Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics opening, which, you’ve probably forgotten featured five London cabs each with a Spice Girl standing precariously upon its roof for a lap around the stadium.
So what else from those heady days has London chosen to forget?
The Serpentine was used for the triathlon events, this meant shifting the lake’s swan population to avoid, as one spokesman put it: “…a swan being sliced in half by a boat in front of an international audience”. The swans were sent to Berkshire for the duration of the Games, it’s not recorded when they were returned.
West Ham Park saw the world’s largest Union Jack made from donated pants, shirts and other garments. The clothing was recycled by Oxfam afterwards.
London Transport keen to get on the bandwagon, put out a Tube Map with the names of Olympic medalists replacing station names.
Because the Olympics had strict regulations regarding branding, the O2 dome had to change its name to the North Greenwich Arena.
Victoria Park and our future Prime Minister got stranded on a zip wire while waving Union Jack flags like a demented puppet, now 10 years later, it feels like Boris Johnson for once was in control of his destiny.
The ability to shoot down a hijacked aircraft before it could plough into the Olympic Park, whilst ignoring the fate of the plane’s passengers or anyone who was underneath was made possible when missile launchers were seen on rooftops. Today with the Ukraine conflict it would seem a perfectly sensible decision.
Of course, the London 2012 Olympics were recreated in LEGO and knitted form.
Featured image: Daniel Coomber. (Flickr/Creative Commons)