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Quote: £9.3bn in UK public funding has been set aside to cover the cost of the Games, and government attempts to persuade the population that they should be beside themselves with excitement have been met with a level of apathy usually associated with a sales assistant at B&Q.
Rather unfair to B&Q staff, I have always found them to be really helpful when I can't find a product in-store.
Why don't they hold the the 311.5 metres trolley dash in B&Q?
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Quote: attempts to persuade the population that they should be beside themselves with excitement have been met with a level of apathy usually associated with a sales assistant at B&Q.
Oh stop the bloody moaning. Ticket sales do not support your theory of apathy.
Quote: Oh stop the bloody moaning. Ticket sales do not support your theory of apathy.
ahh, you're one of those who've been brainwashed into believing that the Olympics is a 'Good Thing' for Britain.
I believe it was option 2 after 'Starting a War' in order to make us feel better about the economy.
I don't give a **** why we won it, I'm just taking advantage of the fact its here. What I don't understand is why so many people who say they are not interested spend so much time talking / moaning about it.
Quote: I don't give a **** why we won it, I'm just taking advantage of the fact its here.
Not being able to book time off work because of the bleeding thing. So will be at work mainly instead of on holiday with the kids and wife.
The Olympics may or may not be a good thing for Great Britain, but I have very little interest in sport generally, so I can't get excited over the Olympics.
I will probably watch the cycling if I've nothing better to do at the time, but will mostly pass on the rest of it.
I have the utmost respect and admiration for anyone trying to/and/or qualifying for the Olympics, considering some of the things they have had to overcome. Their tenacity and dedication should be an inspiration to all and I'll be supporting team GB all the way. There are a lot of people putting a great deal into this, not just those attempting to gain access to the podiums, and although I'm not a sporting person (I only really a fan of a few sports), I do like to support our athletes and can get quite emotional with them in the process of their winning or losing.
Olympics ? They make cameras, don't they ?
Are the Olympics on this year ?
Quote: why so many people who say they are not interested spend so much time talking / moaning about it.
Probably because I started a topic entitled 'what are you doing during the Olympics' and, surprisingly, people expressed their opinions.
Quote: What I don't understand is why so many people who say they are not interested spend so much time talking / moaning about it.
I think that if an event that is costing our country the equivalent of a small country's GDP and may well leave us with a legacy of debt, will cause an immense amount of disruption, will leave a mixture of wonderful sporting venues and costly white elephants and has made the nation's capital an unaffordable and jam-packed, no-vacancy destination for the duration of the event then anyone, whether they have an interest in the actual games or not, has the right to make their opinion known. After all we do still have a reasonable amount of free speech here.
I may watch a handful of events if I happen to have the TV on - football is one of interest this time and beach volleyball for its technical skill of course :o)
Quote: the right to make their opinion known. After all we do still have a reasonable amount of free speech here.
Possibly not as much right as you might think
"Little-noticed measures passed by the Government will allow officers and Olympics officials to enter homes and shops near official venues to confiscate any protest material."
"The government was accused tonight of giving itself draconian powers to clamp down on protests at the 2012 Olympics"
I am sadly well aware of the draconian restrictions imposed by the IOC and FIFA on applying countries. I dont know enough to say whether some of the restrictions are chosen by the government or imposed upon them as a condition of our application though (which I have heard) - but I am quite willing to be educated further. They do stretch the limits of freedom to the absolute limits and beyond. It seems with the advent of large commercial sporting events we temporarily sink into almost a communist/fascist state to protect the interests of sponsors.
I recall the ladies who seemed to unwisely attempt some ambush marketing during the world cup - and faced potentially severe imprisonment for what to me are civil cases at best. And unless I am being misled by tabloid press I believe some specific foodstuffs and drinks are confiscated at events to protect marketing rights.
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Quote: And unless I am being misled by tabloid press I believe some specific foodstuffs and drinks are confiscated at events to protect marketing rights.
Not misled at all. Entrants to the sporting venues will not be allowed to take in their own food or (non-alcoholic) drink. (bags will be searched & anyhting found confiscated).
There will be "an adequate number" of food/drink outlets within the grounds. Unfortunately they are all Macdonalds/ Coca Cola, so if you go you can't get any healthy food or drink for the day.
Mind you, we have had the same problem in the past at Rugby matches at Murrayfield, you can't even take in bottles of water never mind a fish supper!
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