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Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Current Events, Sport | 3 comments

UK Terrorism Threat Level Raised. Will Olympics Be Safe?

Okay, so I do have my tongue firmly in my cheek. But, if the (erroneous) attack on a group of footballers in Angola could have such a huge impact of the World Cup in South Africa, then maybe I’m not being entirely out of line here.

The BBC reports that: The UK terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe”, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said. The new alert level means a terrorist attack is considered “highly likely”. It had stood at substantial since July. (BBC)

A terrorist attack is “highly likely”. That’s bad that is. Very bad. And where are terror attacks most likely to take place? Right you are. In crowded, busy cities. Places like London. Places like stadiums in London.

Is London too unsafe to be the venue for the 2012 Olympics? Should the IOC not already be considering alternative venues? Surely we can’t expect the worlds’ best athletes and their thousands of supports to be put under such high levels of risk.

Is the London 2012 logo shit? Many seem to think so [image source: The Roar.com.au] Click to link to the storyAs an aside: I think that the logo they’ve put together looks like it has already been a victim of an  act of terror. Is it just me, or is that a truly ugly piece of ‘art’? I just can’t get to even begin to like it. It is wrong on so many different levels. And that colour? Good grief.

Seems I’m not alone in my dislike for the logo at all. Alongside is an alternative version which speaks rather eloquently for itself.

3 Comments

  1. I think this is a very unreasonable and irresponsible statment to make. The UK security services and police systems are far more advanced and efficient than those in Africa. Comparing the 2010 SWC to the London Olympics is just not on. We have the ability to ensure a safe venue. Can South Africa say the same?

    On the logo point though, I do agree with you. They spent a ridiculous sum of money on it, and came up with a childs drawing – terrible.

  2. that alternative logo is excellent! I agree with it totally.

  3. John, I hear what you saying about bla being a little irresponsible making this sort of statement, but he does say it with his customary level of tongue in cheek sarcasm.

    Even so "UK security services and police systems are far more advanced and efficient… We have the ability to ensure a safe venue." may not sound all that believable to many people. The families and friends of those killed and injured in the July 7 attacks in London for starters.

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