Olympics 2012

Brilliant Britain

That Britain is ‘Great’ is to do with regional differentiation, not down to how good we are. If that were the case, then we’d name the country Brilliant Britain. Well, for at least the duration of the Olympics anyway. Then perhaps we’d return to being Run-of-the-mill Britain. But let’s not focus on the ordinariness of the country outside of these games. We’re having a great brilliant time. And not just because our athletes are doing so well.

The excellent opening ceremony has been followed on by excellent organisation, superb arenas, world records galore and top notch television broadcasting by the BBC. Their live feeds on television and the internet means I can watch what I want to watch, when I want to watch it, on a device of my choice, wherever I may be. Providing I’m in the UK. Which, of course, I am. Are you not? Don’t despair. Rid yourself of NBC nonsense and watch the games live. Download and install Unblock-us and get the BBC on your PC. I’be used it for watching Hulu and other US only services. It works well.

The crowds have been excellent as well. But not without controversy. There have been empty seats visible in a number of arenas. Is this because us Brits are a bit apathetic towards the games? That there just wasn’t the demand for tickets? Absolutely not. Just as with football, huge chunks of tickets are set aside for sponsors and others  inside the ‘Olympic family’. At the 2005 Champions League final, Liverpool were allocated just 20,000 tickets out of 70,000. AC Milan got another 20,000. The rest? The the UEFA ‘football family’. Then, and now at London 2012, there are tens of thousands of people who want to get inside these arenas and can’t. Whilst gratis ticket holders can’t be bothered to turn up. It’s scandalous. Sickening. It’s everything the games shouldn’t be about. And it’s sanctioned by those at the top. They should be fired. The lot of them.

Still, I have my tickets. Sort of. They disappeared. Never to be seen again. Thankfully, I have managed to get them cancelled and will be collecting a replacement set on Tuesday. My next Olympics posting will be on my Tumblr blog on Tuesday and Wednesday when I’m in London. Wednesday morning I will get to watch some running and jumping and stuff. Including the mens Decathlon 100 metres. Should be fun.


8 thoughts on “Brilliant Britain

    • As I understand it, the issue with NBC is their determination to provide coverage of the games several hours after it actually happened. I’m sure it maximises their advertising revenues. But that sucks. I’m sure Olympic spirit is meant to triumph over corporate greed. Oh wait….


  1. Kim G says:

    Seems like those “friends and family” tickets should be sold, but at a greatly reduced price. The selling window should close about two weeks before the event and then unsold tickets should be released to the general public. That would go a long way toward solving both the problem of needing to give “friends and family” tickets and filling stadiums with people who actually want to watch the sport.

    It’s amazing it’s not done this way. But I totally agree with you that it’s criminal the way it’s done now.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where in theory we want to watch the Olympics, but have yet to get beyond the opening ceremony.


    • I hope you got to see some more of it before it finished Señor K. And I do believe they resolved the ticket issues. There was absolute outrage in the UK that seats were left empty when so many people had failed to get tickets.


  2. Andean says:

    Big thing here in the NE, and people are watching, and everyday, missed the ceremony, but always like the gymnastics, unbelievable, and swimming, oh, yeah…heard the guys like the volleyball, who knew…


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