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August 25, 2008
It’s barely finished, and it has already started. A poster on a London underground train proclaims proudly: ‘Now we feel bigger than a tiny island’, and suggests you buy The Olympic Games Handover Ceremony Collectable Coin. Weird. In four years, will I still be here? Will I have the time to watch the Olympic ceremony? Will I want to? (Note the optimism: not – ‘Will I be able to afford to?’). It’s an exciting idea, to see the familiar monuments in this special context, and I’m curious how the English will follow up (or critique) the Chinese spectacle of ceremonial squander.