Proposal by Kypros Kyprianou

Hi Neville,

a colleague passed on your proposal to what could possibly be your marathon endeavour.

My initial reaction, having followed the feverish anticipation (for some) of the Olympics in London, and having read the initial ‘Olympicism’ report by Pierre de Coubertin (which contains nuggets of equality, the betterment of humanity, the spirit of co-operation, and even some of the initial ancient Olympian ideas that include no weaponry and a cessation of hostilities between warring parties), I’d suggest that you should spend your £1000 visiting any shop that has Olympic in its title.

You could focus specifically on kebab houses, but obviously it’s up to you.

These may be some that have had a visit by the Olympiad junta (the stasi-like trading standards offshoot protecting brand identity), though I believe much of that was hot air. The nearest place to me is the Olympic Kebab on Tulse Hill whose proprietor is very friendly and wouldbe a great person to interview.

Of course, one might have to call your greatest possible distance marathon something that doesn’t offend Locog, especially if you want to do live documentation of your trip on any social networking sites – as in this snippet taken from an article about Locog…

Crowd members don’t …

• Upload a clip of William and Kate tripping up the steps of the Olympic stadium to Youtube: “A Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet.”

• Post your pictures to Facebook – this may fall under the same restriction.

• Take part in an ambush marketing stunt, “including, for the avoidance of doubt individual or group ambush marketing”.

I’m not sure how they close down that public arena, but it will evidently be part of the whole circus coming to town feel of the thing.

Anyway, that’s my two penneth worth. Good luck

Kypros Kyprianou


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