loosing the heart

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Dad was 15yrs when he went to the 1948 London Olympics. A train to blitz damaged london, walk up to Wembley stadium and buy a ticket on the door. The Games were a sign of hope of recovery. We didn’t think London would be able to host them. We had humility and hope.

Dad’s a spritely 80yr old. He walks the 4 miles to the local Post Office to pick up his pension. He’s webmaster for 3 websites, one for:

  • his village.
  • a group of retired engineering professionals.
  • an engineering historical society.

Dad’s built computers and can program in many languages.  He’s no technical pansey, he likes to try things out. Dad’s always insisted that all his children have to be Engineers.  Engineering skills are fundamental survival skills and they bring joy – solving problems elegantly, beautifully. Obviously I’m biased, but I agree with dad.

Olympics celebration of capitalismDad wont be going to the London 2012 Olympics. Not because

  • he’s old
  • London is difficult to get to
  • he’s lost interest in sport

Dad’s not going because of the ‘Hoohah’ around the sale of the tickets and the whole organisation of the affair.  In their current form the Olympic games have  lost their beauty of celebrating athletic prowism. This beauty may still be there but sight of it is lost amongst all the other dross it’s dressed in.

Dad did start to try and buy tickets but was too annoyed by the lack of common sense in the process the ticket sales people had put in place. It lacked the wisdom of simple engineering. I too gave up in the process. One thing shines through for me

I love my dad

And like him I’m disappointed in how the London version of the Olympics have evolved since 1948

loosing the heart
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  1. Tim writes:

    Your dad is spot on. A noble concept swamped in a slurry of corporatism and incompetence. What a shame.

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  2. kevin writes:

    Sadly, I’m with your dad. Such an opportunity and so much disorganisation, cupidity and rank unpleasantness…

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  3. Kay G. writes:

    John Lanchester just wrote an article in a magazine called “The Bloomberg Report” about the very same thing that you have written here…how the Olympics have been so difficult to get tickets for, and more. He had me thinking he knew what he was talking about until he said that some cities are better afterwards, like BARCELONA from the 1996 Olympics. That is a mistake ATLANTA had the 1996 games, Barcelona was in in 1992. These published authors make me sick, don’t they know they should check with a little nobody like me before they write anything?

    ANd I think your DAd sounds great!

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  4. Pat writes:

    I couldn’t agree more, the whole thing was a great coup and I couldn’t wait for the tickets to go on sale. I was massively disappointed that the system encouraged people to buy thousands of pounds worth of tickets in the hope of getting one, I was so deflated that I didn’t bother entering the ballot in the end. To see people complaining that they had got tickets for the canoeing or the synchronised swimming was beyond belief, who exactly registered their interest in canoeing or synchro in the first place? Then to find out that my initial ambivalence had disadvantaged me in subsequent ballots was just a slap in the face. All the sponsors and the 8000 torches they produced so that each runner (they cover all of 300m, a real Olympian feat) gets to keep it (for a price obviously) and the football stars who are on £150,000 a week and cheat their way through their whole careers … I actually wanted those tickets for synchro and the canoeing so that I could watch someone who had dedicated an awful lot of their very limited spare time to become the best they could be simply for the love of the game and because the challenge was there and for the sheer glory of it all. Hopefully partner and I are going to make it to one of the road races, the marathon or the 40km walk

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  5. Indigo Roth writes:

    Hey Wendy! I agree about the organisation and ticketing, but to be honest I’ve been to a few events, and they’ve been wonderful. So, in summary – I like sport, but don’t like sporting organisers. Your dad sounds like a sound fella! Indigo

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