Sitting inside the Olympic Park is a “megastore” packed with Olympic branded goodies. Some garish, some surprisingly tasteful, including the canvas bags with 1948 posters on them – alas, a plastic style print transfer that wouldn’t last very long, and some obvious collectables.
As you enter, they try to hand you a shopping bag to make it easier to part with dollars, euros and pounds and judging by some of the bulging carrier bags I have seen on the Jubilee Line, they are doing a good trade in goodies.
But why spend your money on this year’s collectables, when you can be stocking up in preparation for the next Olympic games?
One of the Olympic Houses dotted around London has been set up by Brazil inside the basement of Somerset House. The country is hosting the Rio2016 Olympics. They are also already selling souvenirs, so I took the chance to add to my collection of mugs with a tasteful Olympics cup.
And fortunately, the Rio2016 logo is far more tasteful than the London effort.
It also meant I walked around London2012 yesterday with a Rio2016 Olympics bag, which appealed to my slightly twisted sense of humour.
Of course, this is the Olympics, so Rio2016 is a Visa only venue – although at least they are not claiming to be “proud” to only accept Visa, unlike their London counterparts.
I didn’t notice it at the time, but there is a paper slip inside the mug, and the text on that is quite funny in its exaggerated description of a “cup”.
This PhotoMug has been manufactured especially for you. Each mug is individually inspected to ensure you receive the best possible quality
This exceptional mug is the only mug of its kind that is guaranteed dishwasher and microwave oven safe As long as you don’t drop it, it will last you a lifetime!
This PhotoMug has been produced using the dye-sublimation print process which gives high quality images simply unobtainable by any other means.
Blimey! All that for just £8.
Stock up early, it’s only 1461 days, 10 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds until the next Olympic Opening Ceremony!