View Full Version : 2012 Olympics - your bets please!

21st Nov 2006, 21:38
It's only just getting under way and already the bloke brought in to run the project has quit because he can see it's getting out of control and he doesn't want to be associated with it.

The latest official estimate is £3.3 Billion, critics say at least double that, this critic says we will be lucky to see any change out of £10Billion.

What's your best guess?

tony draper
21st Nov 2006, 21:48
I'll raise you to 12, of course a few people will make a awfull lot of money out of it and London will have another area cleaned and tidied up paid for by the rest of the country,so no change there then.
And when its all over and the provobial hits the fan,they will utter those magic words that excuses all sins
Lessons will be learned

21st Nov 2006, 23:42
Back in 1968 or so, when Montreal won the right to the 1976 Olympics, the then Mayor said, "The Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby." We just paid off the delivery charges on the little tyke last month.

21st Nov 2006, 23:44
Well, I for one am quite pleased NOT to be a London Livingstone Tax Payer...
I hate to say 'I told you so', but I told you so...
I love this bit :- Ms Jowell rejected as “untrue” press reports suggesting the International Olympic Committee was to investigate London’s rapidly rising costs, saying the body had “full confidence” in the UK’s progress. “I completely reject the pessimistic idea that this is all terrible, all a waste of money and we’re not going to get anything out of it,” she said.
True, they will get a fecking great bill.
One can only hope that the contractors are in no way related to the ones rebuilding Wembley Stadium if there is any sort on deadline on the job.
"Britain Postpone Olympic start date".

Buster Hyman
22nd Nov 2006, 00:26
It could be worse....you could be doing the Winter Olympics as well!!!


22nd Nov 2006, 01:02
I have always maintained that the Olympics be held in Athens every four years birthplace of the modern games (whatever the **** that means:rolleyes: ) end of story.:mad:
No squabbling, no corruption, no bankrupting, No question Athens every time how easy is that huh? :hmm:

22nd Nov 2006, 07:08
I have already heard storys of some tradesmen being able to charge silly money for their services. Planners can command well over £500 per day. Architects and Lawyers will be retiring after this contract because they would have 'earned' so much.

green granite
22nd Nov 2006, 07:27
£15 billion and 2 years late :hmm:

22nd Nov 2006, 07:51
This sums it up nicely......

22nd Nov 2006, 08:04
And now :mad: Gordon Robber-Brown wants to make a bid to host a future World Cup final !!

22nd Nov 2006, 08:12
Tessa, going for gold in beach budgetball (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,172-2465038,00.html) :} :ok:

Krystal n chips
22nd Nov 2006, 08:35
How long does it take to introduce a new sport into the Olympic's ?

I only ask because I wonder if there will still be time to add :

1. Sychronised Non-accountability

2. Political back peddling ( not an sp btw )

Thus ensuring we take Gold, Silver and Bronze in both events :E

green granite
22nd Nov 2006, 09:39
It's very clever politics really, we're now committed to hosting the games in 2012, there is an election between now and then, and probably the Tory party will win it just in time to inherit a huge cost over run and get the blame for what will be a total fiasco.:rolleyes:

22nd Nov 2006, 09:42
It's just staggering how they are now suddenly 'finding' costs they had not taken account of in the initial bid. A giant scam that we will pay for.

As an aside, should we not have 'London Olympics - 2012' written in Polish, as they will actually build it?

22nd Nov 2006, 10:32
Ms Jowell made clear that the security budget of £190 million which was drawn up before the July bombings in 2005 were “totally inadequate”. Discussions were now taking place with the Home Office and the Metropolitan police about likely costs, she said.

BusinessWeek.com: (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_33/b3947076_mz054.htm) ........When the Greeks put in their bid for the 2004 Summer Games long before September 11, officials thought they would have to shell out $122 million for security. But the figure wound up topping $1.8 billion, and included, among other things, a command-and-control system and safe houses in case of a major attack, according to Vance, an Oakton (Va.) security outfit that worked on the Athens Olympics......

22nd Nov 2006, 19:38
How expensive can it be, running round a field for a few hundred yards, throwing pointy sticks and old cannon balls, and rowing little boats round a pond?
The average school (pre Blair of course, as they made competitive games non PC ) could accommodate this on its playing field.
The boy scouts could set up some tents behind Buck House, Olympic Village sorted.
Don't forget of course that this Jowell character is the same one that supports the concept of Television Watching Tax.

green granite
15th Jan 2008, 10:33
more cost escalation

LONDON (Reuters) - The 2012 London Olympics (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/fc/london-2012-olympics.html) faced fresh financial concerns on Tuesday after reports that a slump in land prices could leave a one billion pounds "black hole" in the budget (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/fc/budget-economy.html).

news item here http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080115/tts-uk-olympics-london-23286d5_2.html

15th Jan 2008, 13:15
Planners can command well over £500 per day

A good planner is worth his weight in gold and can save > £500 per day by setting the jobs up right (no I am not one, but I use them). Of course, these days, a good planner in London costs much more than £500pd what with the Olympics, ThamesLInk, CrossRail and the East London Line etc.

Sorry guys, but I happen to believe that the Olympics are great for the country and believe that they will begin on time, in a albeit finished the night before, stadium.

(modified quote from Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz - "I don't know. Apathetic bl**dy country" )

15th Jan 2008, 13:39
The rest of us are carrying a certain Northern financial institution at the moment...