London: Mayor of London
Boris Johnson got stuck on a zip wire and dangled in mid-air
during a promotional event for the Olympics, prompting roars of
laughter from the watching crowd and sparking a volley of comments
The 48-year-old mayor was heard shouting, "Get me a rope, get me a
ladder!" as he hung Wednesday on the 1,000-feet-long line, The Sun
Johnson, who was visiting the BT London Live event in Victoria
Park in east London, was wearing a blue safety helmet and waving
two Union Jack flags, and had to wait for organisers to haul him
the last 65 feet to the end of the wire.
"I think the brakes got stuck," he said.
His act prompted laughter from the crowd, while the internet was
packed with images of Johnson's predicament. A photo was
superimposed onto many different backgrounds.
They included Johnson hovering above Tom Cruise in "Mission:
Impossible", hanging from the hands of Big Ben's clock, flying
through the Olympics opening ceremony and floating over MPs in the
House of Commons.
A user said the sight of Johnson was like "a mistreated orangutan
forced to perform for paying punters at an Eastern European
Stephen Mangan, actor in TV series "Green Wing", wrote: "Just had
a vision of 2019, Boris representing us at G8 Summit as PM, big
clown feet, red nose, spinning bow tie, custard pie-ing Merkel."