Are these games just a bit shit or was London simply awesome?

Discussion in 'Olympics 2016' started by Diamond, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    A friend of mine once persuasively argued that the Olympics should not be hosted at a cost that would cripple most countries financially.

    His argument was that the Olympics is a television spectacle. The stadium audiences are minuscule compared to the worldwide television audiences.

    So, why should one country have to carry the cost of everything from ceremonies to synchronized swimming and from gun-shooting to athletics, when all the sports could be hosted by different countries and broadcast via a single broadcast/editing unit?

    Made sense to me. More small countries can get involved in the more specialist sports......
     
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  2. Socialist Olympics
     
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  3. Dandred

    Dandred Mmmmm Beer!

    Just choose one place and have them there every four years. Would save a lot of shit.
     
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  4. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Including Winter Olympics; 2018 is in Korea, 2020 is Tokyo, then 2022 is Beijing (first to hold summer and winter Olympics).
     
  5. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that when the modern olympics revived the tradition, there was a proposal to host it every year in Greece.
     
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  6. eoin_k

    eoin_k Lawyer's fees, beetroot and music Enforced Holiday

    That was only the case because half the city's population was persuaded to evacuate for the proceedings. I cycled from Waterloo to Hackney the morning after the opening cermony and the roads were so quiet it could have been Christmas day.
     
  7. souljacker

    souljacker Those tapas loving FUCKS

    I've heard this mentioned a lot recently. It wouldn't work though. It means there's noone to bribe.
     
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  8. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    That's an interesting idea
     
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  9. S☼I

    S☼I it's my room get out

    Like waiting til Brazil play their first game in the World Cup, for me Olympics only gets going once the athletics starts, rightly or wrongly
     
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  10. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Anyway golf.... Olympic golf!.... Just no!
     
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  11. Bonfirelight

    Bonfirelight Crocodile

    1936 was the best one. Good vs evil, Jesse owens, nazis etc
     
  12. Sea Star

    Sea Star Urban 75 = Mumsnet

    I had to stop cycling that summer because most of the routes I used and places I parked my bike were closed off. Also TfL made us all work as stewards to help the public find their way to events. It felt like overkill - but then the whole of TfL maintenance except emergency cover also shut down so there was nothing else for me to do. Plus they paid me extra for the unusal work. It was a fun year - coincidentally the year I came out as trans so I remember it all very fondly.
     
  13. passenger

    passenger up and down...

    I think there good so far seems very chilled not to many stuck up ponces
    a few silly fuck ups add to the enjoyment :cool:
     
  14. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I love the olympics. Love it. I love the human endeavour, the cracks about Chinese swimmers pissing purple, the random sports you become an instant expert in over 2 days, the good news stories, Butt and Fuchs, the Korean selfie gymnasts, the US uber driver bought a ticket to see his son compete by a passenger, team refugees, the accidental porn-ing of the male divers.... I love it all*. I know it's expensive and ridiculous and we are mostly good at posh people sitting down, and it is an economic disaster for half the host cities and so on and so on.... But it's also just all amazing!

    *Except possibly the French gymnast's broken leg <<vom>>
     
  15. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Agreed. Golf is far too pure a sport to be sullying itself by getting involved with a bunch of drugs cheats.
     
  16. purenarcotic

    purenarcotic Conveniently Pocket Sized

    The bbc coverage of the women's events has been awful. Yesterday during the swimming they kept calling them girls and then started talking about how easy it is to get long hair into a swimming hat. I learnt nothing about the athletes but I did hear lots about long hair. If I want to learn about hair I'll google a tutorial. And they're grown women, not girls.
     
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  17. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

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  18. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    the only good bit of the London lymdicks was Daniel Craig kicking her maj out of a helicopter and that was ruined anyway cos her chute opened
     
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  19. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    We had parking restrictions imposed on us as we were in the 'lympics zone , had a choice of parking spots for months :thumbs:
     
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  21. Sounds like we should have a perpetual London Olympics
     
  22. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    :thumbs:
     
  23. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    remember how we had to have surface to air missiles parked on london roofs over the protests of locals because the americans are really really paranoid about terrorism? That was fucked up.
     
  24. Gave the pirate radio crews a new challenge.
     
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  25. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    Saw Tim Vickery (longstanding BBC Brazilian/S.American footie correspondent) explaining the comparative absence of any meaningful interest in the Games the other night on the BBC coverage.

    He mentioned a Brazilian colleague who said that Brazilians just aren't really that in to sport in general and only get really enthused when it involves a Brazilian who is winning.

    Hence little interest in the Olympics.

    If you think back, since the Millenium we've had the Syndney and London games that were both in two host countries that are sport mad and the Beijing games which were a massive patriotic moment for the Chinese and then Athens.
     
  26. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    It comes to something when Usain Bolt is trying to encourage people on Twitter to buy tickets days before the main events.
     
  27. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    several world cup victories and a soccer mad culture would suggest otherwise
     
  28. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    What most forget, is the complete shitheap everyone thought the London one was going to be. (I was expecting the Rio to eventually spark, though it doesn't seem like it just yet).

    Tube armageddon, a ticket system that meant anything other than the hyper-organised or wealthy couldn't be in a stadium, half of London gridlocked off for athletes and Imperialist Olympic organisers (and their favourite sponsors), the foreboding tradition of breaking new ground in disappointing sport choking, Boris, and 'holy shit what will they do for the opening ceremony that isn't an unmitigated disaster..."

    ...And then the opening ceremony came, and it felt like all the convinced disillusionment just disappeared in a few hours of Danny Boyle. Everything, frankly, was right in the end. Bloody amazing in fact. One of the best summers in memory that wasn't centered around jumper-for-goalposts or mephedrone :cool::D
     
  29. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    They aren't great at other sports tbf
     
  30. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    MMA
     

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