If you have watched BBC television news lately you will be aware they have set up a temporary studio with a backdrop of the Olympic Park in London. It's a splendid view, or rather it would be if not for one ghastly eyesore.
It's that peculiar looking structure called the Orbit, which to my untrained eyes resembles a particularly ugly helter-skelter or maybe a roller-coaster gone wrong. More annoyingly, because it totally dominates the background, I find my eyes drawn to it every time the news comes on. Rubbing salt into the wound is hearing some newscasters gush about how wonderful it looks. However, one BBC announcer referred to it rather indelicately on Friday as a ''contraption'', which is spot on.
London Mayor Boris Johnson _ the one with the haircut with a mind of its own _ is a big supporter of the Orbit and remarked that it had a ''mind-boggling design'', which no one would really dispute. There's certainly been nothing quite like it before and hopefully there won't be again.
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