Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Horseguards Parade, here I come
With thousands of people being refused tickets to the London Olympics, it now turns out that there are dozens of empty seats for a lot of the games which have already taken place.
Don't get me wrong - I have not ever whinged about the games themselves (honest), it is the way that they have been hi-jacked by massive and greedy corporations who have sold their sponsorship for the sake of the saturated advertising that really riled me. It is beginning to look as though many of the tickets allocated to them in return for sponsorship have been given to other people or organisations who really couldn't give a damn about the games, so are simply not bothering to turn up for anything other than the prestigious events.
The cost of the whole thing varies according to which figures you believe, but ranges between about £2.5 billion to £24 billion, which is quite a lot to spend on what will end up being some quite nice, affordable housing for people in east London - hopefully.
I really think that the £27 million that was spent on the opening ceremony was worth it (although I still haven't seen it), because it looked like a bloody good party, and everyone likes parties - even showcase ones.
I suppose what I am saying is that I wish the athletes all the best, but hope that they allow some of the British supporters the opportunity of urging them on at all the events. It must be very dispiriting to be faced with rows of empty seats when you are doing your best to win a gold medal for your country.
I am not overly keen on sport in general, but I might wander down to Horseguards Parade to watch a bit of beach-volleyball. I fancy the Brazilians....