Fears are growing in the wake of the Olympics that the capital's much-praised feel good factor and friendliness, said to have been in evidence everywhere in the city during the past fortnight, is already beginning to ebb away much quicker than was first predicted by some cynics.
Unconfirmed reports from The Central Line, during this morning's rush-hour, speak of travellers with their heads buried in The Metro making no eye contact whatsoever with fellow travellers and holiday makers who are still in town in the immediate aftermath of the seventeen day extravaganza.
Abner Jones III, a visitor to the games from Wisconsin USA, told BBC Breakfast's Susanna Reid, "I got on the Toob with my wife, Jeannie-May, at Gloo-sester Road and said 'Hi' to the guy sitting opposite us. Now up until today any time we did that it was the cue for a nice friendly conversation to strike up. But no siree, not this time! The guy just stared at us for a second then kinda ducked behind his nooze-paper with a pretty unhappy expression. Left us both feeling like we'd somehow insulted him.
Well shucks, putting it down to some kind of misunderstanding we tried the same thing with a Nun who got on at Piccadilly Circus, but when she spat at us we just knew something in your fine nation's mood had changed."
Professor Henry Kavanagh, from University College Hospital psychology department explains, "The average London commuter is a miserable, sour-faced, self-centred git who wouldn't normally give you the steam off their piss, let alone waste so much as one single second being friendly. So the colossal effort of feigning friendliness these past few weeks has stretched them to their absolute breaking points. And now the world's media has packed up and gone off somewhere else, it'll be back to the usual monosyllabic grunts and sighs from now until Christmas Eve; when once again they may risk a few off-the-cuff words to a complete stranger, say perhaps following a drunken work's do or something."
Legacy Ambassador, Lord Coe, was philosophical when speaking to the BBC's The World at One on Radio 4 today, "It's true we pulled it off and delivered a friendly games and I'm just thankful that we managed to hold out to the end of it all. But now that it's all over I don't mind telling you it was touch and go at times if I'm being honest. I mean to expect the average Londoner to remain friendly now there's absolutely no need to is simply pie in the sky and if we are to make headway then it will need to be taken one day at a time. But quite frankly a London, say like Leeds or Liverpool where everyone talks to everyone else out of a sense of friendliness and community spirit, is a prospect that would terrify most of us southerners to death."