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Red Arrows Perform Olympic Flypasts Across UK

Fri 27 July 2012, 6:18pm

The RAF Red Arrows are performing formation flypasts across the UK to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic games.  Starting in Edinburgh at 12.23pm, Belfast was the second stop at 1.01pm, followed by Cardiff at 4.21pm with the Olympic stadium in London scheduled for 8.12pm.  The BBC video from Belfast is not embeddable, but here is some eyewitness video from Belfast.

And another one

[Loving the red, white and blue smoke trails over City Hall - Ed]  Don’t tell Máirtín…

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  1. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    Empty seats row: Locog calls in the army (again)

    Guardian

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  2. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    They were responding to widespread criticism from Saturday’s opening day of competition, when whole sections of lower-tier seats were largely empty at events including tennis, gymnastics and swimming.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/sport/london2012/2012/07/201272995336893788.html

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  3. The Lodger (profile) black spot says:

    Taggart,

    You have produced a number of reports which highlight the fact that it was neccessary to bring in the troops because of the failings of G4S.

    Thank you for helping to reinforce the point that the troops were required.

    Strange that you should wish to contradict your own silly claims though.

    :-)

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  4. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    “ARMY chiefs clashed furiously with Olympics bosses after troops were asked to guard the Games in TRACKSUITS.
    Organisers made the request so personnel would appear less “aggressive”. Top brass refused.”

    …..
    “One English lawmaker referred to the situation as a “humiliating shambles.”
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    Craig is correct – because of the Olympic Games, London has gone into full martial law lock-down. Never before in peace-time has the capital city of the formerly Great Britain seen such a military ‘defensive’ presence: missile launchers on local tower blocks primed to blow straying commercial airliners out of the skies over London, regardless of “collateral damage”; anti-aircraft bunkers dug in on Greenwich common; and naval destroyers moored on the Thames.
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    London Olympics fiasco a lesson for Brazil
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    ohn McDonnell, a lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, explained why they had come to demonstrate.

    “We enjoy the sport, what we don’t like is this corporate takeover that’s gone on,” he said

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    Ya it all makes Great Britain look Great….

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  5. The Lodger (profile) black spot says:

    Taggart,

    When these Olympics are over you will have a wealth of google information to try and prove your allegations with.

    I wish you good luck, but I strongly suspect that you will follow the usual long line of Tyrone disappointments.

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  6. ArdoyneUnionist (profile) says:

    TT, what we can take form your posts is your pathological hatred of anything British and Her Majesties Armed Forces. There again Tyrone was always a hot bed for republican sectarianism and bigotry.

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  7. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    “ArdoyneUnionist (profile) 30 July 2012 at 9:14 am
    TT, what we can take form your posts i”

    I said that at the outset that having the UK military so prominent in the Great Britain Olympics was a bad idea for the image of the country.

    I was asked to show some examples and I did of bad press in the English language.

    As my view of the matter is shared by the Guardian newspaper. I am left to wonder do you think they ” pathological hatred of anything British and Her Majesties Armed Forces” ?

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  8. The Lodger (profile) black spot says:

    Taggart,

    You have so far failed to provide any evidence that the use of the British military has created a bad image of the country. Indeed they have been prominent at Wimbledon for decades without a negative comment from anyone, though admittedly I do not take An Phoblacht.

    The alleged bad image which you have been wittering on about relates to the failures of a private security company G4S and I am quite sure that Brazil will take lessons from that debacle.

    When these Olympics are over the big story will be how successful they were. Unless any of your fellow countrymen manage to commit a terrorist outrage in the middle of it in which case the story will be that not enough troops were deployed.

    “As my view of the matter is shared by the Guardian newspaper. I am left to wonder do you think they ” pathological hatred of anything British and Her Majesties Armed Forces” ?”

    You imagine that the Guardianistas might be self hating leftie bed wetters?

    Never!

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  9. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    The Lodger

    ” Unless any of your fellow countrymen ”

    Are you on about people from Northern Ireland?

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  10. The Lodger (profile) black spot says:

    “Are you on about people from Northern Ireland?”

    Taggart,

    Not exclusively. Though the vast majority of violent republicans do originate from there.

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  11. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    The Lodger
    “Are you on about people from Northern Ireland?”

    Taggart,

    “Not exclusively. Though the vast majority of violent republicans do originate from there.”

    I thought you was British? Are they not British like you?

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  12. The Lodger (profile) black spot says:

    Taggart,

    I am British. The people that I refer to choose to call themselves Irish. Which are you?

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  13. tyrone_taggart (profile) says:

    The Lodger (profile)

    “I am British. The people that I refer to choose to call themselves Irish. Which are you?”

    So they are not your fellow country men/ladies?

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  14. The Lodger (profile) black spot says:

    Taggart,

    Sadly they are. Did you have a point?

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  15. Tomas Gorman (profile) says:

    http://twitpic.com/ad26ew

    A wee taste o the Ulster Scots take on the Olympics. The ‘dartie darkie’ perhaps in the hamely tongue?

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