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2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Da Kril » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:24 pm

The Olympics are underway in London!
Post your thoughts, comments and opinions here.

Just moments ago, over on the BBC Sport web site, I took this screenshot:

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Also, outstanding funny read from humorist Dave Barry at the Olympics.
Check it out.

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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Unholy Eve » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:10 pm

Like a large % of the UK I'm not fussed about the olympics being all the way up north in Newcastle away from it all, personally I don't think it'll do much for the country outside of London.
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FDG]Sundae » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:22 am

It's not going to do jack squat for London either. :lol:

Joke's on you, hosting them. They're nothing but a cancer.

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Postby [FnG] Hanno » Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:23 pm

[FDG]Sundae wrote:It's not going to do jack squat for London either. :lol:

Joke's on you, hosting them. They're nothing but a cancer.


Well when you consider the cost is said to be coming close to £11billion , which is about £180 for every person in the UK,
somebody somewhere must be making a fast few £££££ out of it.

I suppose it has helped the economy in a few places ie London, London and not forgetting London but over all I think you could
probably have spent the money on some worthwhile public works which would have brought the same jobs but given better long term
money back.
Yes London and a few other places might end up with some world class sporting venues, but the cost of maintaining these is going
to astronomical.

Personally I'll be watching the opening ceromony, the womens beach volleyball, and the tiddlywinks.

Otherwise I hope it'll keep lots of stupid people in London, away from our part of the country and we can get
some quiet walking in, without the tourists :-)
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FDG]Sundae » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:44 pm

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Well when you consider the cost is said to be coming close to £11billion , which is about £180 for every person in the UK,
somebody somewhere must be making a fast few £££££ out of it.


The IOC makes a crapload off of it, as do *some* of the sponsors. The people who get screwed are the hosting country, hosting city, and especially the civilians who had little to no say in the decision.

There is a grand total of two Olympics to ever break even (from a city's perspective) on hosting the summer olympics (and possibly not even then; depends on how much you trust their book-keeping):

China 2008 and Atlanta 1996.

China reportedly turned a profit. Atlanta broke even, but an after-study showed that the increase in tourism was literally completely off-set by declines in other revenue, and furthermore, all the hotel profits went out of state to company headquarters. Sydney broke "even" but only after they ignored the upkeep cost of all their new sports venues. Montreal 1976 finally paid off the last of their debts from the olympics in 2005. Don't even get me started on the most recent Athens. :lol:

Frankly, it's all a racket. I don't care if it gives "national pride" or some stupid, meaningless crap like that. It's an excuse for the IOC to line their pockets, advertisers to advertise even more blatantly in your faces, and everyone else to try to milk you for everything you are worth, be it money or citizen rights. It has never been anything but that.

Nobody else in the recorded history of the Olympics has broken even. London, of all places, won't break that trend. In the meantime, enjoy police terrorizing your population, being told you can't wear Nike shirts within spitting distance of anything anywhere, being backed up in traffic for 35 miles due to the Olympic Family lanes, the torch ceremony being over 95% corporate sponsors, forced evictions and gentrification just because it's convenient, and being harrassed about brand identity constantly. Oh, and careful about those chips. You wouldn't want to make McDonalds angry.

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Seriously though, look at how ridiculous the brand wars and citizen restrictions are around the Olympic venues right now. It's downright absurd, and I say that as someone whose president authorizes autonomous drone strikes against his own citizens overseas! :shock:

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Postby [FnG] RampantBunny » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:17 pm

Also there seems to be some confusion about the logo and what it actually represents..personally I think it's indeed Marge ;)
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Da Kril » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:04 pm

Football Team GB looking pretty good (well, against UAE) today — lovely chip from Sturridge and Sinclair scored in the goalmouth about a minute after he came on, with some help from Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs, 57.

Meanwhile, favorites Spain lost a shocker in the opener against Japan and just lost again today vs. Honduras! :shock:
Holy cow, are they tired from Euro 2012, or overconfident, or don't care? Wow.

Uruguay likely on their way out (bye, Suarez) after losing to Senegal 0-2.
(Senegal down to 10 men for an hour!) Team GB just need a point vs. Uruguay to go through.

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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Hanno » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:50 am

[FnG] RampantBunny wrote:Also there seems to be some confusion about the logo and what it actually represents..personally I think it's indeed Marge ;)

NSFW?
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] RampantBunny » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:13 pm

[FnG] Hanno wrote:
[FnG] RampantBunny wrote:Also there seems to be some confusion about the logo and what it actually represents..personally I think it's indeed Marge ;)

NSFW?

Very much so :mrgreen:
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Da Kril » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:25 pm

[FnG] RampantBunny wrote:
[FnG] Hanno wrote:NSFW?
Very much so :mrgreen:

Actually, it's probably OK if it's just Marge.
Now if it's Lisa... and Bart, on the other hand... :oops:

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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] pyxie.T32 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:57 pm

I started out all cynical (living in London I was expecting a nightmare of epic preportions) I've been turned though and have been loving it. Not more crowded than usual, everyone is in a better mood and the atmosphere has been (I suspect as we are doing well) pretty good.
I've ended up watching loads of it.

regretting not bidding for tickets now, Means I will sadly never see perhaps the worlds largest McDonalds. a real shame. Oh and the sport.
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Hanno » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:06 pm

[FnG] pyxie.T32 wrote:I started out all cynical (living in London I was expecting a nightmare of epic preportions) I've been turned though and have been loving it. Not more crowded than usual, everyone is in a better mood and the atmosphere has been (I suspect as we are doing well) pretty good.
I've ended up watching loads of it.

regretting not bidding for tickets now, Means I will sadly never see perhaps the worlds largest McDonalds. a real shame. Oh and the sport.




I went to the other end of the Country to Scotland to avoid it :-) But i avoid London when at all possible anyway.
I love the museums etc but hate crowds of people.

McDonalds is a nono as well. We have a McCardboard Burger once a year to remind ourselves not to go to McDonalds.
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Hanno » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:17 am

The irish sailing commentary - probably not safe for work (depending on your work...)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=510_1344196881
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] pyxie.T32 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:12 pm

Well. That was fun.

Now there is no sport on I have sort of forgotten what to do with my life.
Overall that could have been almost infinately more terrible.
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Re: 2012 Olympics in London

Postby [FnG] Da Kril » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:15 pm

[FnG] pyxie.T32 wrote:Now there is no sport on I have sort of forgotten what to do with my life.
Barclays Premier League FTW!

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