There's been no shortage of opinion about the cost of the Olympics and the press are jumping all over the slightest of problems (such as not enough security and showing the opposing flag of two countries still at war...any little thing these days!).
On a personal level I can't wait for it all to begin. From a tourism point of view it's magnificent to see yet more images of our great Capital being beamed across the World and the venues look incredible. I have clients not far from the Olympic Park and to see the work that's taken place in that area is fantastic - and wouldn't have happened if it weren't for this event. I appreciate that the further North you go, the less support there seems to be for the games but I heard a chap from Bolton speaking yesterday about the amount of work given to construction companies from that region for the Games and without it, they would have struggled with even more unemployment.
I watched a good programme yesterday on the BBC called Bert & Dickie - about two scullers (I learnt from watching that rowing is a term for using just one oar) thrown together a few weeks before the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Aside from the sporting story it was great to see some apparent conversations taking place about the commercial impact of the Games - could we afford to host it...what benefits might it bring? Needless to say it was a very positive ending all round - both for two scullers and the Country in terms of the Nation getting behind it to buy tickets, companies getting involved as advertisers and people coming in from overseas to boost the economy.
So as far as I'm concerned and given everything I've heard and read, this is an amazing time. For the Athletes who will take part, this is where their dreams can come true...for the Country it's a chance to show the World that even in tough times, we can still rally and celebrate sport...for the commercial sponsors it represents opportunity...for social networks it represents a new era of social comment and access to areas never previously achieved.
Here's to the start of London 2012 and to an incredible few weeks ahead. I have tickets to the Greko Roman Wrestling with 5 of my friends and we're looking forward to a great day out (sadly my 100m final application didn't quite work out).
Let the games begin...
p.s. my hunch is that when the Olympic flame comes in to the stadium, David Beckham is going to kick a football through it which will extinguish the flame but light the ball, sore towards Steve Redgrave who will whack it with his Oar towards the crowd only for Kelly Holmes to come hurdling over the front row to knock it forward where it will land in the basket attached to the front of the bike of Chris Hoy who will then do a flip in mid air, when the ball ball land and light the torch being held by Daily Thompson who will carry it home and light the games...who needs Danny Boyle!
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