Sunday, 29 July 2012

Are VIP liggers avoiding the Zil Lanes?

Yesterday, it seems, the VIP Olympics liggers preferred central London's restaurants and theatres, or maybe Bond Street's elite boutiques, or maybe just their Mayfair hotel suite with a Lithuanian tart, to attending the first day of events. Swathes of empty seats that should have been filled with smug, porky little international freeloaders swigging complimentary were embarrassing by their vacancy. I think they may also be reluctant to use the Zil Lanes; with the fear of scores of enraged Londoners held in traffic jams flinging ordure or worse at their chauffeured beamers. They've apparently been ordered to turn up today, but I bet they'll be reluctant to venture out again tomorrow morning at the start of the working week. 

Incidentally, the 'Zil Lane' tag that's now gone mainstream seems to have started here on the blogosphere when the Olympic Road Network was announced in 2009; the Mayor of London blog used it on 2nd July and it first appeared on Raedwald on 29th July 2010. It's since become so widespread that the BBC feels obliged to publish an explanation on its website ... 


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zil Lane has been around for years in an Olympic context. Certainly, it was used in Sydney in 2000 when I lived there.

Mike Spilligan said...

I can't add anything about the date they were introduced, but I lived in Moscow for 7 years - Yeltsin era - in a road off Kutuzovsky. There were 13 lanes all told - and one seemed to be reserved for the mafia.

banned said...
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banned said...

There was also an item on Beeb Radio 2 during which a Moscow correspondant explained that the Zil lanes were no big deal given that very few ordinary people owned cars, back in the day.

He added that Stalin had no need of them since he had the use of numerous outriders who simply cleared the lanes as he approached. The only time I have witnessed this alternative was when John Prescott violated my fair city, unlike The Queen when she visits.

Anonymous said...

They [LogJam], should have let them observe a bit of northern hospitality and Kulture - and taken them up to Wythenshawe [Peel Hall] in Mann-ches-turr and left them there sample the delights and to their own devices.

DeeDee99 said...

I love the BBC's final paragraph, telling us that we should be grateful we are only reduced to the status of 3rd class citizens for a few weeks.

Arrogant bastards.