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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

The XXX Olympiad is coming to London, which is great news for the country, particularly for sport and tourism. Congratulations to the whole bid team – obviously a job very well done, not least for overcoming the odds which were stacked in Paris’s favour.

The details (as if any more are really needed) from Channel 4:

London was won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic bid. The favourite, Paris, came second with Madrid, New York and Moscow trailing behind.

There were scenes of jubilation in Trafalgar Square when the result announced. Kelly Holmes was in tears after the news broke.

“It is just amazing,” the double Olympic champion said. “It was so nerve-racking, I just cannot believe it.”

Olympic athletes threw their arms in the air in delight and hugged each other in London’s Trafalgar Square as they watched the announcement in Singapore on a huge screen. Champagne was sprayed around under Nelson’s Column and thousands danced in the streets after the announcement was made.

In addition to Kelly’s tears, apparently Kay Burley, that most professional and sober of journalists, was ‘shrieking’ over on Sky News. I’m glad I was watching the announcement on the BBC. Though, on an occasion so unexpectedly happy as this, I think I can even let The Burley’s unprofessionalism go.

No doubt I’ll be posting more on this over the next, erm, seven years, as there are a number of questions unanswered as yet. Will the UK manage to make a good job of it? Well, the team have done pretty well so far, and I have every confidence that they will continue, and produce the best games seen anywhere.

But then, my posting record on the London 2012 bid leaves quite a bit to be desired. Remember this?

London’s Olympic dream in tatters
Did anyone ever think that we had a chance of seeing the Olympic Games in London? It was never terribly likely, and I’m not sure that the bid had a great deal of public support anyway, particularly from those who live further north than Coventry, since it just seemed like (yet again) vast amounts of money would be spent on an event in London, while the rest of the country would be pretty much left out… Of course, if all of this speculation is wrong and Mike Lee (London 2012’s director of communications) is right, then I could end up looking very silly

Erm… excuses… yes… a lot can change in six months… and, as I’ve said, I’m happy to have been proved wrong. What more can I possibly say in the face of being so cringe-worthily wrong? I suppose I could just point out that it might help me achieve this:

98. Go to the Olympics

Anyway, however much I doubted, I think it’s only fair to give the bid team their due: Congratulations again to the whole team, you did a phenomenal job.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Richard Shepherd


    21.07, 08/07/2005

Thur’s been nowt change in’t view of people north o’Coventry.

It’s still money to be wasted on folk down in’t London.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    21.48, 08/07/2005

There’s an element of that, but I think that most people in the North also recognise the benefits of the win – the problem being that there’s a perception that most of the benefits will also be to London and the South. By 2012, though, I think most people will be behind it.




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