The London Olympics 2012

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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby janet » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:38 pm

wicked woman wrote:Just back from the grand-daughters school play version of sport and the olympics featuring kids singing about about starkers on the starting line and nuddy on the playing field. :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Quatermass » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:22 pm

janet wrote:
wicked woman wrote:Just back from the grand-daughters school play version of sport and the olympics featuring kids singing about about starkers on the starting line and nuddy on the playing field. :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Horrible Histories has a lot to answer for.


That it does, but if it gets the little buggers interested in history, then should we complain?

Even so, got to watch the accuracy. I actually emailed Terry Deary about this years ago. In The Groovy Greeks (the book), he claims that in a 1980s story of Doctor Who, the Doctor is responsible for giving the Greeks the idea for the Trojan Horse. Being the anal retentive Doctor Who fan that I was, I pointed out (politely, anyway) that the story in question, The Myth Makers, was actually transmitted in the 1960s. The novelisation was done in the 1980s. :|
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Del » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:41 am

You guys dont use the word "bag" over there? I thought it was an "English" type thing too.... go figure.

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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby michelanCello » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:30 am

:lol: :lol:
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:02 am

:lol: :lol:

If only it was that organised :roll:
One of those? Oh I'm sure I have one somewhere..

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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:56 am

NY Times


LONDON — While the world’s athletes limber up at the Olympic Park, Londoners are practicing some of their own favorite sports: complaining, expecting the worst and cursing the authorities.

Asked “What do you feel about the Olympics?” the other day, a random sampling of people here gave answers that included bitter laughter; the words “fiasco,” “disaster” and “police state”; and detailed explanations of how they usually get to work, how that is no longer possible and how very unhappy that makes them.

“At the end of the day, it’s a pain in the backside,” Steve Rogers, a construction site manager, said as he puffed on a cigarette near Victoria station the other day. Particularly painful, he said, were the subway plans (“absolute shambles”), the road closings (“complete nightmare”) and the fact that instead of creating construction jobs for Britons, the Olympics had provided work for “a bunch of Lithuanians, Romanians and Czechs.”

Even in the best of times, whinging, as Britons call the persistent low-grade grousing that is their default response to life’s challenges, is part of the national condition — as integral to the country’s character as its Eeyoreish attitude toward the weather (“Start Planning for Floods,” The Daily Mail advised recently).

But even allowing for the traditional exaggeration, this degree of distress has a different tone to it.

“We’re looking at something above and beyond the solace and comfort that the British seek in gentle moaning,” said Dan Hancox, 31, a freelance writer. “The Olympics is actively antagonizing people.”

On Twitter, Mr. Hancox said that for Londoners, “it’s as if someone else is throwing a party in our house, with a huge entry fee, and we’re all locked in the basement.”

He elaborated.

“The traffic infrastructure has shut down to the point where we’re being prepared for a military conflict,” he said in an interview. “They’re telling businesses to stockpile goods, advising people to stay at home, don’t go anywhere, don’t travel on the tube, stay on your sofa — it’s like it’s for your own safety. We have an army on the streets. We’re being put on a war footing, and it’s not something, after 60 years of peacetime, that the British people are comfortable with.”

The news media have added to the general sense of wretchedness with numerous we-told-you-so accounts of mishaps, glitches and grandiose plans gone awry.

“Tube commuters whose journey is delayed by the Olympics will not be able to reclaim the cost of their travel,” reported The Evening Standard, “despite dire warnings of having to wait 30 minutes to board a train.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail, whose unofficial motto appears to be “What Fresh Hell Is This?” has published articles noting that hundreds of thousands of tickets are still unsold, that no one wants to watch women play soccer and that some of the paths for the mountain bike competition will not be finished in time. “Security Shambles Could Cause Chaos for Spectators,” the paper said this week, next to an article with the headline “London’s Transport System Fails Again.”

Many Londoners feel that they are getting the worst parts of the Olympics — the cost, the hassle, the officials telling them not to do things or go places — without any of the benefits. The security company hired by the government at huge expense proved to be wildly incompetent; the Olympic brand managers have made it clear that no one, apart from official sponsors, will be allowed to appear to capitalize on the Games.

“It’s like living in a police state,” said a business owner, explaining that her company had wanted to start a social media campaign tied to the Olympics but had been warned by lawyers that it would be prosecuted and fined if it used the word “Olympics.”

“That’s why you don’t see any references to the Games in shop windows or on the streets — people are too scared,” she said.

Also: What if it does not stop raining? Even amid the wettest summer since records began, characterized by deluges and floods, officials keep saying they hope the rain will go away before the Games begin. There really is no contingency plan; the Olympic Stadium, where the opening ceremony is to take place, has no roof.

Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the Games, said this week that some of the Olympic sites outside London were “waterlogged,” and he urged spectators to wear raincoats and rubber boots. Should the bad weather continue, even the beach volleyball players will be allowed to change out of their bikinis — one of the things that many spectators appear to like best about them — and into “long pants and/or tops,” officials said.

“At the risk of sounding a little bit like a father about to issue their kids off on an Outward Bound trip,” Mr. Coe told reporters, “let me make the obvious point that we are a northern European country.”

Walking near Victoria station, Linda Vaughn, 68, said she was bewildered by the bombardment of seemingly contradictory messages: Welcome to the Olympics, Now Please Go Away.

“We keep getting told to ‘get ahead of the Games,’ ” she said, referring to the city’s program for persuading people to make alternative travel plans. “But it’s still a mystery where we’re supposed to go, especially because nothing moves in London on the best of days.”
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby pip » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:11 am

They all sounded like you Bouncy :lol:
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:12 am

And to make matters worse, Boris Johnson has told people to "Put a sock in it!" :roll:
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Quatermass » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:18 am

Del wrote:You guys dont use the word "bag" over there? I thought it was an "English" type thing too.... go figure.

SECURITY TIGHTENS AROUND LONDON AS GAMES APPROACH !POLICE USE NEW SECURITY DETAIL !

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:lol:

Looks like they let that lot out of the Asylum early. But that would be a good Olympic security detachment, as long as they only exterminate terrorists.

(Del, in case you're wondering, the first episode of the next series of Doctor Who is called Asylum of the Daleks, with every model of Dalek so far in the series due to appear)
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Del » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:32 am

Bouncy: was I supposed to be giggling all through your post? Because I was :lol: :lol: Once I hit the reference to Eeyore I read it in his voice thereafter. :D

Q wrote:(Del, in case you're wondering, the first episode of the next series of Doctor Who is called Asylum of the Daleks, with every model of Dalek so far in the series due to appear)


Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!! What do you mean in case I was wondering? I snavel up every tiny bit of wet soggy titbit I do. I am still waiting for the statue of Liberty to emerge out of the Brissy RIver :lol: :lol: :lol: The children are having nightmares about it :lol: :lol: :lol:

Anyway.... show some backbone you Uplanders!!! Make the best of it and all. You survived the BLITZ for heavens sake! I should think you could handle a bit of heavy traffic and a spot of soggy grass!

Take a tip from one English cabby....

Can't find an Olympics hotel? Hail a Hackney Carriage! Cabbie rents out his car to tourists during the Games

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/artic ... ation.html

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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Quatermass » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:47 am

Del wrote: What do you mean in case I was wondering?


Because I said that they had been let out of the Asylum. Presumably that accounts for the variety of Daleks in that picture...

Derail over. :?
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Batty » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:39 pm

I used to work in Stratford. Marshgate Lane used to turn into a lake underneath the railway bridge, when it only rained moderately.
Cars used to become stuck underneath the bridge, as the drivers thought that it was only a puddle that had formed, and then found themselves up to their headlights in water.
In 1986 a motorcyclist was decapitated when his bike skidded on a wet patch, and the authorities were walking down the Lane looking for his head.

The Olympic Stadium has been built virtually on the site where the office I worked at stood. The land has had proper drainage put in and the surrounding site vastly improved.

Of course there is disruption, but after the Games are over and the transport returns to normal, the improvements will remain.
I won't really be watching the Olympics, just a few events that I like to watch, but the Para Olympics are another matter.
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Del » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:04 pm

If you go to the Para-Olympics Batty just make sure you dont park in a Disabled Parking Zone. You will have a mob after you!

And they are bloody fast in those wheelchairs.... after all .... its the Olympics!
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Batty » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:08 pm

I have a blue badge - even though I don't have a car!
It comes in handy when I meet up with friends for a meal out. They pick me up and we can then park near the restaurant!
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Re: The London Olympics 2012

Postby Del » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:29 pm

I've got a blue badge too Batty.... its got a dalek on it!

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