Someone very close to me and three friends have just succeeded in getting tickets for court No 1 at Wimbledon today and will see Djokovic’s and Nadal’s quarter finals. True they had to queue overnight and pay £74 each for the privilege. £74 each is a lot of money to them as they are students but hey as they say it’s a once in a lifetime experience both to see some sporting greats and to experience the atmosphere at Wimbledon. Unless of course in the coming years they are lucky in the annual Wimbledon ballot or in the lottery of life .
Speaking of lotteries the London Olympic 2012 lottery has not been an overwhelming success with reports that 1 million of the 1.8 million people who applied for the 6.6 million tickets were unsuccessful. I don’t know of anyone with any tickets over here. What with the failure of Nelson McCausland to attract any international team or squad, or anybody at all, to train in Northern Ireland in the run up to the Olympics, we could conceivably declare ourselves to be an Olympic free zone. But I bet Nelson McCausland will be there.
But there’s still time to do something about it. What could be more British than queuing? Let’s all be given the opportunity to queue all night or for days on end in the hope/expectation/certain knowledge, depending where you are in the queue, of getting a ticket to an Olympic event. There are still some tickets being held back, why not release them utilising the time honoured institution of the British queue. And what’s more these queues can be formed in each of the four capitals viz London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and
Lisburn Belfast so that significant travel costs are not needlessly incurred.
The campaign starts here. All welcome. Let’s do what Brits do best, join the queue! And if you’re not that way inclined why not give yourself the opportunity of being British for a night or days on end and join the queue!
No need to walk a mile in another’s shoes, just stand awhile in your brother’s queues.