delve a little deeper....
This will probably get me in trouble with the Olympic people who are trying so hard to preserve their brand. Of course I am deluded that anyone of import reads this blog!
Here goes- Went to see the Olympic Torch thing going through Hounslow today. It was hot, very hot, my toes got burned. It was crowded and some kid in a pushchair kept kicking me. To try and get me in the spirit I procured a balloon by pretending I had a child (they were only giving them out to kids). Waited for damn torch in the blistering heat, being kicked by child and imagining what my mythical child would be like. The mythical child that was at home with tonsillitis (I felt had to explain lack of child with me when procuring balloon). Mythical child has clearly inherited the bad tonsil gene which I then thought was a bit unfair. I suffered with mine for years and had to wait until the grand old age of 36 to have them taken out, after each infection getting gradually worse until they started to nearly kill me and a kind doctor had to fight with local hospital trust for them to agree to have have them removed. Anyway, I digress...
Finally something occurred, there was a man on a unicycle, two men playing some sort of Indian drums. there were lots of policemen, police cars and police motorbikes, people giving out blow up sticks, they might have been vaguely torch shaped, but I didn't get one because I am not a child. Mythical child would have got one I am sure, with her winsome smile, pretty blue eyes and long blonde hair.
Then a giant lorry with Coca-Cola appeared with dancing girls, then a Sumsung one with more dancing girls who has glittery cheerleader pom poms. Then another lorry with Lloyds TSB splashed all over it and more lithe youths jigging about. It all felt a bit corporate to be honest. The Lloyds girls were dishing out sticks with green ribbons attached. I didn't get one of them either.
Finally the torch appeared. I couldn't really see it because there were loads of people and I had been edged out of my spot by the pushchair and I was almost dying of heat exhaustion. It was quite nice in a way, the lad carrying it looked so happy and thrilled and people were ridiculously over excited and enthused. Probably because they were non mythical children with a selection of balloons, whistles, blow up things and ribbons.
Anyway, the best bit was the mascot. He is a photo:
You know how everyone went on about the Olympic 2012 logo looking like Lisa Simpson giving a blow job (its all I can see when I see it now) well don't you think this cute and cuddly mascot looks like a penis?
Mythical child is now disturbed.
Well tomorrow the Olympic torch comes through Hounslow and the news reports are all full of traffic chaos and what with the G4S debacle it all feels a bit negative. This blog also makes slightly depressing reading...
At least the sun is out though so I may go and look at what is going on in town tomorrow to get some fresh air and try and build up some enthusiasm for these games. Despite chuntering myself about my increased council tax the year after we won the bid to host the games that I wouldn't benefit in anyway from (will anyone?) and the general costs when we are in a huge recession I am aware it's probably the last time in my lifetime The Olympics will come to London. I do also want London to look good to the rest of the world and not the diabolic shambles of shit the media are portraying it as. One tiny bit of positiveness that is happening is this 38 degrees campaign.
I have just looked up a well known central London hotel and discovered not only is it not sold out for Monday 31st (random date I picked during the games) but the room is selling at a 50% summer discount! So even the hotels who one might assume were going to to do well out of this aren't even sold out....
Luckily for me I am escaping briefly to Birmingham in the middle of it all but other than that I plan on staying away from central London. Unless of course I get a nice outcall booking from a visitor who wants a bit of action!
Talking of which, there has been much debate about how The Olympics will affect us working girls in London. I have no idea. Some think it will be busy and others not. Yes there will be more people in London (particularly East and Central), but less workers (something like 50% of civil servants have been asked to work from home and I have several friends who work in town who have been told they can work at home too) as well as many many people saying 'I'm staying out of London!' Will the huge increase in Olympic tourists and the many officials and others here in a professional capacity be looking for escorts? Not sure... will they traipse out to Hounslow? Possibly not!
I am hoping I am far enough West to avoid to transport chaos so maybe I won't be affected by the 'I'm going nowhere near London' brigade, indeed it may be an advantage and I may get busier. Then again there may be a reduction in the number of business men coming into London so less outcalls at Heathrow Hotels. I really don't know. I shall just have to wait and see.