London 2012 - The People's Olympics... Really?
Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:12 AM
OK, if it's the People's Olympics... stage it in Liberia, Bangladesh, or Palestine... and make the Olympic brand untouchable, unavailable for sponsorship in any way shape or form...
Make me believe in it.
If you can't do that, call it what it is... The Coca Cola Olympics. Do you think we're stupid?
Yes, you could describe it as the People's Olympics, if only for the fact it's costing the weary British people/tax payer tens of billions of pounds to build a corporate advertising vehicle, at a time hospital trusts are going bankrupt.... with no tangible benefit to the people, aside from some mythical notion it's regenerating 'something, somewhere' in what is the arse end of some distant city most of the 'people' can't even afford to visit.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:18 AM
I think not. The poor suffering people will have to foot the bill for it though. In the meantime the fat cat contractors have got rich off the contracts dished out for the games.
Off topic: I see there are many complaints about the many empty seats at the events which have been allocated to companies, officials etc who don't even turn up. Sebastian Coe still defends those chosen few however. I feel sure there are other more deserving people who would be quite happy to pay for the seats and actually use them.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:27 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:28 PM
(It's probably something as boringly stupid as each countries entire olympic committee was given free seats to every event, but obviously can't attend everything. And although they're supposed to return tickets that aren't being used for resale, they probably have forms to fill in to do so, and it's more hassle than it's worth, as knowing the UK, it will be a 5 page form for each ticket you return.)
Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:20 PM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:19 PM
The public have no choice because they are taxed, the government wins because they get tax on the profits from the organisers and the poor old working smuck gets to maybe see the Olympics on the TV.
There is a Euphoria about this Olympcs almost like a orgy before Rome burns and everyone is looking for heroes.
Tickets are the hottest thing in town and it's a great atmosphere with loads of really friendly faces and great entertainment.
It seems the country has decided to say Fuk it, Fuk all the problems we are going to party but party with sport.
Gold medalists are the new rock stars.
The bill will be dissected later but right now it's a massive climax.
And to help get the final cost of around £15 billion into perspective:
"The Bank of England will flood the market with another 50 billion pounds of cash next week."
Edited by Il Postino, 09 August 2012 - 10:38 PM.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:50 PM
So many sports and not enough time to enjoy them.
All that investment for a two week window in which to re-coup the costs.
The games should be longer.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:57 PM
Each time a new sport is introduced then one old one should be dumped.
Too many sports means that the participating countries have a huge expense in training athletes and then getting them to the games along with a cast of thousands who look after them.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:42 AM
Edited by Il Postino, 10 August 2012 - 12:52 AM.
Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:58 PM
Sport overall is very positive, I would rather sporting heroes inspire a generation than Jordon or Russell Brand.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:11 AM
With the UK withdrawing from Afghanistan, and British bases in Germany being closed, too, the public will need to get used to seeing more of the military,
"It is a really important point. We recognised we have an opportunity to set conditions for us when we are predominantly UK-based armed forces.
This has given us the opportunity to show us as professional and approachable human beings."
Cut backs on the Police and the army moving back home with the threat of more riots looming, it makes common sense I guess.
Edited by Il Postino, 14 August 2012 - 01:15 AM.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:11 AM
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:05 PM
Well they are called sportsmen and women and they are competing to win the greatest prize in sport.
Just because sponsors pay for advertising does not take away the fact that the Olympics is all about sport and the crowds come to watch sport.
The Olympics is about sport and always will be.
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