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London 2012 - The People's Olympics... Really?

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They're describing it as the "People's Olympics". Does anyone really believe that after seeing half empty stadia because the corporate whores never showed up to sit in the seats reserved for them (yet there are still queues of people outside unable to see events, people that would apparently have been happy to pay the extortionate ticket prices)... and after all the corporate sponsorship/advertising...

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.

Pffft.

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The peoples olympics.

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.

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Think that's why they are calling it the People's Olympic's ... cause the people will have to foot the bill for it...

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If you check, the sponsors are saying they are using their seats (at least the ones they didn't give away as prizes in competitions, etc.). It's the seats allocated to the foreign olympic committees that are the majority of those that are sitting empty.

(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.)

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Somebody point me to an Olympic year when the people did not ultimately fit the bill.

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Well the public build the stadiums and then tickets are sold and then the organisers all run off with the money.

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."
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/06/27/uk-boe-rates-poll-idUKBRE85Q1BS20120627

Edited by Il Postino

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And two weeks is way too short a time to run the games.

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.

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The games should be longer but with less sports represented.

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.

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Yes but if we introduce new sports no one else understands then team GB stands a better chance of winning gold medals.

Simples. :wine:

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Ough!!

https://cdn.xpat.life/forum/uploads/monthly_08_2012/post-7272-0-78302100-1344835117.jpg

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I think from a media perspective the Games have been a success, audiences have been able to watch real people trying their best with sweat and training rather than a load of dressed up silicone shallow insincere Celeb wannabees.

Sport overall is very positive, I would rather sporting heroes inspire a generation than Jordon or Russell Brand.

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This is going to be one of the legacies of the Olympic Games:

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."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/aug/13/army-olympic-games-recovery-two-years

Cut backs on the Police and the army moving back home with the threat of more riots looming, it makes common sense I guess.

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Watch some of the more painful and embarrassing moments athletes will be hoping to forget from London 2012:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19230791

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Cannot play media. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory.

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http://youtu.be/4RK4vtZe4y8

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You see all those people running, jumping, swimming, diving, etc.

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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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=510_1344196881

Irish commentators view on Olympic sailing!!

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