London mayor suspended: All for the big show
By Sara Ledwith
LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – His booming voice fell silent for tube travellers, but London Mayor Boris Johnson was clinging on in the limelight on Wednesday as he got stuck on a zip wire at an Olympic party.
The portly, helmeted mayor was pictured in his trademark black suit and shoes, holding two Union Jack flags and calling for a ladder in the drizzle as he dangled from the high-wire attraction favoured by school children in London’s Victoria Park, where the Games are being shown on big screens.
“Unlike Team GB, he won’t be bagging any gold medals today,” said a spokeswoman for the mayor after the incident.
The zip wire incident earned Johnson a “trending” spot on microblogging site Twitter.
Johnson’s stunt followed complaints from businesses that his exhortations to commuters to avoid Games-related hotspots on the London Underground may have been too effective. Some sites have said trade is down by as much as 30 percent.
[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_-wVK8oOZE]London Mayor Boris Johnson dangles in the air after getting stranded on a zip wire while trying to make a dramatic entry to an London 2012 Olympic party at Victoria Park in east London August 1, 2012. RussiaToday.