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Surly The Paralympics Is Wrong
The Paralympics surly is a negative, rather than a positive. It states that those with disabilities are separate, rather than exclusive.
Could one imagine having a separate Olympics for say for those who are while and black? Or male and female. So why have a separate one for those with disabilities.
I do not see the Paralympics as a portative. The message I get is that if your disabled your second best, and you have your own separate second rate Olympics.
Britain may call in more troops to police Olympic
Britain may have to call up yet more soldiers to police the Olympic Games, the government said on Wednesday, after a failed private sector recruitment drive left an embarrassing hole in security and dashed London’s dreams of a spotless showcase.
The security fiasco and doubts over the ability of London’s strained transport system to handle a swarm of visitors have overshadowed an event which the government still hopes will give recession-hit Britain something to celebrate.
So the Olympics has regenerated London?
- Shops boarded, buildings gutted and streets in a mess: The sorry side of Stratford that Olympic chiefs don’t want you to see [LINK].
From what I gather the Olympics has simply helped make a shopping center. That’s it. That’s this great re-vamp for London. Wow.
More Olympic problems:
- Team GB wins gold for gibberish [LINK].
- London 2012 Olympics: 500,000 football tickets removed to ensure full stadiums [LINK].
London bus workers accept Olympics bonus offer [LINK].
The Unite union said its members voted to accept £577 in return for working during the Games period. If I was a bus driver I would feel huge shame is taking the extra cash, when (by the sounds of it) British troops are having to work there holidays with no extra pay and living for several weeks in cold, damp tents. This also applies to the train and underground drivers that I believe are expecting a bonus too. If I was them I would ask that there bonus goes to the troops. I presume that Sebastian coe and all others on the Olympic payroll will decline to be paid and request there wage goes to the troops. No one surly should be now expected to make money from this disaster. At least do the decent thing and decline your wage and instead have it given to the British Troops.
Other recent Olympic problems:
- Olympics opening ceremony slashed by half an hour over fears G4S security shambles could cause chaos for spectators [LINK].
- Peeping Tom caught in a toilet cubicle spying on Chinese womens’ Olympic swimming team [LINK].
- Germans laugh at ‘Olympic disaster’ as top magazine brands 2012 Games ‘one big, soggy mess’ [LINK].
‘Starting this week, the world’s biggest financial centre will be gripped by a special condition usually only seen in wartime,’ it reads.
‘Its 7.8million inhabitants are about to be joined by an average of 1million additional visitors per day.
‘The already overloaded public-transportation system will be burdened with an additional 3 million fares per day.
‘A total of 109 miles of the city’s streets will be closed off to normal traffic.
‘Almost twice as many soldiers as Britain has in Afghanistan, a helicopter carrier and special forces units armed to the teeth will make the city look like it’s under siege.’
It reads: ‘And then there’s England’s classic bad weather, which has some wondering whether the Summer Games will turn into a fiasco.
‘The weather has been cold, wet and gloomy since the spring, with last month proving to be the wettest June on record.
‘The meteorologists’ Olympic forecasts are nothing short of dismal: rain, rain and, yes, more rain. And it won’t just be falling on the athletes, but also on the most highest-priced seats in the Olympic Stadium.
‘Optimistic planners decided not to cover those seats, unlike the rest of them.’
The long and rambling article takes aim at many features of British life, even making fun of child obesity.
‘And the children? They haven’t become athletes, either,’ it states.
‘On the contrary, the boys and girls of the British Isles are among the fattest in the European Union.
‘London’s poor East End now has an Olympic Park and the largest shopping centre in the EU — but it’s still poor.’
The article finishes: ‘Though London has many natural gifts, they aren’t of the kind that makes it ideal to host such a major event. ‘And because Great Britain is both a debt-ridden and democratic country, it wasn’t possible to radically reshape London for the event, as the Chinese did with Beijing in 2008.
‘The 2012 London Olympics will probably end up looking like the host city itself: a little chaotic, a little infuriating, never perfect, but with a lot of room for improvisation, charm and talent.
‘Those who live there will be delighted, of course, but only once it’s over.’
Today’s Olympics Mess
- Rush-hour chaos on the M4 as first Olympic lane opens and drivers find themselves caught in horrendous 32-mile tailback [LINK].
- Ten to a room and one shower for 75 people: Inside the ‘slum’ camp for Olympic cleaners [LINK].
- G4S shares hit by Olympics security problems [LINK].
David Starkey on ‘Any Questions’ saying that the Olympics is pointless [LINK].
On the BBC news they have stated that the missile launchers are now being put up. So glad I do not live in London.
Well the London Olympics 2012 disaster goes into hyper mode this week.
There has been so many disasters that its just easer to list them today:
- Food, water, clothes and umbrellas banned [LINK].
- M4 motorway shut [LINK].
- McDonald’s force Olympics bosses to ban all other restaurants from selling chips [LINK].
- G4S did not have enough trained staff, 3,500 extra troops would be needed, Home Secretary Theresa May has said [LINK].
- Fury as MPs are gifted free tickets by sponsor for biggest night of the Games [LINK].
To be honest I knew things would be a disaster, but I never expected it this bad.
Why should I care about the 2012 London Olympics?
The propaganda behind it was that everyone would rush out and become fit and it would make lots of long term jobs and bring money to London. It is unlikely any of these will happen. Of course after the event is over all politicians involved will claim its a success.
As with most (if not all) political schemes they have not set out any aims or targets to be judged by. An example could be that the aim of the Olympics is to increase employment by x amount. By not doing this it means that if just 1 job is made it can be declared a success.
But surly you say I should support the best of the British entering?
The point is that its not the best who enter. Its only those who can afford to. How many people can afford to buy a bike for £30k (or whatever it costs for such bikes) and spend each day practicing. Or even go running each day or whatever. Very few can. I would love to spend each day cycling. Those who are in are simply those who are wealthy. And some events are for the extremely wealthy (such as those horse riding ones). I may be living next to the fastest runner in the world, but because she/he has not the funds, they will never be in the Olympics.
On top of it being a rich persons sport, a lot of poor countries can often only afford a few people in the games. Thus the whole thing is a farce.
And why do we then have the paralympics? I am not sure why this is separate rather than being part of the Olympics. Should those who take part be disabled? After all someone who is blind or deaf can easily take part in the Olympics one would have thought by running with people who are not blind or deaf. Many events [LINK] in the paralympics I see no reason non disabled could not also enter, such as Wheelchair Basketball. Non disabled I presume can sit in a chair and play. Events such as sailing I am not sure why paralympics have a separate event to the Olympics as one presumes that someone disabled can be just as good as a non disabled person and compete together. The message paralympics gives me is that disabled people are to be separated as they are not quite as good as non disabled. I suspect in years to come they will consider the paralympics as a discriminative setup.
Surly too that the events of the Olympics will have no interest to anyone but the middle classes. Just as tennis in truth is a middle class sport and watched by the middle class. To be fair I am generalizing and of course one would suspect people of all classes will both love and hate tennis. However I would suggest that sports such as mountain biking, bmx, skateboard and such would be far more relevant to the ‘youth’. In deed this week I am hoping to get a BMX, and have more interest in that than watching rowing (a sport where a boat will cost several thousands of pounds).
So do I care about the Olympics? Of course not.
To me its simply a scheme for a few rich people such as Sebastian Coe to be given billions of pounds for them to indulge themselves in there own passion. Its a bit like a dictator building a palace for himself and claiming it benefits his people as they can enjoy looking at it while they beg for food.
As for the Ground-based air defense systems being put on London homes [LINK], its unbelievable. I am not sure there is ANY country in a non war situation that has mounted missiles onto peoples homes. If that was my home as soon as they had installed the missile launcher I would be up there with a steel bar smashing it up, and if I was arrested, so be it. But the police would have to put a bullet in my head as no way would I accept this being alive. I cannot believe this horror is being allowed in the UK. But then again most of the people there, will just take it, as they always do. In the UK the government can come to your home, do a big poo on your head and most people will probably say thank you.
Road closures during Olympic cycle events will cause “massive disruption” but many businesses will receive a boost, a Surrey council leader says [LINK]. A statement like this shows councils simply live in fantasy land. How can they tell if businesses will get a boost? For a start the roads are closed so logically customers will not be able to get to these business. Many people will stay away for the weeks its on. Its also presuming every business is a fast food joint. How will it help say an accountants? Of course it will not benefit an accountants. Also how will people who work at all the restaurants get to work if the roads are closed? And how will these restaurants get deliveries each day? In other words some council chap has simply made it up in his head that its going to be good for business. These are the same morons who think its clever to put expensive pay and display parking on the high street and fail to understand that all this does is push drivers to shop out of town.
I thought it was fantastic that the two lads went and grabbed the touch [LINK]. I think they were great. I hope that when I was there age I would have had the guts to do that. I am hoping someone else tries to put the touch out. I was annoyed that I missed it when it came near to me as I was going to throw a bucket of water over the thing and put it out.
By the way if you do live in London and are going to get a missile launcher on your home. Can I ask you, how does it feel to know that your as much worth to the government as dog poo on my shoe?
I still do not understand the point of the missile launchers? One presumes that if someone took over a 747 and plans to crash it into the Olympics, they are not going to be put off by missiles aimed at them. Surly its more dangerous to blow up a plane than let it crash. Blow it up and you have a ball of fire crashing to the Olympics. If it crashes it may not explode. Surly if someone wanted to harm at the event they would just de-rail a train or throw a home made bomb into the people stood watching the events.