Olympic News: The Weird, The Bad And The Ugly

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 117 months ago
Olympic News: The Weird, The Bad And The Ugly

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The Olympic motto? "Citius, Altius, Fortius", which, for anyone yet to sign up for one of Boris' Latin classes, means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger". What better symbol of such a sentiment than a four-metre high, 5,000 volt perimeter fence, such as the one currently being erected around the Stratford site. The terrorist-thwarting fence will replace the current blue hoarding that proved unpopular. It's unlikely the new one will be any more loved, neither by locals nor luckless wildlife who happen to stray nearby.

Yet as we saw on a recent walk near the site, things are progressing well for the main stadium. At a price, though — the government was today forced to admit that costs for the cupcake have risen by £50 million, joining many other high-profile venues in corkscrewing wildly out of the supposed budget set in those halcyon, carefree days of 2005. Good job the country's not on the brink of bankruptcy, eh?

Still, there's nothing like reminding ourselves of just how good we were in Beijing '08 to lift the clouds of gloom. Right on cue comes the news that we've honoured two of our stars from that happy event, Christine Ohuruogu and Pippa Wilson. Bronze statues? Streets named in their honour? Nothing so bland. No, a pair of tunnel boring machines on the Olympic site — which, glamorously, will be used to construct a 1.8km sewage system — has been named after the gold medallists. There's a picture of the happy couple right here, just to prove that, despite all the doom-laden news about 2012, we haven't (yet) lost our sense of humour.

Last Updated 05 February 2009