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Boris did not want to hand the Olympic flag back

After the ceremony, Mr Johnson addressed Team GB athletes and told them he did not want to hand the Olympic flag back.

"I want you to know it was very, very hard just now to hand over that Olympic flag to Jacques Rogge," the mayor of London said.

He asked the athletes whether they thought he should have tried to keep it and then joked: "Did you see I yanked it back and he kind of flinched."

He told the British sportsmen and women they were part of the "greatest team of athletes this country had ever assembled".

"Team GB of 2012, you have achieved fantastically," he said.



Martial arts show for the Mayor

London mayor Boris Johnson will see fighting skills put to the test today as he meets young people involved in a police scheme to learn martial arts.

The Team TKO scheme in Merton, south London, is designed to steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The seven-week course for 11 to 18-year-olds offers an introduction to several martial art disciplines including karate, boxing, muay thai, taekwondo, judo, jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts.

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Boris back for first Mayor's questions

At the start of his first Mayor's Question Time, Boris Johnson addressed the 25 members of the London Assembly - some of them there for the first time. He said "We're very lucky to be here in 2012... because this is going to be, and already is, one of the greatest years in the memory of this city".

Before going on make a plea for GLA business to be conducted, let's say, on a 'higher' plane. Or as he put it "with the minimum possible recrimination, rancour and bickering".

Seconds later, Jenny Green, the Green Party's candidate for Mayor, accused him of "pedalling pseudo facts" and "sticking his head in the sand" over the issue over air-quality".

Hardly surprising then that another Assembly member was soon heard muttering "same old, same old"...