London Mayor, Boris Johnson, drooled over ‘semi-naked’ female beach volleyball players ‘glistening like otters’ in the rain, in a newspaper column.
In the piece he wrote for the Daily Telegraph, the bizarre simile cropped up among Johnson’s ‘20 reasons to feel cheerful’ about the Olympics.
Rather than the more highbrow political rhetoric favoured by some of his rivals, the column has Johnson gushing in excitable, chummy tones.
Number 19 in his list reads: “As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers. The whole thing is magnificent and bonkers,” the Daily Mail reported.
‘Yaaay!’ begins his item celebrating Lizzie Armitstead’s silver medal in the cycling road race and 400m freestyle swimmer Rebecca Adlington bagging bronze.
The rundown later has him boasting about organisers having completed the venues ‘on time and under budget’ and gloating about the rain staying away for Friday night’s big Opening ceremony.