Olympic Officials today admitted they were “caught off-guard” at how frequently they needed to top up the credit on the Pay As You Go gas card which was intended to keep the Olympic Flame burning.
Along with the flame itself, the Greek delegation handed Lord Coe a handy pre-paid card which they claim was loaded with credit for “about a year’s worth of gas”. Despite this the flame nearly petered out immediately upon arrival at RNAS Culdrose. Only the quick thinking of flag-waving pensioner Gladys Piper saved major embarrassment, when she hit the ‘Emergency Credit’ button just as the final flicker of Britain’s credibility was about to die.
This bought enough time for David Beckham to contact sponsors EDF Energy and set up a direct debit for £4000 a day for the gas, though he was also obliged to take out fridge insurance, and to buy 500 solar panels.
“You see now why the torch route is so weird,” Beckham explained. “We’ve got to stay within an hour of a PayPoint outlet at all times. But EDF did send me a free handy travel wallet.”