The 8,000 volunteers who will welcome international visitors to London 2012 have received a 66-page instruction manual on how to behave while hosting the games. But what of the visitors themselves? Could the tourists survive without a manual outlining the customs, manners and practicalities of the islands they are visiting? We hereby present a simple guide to UK etiquette for the 2012 Olympics.
• British people may seem to apologise a lot, but it doesn’t quite mean the same thing here. In the UK, “I’m sorry” actually means either a) I didn’t hear you; b) I didn’t understand you; or c) I both heard and understood you, and I think you’re an idiot.
• London’s bike hire scheme couldn’t be simpler, by the way: just go up to the terminal at any docking station, pay by card and take away one of our so-called “Boris bikes”. When you’re done with it, simply throw it into the nearest canal. They’re disposable!
• Please aid the Olympic authorities and organisers by demonstrating at all times that you are not a terrorist. Do not perspire, take off your shoes, smile in a weird way while texting someone, or point and shout: “Hey! Look at all those missiles on that roof over there!”. In fact, if you’re not using your hands for anything, it’s probably best if you keep them in the air where everybody can see them.
(Adaptado de: DOWLING, T. London 2012: an etiquette guide for Olympics
visitors-london-olympics?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038>. Acesso em: 16 jul. 2012.)
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