LONDON Aug 10 Loving the London Olympics but
unable to be there in person or worried about feeling low when
the Games end on Sunday?
For those with more money than sense, there is always a
solution on the Internet.
Enterprising vendors, some offering a small percentage of
any takings to charities, are seeking to cash in on the success
of London 2012 by offering bottled 'atmosphere' on auction
"So you weren't one of the lucky ones, unable to travel to
London for whatever reason and soak up the exhilarating
atmosphere," says vendor mictoria.
"Well maybe a little bit of that ambiance can come to you."
Bids were open until Sunday, "when the atmosphere goes back
to normal", with three would-be purchasers of the novelty item
registering an interest with the highest at 10.50 pounds
Other vendors offering bottled Olympic air - one of them
"collected at the entrance to the Olympic Park only days ago" -
had yet to attract any bids, however.
One put an optimistic starting price tag of 49.99 pounds on
an empty plastic water bottle that could be bought immediately
for 99.99 otherwise.
There was also a crumpled tissue on offer.
"This was the tissue I used at the 2012 Opening Ceremony to
wipe the seat with, it has some of the molecules of the Olympic
atmosphere attached to it and I shall be sealing it in a plastic
wallet so you can show it to your Grandchildren and so on,"
Bidders had yet to show any interest.
($1 = 0.6396 British pounds)
(Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)