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Who says we don't want the Olympics?


Quickbeam

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(Apart from WTM) I've just got back from our town centre (Doncaster) where I biked around a few locations to see the Olympic torch being run through.

The streets were packed solid over a route of several miles that the procession was taking. Kids were out from schools along the route waving flags, old and young, building workers and firms of solicitors stopped to cheer it through, crowd control police were acting as cheer leaders as it passed by, and a jolly good time was had by all.

No matter who your hero might be, The Queen, Beckham, Flintoff, Thatcher/Scargill or even The Most Omnipotent Emperor Ming couldn't have commanded a greater presence than the torch bearers did!

Having seen it first hand, I am now in no doubt that it's a brilliant idea to take the torch around the country for everyone to have a chance to see it's symbolism.

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Cymro.

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I for one do not want the Olympics and I dare say that others will say much the same thing. I must however admit that when the torch came through our small town with a population of about 3,000 the streets were indeed packed with people and not all of them were visitors passing through. My biggest objection is that they will not be satisfied having the Olympics on the one TV channel but will have it on other channels at the same time. If they just kept it to the sports channels fair enough but no we are going to be swamped with wall to wall sports 24/7. The sooner it is all over and done with the better as far as I am concerned.

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Nontek

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I guess many of those enthusiastic onlookers were there just because they know it will be on TV - Look Mum I'm on TV!!

I for one have no interest at all in the Olympics.

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Flak999

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I am not against the Olympics per se, what I object to is the truly obscene cost of £8.4 billion and 101% over budget. London Olympics the most costly yet!

The country cannot afford such vast sums to be spent on a two week sporting event! I know that this argument is largely academic now as the money has been spent and the event is upon us, but just think what other uses that this money could have been used for?

I think that the Olympics should have been funded by corporate sponsorship as the Los Angeles 1984 games were not by the taxpayer as we have been forced to do. Interesting article about it here 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

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rickf

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No from me for all the reasons others have stated. The hype drives me insane!!

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Forum Editor

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"Can anyone show me the difference between that, and the Busing of millions of School Children, into Towns, to line the Route of the Olympic Torch?"

Has it occurred to you that lots of those children will remember the event well into their adult lives? They'll have that 'I was there' feeling whenever the 2012 Olympics are mentioned.

It's all to easy to take a negative view of what is about to happen, and yes, it has all cost a huge amount of money, but surely life should be about more than just the humdrum daily routine of austerity and budget cuts? As a nation we have a history of making ourselves proud of what we can achieve, and just maybe there will be something to be proud of in the way we are staging the Games. I'm sure there will be glitches and some controversy, plenty for the glass-half-empty people to have a go at, but perhaps there'll be some wonderful moments too.

I look forward to it, despite the inevitable disruptions to the normal functioning of my city. I'll be in the stadium one morning, and at the archery at Lords Cricket ground on two occasions. I'm determined to enjoy the Olympics, and I hope some of you do, too.

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Blackhat

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I have a great fondness for the original spirit of the Olympics, what it has become in the modern day is just a reflection of our modern world and what governs it. I do enjoy the modern Olympics as a once budding athlete myself.

My grandfather won an Olympic gold in 1932 Los Angeles and our family are celebrating his achievement at a special do next month. Tommy Green Celebration

Wee Eddie, as I have previously posted regarding Greewich Park here is the link again. Post games

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Kevscar1

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I can understand that it will be special for the children after all the older ones of us have seen something they never will. England win the Football World Cup

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morddwyd

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I used to love all forms of athletics, including the Olympics, and competed until my late teens.

I have met Bannister and been coached by Ibbotson, but the moneymen ruined it, as with most other "sports", for me.

I know I'm one of the "glass half empty" people referred to by the FE, but there it is, that's the way I now see it.

I don't even see it as just simple entertainment any more, as I do Wimbledon or Alpine Skiing, both totally processional and money orientated.

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spuds

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"money orientated"

Bit like professional football then?.

Win or lose, the megabuck wages and hand-outs, plus glamour are still readily available!.

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Bapou

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We turned out to watch the torch carried through our village even though the weather was at it's worst. Crowds lined the pavement and we were at the point of the handover, asking someone next to me who the torch bearer waiting was. He replied " haven't got a clue - total stranger to me."

Seems that was the situation throughout the area, the torch bearer waiting had no connection with the town or village.

In Doncaster people would have no such difficulty acknowledging who it was when the courageous Ben Parkinson went by.

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