Letter from London — From the November 2012 issue

A Brief Period of Rejoicing

Never mind the European meltdown, here’s the Olympics!

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As the summer of 2012 approached, the third coming of the Olympics to London began to feel like an impending apocalypse—especially after it became clear that Britain was in the grips of total financial collapse, and that any money left in the national piggy bank would have to bail out Greece, where, recent research has shown, the Games were invented as a way of bleeding money from the more frugal tribes of northern Europe. A roughly $15 billion beast was slouching towards London. Then, when the riots broke out last year, it looked like the foreign hordes who had gobbled …

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