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    Made the special effort to get into the office early to see the torch come past and I wonder how may people feel like this....



    The police made no effort to stop the protestor, which nice to see. The torch was on the front of the barge by the way.

    Simon

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    About as subtle as a kick between the uprights but... I've heard more grumbles than I care to mention about money apparently being no object when it comes to a certain 'elite few' being treated better than royalty.

    Now, here’s someone that perhaps deserves some special treatment. Quite inspirational by any stretch of the imagination. True Grit I reckon the guy should be given his own gold medal… what do you think?
    It's not what inspires us that is important, it's where the journey takes us.

    Wally and his Collie with our Oly bits & bobs

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      Or even a free ticket to an event of his choice...... I'll get my coat
      Ed

      Live life in the slow lane.

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        I have a certain empathy with the protester in terms of how commercial and political the Games have become, but I wouldn't want to spoil things for many ordinary people who want to celebrate and enjoy the event - or for some of the remarkable people who have been honoured as torch-bearers. And good luck to all the athletes who have prepared so hard for many years to compete at this Olympics.
        John

        "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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          I totally agree with you John, the over commercialisation of the Olympics as a money generating machine is not the spirit of the games.

          I'm all for a peaceful protest and freedom to express ourselves, but that banner doesn't really make clear his objections are or provide anything constructive.

          Simon

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            Sorry, I am disappointed, looking forward to being offended!
            sigpicDave

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              Originally posted by sapper View Post
              Sorry, I am disappointed, looking forward to being offended!
              Yes, it's an obscenity that is so overused it has lost much of it's impact. Those who use it all the time, what do they say when they really want to express frustration, annoyance, contempt, increduality or surprise?
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                Originally posted by The Saint View Post
                I totally agree with you John, the over commercialisation of the Olympics as a money generating machine is not the spirit of the games.

                I'm all for a peaceful protest and freedom to express ourselves, but that banner doesn't really make clear his objections are or provide anything constructive.

                Simon
                Also in the wrong location. It would be far more effective in the foyer of the 5 star hotel being used by the IOC.
                John

                "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                  It made me laugh!

                  Not offended neither ...

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                    Does anyone know if the park can be visited without watching an event?
                    sigpicDave

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                      I'm starting to feel deeply uneasy about it all!

                      FWIW, I saw this elsewhere:

                      "In 2007, the UN-funded Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) released a report detailing the effects of the Olympics between 1988 and 2008. It concluded that the Olympic games, having evicted more then two million people in the past twenty years, are one of the top causes of displacement and real-estate inflation inCeasefire Magazine, The Olympics & Social Cleansing"

                      Also (from http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/olymp...-cleanse-city/

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                          Jamie

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                            Originally posted by sapper View Post
                            Does anyone know if the park can be visited without watching an event?

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                              Thanks for this Andrew, and Simon.
                              I did try to book tickets earlier on but no matter what combination of date/time, I got a message saying no tickets available.
                              I will try again, could be the site wasn't working correctly.
                              sigpicDave

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