Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Olympic Flame @ Barkingside
- or Have you got a light, Boy?

In the light of Knowsie’s observation about stopping restrictions in Barkingside iStreet and Cranbrook Road next weekend, it would seem appropriate to publish the reason why …. See below. During this event the only “food” and “drink” available for purchase will be McDonalds chips and Coca Cola by order of the Stasi LOCOG and the Obergrupenfuhrer Lord Coe. That is, if local residents can actually get there and find somewhere to park (BMWs are not exempt despite being a sponsor) or a bus that will stop to let them get off. But whatever you do don't turn up on a bicycle.

There will be “snipers” in helicopters to “take out” any insurgents who dare to sell cakes or tea, or for that matter British Beer, which is why the Fairlop Oak licence extension was refused. This is to protect the marketing rights and monopoly of the Games sponsors and to make sure they vacuum up all your money and that none of it goes to support the local economy – globalisation is The Game of The Games. When they say "This is the Greenest Games Ever", they mean it.

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29 comments:

  1. I thought you might be interested in a piece I put together on the police reactions to the new national sport of "touch the torch".

    It's a guest post on one of my favourite blogs at the moment, Lives Running

    http://livesrunning.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/beatings-arrests-cautions-the-policing-of-the-official-torch-relay/

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    1. Thanks Jim. And your absence was noted last Friday.

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  2. I get a ringside seat for this one so chips and soda aren't needed. I'll simply go inside and eat from my own kitchen. Given the early timing of this, I really do wonder how packed it will be. :/

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    1. It will be a pleasure to be many miles away.

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  3. The more I read about the Olympics, the more disgusted I am with it > Slum Camp for cleaners

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    1. Whilst the prats who are (allegedly!) organising it will stay in luxury hotels and be whisked around in chauffeur-driven limos using reserved traffic lanes.

      Just remember which government started the ball rolling for this over-priced, class-ridden junket.

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  4. Sunday morning,,,,,,from 6.am ...just be turning over then.........yawn...........

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  5. London 2012 Olympics: 32 mile queue as first Games lane opens on M4

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  6. I won't even be awake then, and I live in the High Street!

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    1. Barkingside's own answer to Rip van Winkel.

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  7. Now I've heard everything, Mr. Hickey! We know that Gordon was responsible for sinking the Titanic and for the Krakatoa earthquake - but the OLYMPIC GAMES? Do you really think that Dodgy Dave and Tricky Nickie would not have voted even more enthusiastically for this fiasco? Who, after all, has been responsible for the innumerable monumental cock-ups we've seen so far? Surely not our very own St. Theresa of the Home Office. The Olympic ideal was intended, I think, to uplift the spirit of the people. This Olympiad has merely became a nice little earner for MacDonalds, G4X, Lord Coe, CocaCola and all the local councils with parking meters in the area.

    Even if the last government were still in power, I think they would have been extremely stretched to have orchestrated such an Olympic sized debacle as this lot has done.

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    1. Don't disagree, Alfred. But it was that government (whilst Bliar was still PM, I believe with Crazy Kenny at City Hall)who strongly urged this vanity project. Sanctimonious Tessa was hardly a silent bystander.

      In summary I would say only a pox on all their houses.

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  8. Well, well! What can I say? I will be up with the lark on Sunday 22nd July. I will set off jjst after 6am with my friend Shirl-the-girl (as Farmer the late Dick Lewis referred to her) in her automobile. We will be aiming for Fairlop Waters where I will station myself lakeside to catch the moment when the flaming torch (and I am not swearing. Mavis!) will be carried aloft in a boat or ship to the cheers of the awaiting throng - well Shirl will be there and that's two with me! Assuming I have not been caught in the floods, for many roads are now resembling rivers as front gardens are concreted over and the drains are unable to cope withe the water that used to drain into the soil in our gardens, on arrival home I will download my photographs and send them to Barkingside 21 and the local media. What fun!
    Now all you mingers need to sort yourselves out. Cheer up! Get a life! I may be galloping towards 80, but I am not going to allow MacDonalds, Coca-Cola, Sainsbury's or anyone else to get me down. No, Sir!
    You may be interested - and yet you may not - in the fact that my sleep pattern has changed in recent months. I retire just after ten, having listened to the news headlines, and sleep until about 1am. I then work at my PC until about 3am - doing some of my best writing - and then return to my slumbers until 7am when my wife insists we get up for any slovenly living is not permitted in our household, I can tell you, retired or not. But I do have a rest for an hour after a light lunch of clear vegetable soup on these cold days of high summer.

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    1. my sleep pattern is changing too - to avoid the bloody olympics cu in october

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  9. Hi, Ed

    The leaflet you posted above came through my door today. Redbridge Council wants us all to get up at the crack of dawn to "Line the length of Barkingside High Street as the procession passes by" at 7.45am. It adds: "Arrive at least an hour before the torch is due to ensure you get a good view." Not if they paid me! I'll wait for cheery Ron's snaps.

    What I'd like to know is how much it cost us as ratepayers for Redbridge to create, print and distribute this leaflet through residents' letterboxes. Services are being cut, library staff have been sacked, book buying is pathetic; but it seems Redbridge Council still has plenty of our money to waste.

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    1. Glossy colour leaflets are not cheap, but hey, no expense spared for the big O and a chance to mingle with the VIPs eh?

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  10. All government authorities plead poverty, but are invariably able to find the funds to pay for their pet themes. Redbridge Council is no exception.

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  11. Interesting point: if the flaming thing gets to Barkingside at 7.45 am, where was it before it gets here? And what time was that?

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  12. What VIPs? Councillor Winegum?

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    1. He's on holiday - will he come back specially for the occasion?

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  13. Has the Fairlop Oak roundabout gone Dutch?

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  14. I might go, then again I might not.

    It all depends on whether I want to fall out of bed early on Sunday.

    I used to live on Cranbrook Road... now that would have been heavenly - being able to watch it pass by from the bedroom! I could even have relocated my bad the night before so that I would be by the window and able to watch it pass without even having to rise and attempt to shine.

    As for the refreshments, well, erm, all I'll say is that I've never ever eaten or drunk anything bought at McDonalds. However they do have lovely clean loos!

    In fact their squeaky clean latrines explain the only reason why I've ever even wanted to cross their thresholds.

    Simon

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  15. What leaflet? I didn't get a leaflet... Who's carrying the torch down the High Street, Ronald McDonald perhaps?

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  16. Why are the British so negative.... Moan moan moan

    Jo

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    1. Why do people moan about other people moaning? Do they have no sense of irony?

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  17. Of course, I am not British and anonymous (but I do enjoy moaning,... a lot). Yesterday, first and perhaps only day of summer, I was reflecting about that sad trait of Britishness, whilst my EU citizens next door were enjoying life in a totally non-British way. They were so happy. The kids were screaming in decibels, the dog was barking in decibels, both mother and father joining in the 'fun' in mega decibels. And, what did I want to do because it was unbearable and I had to shut windows and door? MOAN!
    And they went out and peace descended. Bliss.

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  18. Anne, You may like to know that I have not been watching the Torch Relay because the Tour de France has been much more interesting.

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  19. Gagner le Tour de France is an immense achievement, much higher than becoming President de la Republique. I think I can remember Robic ( a Breton from Britanny)winning it in 1948 (entirely from memory!).
    To see an Englishman winning with such grace and style was a glorious moment. (Ethnically, I have quite a bit of Yorshire in me, added to the Breton touch!)

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