Posted by: aboutalbion | July 27, 2012

2012 Olympic Games

The 2012 Olympics Games opening ceremony will take place this evening less than a hundred miles from my home.  The organisers believe that around a billion people will ‘visit’ London and watch it.

I have also looked back at the fifteen countries that have hosted the summer Games since they were last held in London in 1948.  I find that they all belong, directly or indirectly, to the current G20 group of countries that, according to Wikipedia, account for two-thirds of the world’s population, 80% of the world’s GDP, and 80% of the world’s trade.  The suggestion is that the G20 is a self-appointing group of rich countries.

In addition, I note that the top ten countries in the medals table at the last Games in Beijing were also all members of the G20.

Since the competitors have to belong to national teams, it would not surprise me if evidence emerges that there is an unseen international competition between technologists – food technologists that seek optimal diets, materials technologists that seek optimal clothing (particularly swimwear), engineering technologists that seek the most efficient running shoes, and substance technologists that seek performance enhancement …….

At the time of writing, I am not planning to attend or to watch …  My taxes have contributed to the £9 billion or so that my government have spent on building this new Temple for Timekeepers (and other venues).

I will quietly await the verdict of history to pronounce on ‘the defining moment’ of these 2012 Games.

PS  I should declare an interest.  Despite several attempts in several sports, I have never won a competitive sports event.



  1. Summer Games. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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