Sunday night, after two weeks of games and months of preparation, the Olympics finally came to a close, and what an eventful ceremony it was. In an arena filled with athletes, the public and pixels, we saw a list of British icons take to the stage and perform to a globe of onlookers. The Spice Girls, girl-powered all over the crowd in outfits from the 90s and a fleet of personalized taxis. Russell Brand performed a medley in a large top hat and an even bigger accent, and Freddie Mercury was brought back to life to perform alongside Roger Daltrey, Brian May and a host of golden supermodels.
And then there was Jessie J. The constant appearance of the sequined singer who arrived in a Rolls Royce and unashamedly sang ‘it’s not about the money’ did not have the smoothest of introductions. Safe to say the sporadic loss of picture and signal that interrupted her air guitaring was a welcomed break. If only that had happened for the four minutes in which Ed Sheeran attempted the Pink Floyd classic ‘Wish you were here’. Well Ed, we do too, as if it was David Gilmore who had taken to the stage last night, there would be many more happy faces in the capital at the moment. Instead, Londoners were sour faced as many returned to work after two weeks of sleep, sunshine and sailing.
Yes England may not be host to another Olympic games for many years to come, but fear not. The games have given us something that will stay with us forever, the reassuring image that somewhere out there, mounted on top of a giant, illuminated, wailing octopus, probably still pounding one fist in the air whilst mixing with the other, is Norman Cook playing DJ on his cable free decks. The only question that remains on everyone’s tweets, where were the Stones?