I've been watching a news item on how London landlord's are evicting existing tenants so that they can let out flats to Olympic visitors for up to £5,000 a week. Sounds about right.
Then some sports clown comes on and starts talking about "our Olympics". Gimme a break. That's like saying "our opera" - in other words another over-done event that enjoys massive fucking public subsidy and is staged for the exclusive first-hand enjoyment of a limited number of people willing to pay inflated ticket prices.
The London Olympics almost exclusively benefits the south-east of England. There area few table scraps around the country but I am unconvinced about any economic reward to be gained by staging a few womens football games. They will never make up for the millions diverted out of Lottery and other public funding originally destined for sport in Wales.
I remember a guy telling me in the pub one night that the reason the old emperors used to pacify the Roman mob with bread & circuses was because no significant number of armed troops were ever allowed in the city at one time. That should tell us something.