At the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, which were not only held in China, but were actually held this year AND at the end of the Olympics, Lord Coe, the former not-Lord Coe, flew the flag for Britain and London at the Olympic Flame ceremony.
Speaking in a manner he hopes will endear us to support him when he runs completely over hurdles (which he's used to) and budget (which he hasn't a clue about) for the London Olympics, thus consequently buggering-up everything Mayor Boris has said about keeping costs down, he was said to be pleased that the Olympic Torch ceremony handover went so well.
"I thought it was a nice torch.
"The thing that is now worrying me, is that when we hold the Olympics, because of the smoking ban, I think we'll have difficulty bringing a lit torch into London.
"In fact, because of the threat of terrorism, I think the handover bloke or blokette will have equally as much trouble bringing the lit torch onto the plane in the first place.
"But that's not my problem.
"I'm also worried about the Chinese troupe who attend London 2012, or as we refer to it in jest, 'London just gone ten past eight'.
"I hope they realise we allow free speech and we allow full internet access, even to subversive sites such as TibetenTourism.com and the SugarBabes Fan Club. I also hope they realise that we even go as far as to allow overweight children to eat in McDonalds.
"For goodness sake, we even allow Lembit Opik to walk openly in the streets."