July 28, 2012
London's Ambitious Olympics
The Economist, The Economist
WHEN London unexpectedly beat Paris in the competition to hold the 2012 Olympic games, crowds cheered, the stock market soared and politicians congratulated themselves. But Britain is a nation of self-deprecating cynics. Even on the day of the successful bid in 2005, some commentators were carping about the cost of the games and the likelihood of disruption and transport problems. A rather good BBC sitcom, “Twenty Twelve”, pokes fun at bureaucratic absurdities and snafus: in the final episode, aired on July 24th, the Olympic Deliverance Commission realises that the opening ceremony’s fireworks will trigger the surface-to-air missiles that guard the site. The solution? Virtual fireworks.
TAGGED: London, UK, 2012 Summer Olympics