Childrens' Laureate Michael Morpurgo - a person who must be known somewhere by someone - came up with the concept of the Olympic mascots being fashioned from two drops of molten steel split in the making of the last steel girder used in the Olympic Stadium.
An animated film, which will form part of a series, depicts a grandfather forming the steel into the figures and giving them to his grandchildren. Animated by a rainbow they turn somersaults for the children before disappearing off on the road to London.
Wen and Mandy, formally known as Wenlock and Mandeville, are aimed at a child audience and (Lord) Sebastian Coe makes no apology. "We've created our mascots for children and they will connect young people with sport and tell the story of our proud Olympic and Paralympic history."
That's the children sorted with what will be excessively priced future junk. What about the adults? Fancy trying a design? You can send your efforts to the Telegraph. Do ensure it can be placed on the mantlepiece along with my royal memorabilia which is all quality china. I suppose an ashtray isn't politically correct these days. Shame.
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