Our Mayor, heavily muscled, super-fit, super-competitive Boris Johnson is to play lissom, electric heeled, equally competitive Seb Coe in the opening match of the summer tournament. Achilles will wage war against Mercury, and the battle is bound to be to the death, with no quarter given. Boris loves ping pong and plays every day in his lunch hour. The following matches will pit celebrities and artists against each other.
One hundred open-air ping pong tables will appear around London this summer and they are the brain child of Colette Hiller, who scattered 30 pianos round town last year, so that Londoners could play them. Ping pong bats will be provided with each table, with the simple message on their handles “Please put me back”. Locations for the matches include Terminal 5, the Albert Memorial, and Trafalgar Square. Young British Artists, including the lovely Tracey Emin, will display their artwork on the tables.
Excitement is rising to fever pitch. Boris is just as good at mental ping pong as the physical kind. One thing is for sure, London life under the benign rule of Mayor Boris is never dull.