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The build up to these Olympics seems very low key generally. Is it the way the economy is across the northern hemisphere that's the reason?
Even here on CW it's low key, though I can't recall how big the anticipation was for the last games either.
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Has it amped up big time since the Euros? A few journos who were in London at the time thought it was all very low key.
The "£9 billion and rising cost" whilst a lot of the country doesn't have a pot to piss in nor a window to throw it out of has taken the lustre off it a bit, IMHO.
Plus there's been a lot of talk about the "Plastic Brit" phenom from the more excitably certifiable corners of the fourth estate.
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When I was in London for a couple of months this year, you couldn't turn any which way without seeing a reference to the games.
I guess it's perception though. If we ever got the World Cup I would expect a bigger build I suppose.
I'm actually looking forward to these Olympics much more than 2004 and 2008, despite the time zone crapness. I guess a reason for that is I had the chance to be in London during Olympic year, and I even went out to Stratford and had a look at the village. So it feels much more real and is capturing my imagination more than, say, Beijing, which I knew very little about, and the closest I'd ever been to it was Singapore.
It's also pretty cool that it's Sky TV's first Olympics, and they've put it on a whopping eight channels. In the past it's just been on one free-to-air channel. The channel-surfing is gonna be fabulous.
BBC are apparently making it possible to watch everything, through their channels, red button, website.
Some events are in 3D apparently, on BBC HD and Eurosport 3D, so that might be cool
Seems to be a distinct lack of buzz around my workplace. It's a topic of conversation, but only in the sense that everyone is moaning about how it's going to be disruptive to their daily lives. Is grinding my gears tbh, find it a pathetically small minded view. It's the Olympics FFS - it happens once every four years, and this is probably the only time in your lifetime it will be held in your city - yet all you care about is it interfering with your routine? It's really not that much of a sacrifice to make alternative plans for a few weeks.
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