As usual it will be the home counties and London in particular that will benefit. When the UK won the Olympic 2012 bid the writing was already on the wall, as far as UK debt went. It would have been a marvellous event a few years earlier but now it will be just another financial millstone around the necks of British citizens.
Like it or lump it the Olympics opening ceremony will take place on July 27, 2012.
It is expected that in excess of one billion viewers will tune in. The opening and closing ceremonies of the games are almost as important as the sporting fixtures. It is a time for the host nation to pull out all the stops and create their own individual ceremony. A time to show off it seems.
For London 2012 Danny Boyle, film director of Slumdog Millionaire and more, is to be the artistic director. Today, January 27, 2012, he has revealed that the opening ceremony will be called Isles of Wonder. Apparently a bell has been commissioned to hang at one end of the Stadium and herald the start and presumably end of the games. Boyle has said it will be the largest ringing biggest bell in Europe, so presumably it too will cost a small fortune.
It may have been classed as vulgar in England's distant past to discuss money and financial matters but these days it is vital. Ministers insist the money that the Games will bring in will make up for the extreme cost. As the costs continue to rise that seems unlikely. Security alone is going to cost a fortune. That is a sad but necessary expense of such an event held in the West in the 21st Century.
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