Organisers of the Olympics have criticised those selling their torches’ for making a profit out of the Olympics. Strange, I have seen no such criticism of the corporate giants like Coca Cola, McDonalds, Visa, Omega and BMW doing exactly the same.
Would these be the corporate giants who've made the event possible by making up more than 90% of the total funding?
I thought the first 9,097 hours (that’s how long it seemed to me) was a tedious depiction of life in Britain during the Industrial Revolution. A bunch of seemingly unchoreographed plebs, meandering about doing little or nothing. Not exactly the height of excitement, let alone an image of Great Britain being the sort of ‘great’ you would want to advertise. A time of great inequality between the upper classes and the working classes. Poor standards of education, if any, for the working class children, poor or unaffordable healthcare, poor housing, poor nutrition, great child mortality, no job security, long working hours, low wages, poor and even positively dangerous working conditions, austerity, Rickets, TB etc etc etc.
Like it or not, that is our history. You can either sit there and be ashamed of it, or you could actually acknowledge that the Industrial Revolution was arguably the greatest force of social change that has emerged in the history of humanity. That started here. That is what we've given the world. Personally, I feel rather proud of it and I'm sick of people apologising for it on my behalf.
The Dambusters March??? Oh! Very good, that wont offend anyone will it??? A celebration of the RAF’s 617 squadron attack on the dams of the Ruhr Valley during WWII. That should please the German contingent. Why not get a Lancaster Bomber flanked by a Hurricane and a Spitfire to do a fly-past and have a neon sign displaying the legend ‘We won the war’!
Again, that is our heritage. And also again, I'm sick of people apologising on my behalf. This isn't about appeasing Germany. It happened. An awful lot of people consider the actions of our brave troops in the world wars to be an integral part of our history, and underline what it means to be British. It shouldn't be ignored or brushed aside, or anything else. It is a part of who we are, whether you like it or not.
Twenty – seven – million – pounds! Twenty – seven – million pounds!!!
£27million pounds, for an advert that reached more than 1billion people across the globe live. Not to mention the millions more who went on to read about it in the foreign press -- it has been celebrated in the American media like the NYTimes; in Australia; in the Times of India; in China; across the entire globe. You may sniff now, but London's laughing all the way to the bank. That advert has made London the place to be, and it's an advert that's going to attract people to London for years to come, never mind the country as a whole. In the short term, yeah, sure, whatever, tourists are down. In 2-3 years time? The returns from the advertising will more than make up for £27million.