por Milo Steelefox, de Londres*
The other week I went on a tour of the Olympic site. And aside from basing my 10min Portuguese homework presentation on this, I thought I’d tell you guys about it, as it was rather wicked.
Plus it also links our countries, as whilst the world’s eyes begin to fall on on London for next year, Brazil will be paying close attention looking for pointers for Rio 2016.
We know, we know – how on earth do you follow Beijing? Well, that’s pretty impossible really isn’t it, but ah well, we can have crack, or just have fun trying.
Anyway, despite the typical low expectations of the English, I was quietly impressed with what’s being built in East London as they regenerate and build on a vast space in Stratford (no relation to Shakespeare, this area).
I think the event might just turn out as quirky, fresh and modern as the controversial official logo!
The Velodrome, all wooden and shaped rather like a Pringle, is looking pretty. The Olympic Stadium’s almost complete, and the Aquatic Centre’s coming on well. And sat smack bang between the two, costing £22m, is Britain’s most expensive piece of public art, The Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor.
When complete the rollercoaster-looking tower will stand 114m tall – it was perhaps half way there when I visited – and you can bet the view from the top is gonna be amazing. Check out this short video for an idea of how it’s being made.
But the icing on the cake was a novel project which cost half a million pounds and was whipped up in just 3 month, being a cubic green café called The View Tube.
Pretty much sat as close as you can get to the stadium, the café quite simply offers “a view, a brew, and a pee”, allowing members of the public to get up close and see how the development is coming on, with a classroom space for school groups too.
I was well impressed, but even more so, according to our tour guide, were the Brazilian Olympic officials who were visiting the week previous – so keep your eyes peeled for a View Tube café in Rio in about 5 years time…
Official London 2012 website: http://www.london2012.com/
The View Tube website: http://www.theviewtube.co.uk/
Video about The Orbit, by Anish Kapoor: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12584721
- Wicked: nothing to do with being evil, but rather meaning amazing, brilliant, cool
- Pointers: clues as to how something could be done
- To have a crack: quite simply, to have a go, to try
- Stratford:: a little trivia for you… Stratford (the full name of which is Stratford-upon-Avon) is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, whilst it is also the name of the area of London which is being redeveloped for the Olympics
- Quirky: like perculiar, different, novel, intriguing
- Smack bang:an expression used to say right in the very middle of…
- Gonna: abbreviation of ‘going to’
- Icing on the cake: the best bit, ‘the star of the show’, a cereja no bolo
- Whipped up: made, created, to be done
- A view, a brew and a pee: in other words, the chance to see the Olympic site, have a cup of tea and go to the toilet, ‘brew’ meaning a tea, as you brew the leaves in order to make it
- Well impressed: this is the same as saying ‘I was very impressed’, although it’s more slang, so your teachers might not approve