Perry Simmonds - 17 Aug 2012

2012 London Media Centre Press, Stress and Gummy Bears

2012 London Olympic Games a Sucess with the Major
Coordinating and overseeing 66 press conferences over the 2012 London Media Centre which we have been housing during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games has not quite stressed out and messed up my hair to the same extent as Boris above or either of the Catalonian performance artists from Osadia in the photo below taken just outside our Brasserie One restaurant.


2012 London Media Centre: Inside the fun
Perry with his new very British fans!

 It also has not left me craving gummy bears, but more about that later ‘I am after all, long in the Westminster tooth so to say’ and have dealt with very many Westminster press conferences during my time in and around local venues.

My most hectic time for press conferences is normally at election time. As we are so close to Parliament, have a division bell and are used to dealing with high profile, short notice press conferences on all things government, we tend to be very popular for these short bookings. BUT MPs would never put in a request for gummy bears.

In twitter lingo, the #2012LMC press conferences have been a bit different from government related press conferences.  Our two purpose built theatres have been permanently prepared for press conferences with the required links to the whole world provided by NorthOne and Ether Live. Our on-site team of technicians worked closely throughout with the LMC Press Desk to ensure that presentations were formatted correctly and ready by the required time. Both the Telford and Godfrey Mitchell theatres have therefore been kept in a permanent state of readiness allowing them to be brought into use at a moment’s notice. Just as well as there were so many tight turnarounds particularly towards the end of the Games when it reached a crescendo with 10 press conferences on the last Thursday alone.

The high profile VIPs I can recall off the top of my head in recent weeks were made up of a mixture from the sports and culinary worlds including Lennox Lewis, Michael Phelps, Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal,  Marcus Wareing from the Berkeley, Paula Radcliffe and many more.  The list is too long to mention. Boris has been in and out of OGGSVenue that many times that I have lost count and barely noticed when I passed by Brasserie One and heard he was just munching away on Chef’s lunch of fish lasagne. I think and hope he really likes it here and his style was certainly very entertaining during the press conferences. We’ll always be more than happy to look after his bike in the usual way.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite recent press conference photos taken at the LMC.

Jamie Oliver with Square Meal at the 2012 London Media Centre

Jamie being interviewed by Ben McCormack from SquareMeal


The Magic Numbers with Visit Britain at the 2012 London Media CentreHeston at the 2012 London Media Centre













 

Heston demonstrating his culinary artistic or mad scientist skills with nitrogen cylinders and test tubes?


The Telford Theatre filling up and ready for
Jamie’s arrival via our discreet secret entrance for VIPs
2012 London Media Centre inside the Great Hall Jamie Oliver set-up inside the 2012 London Media Centre


The LMC reopens for the Paralympic Games and OGGS gets tidied  and ready to reopen for normal Westminster conferences and events on Monday, 17th September 2012.

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