The 2012 London Olympics (free-fire).

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2012

  1. Live outside the London area - Woohoo! The Olymics!

    1 vote(s)
    1.8%
  2. Live Outside the London area - Oh no! The Olympics!

    22 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Live in London Area - Woohoo! The Olymics!

    19 vote(s)
    34.5%
  4. Live in London Area - Oh no! The Olympics!

    6 vote(s)
    10.9%
  5. The Olympics? I am entirely neutral.

    7 vote(s)
    12.7%
  1. -tmm-

    -tmm- Senior Member

    I wonder what non-UK viewers thought about Batman and Robin climbing out of a destroyed yellow 3-wheeled car?

    NBC said something along the lines of "a British folk hero known as Del Boy...sort of like Robin Hood" :lol:



    I've absolutely loved these games, and now I don't know what to do with myself. I have heard that BBC will archive all of the session from the 2 weeks and have them online until the new year. Maybe in a couple of months I can pretend the Olympics never happened and re-live it all over again :D
     
  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    I note that the Athletics are to be funded until after the Rio games, a lot of non-sport related good causes have folded because of Lottery funding being plundered to pay for the Olympics it would be nice to think that there will be a review of funding for other fields of endeavor that are not so tele-visual. I also noted that lots of athletes have sponsorship 'Prizes' such as BMWs etc (for the men not the ladies). I admire the athletes and their achievements however I do not want to see Olympic Sportsmen going the way of the Premier League with a lot of over-paid 'stars'
     
  3. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    thank gawd that's over....

    That closing ceremony - jeesh!

    Who thought Ray Davies would be a good idea?!

    It's lucky we had it now and not in 20 years as most
    of the music acts would have to appear via YouTube!

    An inglorious waste of money. How much ya reckon that
    Lennon head jigsaw cost to produce? And all for what,
    two seconds of air time and no apparent connection to
    the event.... that alone would have kept my local library
    open!

    back to normality at last!
     
  4. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

  5. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    I thought George Michael looked a dog-bit ruff if you know what I mean. Think he is past his sell by date. Wasn't impressed with the Spice Girls either.

    Lesley
     
  6. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    I hope that was not a real Reliant van, absolute bloody waste if it was. :mad:
     
  7. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    Just been informed by the Mrs that it actually wasnt George Galloway
    singing as I thought... it was some modern beat combo named 'Elbow'.

    pile o' crap!
     
  8. -tmm-

    -tmm- Senior Member

    Elbow have been around for 22 years, are an alt rock band (modern beat combo??? huh?) and wrote the BBC Olympic theme tune.

    Are people in this country really this miserable? I once thought it a gross exaggeration, but obviously not. Shame.
     
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  9. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Elbow are a pile of crap? Personally I found the athletes entrance accompanied by Elbow to be an uplifting moment and one the highlights of the evening.

    Anyway, its over now so you can go and find something else to moan about.
     
  10. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    I hope that was not a real Reliant van, absolute bloody waste if it was. :mad:

    (QUOTE- tmm) Are people in this country really this miserable? I once thought it a gross exaggeration, but obviously not. Shame.(QUOTE)

    I aint miserable, just a bit pissed off about the van if they cut up a real one, I thought it was a good ending to it all, OH except for the van .;)
     
  11. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    Well, I'd never heard of Elbow, most likely as
    I cant really abide 'alt mod rock' and steer clear
    as a general rule! Rock died with Ziggy Stardust

    Twenty two years, you say? Blimey, I started my
    ravin' days a couple years before, so no surprise
    I hadn't heard of them. The lead singer does look
    like George Galloway though. I really did think it was
    him


    It's not over yet, Jonathan! Got the paro's next o_O
     
  12. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Thought the closing was just ok with some shite music selections, remember George Michael and Spice Girls anybody?

    The rest of the Olympics was bloody fantastic.
     
  13. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Yes thought the same myself . Why drag out so many old stagers for what is very definetly a young persons games . Getting Kaiser Chiefs to sing Pinball Wizard then having the real Who on later !
    Craig
     
  14. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Well I hope you embrace and enjoy the Paralympics as much as I will because lets face it, this moment is not going to happen again in your or my lifetime. Please lets not go down the road of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. The Olympic Park is a site the country should be so very much proud of and the last two weeks has been magnificent with our athletes showing themselves to be humble yet dedicated and driven to succeed.

    As Bradley Wiggins stated so eloquently: "It's nice to be recognised for achieving something in life, because so much of British culture is built on people being famous for not achieving anything."
     
  15. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Anyway, its over now so you can go and find something else to moan about.

    Why would I want to find somemthing else to moan about ? It's not as if I enjoy doing it. I've nothing against people enjoying sports meetings but resent having it crammed down my throat by all available forms of media. I really don't understand the whole subsidy thing either. My hobbies aren't subsidised and why should they be ?

    I struggle with the idea that because a group of people decide to wear a national shirt when going about their business that they are somehow doing it for their country. They're doing it because they're competitive show-offs and have big egos.

    On a positive note, my teenage daughter was allowed to visit some of the events and had nothing but praise for the friendly police ("There were so many, it was like having your own personal bodyguard") and also for the cheerful army personnel on security. Well Done Chaps !

    It's ironic that military uniforms disappeared from the British street scene as a result of an earlier terrorist threat (something that I always regretted, having grown up in a town with a barracks).

    It's also hopeful that the lack of a terrorist 'spectacular' might well indicate that none of the groups are currently able to mount such an operation as I'm sure they'd have given their right arms for the publicity, had they been able.
     
  16. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    They're doing it because they're competitive show-offs and have big egos.

    How do you know?
     
  17. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Alas once the Olympics was put on the front burner for lottery funding many Arts and Community based projects had their funding cut to the bone, in many areas the 'grass-roots' of community participation in the form of youth clubs, libraries, even some sports clubs not in the Olympic stream had funding slashed, many Arts Council funded projects also went to the wall. It is the case of one interest group hogging the limelight - and the politicians and their hacks using lottery funding as a piggy bank. Earlier in the week the Telegraph had an article on Charity money from Help for Heroes being used to fund MOD ran rehab centres - something that surely should be funded by the MOD - my main gripe is that the athletes once considered amateur, are now well funded professionals working with an efficient lobby group. The sponsors and Olympic providers such as G4S will have made vast profits from the games whereas the local people and business suffered years of inconvenience and witnessed no Olympic boost to local trade.
    The BBC was biased in its coverage many major news stories being relegated to a phrase while we had reruns ad-infinitum of the Olympics and Olympic pundits.

    Bread and Circuses - nothing much has changed from Roman times.
     
  18. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    How do you know?

    How do you know they're not ? It's my assessment of the situation. You clearly don't agree.

    Swearing when handing out negative rep. is a bit juvenile too. The sort of thing I'd expect on the sports field.
     
  19. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Ok Rich, so what were the qualifying factors in making that assesment?

    And I apologise for the one word reply of 'bollocks'. I'm more than happy to change that to 'nonsense' and so for that I apologise. It's not really seen as an offensive term up here.
     
  20. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Well I hope you embrace and enjoy the Paralympics as much as I will because lets face it, this moment is not going to happen again in your or my lifetime. Please lets not go down the road of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. The Olympic Park is a site the country should be so very much proud of and the last two weeks has been magnificent with our athletes showing themselves to be humble yet dedicated and driven to succeed.

    As Bradley Wiggins stated so eloquently: "It's nice to be recognised for achieving something in life, because so much of British culture is built on people being famous for not achieving anything."

    Couldn't agree more Jonathan.

    The olympics started off on a sour note, namely, how a country with nearly 3 million unemployed, unemployable and no intention of ever working people, couldn't find enough bodies for the security task.

    But, wow, what a show case for GB. I think the organisers, athletes, volunteers, et al connected, have just put the Great back in Great Britain. I understand from news snippets that the perception of this nation outside of these shores is much, much higher than it was previously. Even some of the French athletes were waving Union Jacks at the closing ceremony; never thought I'd see the day!

    On a question close to your heart Jonathan, how many gold medals do you think Yorkshire will get in the Para Olympics? :D ;)

    Best,

    Steve.
     

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