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David Attenborough Commentates On Curling

This video from the BBC is priceless.

February 20, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , | 1 Comment

Twin Toilets

This story from the BBC is summed up by a related tweet.

Two toilets – 28,000 roubles, Olympic media centre – 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment – priceless.

If this is the standard of humour for Sochi 2014, then we’re in for a treat.

 

 

January 21, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , , , | 1 Comment

Is Sochi A Monstrous Scam?

I have just read this report on the BBC’s web site.

Admittedly it is from May last year, but in a few weeks time, we’ll see whether the Games will be worth the reported $50 million spent.

The Times had a news report yesterday, where Giuan-Franco Kasper, the Head of World Skiing, said that a third of the cost had been lost to fraud.

The 2014 Winter Olympics could be one of the best examples of car crash television for some time.  Especially, after reading about the climate on Wikipedia and reading reports that there hasn’t been much snow in the area.

January 12, 2014 Posted by | Sport, World | , | 2 Comments

Thieves Target Sochi 2014

I found this story in the Moscow Times after being pointed to the thefts by the headline in The Times of Thieves Try To Scrap Winter Olympics. here’s the first paragraph of the story.

With less than three months left until the Winter Olympic Games, city authorities in Sochi are embroiled in a battle with an unexpected vice: the theft of manhole covers by metal scavengers.

Some 800 manhole covers were stolen in the last couple of weeks, most of them sold as scrap metal to any one of 20 recycling companies, city officials said.

I suppose President Putin is blaming gay thieves.

November 13, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

The Grandmother Of All Overspends

it is being reported that the overspend on the Sochi Winter Olympics is approaching £335 million in several places.  Read about it here in the Bangkok Post.

The Times is also reporting that they’ve got serious floods in Sochi.

It’s good that we had the Olympics last year, so now weather and cost overruns can’t effect them.

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Sochi 2014 Advertises On London Buses

I caught this advert for the Winter Olympics in 2014 at Sochi on a 56 bus.

Sochi 2014 Advertises On London Buses

No offence to the Russians and I did enjoy a day trip to Moscow once, but I won’t be going.

Skiing is just not my scene, except on the television.

August 6, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 1 Comment