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    Needs shooting as far as I am concerned

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    Anyone for the hot long jump?




    Here are two of the gymnasts.


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    Poor old Boris hung out to dry

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    That could well have been a publicity stunt Colin. The big scandal is empty seats, estimated at 50-60000 thousand a day. Mainly reckoned to be down to overseas dignitaries. All the tickets recovered from touts up to now have been from that source. Frustrating for people who wanted to attend and also for those taking part to do so without a full crowd to cheer them on.

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    I agree Teddy, just about every event I have seen there are empty seats.

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    Why am I not surprised?
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    Its all down to c**p organisation Mike in my opinion. They should have made it easier for English people to buy more tickets in the first place plus a certain amout of freebies to people who deserved them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    Its all down to c**p organisation Mike in my opinion. They should have made it easier for English people to buy more tickets in the first place plus a certain amout of freebies to people who deserved them.

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    Yeh man bring it on free free free etc etc etc why pay for anything?? Nanny state or some one will pay for you, we had a politician 15 years ago saying "Free cars for Maori" they thought he was serious????????????? He was nearly Prime minister.
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    Here in our part of the US, NBC has blocked the broadcasting of the Olympics on the public air waves, so unless one has a cable tv connection and pays an additional fee to the cable company, it's not viewable. Wasn't like that 4 years ago.

    We dropped cable tv years ago ... too blinkety blank expensive. Basically all we watch on the open air waves are the British comedies, the rest is streaming off the internet.

    Heard about the WSJ site doing some sort of streaming broadcast and will attempt to connect with that through my Netflix account.

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    NBC not playing fair, we have it on 1 dedicated TV channel (delayed) for everyone and more (live) if you have Sky
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    The Public Television here is broadcasting most of the Olympic events (and live, too). It's availble practically to anyone who has a TV set and an aerial. Of course, you are obliged to pay a monthly fee, but lots of people don't and watch the channels anyway.

    We have satellite TV with a package which has all the public channels in it, so we can follow the Games easily. Plus, we have Eurosport which also has a very decent coverage of all the events.
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    When I say free Colin I mean for people like the badly injured service men who have come back from the war, not politicians or other scroungers.

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    I, who don't really go in a big way for the Olympics--usually, at any rate--have found myself quite interested in both the mens' soccer and archery matches {females too, for the latter}. I love the way the camera captures the trajectory of the arrow as it makes its way--often thru the raindrops--to that target, especially when it notches in the 10 ring. I only wish I could have shot so consistently when I was in law-enforcement {to qualify, that is, once a year at an Army range in upstate New York}. As I got older, I noticed that my scores kept going down, no matter how hard and often I practiced at my private indoor range. One of the deciding factors in knowing it was time for me to "hang 'em up" and leave it to the younger people. One of the officers I worked--and occasionally shot with--was very much into archery, and had travelled all around the world to participate in tournaments. After watching this event--really for the first time--in these Olympics, I now understand why he is so enthusiatic about this wonderful skill and sport.
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    Steve, your shooting sounds like my golf I now have a handicap that is down right embarrassing when I get on the tee and am asked what I am playing off I have to make sure I whisper the reply.
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    I have given up clay shooting. Having lost the sight in my left eye, and having shot off my left shoulder since I was nine years old, I am not going to pick up any more trophies shooting off my right. Archery is a fascinating sport and so quintessentially English. I have been told that the old English law stating that every man of a certain age must practise every week, was never repealed.

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