Monthly Archives: October 2013

Remembering the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony was a significant moment for London. Not because it marked the opening of one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events and not because it marked the first time a city had hosted the games for a third occasion. Bizarrely, the significance of the opening ceremony lay in the […]

The annexation and colonisation of Stratford and Hackney Wick

When Jacques Rogge took to the rostrum in Singapore in 2005 he might as well have been dressed in a black cloak with a large stick supporting a Cockney skull. When he announced the host city for 2012, a death knell rang out over the part of East London earmarked for the Olympics. Sebastian Coe, […]

The Immaculate Olympic Conception

When that old seducer, Jacques Rogge, announced London as the host city, he was putting the final touches to an elaborate foreplay, which was to culminate in a union between the International Olympic Committee, the city of London and the British government. Out of the union non-identical twins were conceived, genetically engineered using code provided […]

The awarding of the 2012 Olympics to London

There is this beast, a weird kind of vulture, a parasite, which has evolved over the last one hundred years, adapting itself to first the modernist and now the post-modernist world. For the most part, like any vulture, it takes to the sky, too high to be noticed. But every four years, needing to feed, […]

The Warm Tears of London Bridge 1927

I walked along that bridge one day, alone, cut off, frightened, frozen, trapped. I walked along that bridge on a late Saturday morning, on a day when the City of London becomes a ghost town, when the call of the family sucks the living daylights out of the place, but the call of the family […]