London Mayor and favourite for next Tory leader Boris Johnson has thrown himself into the Olympic spirit. This doesn't always go entirely to plan
, leaving the blond mop-head hanging around for a while this afternoon. Fortunately, the Internet knows exactly what to do
. From standing start to a country laughing its socks off - there's a #dangleboris hashtag - mere hours have passed.
Will it damage Boris' chances of taking over from the gaffe-prone David Cameron? Probably quite the opposite.
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris.
One of London mayor Boris Johnson's initiatives has been the installation of a bike hire service
across the capital controversially sponsored by a well known bank. Stretching the hire terms and conditions to their limit, local bloggers Ian
decide to take them across the channel briefly to meet their continental cousins at the Parisian Vélib
"Bikinis! Monsters! Motorcycles! Welcome to BMC
, your new go-to site for B-movies by the likes of John Carpenter (Dark Star
) and Roger Corman (Saga of the Viking Women
). Now online and in full screen, watch unsung classics like Asylum
by Psycho screenwriter Robert Block or Corridors of Blood
with the inimitable Christopher Lee. Want to see international icons before they made it big? How about The Ruthless Four
, a spaghetti Western starring Klaus Kinski."
Did Vladimir Putin really turn around Russia's economy?
Washington Post's Fred Hyatt attempts to refute the conventional wisdom that Putin was responsible for Russia's turnaround from the economic instability of the "disastrous" 90s by offering a thorough counter argument to prove that Putin's effect on the economy was just the reverse. [more inside]
Examples of challenges faced: "Negotiating Hyde Park corner by bicycle. Outcome: survival." This and more from Boris Johnson's London Mayoral candidacy application
[PDF] to the Conservative Party. thelondonpap
er is not impressed
that he submitted a handwritten form.
"Even the greatest cities have further greatness in them. I will stand for a greater London and for putting the smile back on London's face." Boris Johnson
announces his candidacy for Mayor of London
, though he is yet to be endorsed by the Conservative Party. Though decidedly right wing in his views (this clip
, perhaps more than any other summarises his view on Europe, for example) his very English brand
lends him unique appeal (though not universally
ObitFilter: Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 69
To remember him by: "Monster Mash" video mashup
, his official site
(with spooky 1998 sound), "The Climate Mash"
(2005 eco-political rewrite with Pickett's vocal), and his lesser-known co-creation (with Peter Ferarra): "Star Drek"