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This week I have been mostly... sleepy

I have been mostly playing with my new Canon 5D Mk II

I'm currently reading... White Gold Wielder, Stephen Donaldson

I am mostly listening to... Muse

I am currently... Writing a paper

When I should be... Working harder

I am most looking forward to... The Muse concert on Thursday :)

This weekend I am... probably cooking an Easter dinner for everyone.

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Vancouver 2010 Olympics; Limited Vision?

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Couldn't agree more. There are far better things to throw money at than
a 2 week sporting event.

Oooo... yeah, there's been a bit of an inukshuk controversy here. Everyone's complaining it's not a good symbol of Vancouver.

On the other hand, appropriate Vancouver symbols such as a brightly coloured reefer/bong probably don't embody the games very well. I do think it's a bit of a stupid and unmemorable design though.

8th Mar 2006, 23:04

Yeah, I didn't realise until I came here. It's weird; people frown at my friends when they smoke regular cigarettes, but smoking vast quantaties of dope seems to be socially acceptable.

The time difference is quite annoying actually. Especially on a friday when all my friends start blogging trips to the pub when I just start work :o(

Have fun at the meeting!

8th Mar 2006, 23:53

Head like a Hole says:

The olympics are far more than a 2 week sporting event. They generate worldwide interest in a country, plus the advertising revenue etc is very significant.

9th Mar 2006, 10:03

crickson says:

Well, I hadn't realised the (winter?) olymics were in VC until RAB told me, so as for worldwide interest...

9th Mar 2006, 11:04

Ok but Crickson, do you kow where the football world cup is this year?

I expect the Olympics will cost more than in generates in the short term but it is more thana 2 week deal. Look at all the redevelopment that's going on in East London for the 2012 Olympics.

9th Mar 2006, 18:23

Yeah, but I think it's better suited to countries that need the exposure. Vancouver has expanded so fast over the last few decades that it really doesn't need to spend millions on an Olympics.

I think the only places the Olympics has actually turned a profit is Atlanta (because they used pre-existing venues), and Barcelona (exposure and increased tourism).

It's nice to regenerate areas and all that, but it's not being paid for by the Olympics; it's being paid for by the tax payer.

I'm not really sure whether it's worth it, but people here seem quite excited, so maybe it's not that bad.

9th Mar 2006, 18:44

crickson says:

Germany... I think...

9th Mar 2006, 19:16

Maybe it's how the Irish feel about the Eurovision song contest - it's ok but we don't want to have to pay for it.

the tax thing is another issue as well. Take the London 2012 Olypics - just about all the redevelopment will take place in London but it won't just be Londoners or sport lovers that pay the bill.

I'm sure some people who don't give a stuff about sport and live in say Leeds will pay their (un)fair share!

9th Mar 2006, 19:19

Head like a Hole says:

Uk taxpayers will be paying off a loan to MG for the next few years. At least the olympics will leave a tangible legacy. Even if it's just a feel good factor, remember euro 96?. Non football fans enjoyed that........

10th Mar 2006, 10:02

True, but it could just as easily end up as a total disaster, and horrifically overbudget. I see it as a big gamble. While I reckon there is some merit to the feel-good factor, I'm not sure it counters the benefits of spending all that money soley on regeneration rather than sports venues/security etc.

16th Mar 2006, 18:04

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