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The pain comes later

Well, London won.  We can now look forward to seven years of stories about construction delays as they struggle to build all the facilities they have promised.  Then many more years of paying the bills for all those facilities that really aren't required, as residents of Sydney, Athens, etc., now realize that perhaps it wasn't such a good idea.

Politicians are drawn like moths to the bright lights of the Olympics, seemingly unable to recognize that spending vast sums of money on an event that lasts a few weeks is not really a great idea.  Or at least not for a city that is already one of the most famous on the planet.  Though I suppose it means they will finally build Crossrail.

Amusing to see Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair (plus failed Tory politican Seb Coe) working together.  When they finally agree on something I suppose it's inevitable that they should be wrong...   

I have no ill-feelings towards the French, but Paris has been the overwhelming favourite for so long that it's rather entertaining to have an 'upset', and the bookmakers ending up looking a bit stupid (as recently as last week Paris was 6-1 on) though I don't suppose many people place bets so they probably don't care.


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It will probably coincide with the biggest recession in decades as the UK property market collapses, as borrowings through 1st and 2nd mortgages and credit cards become unsupportable and as the pound devalues.

I wish I could be there to see it.


I live about a mile away from our 2000 Olympic centre in Sydney. It's a ghost town, a rarely used stadium with a McDonalds and a Hotel Ibis tacked on. We are still paying off the fortune that it cost for its construction. The Olympics were nice at the time, but looking back, not sure it was worth the huge cost. I think in the long run Paris was the winner.

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