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Zip-wire calamity to wild rugby tackles: The comedic face of Boris Johnson

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Zip-wire calamity to wild rugby tackles: The comedic face of Boris Johnson

 

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FILE PHOTO: London's Mayor Boris Johnson collides with 10-year-old Toki Sekiguchi during a game of Street Rugby with a group of Tokyo children, outside the Tokyo Square Gardens building October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Dangling helplessly from a zip-wire while waving British Union Jack flags, Boris Johnson and his attempt to publicise a party in one of London’s parks became one of the most memorable non-sporting moments of the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

“It’s going well ... Get me a ladder,” the portly then-London Mayor jovially shouted as the crowds below laughed along after he became stuck.

 

For most politicians, such a turn of events would be an humiliating embarrassment that could overshadow their careers. For the man famed for his mop of unruly blond hair and expected to be named as Britain’s next prime minister on Tuesday, it was par for the course.

 

Johnson, 55, has made a point of turning run-of-the-mill publicity events into a comedic adventure thanks to a large helping of upper-class English eccentricity, a trait that has made him popular with many Britons who see him as the antithesis of drab political rivals.

 

He came to wider public attention with his star turns on the BBC’s popular satirical TV quiz show “Have I Got News For You” and his gift for humour comes naturally.

 

Whether it is kissing fish in a visit to Essex in eastern England or knocking a 10-year-old boy flying during an impromptu game of rugby during a trip to Japan in 2015, Johnson’s antics and undiplomatic behaviour have tended merely to enhance his reputation.

 

“My friends we export French knickers to France, French knickers made in this country,” he told a delighted audience during the 2016 campaign ahead of the referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

 

Other famous photos that might have sunk a more conventional politician included wearing a string of sausages round his neck to promote new business in northern England and grimacing furiously during a game of tennis using an old wooden racquet.

 

That ability to entertain his fans could now propel him into Downing Street.

 

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

 

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1 minute ago, vogie said:

The boy is obviously trying to trip Boris up and has his fist clenched ready to attack Boris, the boy should have immediately been sent to the sin bin.

 

Boris does not need any help to trip himself up.

He is doing a pretty good job of that himself.

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Probably the shortest premiership on record.

General election coming soon.

 

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There are some cultures that are too stuck up and any sign of fun or frivolity are shunned. Fortunately Britian is not one of them. 

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1 hour ago, fishtank said:

Being good at the job might help him.

Judging by the mess he made at the Foreign Office things are not looking good on that front.

Londoners loved him as Mayor & so did the Country, RotW after he secured & delivered the Olympics.

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6 minutes ago, JonnyF said:

He hasn't even started yet, at least give him a chance.

 

This is just more biased rubbish from Reuters. If he was anti-Brexit/Pro EU they'd be fawning all over him. However, he's Pro Brexit so they write Tabloid rubbish like this to try to discredit him before he's even started. They are as bad as The Guardian.

The Mogg has just Rhubarbed the hosts of GMB who tried very hard to trip him up and failed spectacularly.... as usual 😊

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38 minutes ago, evadgib said:

Londoners loved him as Mayor & so did the Country, RotW after he secured & delivered the Olympics.

Ken Livingstone was mayor when the Olympics were secured in 2005...

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9 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

Ken Livingstone was mayor when the Olympics were secured in 2005...

And he came a close second to the now rubbish M of L...

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