Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, tests out a bed during his visit to the 2012 Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London (Reuters)
“London's Summer Games is missing one vital component… summer. So when the sun shone for the first official media tour of the Athletes Village, games organisers must have sighed in relief that it would be seen in all its splendour.
Games volunteers were there to welcome the crowd. Clad in matching tracksuits, the ‘magenta magicians’ (as London Mayor Boris Johnson likes to call them) pointed reporters in the right direction and when I say ‘pointed’ that's literally what they did. They stood no more than 50 metres apart from each other wearing those big foam hands I'd associate with American baseball. I wonder if they knew this was the job they'd be allocated when they enthusiastically signed up to volunteer in the Olympics, but they're so smiley and helpful it obviously doesn't bother them.”