Fresh - August 1st

The Olympics is enthralling, all-pervading and unbelievably addictive. The one thing it doesn't offer is personal aspiration; each Olympian is at the peak of their sporting profession, having spent an entire lifetime practising in order to represent their nation and go for gold - we can't relate to that on a personal level. We could probably learn how to be alright at judo or archery, but we'd have to give up our jobs and concentrate on it properly.
What am I saying? What hogwash. Of course we can relate to the Games on a personal level - we can create new and interesting things using our own skills! Check out what this chap, Warren Elsmore, has done - he's built a model Olympic Village out of Lego! That's more about being bothered to do it than actually having a unique skill, and yet it looks brilliant. So, what could you build using your own particular abilities...?


You are an Olympian
'We can't relate to the Olympics on a personal level', I said as recently as a few minutes ago. Cobblers. YOU ARE ALL OLYMPIANS. There's a theory that if two people of similar build, stature, lifestyle and mannerisms are never seen in the same room together, they're more than likely the same person. (For example, Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry, or Alan Rickman and Paul Lawson.)
Proving this beyond all reasonable doubt is the BBC's 'Olympic athlete body match' thingy. Simply type in your height and weight and it'll match you up with the Olympian you most closely physically resemble. I get to choose between two Team GB athletes - Matthew Wells the rower, and Glen Robinson the water poloist - as well as French cyclist Kevin Sireau, thus ensuring a full summer's worth of pub conversation starters. Have a go:

Olympic logos
The London 2012 logo has taken a bit of a hammering over the years. Announced in 2007, the Wolff Olins design comprises, as you know, a stylised '2012' with the Olympic rings within the zero. The most common criticism is that it looks like Lisa Simpson performing a, er, personal act (which, to be fair, it really does), but the fact that it kind of looks like it spells out 'Zion' almost caused Iran to boycott the event. But then they didn't.
I don't know about you, but I rather like it now. This could be the fact that it's everywhere, stuck to every available flat surface in London, but it'll be weird to see it disappear in a few weeks. It's part of the furniture.
So, what do you make of the logo for Rio 2016? It's a little bit BT, a little bit Microsoft, and a lot softer-edged than ours. But I think ours is better...

Daniel Bevis

1st August 2012