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London Hosting "Random Acts of Ping Pong"

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 06:45AM
Ping! London Kickoff Steve Parkin / Ping! London

A Ping! London table in the St. Pancras International railway station gets played during a kickoff event last week.

A project that kicked off in London last week hopes to create "random acts of ping pong" in public spaces across the city. Ping! London has placed 100 tables around the city for passersby to engage in a quick game with friends or strangers.

The four-week event is being produced by Sing London, who last year placed 23 pianos around the city with signs reading "Play Me, I’m Yours."

Colette Hiller, creative director for Sing London, told ABC News last week that she believes the tables will act to connect people in the city. Her group has even organized social events such as "Singles for Singles."

London will host the 2012 Olympics, and Ping! is one of a number of sport events taking place around the country in the years leading up to the games.

But why should such a great idea have to wait for an Olympics? Who wouldn't enjoy a ping pong table in the middle of Pershing Square? Could a table in the City Hall rotunda give city electeds a little extra extra pep in their day?

Participatory events like ping pong and pianos seem like an idea whose time has come for Downtown.

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