Maybe They Should Call It Nemesis

I’m beginning to wonder what goes through people’s heads when major events are scheduled to be hosted within their jurisdiction.  I’m not thinking about things like Auld Firm  matches, or even the Tour De France, but about giant monster events like the Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and the World Cup.

It seems like everything that’s important to ordinary people goes out the window. Here in Glasgow we’re scheduled to host the Commonwealth games in 2014 and the preperations are already playing merry hell with the socio-political landscape of the city.  It’s already been partially implicated in the resignation of Steven Purcell the leader of the city council. Well that and other reasons that I won’t go into. All around the East End great swathes of waste ground, that’s lain abandoned for decades, have suddenly burst into life. A velodrome, an athlete’s village and a dozen other projects are all hammering away at untold cost to the residents of Glasgow and the wider tax paying public. It’s marvellous that Glasgow Council can find the money, time and effort to do all this work. It’s equally marvellous that while they’re throwing up all these impressive facilities their having to lay off a large amount of their staff to make ends meet.

Hell I wonder how much money they paid to the marketing firm that made the logo for the commonwealth games. If you squint a bit it looks like someone copied the OCP logo from Robocop and coloured it in.

OCP

2014

Meanwhile down in London they’ve decided to go completely off the rails. That’s even without me mentioning that fact that the UK government is more or less burning tax money in an effort to outdo every other city that has even, or will ever, hold the games.  Sadly the headcases that are runnign the games seem to have completely forgotten that the main focus should be on, you know, THE GAMES! Instead they’ve gone running off spending taxpayer’s hard won cash on such amazing things as a logo that looks like colour blind five year old’s crayon rendering of a smashed plate.

Today they’ve unveiled a “monument” to mark the games: The ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor it’s going to be taller than the Statue of Liberty, cost nearly TWENTY MILLION QUID, and it looks like an aborted roller-coaster that I made once when I got cramp in my arm while playing Roller-Coaster Tycoon 3. There’s nothing about this girder mashup that makes me think it has anything to do with athletics, London or anything else for that matter. The only thing it does make me think of, other than the aftermath of the roller-coaster disaster I mentioned, is the Duga-2 array in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone AKA the BRAIN SCORCHER from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Not a fan. Why don’t they use the twenty million to build a hospital, or maybe some affordable housing for those of us that can’t claim garden furniture and hookers on our expenses. At least they won’t fall into vandalised, jakey haunted ruins once the games are over…

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