I would like to welcome overseas visitors who are in Britain for the Olympics, or who are following the games on TV. I would also like to dissociate myself completely from the image of Britain projected by the opening ceremony. Despite appearances, our Head of State does not leap out of helicopters, cockneys, whether lovable or not, do not all wear suits covered with pearl buttons, we have many other singers than just one geriatric beatle, and, not least, the typical Englishman is not at all like Mr Bloody Bean.
What really pisses me off, though, is that the proposal to build a Swift Tower (they got as far as a shortlist of five submitted designs, and beautiful they were too) was axed on grounds of cost. Kenneth Branagh's fee alone would have paid for it. Grrrrr.
Have a nice day.