Sunday 29 July 2012

The London Olympic Games

In this country, unlike the Rugby World Cup it is comparatively easy to avoid the Olympics events. And knowing the cost of the circus it is easy for me, personally, to do so.

Here is two videos about the hidden side of the Games.

Let us hope there is no major news coming out of these games.

Mass cyclists arrests cast shadow over London 2012 opening

London police used pepper spray and kettling tactics against "Critical Mass" cycle ride participants as the British capital held the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Games. At least 50 people have reportedly been detained

Counting the Cost - The cost of the London Olympics


As the 2012 London Olympics begin, we are focusing the world's most-watched sporting festival on this special edition of Counting the Cost. 

So what is the price tag for London's Games? And when the games are over and the last medal is handed out, what kind of legacy will be left? 

Joining us to discuss this is Daniel Moylan, the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation; and Pamela Gardner, the director of neighbourhoods and communities at East Thames, a housing provider and social regeneration charity. 

A more immediate challenge than creating a legacy is providing security. And the scale of the security operation for London 2012 is quite staggering. 

Joining us is Dr. Pete Fussey, a senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex whose work has focused on security and regeneration in relation to major events. Counting the Cost is also looking at the Olympic trademark and the issues behind it. 

Why are small British businesses being prevented from benefiting from Olympic fever? Is the Olympic branding clampdown going too far? And are Olympic organisers killing off the spirit of the games?

1 comment:

  1. "Radiation and rockets at the London Olympics you ask? Yes, more than 7,000 tons of radioactive debris pushed just to the side to build the Olympic stadium and anti-aircraft missIes anchored on the rooftops of private London residences. War games, military and private security forces patting down the throngs at a cost of £1 billion ($1.54 billion) just for “security” alone, this is the straw which has finally broken the camel’s back for my lifetime of Olympics watching."


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