On teeing off at Tower Bridge, on International Olympic houses and lost phones
With the build-up towards the Olympics we’ve been kept very busy this week over here in Southwark. We’ve been putting final touches to the branding for the House of Switzerland at Glaziers Hall, we’ve been involved in the film festival for Casa Brasil at Somerset House and we’ve been at the Mandarin Oriental doing the AV for Mitt Romney’s UK fundraiser as well as various other jobs all on the go at the same time, all over the city.
Metro also had the AV responsibility for a really unique event over at Tower Bridge on Monday night. This was a promotional event put on by M&C Saatchi on behalf of their client Adidas. You may have read about the event in the news (http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/6206). Adidas were offering money to charity if the sponsored golfers could tee off from a floating Thames barge and either land balls on a floating green or hit a hole in one.
The stakes were £1200 for a green shot and £12000 for a hole in one. Stepping up to the mark were Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson & Mark King who notched up a very respectable £9,600 between the three of them with 8 green shots. Metro were responsible for the AV during the press conference and interviews with the golfers and it was great to be part of such a fun event on such a beautiful evening.
We had the torch come through Southwark yesterday and we all headed down to watch it go past. There was a flurry of noise & activity with open top buses & trucks going past and people on stilts yelling at everybody to “make some noise”. Following that there was a lull and everything went a bit quiet, the pause was just about to be a little too long when the bearer came round the corner to much applause and cheering. It was great to see so many locals & tourists smiling and enjoying themselves in the sunshine, everyone got right behind it and it was a proper feel good moment!
On a final personal note, I lost my phone last night. I got off the tube at Paddington and realised I didn’t have it with me, must have slipped out of my pocket. On calling it, a voice answered. “Andy” gave me his number, agreed to meet me today and duly returned it when I went over to the Radio 1 office where he works nr Regents Park (Scott Mills walked past me on the way in as I was sat waiting for Andy to come down with my phone). Good to know there's still a few decent people out there, re-affirmed my faith in the inherent goodness of human nature and all that… He got a bottle of champers from me for it too, so karma works I guess.
Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy the opening ceremony tonight and the first weekend of one of the biggest events on the planet!
All the best,