1. Danny Boyle is heading the opening ceremony.
2. McDonald’s, as a sponsor of the Olympics, had a monopoly on serving french fries in and around Olympic venues (unless the french fries were also served with fish). McDonald’s recently agreed to waive this requirement.
Cue frustrated scenes at the lunch counter in the ceremonies catering area where staff were toiling over the staging for Danny Boyle’s 27 July opening extravaganza. “Please understand this is not the decision of the staff who are serving up your meals who, given the choice, would gladly give it to you, however they are not allowed to,” read a notice pinned up by staff. “Please do not give the staff grief, this will only lead to us removing fish and chips completely.”