Wednesday 21 March 2012 7.09pm
In Sydney the Olympic park was proudly open to tourists months in advance (I was there
in January, the games started in September), plus you could really feel the buzz, the
sense of expectation, logos everywhere, people giving out freebies on the street..
Here in London there is none of it, the mascot are horrible (what are their names,
by the way?), what are the fringe events happening, excuse me?
It is all so corporate, if you run a business, even a little one, you have to be careful
in NOT using the words olympic and twentytwelve otherwise you will have Lord Coe and his
sniffing dogs all over your back.
Ticket sales were a shambles, I was in asda today and the coca-cola cans were telling me:
"win tickets for the olympics" (they can mention the unmentionable). I don't want to win
them (drinking pint after pint of fizzy sugar), I wanted to buy them, thank you.
According to the official website "New playing fields sitting alongside these facilities
will be adapted for community use". So, more money needed to build those "new"
infrastructures, if they will ever be built, of course. If you think you will ever
swim in the olympic pool, keep dreaming.
The park will be the only real long-term benefit of this otherwise fiasco, just
a bit expensive, if you ask me.
I used to be excited thinking about the games coming to London but now I am not,
and I am not even a cabbie!