10 Questions for Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson on the Olympics, the inventor of the toilet and the eminence of Keith Richards

Javier Sirvent for TIME

London Mayor Boris Johnson

What are you doing in the U.S. this close to the Olympics? How are you going to make the London Games memorable after Beijing?
I don't want to sound complacent, but to a quite remarkable degree we've got our preparations on track. Beijing was wonderful, but we don't have the capacity to spend half our defense budget on fireworks. It will be a party. Obviously we're hoping to see a big, big turnout from America.

In your book Johnson's Life of London, you claim London invented the Internet. Are you quite sure?
Absolutely. Tim Berners-Lee.

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