Its two miles as the crow flies
But I ride four wide
Due to the Olympic bubble
Plonked in the middle
And I’m thinking, John Lewis,
Will ye let me through this?
All this building mess
So Stratford gets an M&S
Wetland marshes become marches
Football pitches become clear ways
Keep open a canal tow path?
You must be having a laugh
Triathlons with a Big Mac
Have a happy heart attack.
Enjoy, Drink, Think Coke-a-cola
Sure of course they don’t own ya
Taxpayer’s money for capital builds
And whose name’s on the fields?
Every dirty multi-national
All brought to you by visa
Don’t tell me it’s for world peace
Sure what did it do for Greece?
It’s a totalitarian regime
Giving Stratford a clean
A dictator’s wet dream
No one can criticize
As the budgets rise
Contracts to be dished up
Media all hushed up
An Olympic stadium
Is a public distraction
To stop us sussing the system
Give us bread and roses
Give us sexy poses
Give us brand new noses
But we don’t get peace
To cross the land we lease
From our ancestors before us
Corporations don’t own us
— Catherine Brogan
The corporations don’t own us, they are only minority sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have contributed less than 10% towards the cost of the Games, but one could be forgiven for thinking it otherwise.
We are facing an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Adidas, one of the corporate sponsors, source their Olympic consumer tat from sweatshops.
2012 London time (2312 Moscow time) London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony begins.
Over 2 million people estimated to have seen the Olympic torch relay.
This morning at 0812, bells rang across the country for three minutes. Any bells, church bells, bicycle bells, door bells, even Big Ben.
The torch was carried by boat from Hampton Court Palace down the Thames to the Tower of London.
Last Friday it was taken from Guildford to the Tower of London by helicopter. All week it has been carried around London. Yesterday to famous London landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral.
The torch will then go from the Tower of London to the Olympic Park where it will light the cauldron.
The Olympic torch relay has proved to be very popular. Not so the Olympic Games. Not because people do not like sport but because it is tainted by the corporate sponsorship, companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s.
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