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Celebrating the best of British

The technology press talks about how Steve Jobs had a “Reality Distortion Field” that he used to convince idiots to buy his underspecified and overpriced products. Yet even he couldn’t have achieved what has happened in London over the past fortnight. For two short weeks we have gone from being a country worries about debt, spending cuts and a double-dip recession to jumping on our seats cheering Mo Farah onto his two gold medals and Usain Bolt as he took the trebble in style, if not humility. The London olympics set out to showcase the best of British, and save…
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Hello World. This is London

On Friday night, along with a billion other people, I sat in front of the television to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Having been billed as the greatest show on earth and following hot on the heels of China four years ago it had to be something special. After the fiasco of G4S and the Korean flag cock-up, what we were presented with was a potted history of British culture with some a celebration of art, literature, film and music. In short, we didn’t disappoint. People scoffed when it was announced that Danny Boyle would be directing…
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Nick’s Olympic Screw-up

For once we’re not talking about Nick Clegg, but Nick Buckles, the beleaguered chief executive of G4S, the security provider for London 2012. This week he went in front of Parliament to explain what had went wrong and committed a cardinal sin, he admitted his company was a failure. This is otherwise known as doing a Gerald Ratner; what he should have in fact done is said that there was no problem and that the security would be covert… Invisible security guards, thousands of them, no problems whatsoever! I jest of course, but it’s hard not to see the funny…
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Three months to the Olympics… Bring it on!

The last time I went to write about the Olympics my word processor kindly decided to lose all of the work I had done. I hindsight this may have been a good thing since it really wasn’t that good. Having passed the 100 day-to-go milestone last week however marked a good time to look again at a few of my thoughts about London 2012. According to the naysayers, the end of the world is going to be Olympic shaped. Nobody is going to be able to go to work and we are all going to have to sod off abroad…
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