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Sunday, 24 August 2008

Boris Johnson introduced to the world in Beijing



-UPDATE- The Chinese are similarly unimpressed.

20 comments:

The Troll said...

And more.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe he had his hands in his pockets.

Still you can't deny his ability to wave a flag though. He was top notch at standing there and waving that flag.

The Troll said...

Maybe we should stick him on the fourth plinth.

Bobbin said...

I clicked on the link and it seems the consensus continues. He is and I quote 'a complete doofus'

Well duh!

pastyface said...

the problem is, it's just not funny. The global audience of what a billion saw, in technicolour, that one of the worlds major international cities voted for an oaf.

Personally I"m mortified

Mr. Stop Boris said...

This just in...

The Troll said...

Now you mention it I can see the resemblance.

Maybe it's not just royalty he's related to.

eric ray said...

I think he just looked wonderful with that flag - just like my son when he gets a new toy.
The real question is are people going to be able to get across l|ondon in 2012 to get to the games, or is it just for his chums to make a few buck?

a very public sociologist said...

Ho, ho, ho.

Simon said...

"the problem is, it's just not funny. The global audience of what a billion saw, in technicolour, that one of the worlds major international cities voted for an oaf."

I thought that, too. A complete embarrassment that such a buffoon is the figurehead of such a great city.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised Boris didn't twitter something more himself about why he was undone ;-) http://twitter.com/london_08

The Troll said...

Ah yes. I have subscribed. Watch out Boris. I'm a' following.

pastyface said...

Boris Johnson is using Twitter. Its like an open goal

Rob said...

Some of the complaints are so pompous. I find it most amusing some Chinese blogger was outraged by the flag being received with only one hand.

Here's a slightly different international perspective, from Bill Wyre in the LA Times:

In Sunday night's closing ceremony, Mayor Boris Johnson of London took the Olympic flag during the hand-over part of the ceremony and, standing amid serious-looking officials from the International Olympic Committee and the China Committee, waved it vigorously with a big grin.

Around him, coats were buttoned and red power ties were straight. Johnson's white hair flapped around, his suit coat was open and looked as if it wouldn't have buttoned, anyway, around his sizable belly. He laughed and waved and walked on the Olympic red carpet like a guy who thought this was a kick, not a ceremony.

It was great... The fun will be back in London.

Full Article

The Troll said...

Well I enjoyed myself anyway.

James said...

@Rob: Taking something from someone with one hand is disrespectful in Chinese culture, things are passed with two hands and received with two, even when transparently unnecessary (such as with business cards).

I am actually surprised that he did not know that, I'd have thought the FCO/Embassey would brief him on such things.

Rob said...

@James - Thanks, that's interesting! Presumably they would have found the 4x100m relay quite offensive too? Perhaps that explains why they didn't medal in any of the relay events.

harold said...

boris Johnson, diesrespectful of the Chinese? (or anyone else?)
What's new, then?

Tom said...

"Presumably they would have found the 4x100m relay quite offensive too?"

They wouldn't have found the UK efforts in the relay particularly embarrassing, then, since we usually pass the baton with *no* hands. Perhaps Boris should take it up?

James said...

@Rob - Haha - good point, well made.