BNSF9647 wrote:Hello to all in the forum. This is my first topic here. Even though the games are just over a year away, what do you guys feel might take place during this event?
There is no "specific" terror threat to the London 2012 Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.
He said an elaborate military exercise carried out in London last week was to prepare for any threats that might arise in a dangerous world.
And he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show he now wanted the military to "fade into the background".
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, will take place in London, England, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012.
On 6 July 2005, the final selection was announced at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. Moscow was the first city to be eliminated, followed by New York and Madrid. The final two cities left in contention were London and Paris.
At the end of the fourth round of voting, London won the right to host the 2012 Games with 54 votes, defeating Paris's 50. The celebrations in London were short-lived, being overshadowed by terrorist attacks on London's transport system less than 24 hours after the announcement.
cheesecandle wrote:I was in London on 7/7 and that bus unfolds in a really horribly familiar way. I wish someone had thought about it before designing it.
Three people are feared dead and eight have been hurt after a bomb exploded on a double decker bus in the heart of London's West End.
The front of the bus was destroyed by the force of the blast on the Aldwych near the Strand.
The bus had travelled over Waterloo Bridge along Lancaster Place and was passing a Ministry of Defence building and turning onto Aldwych when the bomb exploded.
The explosion comes just nine days after the IRA ended its ceasefire with a bombing in the Docklands area of London, which killed two people.
On 30 June 1944, Aldwych WC2 suffered one of the deadliest V1 flying bomb attacks on London of the war. A fortnight after the first V1's had hit the capital, the menacing drone of yet another ‘Doodlebug’ was heard over Aldwych. The semicircular street between Kingsway, BBC Bush House, the Air Ministry building (Adastral House) and the Waldorf Hotel was crowded with workers returning from their lunch hour or queuing at the local Post Office.
At 2.07pm the V1 glided silently in over the Thames, diving down to explode on the road between the Air Ministry and the north east wing of Bush House, home to the BBC External Services. The detonation caused carnage. The steel-framed Air Ministry absorbed much of the explosion, shattering windows but leaving the buildings astride the road largely intact. The blast wave scythed down the street. 46 people were killed and at least 200 others suffered serious injuries.
Sometimes there is just too much happiness and sunshine surrounding soccer. You want to sell it to the kids, sure, but kids these days like their role models pale, sulky and disjointed. To reach that new target audience you need something a little bleaker. It worked for the Batman movies…
So how do you sell the EURO 2012 competition to a continent or country not involved? Say China? Well, those happy little scamps have set this dystopian gem of an advertisement for it to a pumping soundtrack by Cantopop singer Hacken Lee.
Yes, you’re eyes are not deceiving you. Amidst snow, stormy skies and soldiers conducting a firefight a game of soccer is being played between the burning Coliseum ruins, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.
It is hard not to love this. It is so far removed from the event that it is funny, and the animated players are almost certainly Asian, but who cares? The tune is one you will find yourself humming, and you find yourself really hoping that a blazing overhead kick will end the violent war that somehow broke out in Europe when we weren’t looking.
There is no appearance from any superstar names from the game, which is refreshing. We will see enough Nike and Pepsi commercials in the build-up to the EUROs to know exactly who we are being told to look out for.
Glad to see our Chinese friends are getting such a balanced view of Europe. This three and half minute commercial for the UEFA Euro 2012 official Chinese broadcaster Now TV has it all: images of the Blitz; Stalingrad; Warsaw; the siege of Berlin, an earthquake in the middle of the pitch. And for good measure the backing track’s the The Russian Revolution sung by the Red Army Choir, with a bit of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu thrown in towards the end…
This has got me wondering. Is this really how the Chinese see the Europeans? (But then given all the recent infighting over the future of the euro, maybe the analogy of football as war isn’t too wide of the mark).
Here’s what Irish website joe.ie has to say about the Now TV advert:-
…certainly beats all other Euro 012 ads we have seen so far in terms of effort.
But the first sign we should be worried was the sign of the Eiffel Tower, The Coliseum and Big Ben all in flames. After that it calms down and we have lots of cartoon football, expertly rendered.
But soon we have planes dropping bombs on the field and soldiers firing guns at players. In the end the footballers survive and the war is ended.
Is the ad about the triumph of sport over war? Are they referencing George Orwell’s old maxim that ‘serious sport is war, minus the shooting’? Did they just look at Europe and think World War II?
We have no idea but we are both intrigued and appalled by this ad.
The quote comes from an essay, “The Sporting Spirit“, that George Orwell (aka Eric Arthur Blair) wrote for Tribune in December 1945. The full quote is as follows:“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.”
The essay also includes the lines:-
“There are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators.
"I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sport creates goodwill between the nations”
diagonal2 wrote:Rofl this guy believes that there were actual planes hitting the twin towers. Bleh, this guy is just a tool making propaganda vids.
Dcopymope wrote:diagonal2 wrote:Rofl this guy believes that there were actual planes hitting the twin towers. Bleh, this guy is just a tool making propaganda vids.
Nowhere in any of these videos is it even implied that he believes planes hit the towers. Before making a quick assumption about the video maker, you should actually go through his channel and you'll see that he actually believes that no planes were used in the 9/11 attacks and uses footage from the September Clues documentary to back it up. I'm quite certain that he knows all about this website and media fakery, but that's not what this video series is about regardless.
U.K. adds 3,500 military personnel to London Olympics security detail
(CBS/AP) LONDON - Britain put an extra 3,500 military personnel on standby Wednesday to protect venues at the London Olympics, after a private contractor said it may not be able to provide enough security guards on time.
The contractor, G4S, had been enlisted to provide the bulk of the 13,200 private security guards across 100 venues, but said in a statement that it may not hit its target because of problems recruiting and training staff.
In this May 3, 2012 file photo, a British soldier holds a high-velocity missile lightweight multiple launcher during a media event ahead of the London Olympics, in Blackheath, London. (Credit: AP)
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-574 ... ty-detail/
Dcopymope wrote:...shows a view of London and fades to black with "to be continued".
Rudy Algera wrote:Business partner of Larry Silverstein, Frank Lowy, involved in London Olympic Stadium:
So... can we expect a dramatic event comparable to nine eleven in London soon?
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