The Olympic torch was greeted at Buckingham Palace on the final full day of the torch relay
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are joined by 40 children from the Team GB Ambition Programme as they wait for the London 2012 Olympic Torch at Buckingham Palace.
Try giving some money to the third of Britsh Children that Unicef have reported as living below the poverty line in the UK!
It's all very well to say that the Olympics are going to bring money in and that it's called commerce but where has all this money being generated gone? It's all stayed firmly in London. We keep being told that the Olympics will benefit everyone but all the employment and extra facilities and therefore extra cash is staying firmly in the capital. What about the rest of us who paid towards this, where is our share of the spoils? I personally cannot see that the foreign visitors will spend anywhere near enough to compensate us for the huge cost of this, most countries that hold the Olympics end up making a loss on it. At a time when we clearly cannot afford it this makes no sense at all. I have nothing against the Olympics as a competition/event even though I am not into sport and don't watch it. What I do object to is our country paying for them when we cannot afford to support our disabled people or pay our nursing staff a fair wage. Everyone is entitled to an opinon but those of you who keep telling us "moaners" to shut up might want to think for minute. Fair enough if you support the games, good for you. But would you like to pay extra to cover the share those of us that don't support it have had to pay? The games themselves are fine, I just don't see why I should pay for them when even I can see that we can't afford them and they shouldn't have come here.
I'm glad the Olympics are here in London. What makes me mad is every souvenir I pick up in the shops has made in China stamped on it! So a great commercial opportunity is completely wasted.
Were the souvenirs in Beijing Made in Great Britain?
a) Buildings - being built by British contractors or sub contractors - materials supplied by? British industries employing and paying? British people.
b) Advertising/ marketing... Ok bad choice because it is totally c*** but.. employing and paying? British people.
c) Torches - made in Britain, employing and paying. British people.
d) Tourism - thousands of people coming over with foreign currency - staying in British accommodation, eating, drinking, tourist attractions... employing and paying? Yup British people
Long winded but you get the idea. If the Olympics and tourists are spending the money in Britain then someone in Britain is getting paid for it. It's called commerce.
I can't believe the negativity in these comments. I think the games are a great thing for this country. I stood in the pouring rain to see the Olympic Torch and I volunteered to be a Games Maker, but was not successful. However, I was given a ticket for one of the rehearsals. Not much of a compensation, you might think, but I was vey proud to be one of the first people to see this ceremony that the world will be watching tonight - it cost me nothing and I could not afford to buy a ticket, but was proud to be there, along with 62,000 other volunteers, ambassadors and ordinary people proud to be part of it.
As for the money staying in London, so it should. They have paid greatly for this event and they should reap the rewards. There are events taking place all around the UK, so it will be spread around anyway.
I would like to see this country get behind the games, stop whingeing and think themselves lucky to be living is a country that can offer so much, if you only look for it, instead of knocking it at every opportunity!?!?!?!?!?!?
Now that the publicity seeking nightmare is over,can we look forward to a period of non-participation by lower echelon "Celebs"
and return to the purpose of the Olympics?
Have we forgotten about the wonderful china and souvenier makers in the UK - Just a few suggestions ... Pottery - Wedgewoods? Crystal - Waterford? Glass - The Glassblobbery? - all UK based businesses that would have been proud to have been making souveniers for London 2012
If we are so proud to have the olympics why not show off the talent of the craftsmen and women in the UK not keep farming everything out overseas because it costs a few pence / pounds less to make - surely if it was made in the UK and the visitors see the quality of the products people will start using UK firms for these things and then maybe our workforce will increase and manufacturing prices can start to reduce.
I know the torch was made in the West Midlands and im extremely proud and pleased this happened - imagine the uproar if it wasnt tho!
However that being said - I do think that we shouldnt have even been bidding for the Olympics 7 years ago, there were signs that the economy was heading for a very deep resession, and although the govt says that they are costing less than we are expected to re-coup that money should have been ploughed into other services that need them - if we were in a stable economy and able to afford it without any cuts else where then yes i agree its a very good thing for us to have here.
People are going to say I'm sure that we had already spent however much on the bid, but once the materials have been drawn up, they could have been put in storage (for want of a better word) until a more country finacially suitable time.
People also will no doubt say - think of the jobs that have been created from having them - yes they have - but how temporary? construction jobs on stadiums - how many of the staff will be laid off now the projects have been finished? Marshalls - they are only temporary contracts. What sort of employment is that ?? UNSTABLE thats what.
And Finally ....
Security - a shambles - G4S - staff should have been trained and ready MONTHS ago
Tickets - I'm lead to beleve they were printed in the USA ?!?! Another item that could have been and should have been printed and produced in the UK
I know its too late so do much about anything now - we've had 7 years to prepare and its not the great job i know we could have done !!
Feel sorry for blue flame (shutthegates) who wrote the message about the royal family
for once can you not be PROUD to be BRITISH (thats if you are) and show the world what
we are all about (not just trouble and riots) and if you don't like living here you can always
(as your password suggests) shut the gate and never come back!!!!!
BRIAN ANTONY WHAT A ****, TELL ME WHAT YOUR COMMENT HAS TO DO WITH THE OLYMPICS. F..K OFF AND GO TO A SITE THAT DEALS WITH YOUR SUBJECT,AND LEAVE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION.
MSN, WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING AT? I HAVE CONTACTED YOU BEFORE, ABOUT THESE LONELY BIKERS, HEART BROKEN MEN AND WOMEN, AND NOW BISEXUALS, WHAT NEXT TRANNIES, , PHAEODPHILES.
CMON MSN, WEED OUT THIS CRAP AND DUMP IT IN THE BIN WHERE IT BELONGS.
I WILL BE WATCHING FOR AN IMPROVEMENT, LOOK OUT.
Think the young royals have been conned here