Spicing up my life

11 August 2012

5:34 PM

11 August 2012

5:34 PM

I do not necessarily wish to imply I have the gift of prophecy. But this is either uncanny or part of some cosmic plan to aggravate me.

Three years ago on an edition of Question Time, alongside the then Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, the panel was asked whether we regretted bidding for the Olympics (since a recession had come along afterwards). I said that I had never been terribly in favour of getting the Olympics, not because of the expense or because our athletes wouldn’t do our nation proud (as they more than have) but because of how bad we in Britain had become at selling ourselves as a culture.


I referenced the beautiful closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics, which included a recording of Maria Callas, the finale of Mahler 3 and a reading from George Seferis. My fear, I said, was that the British closing ceremony would consist of another reunion of the Spice Girls.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I read this.

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  • Frank Sutton

    Okay, games over…. Celebrity Briitain barges its way onto the podium,

  • Richardh

    I’m hoping for something that truly represents modern Britain. The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up will do nicely.

  • Sarah

    It’s the blinking Olympics, not anything high brow or important. People running around in Lycra and chucking stuff. Pity they don’t do it in the nude with people playing cymbals.

    Plus we don’t want to sell Britain do we? It’s already pretty popular.

  • Tim Robson

    Sow some patches onto your cardigan grandad.

    We actually lead the world in this field which you would know if you spent five seconds in a taxi outside the UK : the radio voices may be foreign but the music is British.

  • Daniel Maris

    Well you have every right to Coe-crow then! 🙂
    If we had the NHS in the opening ceremony, what will be in the closing ceremony?
    I predict a medley of scenes from Corrie, EastEnders and Emmerdale…soaps being the thing we most value after the NHS.

  • Austin Barry

    I just hope it isn’t hosted by Sir Brucie, but such is the knuckle-dragging Butlin’s Fiesta that passes for popular culture in this chav-polluted land that I suppose we should be thankful that there isn’t a multicultural knobbly-knees competition to close the games.

  • AY

    well, it is not that bad, – “Take That” are also participating…

  • John Lea

    Perhaps Mr Blobby will make an appearance at some point as well.