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London Olympics

Anyone attending feel free to post pictures.

It's the third time London has hosted the Olympics - very impressive!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-24-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I am suppose to be working in Hyde Park for the official merchandising team...

But...

Today, they sent me the third copy of a different rotation for the first few days the first one I was on, and then the next one I wasn't... I'm doubting I'm on the next one as well (haven't read it yet, just downloading excel). I feel it's really disorganized, always changing the rota, leaving people off ect.

I would take lots of pictures on my mobile, hopefully it's a will, but I feel that this isn't organized well (the security has had problems as well).

I heard airports of Heathrow and Gatwick will be seriously busy (Heathrow is suppose to have it's busiest day ever tomorrow, and some people are planning to go on strike).

It's been sunny the past two days, hopefully it can continue.

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I went through Heathrow today. Didn't take me any longer than usual.

Got caught in traffic yesterday do to one of the major roads having lanes blocked off for Olympic traffic only. Huge jam and what was really annoying is there were no cars in the "Games Lane". If you have to live and work here right now, it can be a real pain.
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I'm getting the feeling that the usual British formal abilities have slipped on this hat-trick. Hope it goes smoother.

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I went through Heathrow today. Didn't take me any longer than usual.

Got caught in traffic yesterday do to one of the major roads having lanes blocked off for Olympic traffic only. Huge jam and what was really annoying is there were no cars in the "Games Lane". If you have to live and work here right now, it can be a real pain.
Same, last thursday, saw no vehicles go through the games lane, although that was a week before the games started, one less lane for more congestion.

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Same, last thursday, saw no vehicles go through the games lane, although that was a week before the games started, one less lane for more congestion.
The negative impact of the Olympics on the local communities and businesses seems to have been completely ignored. The cost is quite high when you add it all up.

I also really appreciated the letter we got from the Olympic Organizers reminding us that we are barred from using the term Olympics, 5 ring logo etc on any internal or external materials. So much for the Olympic themed fund raiser for a local charity.
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The negative impact of the Olympics on the local communities and businesses seems to have been completely ignored. The cost is quite high when you add it all up.

I also really appreciated the letter we got from the Olympic Organizers reminding us that we are barred from using the term Olympics, 5 ring logo etc on any internal or external materials. So much for the Olympic themed fund raiser for a local charity.
Sorry for the letter I think that should of been allowed for Charity purposes, why so protective over the Olympics, it's a country's event and everyone should be allowed to experience it.. I hope the Olympics goes well, I know the security is very tight at the OIympic Stadium, aqua arena etc, but when it comes to Hyde Park, there's not much security, they said there were going to be lot's of guards, I hope so.

When they were teaching me "health and safety" they reminded me that Adidas were sponsoring the Olympics and you couldn't wear nike shoes at all during the Olympics (I'm wearing black work shoes anyway).

One of the employees inducting us was wearing Nike trainers...

Also on a side note for all (preferably the guests coming to the country):- If you are going to buy merchandising at the Stadiums with card, they only accept Visa, but there's plenty of banks around that you can get cash from with another card.

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Have to say, the Americans and South Africans that I've talked to around the store have been really good friendly people.

Ok bias goes out to the SA dude, but the Americans were really friendly, this lady from D.C. came down to the store and we were talking football and basketball for awhile, even though she was Raven fan (gulp).

Quite a lot of Cali people came in and out, a NY girl too... All have been friendly.

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Lots of press about all the empty seats. The way tickets were distributed really was bizzare. General feeling I am getting is the IOC is amazing detacted from reality and incredibly arrogant. On a positive note, everyoen I know who has gone to different events has really enjoyed themselves.
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You Brits deserve much praise for the Olympic opening ceremonies.

Absolutely incredible job!

Or, as you would say, "brilliant!"
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