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GUEST,Big Al Whittle 31 Jul 12 - 09:45 AM
John MacKenzie 31 Jul 12 - 12:35 PM
Ebbie 31 Jul 12 - 04:03 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 31 Jul 12 - 08:38 PM
MGM·Lion 01 Aug 12 - 12:03 AM
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GUEST,Shimrod 01 Aug 12 - 04:21 AM
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Subject: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 09:45 AM

Went into Weymouth last night, and the whole place was virually empty. Normally on a warm summer's night, the streets and restaurants would be full. The businesses must be going broke.

I thought maybe it was the rumours of savage parking restrictions - all the parking places - normally full, were empty and restricted to resident permit holders. We wanted to go to a Show of hands Concert but we couldn't get near enough for me, with my dickie heart and Denise with her arthritis, to get within reachable distance of the venue.

The whole front , the harbourside, the town centre were empty.

Theres just been a report on telly that Central London is the same - completely empty. Pictures of an empty Oxford Street! What the hell is happening. Is it just places involved in the Olympics?

Is this nationwide, are Blackpool and Skegness empty too?

have the weeks of rain dampened all our spirits?

Someone's buggered up - we should be doing record breaking business.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 12:35 PM

People who are sport minded are either glued to the TV, or present at an event.
Those like myself with no interest in sport, will be keep away from all centres of sporting activity. Or places that have Olympic events ongoing.
Funny thing though, so many people can't believe that a man is not interested in most sport, and look at one askance when the fact is mentioned.
So that's me and Kendall then is it? :)


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 04:03 PM

I'm not a bettor - betting hurts my stomach - but I do like seeing mammals of practically any kind straining to be the best they can be. That's true whether it is physical or mental or even emotional.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 08:38 PM

""Funny thing though, so many people can't believe that a man is not interested in most sport, and look at one askance when the fact is mentioned.
So that's me and Kendall then is it? :)
""

Plus one John!!

The energy usually devoted to sport (whether watching or participating) is completely involved with music.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 12:03 AM

I happen to be reasonably [I hope] interested in some sports, particularly tennis & football which I played as a young man. And even many that I have no particular interest in [swimming, gymnastics, road cycling...] I am finding to furnish some enjoyable whiles of tv watching. But I have absolutely no issue with other men who find them all a bore. There must be a million things that all of you taken together find of all-consuming interest which leave me entirely cold. But what of it?

Who are all these men out there who affect to despise other men who show no interest in sport? I don't believe I know any of them.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 04:04 AM

That's because you're not a Glaswegian Michael. In Glasgow footie is a religion. Remember what Bill Shankly said about it ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 04:21 AM

"What the hell is happening[?]"

You didn't hear it from me - but it's more sinister than you can possibly imagine!


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 05:08 AM

Some people may just not have much money to go out and shop, or pay for parking, or eat out, or go to a show etc. Also, those who do have spare cash have probably gone out of the country with their children in search of some sunshine.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 05:25 AM

I said in another thread some time back that this would be the second non event of the year after the Jubilee.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 05:38 AM

I dont know about the rest of the country , but SO many people have been telling us NOT travel anywhere in Central London during the Games
that the Theatres and Restaurants are about 20% DOWN on normal trade
Also , because LOCOG pre booked so many hotel rooms , then cancelled too late for any one to book them the hotels are empty.
Rather than being a boost to the country's economy the bloody Olympics are going to REALLY screw the entitre country .


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 06:35 AM

Well the olympics was, and always will be, a vanity project.
It's in the "Bread and circus'" school of government.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 08:16 AM

I too hate all this sport and olympics shit. Most people one meets who are "sporty" are complete grunts. It was all the thickest thugs at school who were fanatical about association football.

Don, however is fanatical about grand prix, and I don't mind a bit of motor racing although my favourites were supersaloons.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 08:28 AM

Rather than being a boost to the country's economy the bloody Olympics are going to REALLY screw the entitre country

With all due respect, Leadfingers, that's a fairly absurd thing to say. London's tourism takings being down for a couple of weeks is not going to screw the entire country economically.

Also, the hotels are not empty. You're being over dramatic.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 08:50 AM

GUEST -ED - I was qoting from the BBC Radio Four yesterday - SO Many hoteliers having a moan !


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 09:01 AM

So Richard has to go right to the other extreme, and denounce the youthful school 1st XI goalkeeper that I was only 62 years ago as a 'complete grunt' & a 'thick thug'. How about a bit of the sort of moderation, R, that I [if I may say so] flatter myself I demonstrated in my last post on this thread? Like, a bit of the old live·n·let·live, eh?

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 09:55 AM

Down here in Weymouth - its front page news. People have been buggered about for three years as they put together fancy traffic schemes. Money is draining out of the town. people are ging to go broke if some bugger doesn't take responsibility for the situation and DO something!

They all want power - none of them want ANY resposibility!


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 09:57 AM

Its the ultimate reductio ad absurdum of Thatcherism. TINA - there is no alternative to sitting on your fanny and doing sod all.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 10:51 AM

We plan to visit London again, this time to 'do' the museums at South Kensington and the big stores in Oxford Street etc. But not until all this Olympic stuff is well and truly over. Probably thousands have said the same thing.


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 11:03 AM

All the reports are that this IS the ideal time to visit , as Oxford Street is very quiet and the Museums are empty !
So after the weekend , EVERYONE will flock in , and the Forecasters of Chaos will be proved right ! LOL

I dont care - I'm off to Sidders on Friday


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Subject: RE: BS: England quiet, the olympics or the rain?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 01:15 PM

Oh dear, Leadfingers, I never thought of that! A sort of double bluff eh? Well, we'll see. I suppose if we go in October we'll be alright!


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