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If wearing a t-shirt with the Pepsi logo on it is your idea of getting dressed, you actually don't deserve to enjoy the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. You don't deserve to be happy.

I see your point. I don't care about fashion choices. I am bothered by the idea that sponsors wield so much power over the Olympic Games that they can dictate spectators' individual clothing choices. That paints a picture of overweening commercialism that really tuns me off. I AM relieved to hear the sponsors' power does not extend so far. I could care less what people wear.

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Somebody needs to explain to Visa that you become an Olympic sponsor to get people to feel all warm and fuzzy about your company. This <crap> just pissed people off.

This really made me chuckle this morning on the way home from the Closing Ceremony... it may have been the fact that I'd been up for 24 hours but I don't think so! New wayfarer signs at Stratford sta

The wrap idea has not been dropped.

Some geeky stats from Twitter (@OlympicStatman):

The only countries not competing in track and field are Luxembourg, Aruba, Bhutan and Nauru.

Great Britain is the only country competing in every sport. USA is next missing only handball followed by Russia missing football and hockey.

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British Embassy in Tokyo alight with Olympic spirit

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Half a world away from London, the British Embassy in Tokyo is joining in the Olympic festivities. On July 20, a week before the start of the London Games, the embassy lit up the face of its main building with the country’s national flag and a clock counting down the seconds until the Opening Ceremony.

The embassy, located in Chiyoda Ward, started the display to get people excited for the sports event. The initial illumination started at 20:12 (8:12 p.m.), the same numbers of this year. The flag and clock will be lit up from sunset to midnight every day until the opening of the Games on July 27 (early morning on July 28 Japan time), with the illumination continuing until 5 a.m. on July 28.

http://ajw.asahi.com.../AJ201207210040

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I see your point. I don't care about fashion choices. I am bothered by the idea that sponsors wield so much power over the Olympic Games that they can dictate spectators' individual clothing choices. That paints a picture of overweening commercialism that really tuns me off. I AM relieved to hear the sponsors' power does not extend so far. I could care less what people wear.

Those previsions are in place to stop large groups of people from wearing the same branded shirts. Unfortunately, that form of ambush marketing is fairly common at the Olympic Games.

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Stopping 200 people sitting together from wearing Pepsi Tshirts is different from intervening with a few scattered spectators here and there. Anyway, the IOC said they wouldn't restrict spectators' attire in that way, so it's moot.

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Don't know if this has been mentioned anywhere before I not, but was talking to an English work colleague, who mentioned her sister was a Gamesmaker, working at the equestrian at Greenwich. She mentioned one of the jumps apparently was going to straddle the Prime Meridien.

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Not sure if it's been mentioned yet but city hall looks amazing at night. We saw it after leaving scissor sisters last night but I didn't get close enough so need to go back. Facing the river in the big windows it looked like they had 3 screens on 3 different levels. At fist you saw figures running and leaping across the window mixed with London logos. Then figures were jumping from level to level. Later when we were on London bridge watching the tower bridge show it looked like a massive union flag possibly in the shape of the logo. At this point we were at an odd angle and couldn't really see. It looked amazing though it really did.

On a separate not we found a few of the mascots. They are going down a storm with the tourists all having their pics taken with them. This was a very good idea.

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Don't know if this has been mentioned anywhere before I not, but was talking to an English work colleague, who mentioned her sister was a Gamesmaker, working at the equestrian at Greenwich. She mentioned one of the jumps apparently was going to straddle the Prime Meridien.

I think this idea was mooted even during the bid. Glad to hear they're definitely doing it though.

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On another note, does anyone know whether the McDonald's in the Park will be open for Opening Ceremony spectators? Was discussing with my friend just now whether we should grab something to eat first before the ceremony and the Park's McD sounds like a good idea to get into the spirit of thing!

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Lee - there are loads of concessions around the stadium island - the rest of the park is closed as us volunteers need the run of it!

Also u have Westfield next door with a gazillion amount of fod outlets! Gourmet burger co - whahaca - Jamie's italian etc!

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The BBC sport studio is the other side of the stadium near the hardball arena. So only the top of the Orbit will be visible during most of the TV coverage.

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