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kirkpoore1

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...Given that THE OLYMPICS(1) ARE STARTING AND OMG IT'S THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD, or so I've been told if I watch certain TV channels. I mean, given that it's in your front yard, on your sidewalk, and probably flowing out of the kitchen faucet, are any of you really interested or are you all hunkering down in your shops trying to avoid the whole event?

Kirk
safely 4,000 miles away, but hunkering down in the shop anyway...

(1) also hoping I don't get arrested by the copyright police for using the "O" word...
 

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On a personal note, I can't say that I'm all that bothered. I might watch a bit of some of the finals and will probably see the cycling, but I don't intend to sit in front of the telly for three hours for the opening ceremony. It's just me...I detest most sport - Rob
 

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The finest athletes in the world testing themselves against each other is a fine thing. For them to do so in Britain, which had some (though certainly not all!) the worlds best sporting facilities before this shindig is also fine. However, the need to spend £12billion so that they can makes most of us scratch our heads a bit, and the sort of bizzazz and hype surrounding the whole exercise is profoundly un-British. There is also the underlying suspicion that 'the olympic family' seems to contain a suspiciously large number of very slithery individuals taking 'facility payments' and other - erm - backhanders.

Let us enjoy the sport. Athletes that have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of excellence deserve it. As for the rest - well, it'll be over soon enough.
 

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I'll watch the cycling and some the finals but I'm getting a bit fed up with all the media hype and razzmatazz - they do go way OTT given half a chance. At least the BBC are giving us 23 digital HD channels so it should be easy to selectively watch just what you want.

For me LOCOG's attitude, blatant commercialisation and their rather strange choice of "partners" (sugar-water drink and fast-food sellers and a chemical manufacturer - amongst others) have taken somewhat the edge off. :shock:
 

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Sit back and enjoy?
To be honest I'm not really bothered but will probably watch bits of it - in my experience these things and interest in it tend to creep up on you?
I just hope it all goes well?
My daughter managed to get some tickets for a couple of the events ( nothing special) but cost £1600!!

Rod
 

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If you get the chance, Kirk, watch the cycling events, both road and track. You should see some really exciting stuff. The men's road race is tomorrow and Great Britain has a really strong team with Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, David Millar and Ian Stannard. Very good chance of our first gold medal. The women's road race is on Sunday. Then there's the men's and women's road time trials next week.

The track events should be really good. It's a very fast track so you should see some new World records.

Am I excited? You bet I am :D

Cheers :wink:

Paul
 

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Fed up to the back teeth with it - we can't even get away from it on radio. The B.B.C. have 23? digital channels, so why couldn't they LEAVE BBC1 & 2 ALONE! We will be be paying for this for years - anyone who thinks the country will make money out of it must be in cloud cuckoo land.
 

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RogerP":qnymzirf said:
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For me LOCOG's attitude, blatant commercialisation and their rather strange choice of "partners" (sugar-water drink and fast-food sellers and a chemical manufacturer - amongst others) have taken somewhat the edge off. :shock:
Slightly OT I emailed McDonalds who are one of the fast-food sellers and, given that the amount of food one can take in is fairly limited, asked them for a list of their food that was gluten free. Here is a sample of their response ....

• Double Bacon & Egg McMuffin (without Muffin)
• Bacon & Egg McMuffin (without Muffin)
• Ice Cream Cone (without cone)
• Big Tasty (+/- Bacon) (without Bun)
• Double Cheeseburger (without Bun)

At least it is accurate. Have to say I am surprised that their burgers don't contain wheat as a filler.
 

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Kirk
It might possibly have something to do with the fact that we don't actually have yards, we have gardens, we don't have sidewalks, we have pavements, and we most certainly don't have faucets, we have taps.
But I suspect you knew that already!
:)
S
PS And as for Shops......
 

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Harbo":2sdo63j8 said:
My daughter managed to get some tickets for a couple of the events ( nothing special) but cost £1600!!

Rod
My son's got some tickets....Beach Vollyball! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:...not much more to be said really :-" - Rob
 

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RogerS":39wed6oc said:
RogerP":39wed6oc said:
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For me LOCOG's attitude, blatant commercialisation and their rather strange choice of "partners" (sugar-water drink and fast-food sellers and a chemical manufacturer - amongst others) have taken somewhat the edge off. :shock:
Slightly OT I emailed McDonalds who are one of the fast-food sellers and, given that the amount of food one can take in is fairly limited, asked them for a list of their food that was gluten free. Here is a sample of their response ....

• Double Bacon & Egg McMuffin (without Muffin)
• Bacon & Egg McMuffin (without Muffin)
• Ice Cream Cone (without cone)
• Big Tasty (+/- Bacon) (without Bun)
• Double Cheeseburger (without Bun)

At least it is accurate. Have to say I am surprised that their burgers don't contain wheat as a filler.
... going to be a bit messy eating that stuff without the muffins and buns :)
 

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We will never know the full cost #-o

For people to run as fast as they can

Throw a ball or a stick and Jump

Best thing about it in my opinion is the regeneration of the area , will be interesting to see what is done and at what further coast in 17 day time :roll:
 

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Paul:

I only watch the cycling for the crashes. Oh wait--that's Nascar. If I can find it, I'll have a look. Unfortunately, I'm booked solid making chairs tomorrow, not to mention being a slave to what's broadcast. (OK, some of the swimming races can be exciting even without crashes, but women's--err, tiny little girls' gymnastics? Uh, no.) I'll have to dig around to find some feeds on the internet.

Steve: I knew about the gardens, but not the pavement (any paved surface here, but particularly the roads themselves), and I'd forgotten about the taps (usually government phone line listening).:)

RogerP: Who do you think has the money for all that stuff?

RogerS: I worked at McD's a long time ago. The quality of ingredients was always good, even if you can justifiably question the healthyness of the finished product.:)

Kirk
who will try to record some stuff on my highly commercialized but totally unlicensed electronic device of choice...
 

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Has anyone been watching "2012" on BBC2?. I thought it was supposed to be a spoof, but it looks like most of the daft things portrayed have actually happened :D
 

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Can't be any beds left in local hospitals...........
 

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Only 199 nations to go........
 

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I'd never even heard of "Aruba".

When will it end.

Thank god - we've just got onto the B's!
 

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27 MILLION pounds opening ceremony and all the participants are volunteers #-o :-k :-k :-k
 

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Karl":jkbnhfop said:
I'd never even heard of "Aruba".

When will it end.

Thank god - we've just got onto the B's!
Me neither.
Must be near the end of the Bs by now with Brazil.

Hold on, B Virgin Islands, all 44 islands of them. And there's more, can't even pronounce the last one...
 

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