Friday, 11 April 2008

Your author...

... finds himself in Manhattan this evening, having been transformed (in the space of ten hours) from downtrodden Surrey tramp, to eligible metrosexual with power-walking tendencies. It's a sweet delusion; which the state of my one-and-a-half star accomodation struggles to sustain... but after convincing myself I wouldn't even make it through customs, the Joan of Arc memorial and the surprisingly well-mannered citizens of this glamorous enclave are a welcome felicity.

Monday, 7 April 2008

At last some good news!

I've just read that the Olympic flame had to be extinguished no fewer than three times today, thanks to the presence of dozens of pro-Tibetan protestors in the French capital. This is the best piece of news I have heard in a long time. (I'm just wondering how long before the Illuminoids decide to stage the Olympics and/or World Cup in Israel. Now that would be interesting.) A vox-pop from the Evening Standard made me chuckle. Poor Hoffen He, 27, a Chinese student living in London, who described the presence of anti-Chinese demonstrators as 'stressful.' "Everybody has a free right to make their point," said He, "but they do things like that and it meant we could not see the torch." (Aww, diddums.)

I was also interested to see that the symbolic 'final resting place' of the Olympic torch- on its London leg- was none other than the O2 Arena, the former Millenium Dome, in Greenwich. Here the IOC installed their magic cauldron for Dame Kelly Holmes to ignite. Very interestingly, the torch was also made to pass by St Paul's Cathedral, closely associated, of course, with Freemasonry and Zionism; and was then taken by open-top bus up the Whitechapel Road to Stratford, as a nod to the importance of that particular site to the London games in four years time. Its next stop- on the Docklands Light Railway- was Canary Wharf, somewhere we have mentioned several times on this blog; before being taken to Greenwich (around a famously meandering stretch of the River Thames) by boat; passing the Old Naval College- now Greenwich University- in the process.

(Its starting point, fittingly, was the new Wembley Stadium: whose giant Masonic arch is a familiar addition to the Brent skyline. This was built over the wreckage of the old Wembley- the Empire Stadium: with its White Horse and twin towers; the destruction of which, in 2003, corresponded with unerring accuracy to the events of 911.)

These games, of course, were always going to be a nauseating spectacle. From the official slogan- 'One World. One Dream'- to the 'Happy Man' insignia, apparently borrowed from secular humanism, this Olympiad seems designed to showcase the lighter side of one of the world's most barbaric regimes; and America's new-best-friend.