Living in China for four years, I established something. I love an Olympics.
We may not have had the civilization classes, but Londoners, like Beijingers, are experiencing many of the same things that go with the Olympics, from lanyards to Games Lanes and the army of desperately helpful, garishly clad volunteers. The big difference? The Chinese can do mass transit like no-one else. They have to. With the population they have there would be riots where people died if they didn’t run enough trains and run them on time. We just grumble a bit and carry on leafing through The Standard.
Last time around I was working for China Daily. Now, I’m reporting on the Games for BBC London. Here are some of my Olympics stories so far:
London 2012: Domestic violence hub opens near Olympic Park
Olympics security poster ‘gibberish’ to Arabic speakers
The London workforce not receiving a Games bonus
The Olympics missile base with sun deck, pool and bar
Here’s looking forward to the drama, the parties, the world records, the controversies and that addictive feeling of being in the centre of the universe for a few weeks.
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