London Olympics diary: Quirky moments around the Games
- 1 August 2012
- From the section UK
Here's our collection of off-beat and fun Olympic moments so far.
We're on the look-out for the offbeat moments of the London Games so if you spot anything, get in touch with us using the form below.
Boris is wired at park event
Politicians aren't known for being definitive. They can be frustratingly non-committal.
Today, it was the turn of Boris Johnson, London's colourful mayor, to be left, quite literally, up in the air.
Always up for a jolly jape, he was the first person down a zip wire at a BT Live event in Victoria Park.
Unfortunately, he got stuck halfway and had to be pulled the rest of the way by teams on the ground.
He was heard to shout: "Get me a rope, get me a ladder".
After winning the Tour de France and a fourth Olympic gold, there have been calls for Bradley Wiggins to receive a knighthood.
"I've got no idea what criteria they use to hand things out like that, but if anybody is deserving of one, I think Brad is," British cycling chief Dave Brailsford said.
However, when the Gold medalist himself was asked, "How does Sir Wiggo sound to you?" he said: "It doesn't quite sound right, let's be honest.
"As much as an honour it would be to receive something like that, I don't think I'd ever use it. I'd just put it in a drawer. I'll always just be Brad."
Perhaps he would be more in favour of the title "Wiggold" - a term which has been trending on Twitter today.
Futuristic cabs go the distance
Would you go 130 miles to refuel your vehicle? Probably not - but that's what three hydrogen-fuelled black cabs are having to do.
The low-emission taxis were introduced to carry Olympic VIPs and officials but the fuelling station near the Olympic Park has been closed for safety reasons.
The taxis are being put on a transporter and driven to Swindon to have their fuel cells replenished.
A new station is due to open at Heathrow "before the end of the Olympics".
Pride of South Africa
Meet Bert Le Clos. He has something to be proud of and boy, did he show it?
His son had won the 200m butterfly gold AND beaten Michael Phelps to boot.
Enjoy Mr Le Clos, enjoy!
Don't look now
The US broadcaster, NBC, hasn't had its troubles to seek.
Rather than covering big moments live, it's decided to time-shift them and show them when audiences are higher and there are more advertising dollars.
Viewers have complained about the network giving away the results during news bulletins ahead of event itself being broadcast.
On a lighter note, the broadcaster's logo landed in an unfortunate position for this athlete.
We won't be too hard on them though because the BBC's broadcasting 2,500 hours of sporting action these Games and there's plenty room for things to go wrong along the way.
Out of the picture
The Newham Recorder, whose beat covers the Olympic Park, brings us news of that police are investigating the first reported crime in the Athletes' Village.
A TV and wireless routers, worth £200, were stolen from one of the flats.
Never missing a moment
We love this picture of RNLI crew in Weymouth fixing kit whilst keeping an eye on the Olympics.
Great job lads!
Some nice words on Twitter from Piers Morgan, former editor of The Mirror, now CNN presenter.
"I tell you who IS winning... the BBC. Fantastic #Olympics coverage."
From Vilnius, Lithuania, viewer Mike Little contacts us to tell us about the Kazakhstan weight-lifter whose country logo on the back of his uniform said "Kzakhstan".