I know I’m one of the only people who has failed to be inspired by the Olympics. An over-blown event ‘we’ won in the boom times and operating and paying for in a period of austerity and recession. An event we can hardly afford. But I’m just being grumpy – lots of people are really looking to this once-in-a-lifetime event.
I’m not bitter that London has sucked lot’s of investment out of the regions…
I didn’t apply for any tickets. So I didn’t get any. But I was offered some last week for the semi-finals day of the Athletics. Apparently this is a good day (although it’s not the final). The offer was to pick the tickets up at face value. Having not applied I had no idea how much they would be. It is fair to say I was astonished to hear that they were £460 – EACH.
Not my idea of good value. So I declined.
Coupled with the fact that there are suggestions that you might have to queue for 2 hours to go through the countless security cordons. Frisked by the burly army blokes isn’t my idea of fun.
This is not exactly accessible and affordable stuff?
Then there’s the fact that London’s infrastructure already creaks – I had to wait for three tube trains in rush hour in the week … to then have the pleasure of someones sweaty armpit in my face for two stops. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like during the Olympics themselves. Even sweatier I imagine – especially for the running types. People I know in London are trying to get away!
A place to avoid methinks for a few weeks in July and August!