Excitement is building with just over a week until the greatest sporting event in the world gets under way - but many people are already fed up with the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Athletes have trained their hearts out, the finishing touches have been made to the Olympic park and competitors have started to arrive in the country.

A buzz of excitement can be felt across the nation as schools and councils host their own opening ceremonies, traditional sports days are turned into mini summer Olympics Games and people are inspired to get out and be active.

British flags can be spotted flying proudly outside people’s homes ahead of the much-anticipated event and people have made plans for meeting up with friends and family to watch some of the action.

But, there are some people who “cannot wait” for it all to be over. There have been complaints from those who missed out on tickets, controversy over elements of the sponsorship deals associated with the Olympic park and people have complained it has been a “major spend”.

Britain’s summer weather has done little to lift spirits and the fiasco over GS4’s failure to recruit enough security staff failed to improve some people’s attitude towards the Games.

But how do you feel about the London Olympics? Are you excited or fed up already?

Vote now to let us know.

17 comments

  • The Games have become a money maker. The sad thing is that it is the poor taxpayer that picks up the bill. The UK will be paying off this debt for years. Just as all the other hosts are having to do so. It was originally for amateurs to excel at their chosen sport. The last true Olympian was Eddie the Eagle. If the farce of having professional sportsmen and woman competing for Olympic gold is to continue,then let a permanent site be built at the original venue. All countries could pay part of the cost for terrific facilities in Greece to be used for all games. It isn't going to happen as too much money is swilling around for those wallowing in the trough.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Stupid formatting - there should be line breaks.

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    Scrivvy

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Norman - the UK taxpayer doesn't pick up the bill, it is mostly funded by private enterprise which is why they are so keen to claw back as much as possible by flogging everything and anything. Having the games in one place would slightly lose it's appeal after a while, plus the Olympics do offer a tremendous opportunity to regenerate areas, support business and attract tourism. But one good point of a static Olympics would be that it would be far more sustainable.

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    Eye of Providence

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • If there was an Olympics event for self defacation, then Team GB Plc would win the gold, silver and bronze. I know the weather is pants at the moment but why do we keep beating ourselves up like this. The national media and Labour politicians seem desperate for the event to fall apart and they spend all their time gloating about anything, however minuscule, that goes wrong. Personally I can`t wait for the games to be over; but all this negativity is doing enormous damage to this country`s reputation. Stories like G4S are being copied world wide and do nothing to dispel the myth that every Briton is workshy, lives on benefits and need EU workers to do their work for them so they can stay at home and not have to go to work. Personally I can`t wait for the games to be over but there is no need for us to turn into a national of grumpy old men (and women) over it.

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    BG

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • The whole thing is way over the top. I will be glad when its all over. Its not sport as I know it.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Despite my place of employment being responsible for marshaling part of the olympic torch relay route, I was old that we were not allowed a flag to fly proudly from out office flagpole (part of the shiny and nicely worded plan of the Olympics was to bring them to local communities). When i queried this in more detail I was told that it was basically due to tight controls on the use of the olympic rings - basically so corporate sponsors can rape as much as possible out of the process with local, well intended groups and communities not getting a sniff. I think it is disgusting that the Olympic Committee has this attitude and the sheer arrogance that they somehow own five circles on a piece of paper astounds me. These people need to get over themselves! I know that the games are mainly funded by private business but I hardly think that letting someone fly a flag with some rings on it is going to cripple the whole event. I will watch some of it at home but I am not going to be a mug and fall for the insane prices they are charging for the tickets worth having.

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    Eye of Providence

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Scrivvy - Thank you for my typo. You can see how interested I am in the Olympics!

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    BG

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • to scrivvy---i am mug enough 2 pay my telly licence fee and expect to have something other than sport on for weeksmonths.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • .. and i forgot to mention that the beeb have 20+ HD channels, only available on a specific satellite channel and advertised on ITV .. which made matters even worse. it's a farce in my opinion

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    Tim Will

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • see--no one likes or wants it.Why on earth was it allowed at all?

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I am that fed up with the waste of money and the usual suspects ripping the country off, that i have just booked a last minute holiday away to get away from the mess and the media coverage

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • i could not care less about it.The telly coverage is a disgrace.The tv should cater for the disinterested.Waste of money.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Stupid formatting - there should be line breaks.

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    Scrivvy

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Despite my place of employment being responsible for marshaling part of the olympic torch relay route, I was old that we were not allowed a flag to fly proudly from out office flagpole (part of the shiny and nicely worded plan of the Olympics was to bring them to local communities). When i queried this in more detail I was told that it was basically due to tight controls on the use of the olympic rings - basically so corporate sponsors can rape as much as possible out of the process with local, well intended groups and communities not getting a sniff. I think it is disgusting that the Olympic Committee has this attitude and the sheer arrogance that they somehow own five circles on a piece of paper astounds me. These people need to get over themselves! I know that the games are mainly funded by private business but I hardly think that letting someone fly a flag with some rings on it is going to cripple the whole event. I will watch some of it at home but I am not going to be a mug and fall for the insane prices they are charging for the tickets worth having.

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    Eye of Providence

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • since cash became more important to the Olympics and the sponsors took over, and the UK producers and manufacturers were over-looked, and more than £700 million lottery funding re-routed from charities for Olympics, and media give more attention to spoiled footballers than paraolympians who work their socks off for a chance to shine .. i've decided not to support the Olympics this time around

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    Tim Will

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • Bookworm - listen to the radio then, or alternatively, you could just spend every waking hour commenting to threads on the EDP website.

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    Eye of Providence

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • 1. "... the beeb have 20+ HD channels, only available on a specific satellite channel ..." The 20+ channels are also available on Freesat (as well as Sky). The TV advert is for Sky. 2. "The telly coverage is a disgrace" So don't watch it then. "Cash In The Attic" will be back before you know it. 3. When you say "self defacation", I guess you mean self-deprecation - or maybe it was a Freudian slip? 4. "... i have just booked a last minute holiday ..." Lucky old you then. I'm taking my daughter - she's excited. So am I. You can all go and take a jump.

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    Scrivvy

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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