The Time Out Blog recently asked Curiocity co-editors Matt and Henry some questions about the Olympics.
Here’s what they said…
What are you looking forward to about the Olympics?
Henry: I am very much looking forward to the Opening Ceremony, in which I am ‘performing’.
Matt: Watching Henry restore a sense of pride to our nation during the Opening Ceremony.
What are you worried about/dreading?
Henry: I’m dreading all the whingeing about the crowded transport system.
Matt: I’m extremely concerned about overcrowding on the transport system. I’ve ordered a pack mule from ebay so that I can weave my way around the capital.
Are you going to see anything?
Henry: I’ve got ringside seats for all the blood sports: Fencing, Table Tennis and Road Cycling.
Matt: No. I’m too worried about the crowded transport system.
If you were going to do a sport, what do you think you would be good at and why?
Henry: Based on no evidence I imagine I’d be good at Greco-Roman wrestling – this is partly because I don’t really know what it is.
Matt: That modern pentathlon event where you have to do speed-typing and juggling.
Have you got any other fun cultural stuff planned during the Games?
Henry: Yes! I’m going to Cornwall to see As You Like It at the stunning Minack Theatre.
Matt: I absolutely cannot wait to bounce on the inflatable Stonehenge that’s touring London. I’ll also be going to see Art Drive! in the Great Eastern Street Car Park.
Where would you recommend to go to escape the Olympics?
Henry: The best places might be South Sudan or Kosovo, the world’s newest countries, who won’t be fielding teams. The Pope doesn’t compete either, so the Vatican’s another option.
Matt: For those looking for a less radical displacement than the locations mooted by Henry, I’d suggest a soul-restoring visit to listen to some Ska at Hootananny in Brixton.
If you had a 2 minute slot, what would you do at the Opening Ceremony?
Henry: If Danny Boyle asked me personally to cover for two minutes between acts, I would probably panic and pull out my pasta-naming party trick.
Matt: A virtuoso ukulele interlude.
What do you think the legacy will be (if there is one!)?
Henry: I hope the legacy will be a boosted economy, renewed national pride and a generation of aspirational kids. My dread is a budget-crippling mistake that confirms the UK as a has-been in the eyes of the world. I suspect we’ll end up somewhere in the middle.
Matt: I think the British people will become obsessed with the athletic ideal of bodily perfection and rise up as a new breed of svelte, iron-pumping warrior folk.