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> 2012 Olympics, Very much the LONDON olympics!
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post 12th May 2012, 06:35pm
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QUOTE (angel @ 12th May 2012, 04:50pm) *
I read that the winter olympics' which was held in Vancouver 2010,
will cost the taxpayer $1.5 Billion eg if they are lucky , costs are still comming in and could well reach , $5. Billion .
I'm not against the Olympics , just the cost . but I suppose every Tom ,Dick or Harry has to get in there and make a finiancial killing.


I was'nt allowed to edit the word " financial '


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post 12th May 2012, 07:15pm
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Hello Scotsman ,
do you think that anyone would be interested in paying 40 pounds
to see the womens olympic soccer game if it was two different teams ?
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You just really have to wonder where all that money actually goes.... I mean how much does it take to organise events.... £24000000000?? Its an incredible waste of money when we are all being told the country is skint.

I read in the papers this week that almost all the tickets for the Hampden football matches have not been sold.... can you imagine anyone wanting to pay £40 to see a womens match between Colombia and Korea??


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post 12th May 2012, 08:01pm
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QUOTE (angel @ 12th May 2012, 05:33pm) *
I was'nt allowed to edit the word " financial '


QUOTE (angel @ 12th May 2012, 04:50pm)
I read that the winter olympics' which was held in Vancouver 2010,
will cost the taxpayer $1.5 Billion eg if they are lucky , costs are still comming in and could well reach , $5. Billion .
I'm not against the Olympics , just the cost . but I suppose every Tom ,Dick or Harry has to get in there and make a finiancial killing.


Just to clarify , the monies I've stated are what the taxpayer still owes for the games .




[edit] Security CostsC$200 million was expected to be spent for security, which was organized through a special body, the Integrated Security Unit, of which the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was the lead agency; other government agencies such as the Vancouver Police Department, Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Forces, and police agencies across Canada. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) also played a role. That number was later revealed to be in the region of $1 billion, an amount in excess of five times what was originally estimated.





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post 13th May 2012, 11:39am
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When the Olympic Games become grounds for a full force Military Exercise over the Capital City then it must be about time to snuff the Torch and call it a day.
On the other hand, of course, it's a good opportunity to conduct a military exercise without causing a diplomatic incident.
As for the cost involved, we mustn't forget that we pay for our military whether it is being exercised or not, so adding the cost of such to the overall cost of the Olympics is an excercise in itself.
Still, as I said, when security for The Games involve Army, Navy and Air Force then it's time to reconsider if it's worth the risk to the lives of all concerned to watch, as Bill says, some big hefty lassies heavin' a metal ball through the air.
One consideration might be an audience-free Games on television and iPads etc with apps at 10 quid ( ¤s or $s) a napper and Tshirts and souveniers on eBay etc..


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post 13th May 2012, 12:46pm
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As one board member who is hoping to be there (God willing) on the penultimate night watching the Boxing Finals, I am happy to put on record, any opportunity to put two fingers up to the terrorists, is alright by me.

OK it IS sad we need all this extra security these days - but the alternative is "you win nasty terrorists" - we wouldn't have ANY large events if they were to have their way.

Of course I sincerely hope they do not target the venue for the boxing!

PS The monies is meant to be 'costing' has to balanced against all the money London will be making. THAT final figure will NEVER be known.
Look at that monstrosity of a tower which Boris has decided to charge £15 a throw for.
London will be taking a HUGE slice of the kickback cake - whilst everyone else gets the scraps - as per usual.


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post 13th May 2012, 12:56pm
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I think you are wrong ( what´s new ?), Davy. The terrorists do not have to plant a bomb, or do anything else - they have won, i.e. they have instilled terror, when citizens of UK have to live in what is rapidly becoming a police state.

Also, the cost (and it is a cost) is borne by all UK taxpayers, and very few, including ordinary Londoners will benefit.


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post 13th May 2012, 01:02pm
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I will admit they've won a few battles - but they will NEVER win the WAR.

This is still a 'free' country.
Long may it be so.

(Well, free - up to a point lol see other threads!)


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post 13th May 2012, 01:11pm
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Try entering UK and see how free it feels. I just did it twice within 2 weeks and I didn´t even want to enter, just change planes.


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post 13th May 2012, 04:13pm
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Thankfully I dont have to tongue.gif

Haven't done any 'jet setting' for some time, bilbo - but I do recall having to queue for four hours, to get into Fort Lauderdale, last time! Something we cannot avoid, these days, sadly sad.gif


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post 18th May 2012, 07:55pm
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Im sure our many members will be overcome with emulsion watching the Olympic bigwigs on the One Show down at Cornwall.The Torch is lit.70 days to go.Yawn!!
It is an English show, no two ways.
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post 20th May 2012, 12:23pm
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If the torch was to pass by my house i wouldn't get out of my chair to watch it.

It is coming through Beith though, they had better take care whist coming through Ayrshire, even Santas parades get ambushed by neds in these parts.
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post 20th May 2012, 01:44pm
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lol they need to watch out for the 'Beith Bully Boys' eh, jagz? laugh.gif


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post 20th May 2012, 04:20pm
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lol they need to watch out for the 'Beith Bully Boys' eh, jagz? laugh.gif

There is a high wall about 60ft where a lot of neds gather in Beith to throw cans, bottles, and stones etc, at passing vehicles, i think this will be an ideal position to ambush the torch, yes i can see it now, a group of about a dozen neds armed with super soakers, that should be enough to extinguish the flame, i may go into the loft and find one of my kids old soakers and join in.......naw on second thoughts i'm too old to run away, i'll easily get caught by the polis biggrin.gif
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post 24th May 2012, 11:13pm
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Apparently, tickets went on sale yesterday for the London 2012 Olympic football games at Hampden Park. Anyone fancy paying up to £40 to watch women's football: Colombia v Korea DPR?

Glasgow City Council released a statement to coincide with the ticket release; the statement said, and I kid you not: "Hampden Park will play host to some of the world's best men's and women's [football] teams over five days of exciting competition".

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post 31st May 2012, 06:53pm
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A motion filed at Holyrood today over the Hampden Olympic Saltire ban:
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*S4M-03130 Kenneth Gibson

The Saltire Should Fly over Hampden during the Olympics

That the Parliament strongly disagrees with the International Olympic Committee’s ban on flying the Saltire over Hampden Park during the 2012 Olympics; highlights that Scotland’s national flag flies above Hampden for 365 days of the year and believes that it has the right to remain flying proudly during the eight Olympic football matches to be played in Scotland’s national stadium; agrees with Alyn Smith MEP when he states that "The Olympic Games is one of the biggest events in world sport and should be a real festival of global culture and achievement and international companionship. It’s completely ridiculous and unacceptable that Scotland’s national flag is going to be pulled down from its iconic place flying over Scotland’s national stadium”, and looks forward to Scotland competing in the 2016 Olympics in its own right as an independent nation.

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