The tangled mass of metal above is as far from perfection as can be imagined. The Guardian newspaper has a long tradition of running spoof stories on the 1st April by way of an April Fool joke. The most famous was a seven page report on a nonexistent island called San Seriffe (which is actually a typeface) When I saw this story this morning I assumed it must be an April Fool joke.
I copy and paste...
Designs for what will be Britain's biggest piece of public art, a 120 metres tall looping tower by the artist Anish Kapoor that people will be able to climb, giving spectacular views of London, were unveiled today by Boris Johnson, mayor of London.
Kapoor's Orbit, a vast, snaking steel structure, will dominate the 2012 Olympic park. It is being hailed as London's answer to the Eiffel tower and is part of an ambition to make the Olympics site a permanent visitor attraction.
The terrible truth has dawned on me. It is not a spoof. This is for real. I will speak slowly and loudly:
Please! Let's get this stupid, stupid, horrible looking thing stopped dead in its tracks at the idea stage. I know the Eiffel Tower was unpopular initially and people were sceptical about the London Eye but just look at the thing!
Finally, here are Dan and Dan with their take on thea British 'newspaper' that defies description in moderate language. You'll get the general idea from the clip.