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  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Excellent, thanks ssuellid.

    How much of this is going to be held in central london anyway? As I understand it the olympic village is going to be in Stratford, I guess Wimbledon will get the tennis and the athletics will be there, but surely the rowing and so on will be more up the estuary?

    Must be honest I dont know alot about the bid/venues but I really think its a good thing - Euro 96 bought the best feelgood feeling I've ever had.

    Those naysayers in London - its 7 years away, gives you alot of time to seek new careers if you are that worried about it.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Bah humbug, stop moaning, you've already admitted the best paid jobs are in London so be grateful! :p
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Not being able to organise anything? Hmm Euro96 seemed to go without a hitch. Live8 regardless of your feelings was put together in a stupidly short period of time. We managed to put on an Olympics three years after WW2.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    terminalterror wrote:
    mentat wrote:
    Wembly Stadium anyone?

    Its a tad overbudget (OK, quite a bit overbudget) but its going pretty well now and it'll be one hell of an impressive stadium once its finished.

    Plus the FA rather than the govt were more to blame for the debacle.
    Added to which, it doesnt make a blind bit of difference how much its over budget as it was a fixed price contract. The only people the costs hurt are the company who are building it.

    Dont forget, alot of the Olympic infrastructure will be done through private investmen, meaning a) not all the costs will be passed on b) some of the bullshit that the civil services have to go through will be removed.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    I think 90% if not more of people on both sides of the Channel only do it as a long standing joke. Its hardly surprising given that less than a hundred years ago the two of us pretty much ruled the world. Its no different to the north/south rivalry.
    We both see each other as arrogant and meddlesome, hate each others cuisine and both think we still rule the world. Same but different.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    Much the same as the rest of the UK feels about London to be honest! It was recently voted the most unfriendly city in the country.

    /looks back at thread

    No way! :p
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    Furbs wrote:

    /looks back at thread

    No way! :p

    I'm a busy man you know?! ;)

    No no, just meant you'd never get that impression from reading some of the Londoners comments!
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  • boo 6 Dec 2011 09:32:14 11,895 posts
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    Olympics in 'Spending taxpayers money like water' shocker!

    One thing in particular caught my eye.

    "On Monday, the government said an extra 271m was needed for security guards."

    It got me thinking. The Olympics are on for 4 weeks, so let's be generous and say that with prep and training, you need to hire these guys for three months. That's 12 weeks.

    Let's say they earn a 150 a day. On a 5 day week, that's 750/week, so for 12 weeks that's 9k per guard.

    If we hire 1000 extra guards, then the addition cost would be 9m.
    Go crazy - hire 2000 guards. That's now 18m.

    To spend 271m on 2000 guards, you'd need to be paying them 2,250 a day!

    And they wonder why people are fed up with the Olympics already.

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  • Dougs 6 Dec 2011 10:10:36 69,012 posts
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    More recent thread
  • El_MUERkO 2 Mar 2012 00:17:39 17,124 posts
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    The official footballs are a bit, er?!

    Ball 1

    Ball 2
  • neilka 2 Mar 2012 00:38:31 16,445 posts
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    I've seen some black and blue balls in my time but they're definitely the worst.

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • Salaman 2 Mar 2012 09:34:56 19,445 posts
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    Christ that's ugly, mostly due to the logo. I still can't quite believe that is the actual true logo. I keep thinking that at some point, I guess the opening ceremony at the latest, they'll say "OK, that was just a bit of a laugh. Fooled you. Here's the real logo."
  • Madder-Max 2 Mar 2012 09:54:44 11,678 posts
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    Anyone else see Al Murray on tour in the last few years?

    London 2012. its going to be a bit shit.

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  • MrDigital 7 May 2012 11:05:58 1,866 posts
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    I just watched the Beijing 2008 opening ceremony again and was reminded how astonishing it was. I see very little way that London will be able to be comparable with their opening ceremony.

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • Dougs 7 May 2012 11:07:58 69,012 posts
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    I don't think we'll even try. They spent a fortune on that
  • pinebear 7 May 2012 12:22:51 8,565 posts
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    El_MUERkO wrote:
    The official footballs are a bit, er?!

    Ball 1

    Ball 2
    This one's not so bad, relatively speaking
    The Albert
    edit for pic embed


    Edited by pinebear at 12:25:31 07-05-2012

  • TheSaint 13 May 2012 13:08:08 14,698 posts
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    This online system is so fucking shit. It does a really great job of listing tickets and sessions as available until you actually try and buy tickets and then suddenly you can't even get one.
  • maniac_mouse 13 May 2012 21:56:23 59 posts
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    Things to look forward to....
    Terrorist attack ( I favour rc planes with n/b/c payloads or maybe plague infected suicide people)
    Fake terrorist attack I.e. phone in bomb threat and they have to evacuate.
    Rain.
    60 million pissed off Britons when they finally wake up to the colossal waste of money this shit is.
  • DaM 14 May 2012 00:05:31 13,435 posts
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    You cynics! My wife got tickets for football at Hampden, it's Egypt vs Belarus, I can't wait!

    Oh no, just realised I have to do a paperclip stock count at work that day :(
    Oh well....

    She'll go with my son - if they pick one team each, at least the crowd will be equally shared.
  • TheSaint 14 May 2012 11:26:13 14,698 posts
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    Another day and another list of supposedly available tickets that are sold out. How hard is it in 2012 to actually have real time availability information?
  • sport 14 May 2012 12:10:28 12,798 posts
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    I was at Athens 2004 - trust me, every event loses it's appeal after about 20 minutes. Even at the Athletics where there are loads of different disciplines, there's alot of waiting around where nothing happens. And even when it does, you're never really sure of how "important" it is e.g. is this the final javelin throw for gold etc etc...

    I just enjoyed the atmosphere of the city and the lovely weather - 2 things which London might be lacking in.
  • TheSaint 14 May 2012 12:14:03 14,698 posts
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    I already have athletics tickets but fancied swimming or cycling. The ticket website is just so frustrating, forcing you to go round in circles over and over.
  • sport 14 May 2012 12:17:19 12,798 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    I already have athletics tickets but fancied swimming or cycling. The ticket website is just so frustrating, forcing you to go round in circles over and over.
    Just be prepared to sit around waiting for something to happen. Maybe take a book.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 14 May 2012 12:27:02 9,983 posts
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    Managed to get tickets for the men's football semi final at Wembley, pretty happy with that. I'm hoping a lot of people will sell their tickets for the gold medal match once Team GB get knocked out.
  • El_MUERkO 23 May 2012 11:09:31 17,124 posts
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    Tickets are now available on general sale, some good stuff on there including Mens Football Final tickets :)
  • THFourteen 23 May 2012 11:15:57 34,180 posts
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    tried to get th0ose

    nada
  • THFourteen 23 May 2012 11:17:41 34,180 posts
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    Furbs :(
  • JuanKerr 23 May 2012 11:46:58 36,415 posts
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    Does anyone actually care about Olympic football? Totally pointless, as is the tennis.
  • TheSaint 23 May 2012 11:51:44 14,698 posts
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    I'm getting bored of the whole thing TBH. The desperate attempt to shoehorn an Olympics related story into the news each day is getting really frustrating.
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