2012 Olympic Games

To the dismay of some ;p … and welcomed, no doubt, by others. The Olympics are heading for London in 2012. Slight Update The BBC has the round by round voting.

  • Henry94

    Good news for Ireland. The economic benefits will be considerable.

  • Ginfizz

    Tremendous news. I am realy pleased. Chirac will be even more popular at home after this one! LOL!

  • SeamusG

    Great news. Stuff like this has a real galvanising effect on societies. Loads of building work in London too – bonus!
    And if you could be anyone in the world this afternoon, who better to be than Tony Blair when he’s greeting Chirac to the G8 summit?

  • Keith M

    Miracles can happen! The best news I’ve had all year. A wonderful result. A win for the UK and (to add extra spice) another kick in the arse for Chirac.

  • La Dolorosa

    Henry – how / why do you think Ireland will benefit?? I am not so sure .

    I just hope the tube will be able to cope with the extra capacity – it’s bad enough as it is.

  • George

    Congratulations London,
    top bid looking to the future rather than the past and well deserved.

    Considering Paris already has more swimming pools than the whole of the UK my only concern is that this will mean less money for sporting facilities for your average Joe punter in the rest of Britain as the costs will be high.

  • Young Fogey

    Who wants to rent my flat for Β£5000/month for the Olympic period… I’m taking bookings now!!!

  • Henry94

    La Dolorosa

    Irish firms can bid for every building, IT, catering and other project going. How could it not be good. We’ll make out like bandits.

  • la Dolorosa

    Henry – if that’s the case then Irish cooks and spuds will be in demand – if Barcelona is anything to go by.

    The major Irish contractors had to fly cooks and spuds from Comber over as the lads weren’t eating the local cusine – although they didn’t seem to have a problem with the local beer & cava……

  • Henry94

    Bertie’s on the ball

    The fact that the Olympic Games are coming to London will have positive repercussions right across these islands, and I would like to assure my UK colleagues of any support or assistance that we can provide here in Ireland.

  • TAFKABO

    Henry.

    I hope Ireland does well out of the Olympics, though it would have been nice to see you include a small congratulations to your neighbours for winning the bid in the first place.

  • fair_deal

    Excellent news for the UK (and possibly our neighbour). I look forward to the football events at our National stadium as our small contribution to this positive development for all.

  • Blackadder

    This is great news, NI may well get some formal role to play and it should have good knock effects in the ROI as well.

    Congratulations London.

  • 6countyprod

    Yea, sounds like Bertie wants to have his cake and eat it.

    Now that the european cow has been well and truly milked, maybe it is a good time for the wayward 26 counties to rejoin the motherland and get the benefits of being part of the fourth richest country in the world.

  • Dick

    Well done London! It’s a pity the Bertie Bowl has not been started!!!!!

  • middle-class taig

    What wonderful news! Richly deserved for the most cosmopolitan (and contentedly so) city on earth. The East of the City will be transformed, and sport in Ireland and Britain will be revolutionised.

    Congratulations to the UK, to London, to Mr Blair, and to (erstwhile Tory git) Seb Coe, who turned round a bid that was going nowhere. Whatever your politics, London is the New York of this area of the world, and has a huge, vibrant Irish community which will participate in this event to the full.

    I think Belfast should get a football match. Clearly, it would be something of an exercise of sovereignty over the North, but I think even most republicans would be big enough to accept that the honour of being an Olympic host would be such as to rule any protest out of order. Wouldn’t it be nice to see road signs on the way from Dublin:

    BELFAST
    Beal Feirtse
    Olympic City
    [Five rings]

  • slug9987@hotmail.com

    Excellent.

    Well done to all those who made it happen. This is great news for the UK and I hope good news for our Irish friends and neighbours.

  • SeamusG

    I’m with Henry on this one – they’ll be throwing money around like no one’s business!!!

  • barney

    Ireland was already being sounded out as a base for various olympics squads in case London won. This is a fantastic opportunity for the country to invest heavily in a sports infrastructure safe in the knowledge that other countries will be prepared to pay handsomely to rent it for a few training seasons and for the games themselves. Bertie’s bowl might be dead but the other facilities are back on the front burner.
    Hopefully this good news will also help to rejuvinate the English property market.

    Congratulations to the London bid team on a job very well done.

  • headmelter

    completely unrelated
    some time ago a contributor to this site left a link for ” RAINBOW TWANGERS” unfortunately the download facility has been removed from the site.
    Does anyone have an alternative link or did anyone download the clip that could e-mail it to me. it would be much appreciated.

  • George

    Fair_Deal,
    all the venues have been decided and the Maze brownfield site isn’t one of them.

    Anyway, it’s Britain’s Olympics and not the UK’s. Check the media coverage or the IOC website.

    As a result, I can’t imagine anything will be coming to Northern Ireland, which is part of another IOC member country – Ireland.

    It is the British Olympic Association not the UK Olympic Association.

    6countyProd,
    Northern Ireland got 3 times as much EU cash but didn’t do anything with it, just sucked at the teat and let it dribble down the North Antrim farmer’s bib.

  • Harboy

    Not sure of the wisdom of giving the nod to a City with no venues in place and only three even started – style over substance maybe as London had by far the nicest ad.

  • TAFKABO

    Just heard my first joke about the winning bid.

    “Shit at tennis, shit at football, great at powerpoint”

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    You poor people.The 6 counties will have no role at all.This games will be held in london England.
    That is what this so called union really boils down to ,England.The only place of any importance.
    London will be hosting everything,what will Belfast be getting.Maybe some crumbs from the rich man’s table. .Mind you ,we can invite all the athletes to Belfast for the 12th
    it is such a great cultural celebration,LOL.

  • Ginfizz

    George

    Don’t be such a begrudging old fart!

  • Ginfizz

    Antonio

    Rest assured, Ireland will NEVER host an Olympic Games. The real bitterness and ugly jealousy of Irish nationalists has been exposed for all to see on this thread. They hate the thought of the UK succeeding at anything at all. What a bunch of bigots!

  • slug9987

    Ginfizz, respect to Henry and MCT in terms of their responses here.

  • Henry94

    b TAFKABO

    I would congratulate anybody from London and wish them well for the event. In particular our friend the Mayor Ken Livingstone.

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    Hurrah.I would not want them if they were offered.Londoners are going to get another TAX
    hammering.The politicians who argued for these games will be long gone when the tax bill hits
    the doormats.
    By the way there is something sickening that all this stuff has to be done for a bunch of athletes for two weeks.
    BY the way we had the special olympics 2 years ago.

  • DCB

    I would love to be a fly on the wall as Charic tucks into his haggis with his friend Tony.

  • Mike
  • Henry94

    George

    Anyway, it’s Britain’s Olympics and not the UK’s

    It’s just Londons. It’s a city that gets it. Not a state.

  • Mike

    George –

    A list of national governing bodies on the BOA website here:

    http://www.olympics.org.uk/links/links.asp?LinkMajCat=national%20governing%20body%20websites

    I can see the Irish Football Association, Irish Hockey Association (Ulster Branch) and Northern Ireland Volleyball Association on there.

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    There is a rather anti-France feeling here.
    Personlly i love them.
    It always amazes me that Blair who is such a tough guy in Europe always seems to enjoy letting W kick his butt and humiliate him
    You may not like Chirac but at least he has pride like most French people.

  • La Dolorosa

    Ginfizz – I don’t think lack of enthusiasm for London winning is anti-English etc as you would like to suggest, it’s just realistic cynism – just think what happend to the Dome and all the hype/expectations it had…….

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    Thats right.

  • SeamusG

    Mary Peters was on the telly and she reckons Belfast will host some of the football and some of the teams as they’re preparing. So, Belfast will be a part of it and will also benefit economically.

  • Mike

    Just to complete my hat-trick George;)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/front_page/4656615.stm

    Three football matches to be played in NI, apparently.

  • 6countyprod

    George, I was only joking. Can’t a person have a bit of fun on such a great day? I love the 26 counties. I have been there 3 weekends over the past year as an admiring tourist. I love the Irish, too.

    Congratulations, London. Everyone on the (British) Isles will reap the benefit.

  • George

    Ginfizz,
    If you read the thread, you would see I heartily congratulated London.

    No begrudgery, just pointing out to those from NI who like to think that they should get a slice of every piece of British cake, that this is one sporting merengue they’ll miss out on.

    Training camps maybe, like when the DFB camped the German football team in NI to prepare for Euro 96.

    As for Ireland hosting an Olympics, it was mooted about 15 years ago and the OCI asked for the cash on the bid to be spent on Irish sport instead. Ireland is too small for such an event.

    Having been in Athens for the whole of the 2004 Olympics and seen the huge cost and security involved, I can tell you it would be economic madness for another small country like Ireland to host it.

    Greece’s budget deficit has spiralled to 5.3% of GDP because of the 7 billion euro burden. It will be paying it back for decades. Every Greek household now owes 50,000 euros.

    They are now trying to privatise everything they can to get cash in.

    The Irish have a lot of faults, but unlike the Greeks, one of them isn’t hubris.

  • slug9987

    Its the UK’s bid, with London being the city chosen by the UK. We did try Birmingham and Manchester and we don’t have several cities from the UK submitting bids. It is therefore the case that London won FOR the UK.

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    Sure slugg.

  • McManus

    I know where I’ll be taking my holidays in 2012 anyway.

    Madrid, Paris, New York.

    Given that London had people like Seb Coe and Princess Anne representing them, just WHO was representing the other cities?

  • DCB

    George

    EUR 7bn divided by EUR 50k implies that there are only 140,000 Greek Housholds – which say the average house hold is 4 people would imply that there are only 560,000 Greek people.

    I think there’s more than 560,000 Greeks in Harringay

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    Maybe Tony(dear leader)Blair can rent his new Β£3.2 million house out for some athletes.
    The reaction here in london among my colleagues is massive disappointment.They know what is coming.Taxes up.

  • fair_deal

    Kudos to mike for his research

  • George

    DCB,
    7 billion from the Olympics meaning the Greeks now owe a total of 184 bilion euros or 112% of GDP. Makes you wonder about the 60% limit for eurozone members.

    McManus,
    Princess Anne is the head of the BOA.
    Raul was there for Madrid with Quenn Sofia and the Pm.
    Muhammad Ali, Hillary Clinton, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Australia’s Ian Thorpe for NYC.

    Hampden Park will be getting a football game.

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    How Generous,a football game.Nothing else?.

  • George

    Nope, just football for Scotland. Wales gets football too at the Millenium Stadium.

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    You are Joking.They can only compete as Great Britain not as single states.I wonder who many
    6 counties players will get in?

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    You could not make this up.Ahern and all the others congratulating London.
    This London’s bid not Dublin’s.It should be of no concern to him at all.He should keep quiet
    and keep out.

  • curious

    “Fair_Deal,
    all the venues have been decided and the Maze brownfield site isn’t one of them.

    Anyway, it’s Britain’s Olympics and not the UK’s. Check the media coverage or the IOC website.”

    George you really are a bigoted old fart, an ignorant bigoted old fart too. πŸ™‚

    Maybe you should check a few web sites before posting your usual bigoted bile.

    Pity peole like yourself. They feel so aggrieved at the existance of NI they feel the need to shun where they are from and oppose all good in it.

  • curious

    “Fair_Deal,
    all the venues have been decided and the Maze brownfield site isn’t one of them.

    Anyway, it’s Britain’s Olympics and not the UK’s. Check the media coverage or the IOC website.”

    George you really are a bigoted old fart, an ignorant bigoted old fart too. πŸ™‚

    Maybe you should check a few web sites before posting your usual bigoted bile.

    Pity peole like yourself. They feel so aggrieved at the existance of NI they feel the need to shun where they are from and oppose all good in it.

  • curious

    “Fair_Deal,
    all the venues have been decided and the Maze brownfield site isn’t one of them.

    Anyway, it’s Britain’s Olympics and not the UK’s. Check the media coverage or the IOC website.”

    George you really are a bigoted old fart, an ignorant bigoted old fart too. πŸ™‚

    Maybe you should check a few web sites before posting your usual bigoted bile.

    Pity peole like yourself. They feel so aggrieved at the existance of NI they feel the need to shun where they are from and oppose all good in it.

  • slug9987

    “Anyway, it’s Britain’s Olympics and not the UK’s.”

    Britain is a shorthand for the UK when used in this context.

  • martin

    Congratulations London,

    Antonio,

    Aherns constant sucking up to Blair and UK is a form of sub-conscious compensation.

    Its a bit like all those who react O.T.T -when they hear say a harmless joke that has slight racist connotations “THATS TERRIBLE,THATS RASCIST”—-they are trying to compensate for their own inner prejudices often without knowing it.

    AHERN’S MANTRA ” I love uk, I love UK,I love UK,I love Tony B,I love Tony B,I really,really do”

    its kind of obvious isnt it.

    I genuinely do like the average English man/woman-London is a beautiful city–
    . I also think politics should not be brought into sport.

  • martin

    Congratulations London,

    Antonio,

    Aherns constant sucking up to Blair and UK is a form of sub-conscious compensation.

    Its a bit like all those who react O.T.T -when they hear say a harmless joke that has slight racist connotations “THATS TERRIBLE,THATS RASCIST”—-they are trying to compensate for their own inner prejudices often without knowing it.

    AHERN’S MANTRA ” I love uk, I love UK,I love UK,I love Tony B,I love Tony B,I really,really do”

    its kind of obvious isnt it.

    I genuinely do like the average English man/woman-London is a beautiful city–
    . I also think politics should not be brought into sport.

  • martin

    Congratulations London,

    Antonio,

    Aherns constant sucking up to Blair and UK is a form of sub-conscious compensation.

    Its a bit like all those who react O.T.T -when they hear say a harmless joke that has slight racist connotations “THATS TERRIBLE,THATS RASCIST”—-they are trying to compensate for their own inner prejudices often without knowing it.

    AHERN’S MANTRA ” I love uk, I love UK,I love UK,I love Tony B,I love Tony B,I really,really do”

    its kind of obvious isnt it.

    I genuinely do like the average English man/woman-London is a beautiful city–
    . I also think politics should not be brought into sport.

  • Paul Tighe

    brilliant!

    and best of all it was against the french, Chirac’s comments last week about haggis made my blood boil, so I have no sympathy for that fat-head now.

    great result for Britain, and London in particular.

  • 6countyprod

    antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    I think you need to go and down your sorrows. You are in such a foul mood. It’ll not seem so bad tomorrow.

  • Paul Tighe

    brilliant!

    and best of all it was against the french, Chirac’s comments last week about haggis made my blood boil, so I have no sympathy for that fat-head now. Nice to see the IOC saw through his bs.

    great result for Britain, and London in particular.

  • martin

    above posted 3 times due to some sort of server failure

  • Paul Tighe

    brilliant!

    and best of all it was against the french, Chirac’s comments last week about haggis made my blood boil, so I have no sympathy for that fat-head now. Nice to see the IOC saw through his bs.

    great result for Britain, and London in particular.

  • 6countyprod

    antonio81roma, should be: drown your sorrows

  • Paul Tighe

    brilliant!

    and best of all it was against the french, Chirac’s comments last week about haggis made my blood boil, so I have no sympathy for that fat-head now. Nice to see the IOC saw through his bs.

    great result for Britain, and London in particular.

  • antonio81roma@hotmail.com

    Well to be fair there is something that is slighty annoying.When you use the underground in London it is Diabolical.But because some athletes are coming here for two weeks everything is going to have to be perfect.
    What does that say to the rest of us.We put up with hell during the week on the transport system,but everything has to be perfect for some poncey athletes.

  • GavBelfast

    Great news! It can only be of benefit to ths part of the world. Spin-offs without the congestion and security headache of London itself.

    And don’t be falling for George’s inaccurate wind-ups (being generous), he’s got form on same!

  • Pacman

    As an Irishman I congratulate the winning London team on a very successful bid. I hope the benefits will spread to the other nations in these islands but as regards Londoners alone having to pay through the nose in taxation, I’m more concerned that people such as myself, in Newry, will also have to shoulder the burden through yet more stealth taxes. I can’t see this government or any successive British government spreading the cost of all this amongst their capital city alone. I fear the real cost of the impending water charges (with hidden subs for the Olympics).

  • Pacman

    As an Irishman I congratulate the winning London team on a very successful bid. I hope the benefits will spread to the other nations in these islands but as regards Londoners alone having to pay through the nose in taxation, I’m more concerned that people such as myself, in Newry, will also have to shoulder the burden through yet more stealth taxes. I can’t see this government or any successive British government spreading the cost of all this amongst their capital city alone. I fear the real cost of the impending water charges (with hidden subs for the Olympics).

  • B. Grudgery

    Did anyone hear Barry McElduff on Talkback?!
    He said that not only would he not welcome it, the London victory was a *bad* thing for nationalist areas, as less money would be available!?
    He also denied anyone in Tyrone was interested in soccer.
    Why not just be honest and shout ‘you dirty Brit feckers! WHAT ABOUT THE NORMAN CONQUEST OF IRELAND, EH?!’
    What a tragic man. His every waking second must a hell of self-loathing.
    He reminds me of the second character in this hilarious wee cartoon…
    http://www.langerland.com/cartoons/brits.html

  • B. Grudgery

    PS In a lovely bit of irony proving why such humour is absolutely vital, the message board linked to that cartoon was full of little McElfduff’s shrieking about disrespect being shown to the famine dead.
    Like, just get it out of your system, boys: “YOU BLACK FUCKERS! THEY’VE TAKEN ALL THE BEST LAND AND ALL THE BEST JOBS!’
    And rest.

  • Red Aussie Republic

    Antonio you really should relax. The Sydney Olymics were great fun for the whole Australia. London 2012 should be great fun for the whole of the UK and Ireland. Go with the flow Who knows you might even enjoy yourself.

  • middle-class taig

    B.Grudgery

    Ah well, there’s always plenty of people here incapable of seeing the big picture. There’s also too many people who take the zero sum view – good for Britain, bad for Ireland (and vice-versa). Barry should wise up to himself. This is the kind of thing turns floating voters off SF. Dumb, myopic, petty and bad politics. Depressing.

  • Snapper

    Congrats to London and Tony Blair – I think this is a marvellous opportunity to unite people and have some great memories along the way.

    To all those who snidely brought their green / orange politics into this argument I say shame on you. Some have contributed great posts here on other worthy topics but have let themselves down badly on this one.

    I cannot stand politics being brought into sport.

  • Jo

    Looks like someone had rather nastier plans for London this morning – no doubt this was planned some time ago, but one wonders about the timing, a day after the announcement πŸ™

  • smcgiff

    G8 – Olympics – take your pick. But I’d say Arabs finally getting through.