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At the start of this module I was very sceptical about It, how the collaboration between new people would go and If they would bring new, interestingly dynamic skills to the group and the over all work that we would all produce together. I can safely say that I personally feel that the collaboration within out small group of six students worked really well, we all participated with the completion of the project, thus bringing new professional skills to all of us involved.
Regarding the project brief about the Olympics I did feel rather deflated when It was revealed to us as yet again we were being taken to the same city to do a not so dissimilar kind of project that we were all regularly used to completing on normal university field trips. After several of the third years talking about how they went to Sherwood Forest, Liverpool and Brighton In pervious years It was a great deflation when the location and brief were explained.
However I did take an upside to completing this project, as I feel like I have had my eyes re – opened to the pros and cons surrounding the Olympics, many of which will become apparent through watching the video presentation. These positive and negative takes on the Olympics are so slight that many of the uk’s peoples probably do not even realise or have even given a thought to the negative issues that the Olympics have produced simply by us the United Kingdom hosting them. It Is this negative side to the games which really has interested me the most through out this project because the underlining use of proper-gander and merchandise EVERYWHERE through out the UK and possibly abroad Is what shocked me the most.
Finally I would like to express my shock, amazement and simple un-amusement about sitting through the conference at the end of the field trip day. I found It hard to believe what the guest talkers where even stating or trying to get us the viewers to understand. I found myself switching off after the first 20 or so minutes as I just do not believe In the same beliefs that many if not most of the people In the conference room did. Although parts of It were interesting and did raise question In my own beliefs particuallry those regarding the legal system In this country and the possible corruption of the british police, In terms or racial discrimination and bringing any type of criminals to justice, I personally still have faith In them and found the conference to further back up my beliefs. However through all this I still cannot fault the sheer strength of personality, power and dignity that John Carlos projected through out his speech.
The day started with our group of six and many other groups all meeting outside the coventry leisure centre where our coach was picking us up, It was at this point that we were all told about the brief for the project, what, where and how the plans for the day were laid out. We were then dropped off at Westfield shopping centres bus station form here we all split up into out individual groups of six and began gathering data for the short video presentation that we were to produce after the day trip.
As we began to gather data through the means of photography, film, recording and even gathering any local newspapers, shop magazines, restaurant menus and even talking to complete strangers about how not only Westfield shopping centre has changed but also how the surrounding area (Stratford) has been transformed into this vast Olympic venue, bringing a wealthy amount of people through this particular borough of London, It was this aspect, the regeneration of a run down area, bringing a bundle of new jobs, shops and vastly different people into the area, which Is what I decided to focus my collection of data on.
However I also decided to gather info to counteract the positive side that the Olympics brings with a negative flip on the whole idea, as none of us were allowed into the actual Olympic village or anywhere near anything that was not automatically linked to merchandise or some form of product about the London 2012 Olympics. Even the security guards that were at at all of the gates that led into the Olympic area would not even speak to us or release any form of information regarding the Olympics. The only person that was willing to chat to us about his experience as a volunteer for the Olympics was Mike Cooper who has written a book about being a volunteer for various Olympics, who people will hear more about on the presentation video.
In the evening we then made our way to a conference titled – Resistance: The Best Olympic Spirit With speakers John Carlos, Doreen Lawrence & Janet Alder. The conference was interesting In many ways to sit through and to try and understand, however In my opinion It did rather stray away from the Olympic theme for this project. In my opinion It was more about the politics behind government and the corruption of certain parts of the legal system. Although I found aspects of this talk opened my personal opinions about corruption within the legal system etc I felt that It only really enhanced the Olympic project that we had just been set with regards to the ideas behind propaganda, which leads me nicely on to amount of merchandise which was been designed and already put on sale for the 2012 games, thus already starting to produce money. Truthfully although i wound John Carlos talk interesting to listen too, and amazing to hear the passion that he has pulsing through him I still feel that he’s talk was less about the Olympics and more to do with his personal beliefs with whats wrong In the world.
The London 2012 Olympics. 5 weeks, 15,000 competitors spread over 37 venues. It’s one of the worlds most prestigious events. Full of drama, passion and hope and this year, it comes to our country.
But is it as prestigious as everyone makes out?
The Olympics was originally budgeted by the UK government to cost £2.4billion, however, a recent investigation by Sky Sports has found that it has come in at more then 10 times higher then originally planned at £12 billion and that could increase come the end of the games. With a country already struggling under a world recession, this could leave Britain in a sorry state of affairs come the end of the year.
What’s more, with less then 60 days to go, the stadia and the environments around them are not complete. And what will happen to these stadiums once the games have finished? The Olympic stadium may become what’s simply known as a “white elephant” unless an agreement is reached between the local council and the football team’s who want to use it. These stadiums will cost an estimated £300,000 to run and maintain after the games have finished, and these costs will come from the taxpayer.
The tickets available and the way they have been given out may be described as nothing short of a farce. The “lottery” ballot, organised by the Olympic committee left thousands of people without tickets whilst others got a whole selection of events. This has now turned full circle, with an estimated half-a million tickets still unsold as the public gets frustrated with a faltering system. Reports have shown that there are only a small number of tickets available to the general public as politicians and sponsors get a whole host of events to look at for free.
But is having the Olympics more of a ploy by the organising committee and the Government to get more of their interests heard by foreign diplomats in exchange for tickets and accommodation all at the taxpayers expense
On the other hand, having the Olympics in Britain means that the world is focused on us for 5 weeks.
An estimated £1bn will be brought in by the 2 million spectators during the games, which Prime Minster David Cameron has welcomed as a massive boost to the British economy.
Having the Olympics staged in one of the most run-down area’s of East London has also increased the welfare of the local public. A shopping center has been erected right next to the Olympic village, which has increased job availabilitywhilst also proving a boost to the economy in the area. The merchandise available in every store also show’s how much the local area has warmed to the staging of the event.
Everywhere you turn, you are never too far away from the Olympics. Even though they have be classified as the London 2012 games, the excitement can be felt throughtout the country. Other cities are also hosting events, such as Football in Coventry and Manchester which will also bring a welcome boost for the local economies.
The Olympic torch relay has also included the whole of the country which has linked to the core values of friendship, respect and excellence that the Olympics strives for. Although they will be a lot of competing during the games, the organizing committee is hoping that everybody comes together for the good of the event.
By having the Olympics in London, it also gives the opportunity for local business to gain a huge amount in the form of sponsorships. With companies like Nature Valley, John Lewis and Heathrow Airport all
The games have changed over the last 100 years. Gone are the amatuer athletes competing just for pride. It’s now a fully commercialised event, full of glitz and glammer and worth a staggering amount of money. It’s become a lot more then just sport and competition.