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Message 1215152 - Posted: 7 Apr 2012, 15:42:50 UTC

Another ticketing issue. Just who are the tickets going to?

A good question I agree.

A Locog spokesman said: "Locog is guaranteeing all athletes up to two tickets for family and friends for every session they compete in, and this hasn't always been the case for previous Games.

"Athletes' families typically can also get tickets from governing bodies and their national Olympic committees. Sponsor Procter & Gamble is also helping Team GB athletes' families with tickets."

But lets also be pragmatic here. These games are costing the UK up to £11Bn at the last count, and maybe up to £24Bn if you factor in transport infrastructure upgrades. This all has to be paid for somehow. And a lot of income will be from Corporate sponsorship, i.e. you want to treat your best customers to Beach volleyball tickets, fine, step this way, but it will cost you big time.

The long term benefits of the Olympic Village have been overstated, and we all know what will happen after the games don't we? It will be designated as "affordable housing". What that means in practice is that all the local Councils will dump their problem tenants there, and it will be full of one parent families, with feral kids, and out of work boyfriends. Another sink estate in 5 years. But hey, at least they will have a good train system to go and get their dole money and Social Security benefits, so it's not all bad.

But to be a bit more serious, the area of East London that the Olympics has been built on, has been a London eyesore ever since WWII. Any improvement has to be seen as beneficial. And of course there is the souvenir industry, and the Coins and stamps being issued which all bring in money.

But, and this is a big but. It IS an honour for a country to host the Olympic Games, it's the most famous sporting event in the whole world. We should get an increase in Gold Medals on our own home ground and lets hope we do. The last time we hosted it was in 1948 when I was just 4 years old. Twice in my lifetime is quite amazing.

Because we have the Diamond Jubilee in the same year as the Olympics, I think that a lot more tourists will come here in 2012 than would have been the case if only one of the events was taking place. I therefore think that overall the Olympics are not a waste, but it will cost us more to put them on that any revenue we get back to offset that. Even so, I still think it is worth it.


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Message 1215171 - Posted: 7 Apr 2012, 17:04:18 UTC - in response to Message 1215152.  

Nice post & overall. I agree. However, with the state of our "lost" school playing fields, most athletes have to find suitable training areas & attempt to secure sponorship. Those that don't have families that support them throughout their training & should be allowed access to tickets as their reward.

They are not asking for freebies but genuine access to tickets to see their family members succeed in their ambitions.

Don't forget, all this corporate sponsorship is no good without the attendance of the sportsmen participating in the relevant sports.
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Message 1221109 - Posted: 21 Apr 2012, 6:03:12 UTC

Time to start building shelters in London....Buy them here, going cheap....recycled Nissan huts from World War 2..good price...going for £100 each....price will be £1000 each on Olympic opening day.....

All terrorists welcome...come one, come all.

They must be joking.....aren't they?
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Message 1221143 - Posted: 21 Apr 2012, 8:32:14 UTC

There other Home Office,MI5, and GCHQ comms systems that will also be used. But yes on the face of it, it is worrying. but the good news is that the police have rejected putting a replacement system out to private contractors.

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Message 1221147 - Posted: 21 Apr 2012, 8:50:50 UTC - in response to Message 1221143.  

There other Home Office,MI5, and GCHQ comms systems that will also be used. But yes on the face of it, it is worrying. but the good news is that the police have rejected putting a replacement system out to private contractors.



Sorry Chris, was being slightly mischievious...... rofl
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Message 1221152 - Posted: 21 Apr 2012, 9:09:22 UTC

Yep thought so, so have I been elsewhere :-)

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Message 1221154 - Posted: 21 Apr 2012, 9:16:25 UTC - in response to Message 1221152.  

Yep thought so, so have I been elsewhere :-)




I know.. :)
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Message 1221900 - Posted: 22 Apr 2012, 23:30:53 UTC

Another depressing report.....with less than 100 days to go....I'm just hoping that all these cock-ups are solved before the opening ceremony.

Our politicians are constantly reminding us that "we are all in this together" OH REALLY?

Then stop attempting uponemanship with each other & do the bloody job you're paid to do!

I know, the Daily Rag again, but if true, just what the hell are they trying to do? Show us up as a 5th world country?
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Message 1221925 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 0:07:49 UTC - in response to Message 1221900.  

Another depressing report.....with less than 100 days to go....I'm just hoping that all these cock-ups are solved before the opening ceremony.

Our politicians are constantly reminding us that "we are all in this together" OH REALLY?

Then stop attempting uponemanship with each other & do the bloody job you're paid to do!

I know, the Daily Rag again, but if true, just what the hell are they trying to do? Show us up as a 5th world country?

It's what comes from having people in high places who don't really care about the
UK as a whole but care just only about themselves. When will the populations of
the UK wake up to all this and start to vote for real change.

The Kite Fliers

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belong to a formal team so "fly their own kites" - as the saying goes.
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Message 1221942 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 0:19:02 UTC - in response to Message 1221925.  

It's what comes from having people in high places who don't really care about the
UK as a whole but care just only about themselves. When will the populations of
the UK wake up to all this and start to vote for real change.


Now that is the best sentiment I've ever read about this once great nation. Well done Nick.
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Message 1221979 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 1:49:41 UTC - in response to Message 1221942.  
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It's what comes from having people in high places who don't really care about the
UK as a whole but care just only about themselves. When will the populations of
the UK wake up to all this and start to vote for real change.


Now that is the best sentiment I've ever read about this once great nation. Well done Nick.

The UK has such great potential but unfortunately this potential is being managed
by the wrong people. Legislation has been allowed to expand it's influence over
so much that the UK can no longer breath in the way that it used to. Why is
Europe and the ECM failing, because it is in the hands of and run by legislators.
He who jumps early from the sinking ECM will find an empty seat in the waiting
lifeboat. Leave it too long and you may well find that the lifeboat has slowly drifted away.
Let the band play on and lets see if the fiddles can keep the fiddlers afloat.
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Message 1221982 - Posted: 23 Apr 2012, 1:56:29 UTC - in response to Message 1221979.  

Yes & I'm sure you posted this earlier...

"unfortunately, the larder is empty"

but I'm pretty sure the fiddlers will find some other violin to play!
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Message 1222729 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 8:03:12 UTC

He who jumps early from the sinking ECM will find an empty seat in the waiting lifeboat. Leave it too long and you may well find that the lifeboat has slowly drifted away.

By ECM I presume you mean the European Economic Community (EEC).

There is a phrase which says "You can't throw stones at a house you don't live in". In other words If we want to change how Europe is run then we need to remain within it so that our voice can be heard and we can exercise our powers of veto when necessary. If we cannot negotiate changes to our satisfaction, then of course the final option is to leave. But having done so, we will then be at their mercy with no means of redress against any future EU legislation.

Just suppose for instance that the EU brought in a law that said that all computer keyboards had to have a dozen extra keys to show accented symbols found in many European languages. Imagine how much that would cost to implement, and that law would affect any country trading with Europe, whether they were part of the EU or not.

An EU Member country could vote against such a law and lobby strongly against it, which they couldn't do on the outside. At present the UK is better off staying within it and fighting for change, rather than leaving. But when the day comes that it doesn't serve our interests any more then I'm quite sure we will walk away, but I think our ecconomy would need to be on rather a firmer footing than it is now. I'm not suggesting that we might need bailing out like Greece or Spain, but it makes sense to stay as we are for the time being.


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Message 1222741 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 9:45:25 UTC - in response to Message 1222729.  

Now that is an excellent point. However, if 2 central countries actually left, the EU is dead, & any laws introduced by the remainder will be totally ineffective.
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Message 1222752 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 10:38:30 UTC

However, if 2 central countries actually left, the EU is dead


You would be about right. If Teacosy and the Mekon walked out, the EU as we know it today would be a dead duck. However that is not very likely to happen. Although if the current polls are correct and Teacosy loses his re-election bid, it will be interesting to see Frances future stance towards the EU.
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Message 1222760 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 11:11:22 UTC - in response to Message 1222752.  

However, if 2 central countries actually left, the EU is dead


You would be about right. If Teacosy and the Mekon walked out, the EU as we know it today would be a dead duck. However that is not very likely to happen. Although if the current polls are correct and Teacosy loses his re-election bid, it will be interesting to see Frances future stance towards the EU.



That really would put the cat amongst the pidgeons! The mainstay of the EU over the last decade or so has always been France & Germany. With France out, I do not think that Germany will continue to stay in.

Even now, the German people are fed up at having to bail out the rest of Europe..As you say, interesting days ahead.....
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Message 1222796 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 13:06:50 UTC
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For those that know London well, read this...& then explain....

Olympics Logistics Test

How.....

It can be called "Beach Volleyball" in Horse Guards Parade?

Last time I was there, I couldn't see any beach in the centre of London.
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Message 1222801 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 13:13:59 UTC

A politician with "real" common sense.

temporary Increase in Parking Fines denied!

Well done Justine Greening.
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Message 1222803 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 13:19:54 UTC

What a ripoff!

Offical Ripoff Shopping - legally endorsed of course

30 quid for a pocket leather wallet? Did they get Harry "loasamoney" Enfield to organise this?
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Message 1222831 - Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 19:40:43 UTC

How..... It can be called "Beach Volleyball" in Horse Guards Parade?

Last time I was there, I couldn't see any beach in the centre of London.


I believe they are temporarily shipping in a few hundred tons of sand for the event which will be removed afterwards. Although 99% of spectators won't give a damn who wins ..... ;-)

Parking Fees

But in a written statement the transport secretary Justine Greening said it would be an unnecessary burden in a challenging economic climate.

Well quite, a no brainer really.

Olympic goods

Tee shirts are £14-20 are not too expensive really, but £7 for a pen is a tad high. There is a recession on and you can't blame people for wanting to make a few bob selling Olympic souvenirs. The really tacky Petticoat Lane stuff just won't sell, but the clever people will buy Spode or Wedgewood limited edition china which will be a good investment.

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