-18929408

    This new Olympic flame behold, that once burned bright in Greece of old; with happy hearts receive once more these Games revived on London’s shore.

    Praise rival teams, in sport allied, as athletes stream from far and wide; the poet too must take the road conveying praise to victory owed.

    Millions of watchers will embrace the passion of each close-­run race, the efforts of the rowing teams and gymnasts balancing on beams.

    They will observe with rapt delight the archer draw his bowstring tight, the skilful rider guide her horse, and lightning bolt around the course.

    The pipes will play, the drum resound, as medallists are daily crowned; the crowd’s hurrah will reach the skies when victors hoist the golden prize.

    Now welcome to this sea­‐girt land, with London’s Mayor and co. at hand. Good luck to all who strive to win: applaud, and let the Games begin!

  4. Tribonian says:

    what’s the relevance of London 2012 to Byzantium?

  5. proverbs6to10 says:

    Nothing – I liked the video. It was fun and even Byzantists need cheering up sometimes.

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