London Olympics could cost £9bn

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    - BBC


    One word: :eek:
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    They ALWAYS underestimate the cost of hosting the Olympics. Either the planners are retarded, or they already knew they were understating the cost to the public, and would need to make an announcement like this later.
     
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    I'll put a couple of quid in the pot, if they give me a medal. I'm not too fussy, Bronze will do.:D
    More than likely it will be a stealth tax, something under the radar.

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    I work for a deaf theater company, and this is highly likely to affect us. We're making strategic plans against the possibility of drastic cuts in the Arts Council grants over the next few years as the govt raids everyones pots to pay for the Olympics.

    Welcome to London 2012, a cultural wasteland with community schemes everywhere slashed and burned.
     
  6. Queso macrumors G4

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    In the UK they always deliberately understate the cost of anything involving public money. Otherwise it just doesn't get the go ahead. The Channel Tunnel was supposed to cost £2 milliard, ended up costing £11 milliard. The same thinking has been applied to the Olympics is my reckoning.
     
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    Sign the petition





    http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Defend-funding/



    :)
     
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    Thanks Blue Velvet, tho I suspect it will make as much difference as pissing in a chocolate teapot and calling it Stella.

    I think that scrapyard and disused shed is the exact view from the media company my sister-in-law works at. Must have been taken in the same building or the next one over.

    I've also been to some squat raves in some of these disused buildings. Mmmm, memories, that was many years ago.

    Most of these sites in the photos have been or are being cleared up now, ready for rebuilding.
     
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    Can you imagine that New York wanted to do this.:rolleyes:
     
  11. bigandy macrumors G3

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    differences:

    New York: most likely on time and near budget

    London: 2 years late, 20% over budget. to complete on time: 80% over budget.

    :rolleyes:

    I can't stand the state of this country when it comes to building and staging things. even my bloody uni can't get it right - the Scottish Swimming Academy - where 4 of the UK's last olympic team trained - isn't officially olympic size, because the contractors finished it 3mm (yes, mm) too short.

    And then asked for £50,000 to put right something that should have been correct in the first place..
     
  12. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone completely switched opinions on the Olympic bid? When we won it, I was very enthusiastic. I basically thought Olympics = good thus Olympics in London should be great.

    Could this £9bn not have been better spent elsewhere? Is the Olympics really gonna balance that enormous cost with huge benefits for the local community and further afield? As far as I can tell, if the Olympics transforms Stratford for the better, the area will become more attractive, prices will go through the roof and those who have had to put up with the hassle whilst he Olympics was taking place will probably be priced out of the area. If it changes Stratford for the worse, then obviously the £9bn has not been well spent.
     
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    The question is will Wembley be ready by 2012? ;)
     
  14. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

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    I think that is a lot of money, but i thoug it would have been more.
     
  15. BoyBach thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No.

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  16. Queso macrumors G4

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    Yep. 20:12 on the 14th May 2017 :)
     
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    I'd just like to point out that -- with a few renovations like reinstalling the running track -- Los Angeles could host the Games again for peanuts. All of the previous facilities are still there and more. But I suppose that it's too soon to give another Olympics to the hyperpower. :p
     
  19. Queso macrumors G4

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    Saying that, so could Sydney and Athens when you think about it. Not sure if I'd want it to go back to Atlanta though. Wasn't the best advert really was it...;)
     
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    I've always thought that Atlanta winning the bid was proof that the bribery investigations came too late. :rolleyes:
     
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    Boston: A few years late, and 521% over budget
     
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    Whats a couple of extra bucks? :p ;) :D
     

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