What do you think of the Games posters?
By common consent, the Cultural Olympiad had a slow start.
The initial reaction was more about head-scratching than hand-clapping - though, as we've noted here before, it has got itself into markedly better shape in recent months.
The idea of converting the peak events into the London 2012 Festival is a smart one, and today there's been a series of announcements about what people can expect to see in arts and culture across the UK next year. The organisers' Festival website has gone live and you can find it - with more information about tickets - here
Later this month we'll be revealing more of the BBC's plans in this area. You may already have heard about the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012 and the Proms will have more than a touch of the Olympics too. But our wider ambitions include drama, comedy, the visual arts and insights into what makes London what it is - a global city with an incredible mix of people.
But we should be clear-sighted about the challenges ahead for the country in 2012, and I've been unconvinced by the argument you hear occasionally that delivering the Cultural Olympiad is just as important as the Olympics themselves.
Clearly, the UK wants to do both well. But the global test for Seb Coe and Locog is about whether they deliver a brilliant Games not whether there's a wonderful programme at the Barbican or the Southbank. July 27th to August 12th is a time in our national lives when sport comes first.
Today, though, there's an example of how the arts can potentially work with sport. Locog have unveiled the posters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, some of which you can see below:
They're not likely to be universally acclaimed because some of them shout "modern art" not sporting tradition, and I've heard a voice or two pre-launch wondering whether these will fuel the doubts of those who hated the logo and haven't been convinced by any of the London Games' visual design.
Personally I would always support ambition, even if the execution isn't to my taste. I've always admired Locog's willingness to take risks - which, as we've discussed previously, turned a long-shot bid to host the Games into an innovative alternative to Paris's more establishment plans. Whatever you think about the logo and the mascots, at least they're distinctive and don't feature yet another cuddly bear.
And so it is with the posters. If you'll forgive my language, it's probably the first time the word "arse" has appeared so prominently in an Olympic setting; and yes, our office has been struggling to see quite what the sporting dimension is of a couple of contributions.
So the questions are the obvious ones. Do you like them? Is it better to be interesting rather than predictable? And do posters like these have the power to bring sport and art together, or are they always destined to be distant relatives?
I'm sure you'll let us know what you think.