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(Daily Express)   Griswolds left devastated after travelling thousands of miles only to find Walley World shut   (express.co.uk) divider line 66
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2012-09-23 08:48:22 AM  
The Aquatic Centre was shaped like an athletic supporter?

Odd.
 
2012-09-23 09:01:56 AM  
Moose out front should have told them.
 
2012-09-23 09:02:21 AM  
"We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"
 
2012-09-23 09:06:46 AM  
You now have Holiday Road stuck in your head.
 
2012-09-23 10:36:16 AM  

aimtastic: "We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"


Yeah, pretty much. And unless your head is so empty the only thing it can care about is the last thing it saw on TV, there is plenty to see in London without the Olympic Park to make for a great trip.
 
2012-09-23 10:45:41 AM  
"Look, kids! Big Ben!"
 
2012-09-23 11:02:01 AM  

JerseyTim: You now have Holiday Road stuck in your head.


Whoh whoh whoh..
 
2012-09-23 11:05:16 AM  

born_yesterday: JerseyTim: You now have Holiday Road stuck in your head.

Whoh whoh whoh..


You BASTARDS!

WorldCitizen: aimtastic: "We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"

Yeah, pretty much. And unless your head is so empty the only thing it can care about is the last thing it saw on TV, there is plenty to see in London without the Olympic Park to make for a great trip.


Given time the area may well become a tourist attraction again, but come on, give them some time to make it attractive.
 
2012-09-23 11:09:20 AM  
If only there were a vast worldwide network of interconnected of computing engines that could store amd retrieve data easily. I envy our grandchildren.
 
2012-09-23 11:09:45 AM  

WorldCitizen: aimtastic: "We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"

Yeah, pretty much. And unless your head is so empty the only thing it can care about is the last thing it saw on TV, there is plenty to see in London without the Olympic Park to make for a great trip.


Yes, there's all those pubs of various flavours to visit and many tele boothes with historic import to look at. Oh, and that farris wheel down by the river. Stupid American wanks have no bloody class and should return back across the pond.
 
2012-09-23 11:10:17 AM  
They also said their McDonalds is way better than the ones in London.
 
2012-09-23 11:11:21 AM  

JerseyTim: You now have Holiday Road stuck in your head.


They can console themselves by humming I Go to Rio for the next four years.
 
2012-09-23 11:11:43 AM  
You know, just last month I decided I would go see the Beatles play at Shea Stadium. Imagine my indignation to find out that not only had the stage been disassembled, but the Beatles have apparently broken up, AND they even tore the stadium down. Rest assured I will be writing a sternly worded letter to the New York Daily Mirror about this!
 
2012-09-23 11:11:47 AM  
aimtastic:
"We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"

Not exactly.

One of the things used to sell the Olympics to host countries is the promise of long-term tourism... "if we build this multibillion-dollar/pound/renminbi infrastructure, it will make people want to come visit us more even after the Games are finished!"

Spending such insane amounts of cash on something that's only going to exist for a few months? That's pretty much the "outrage" here.
 
2012-09-23 11:14:29 AM  

cirby: aimtastic:
"We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"

Not exactly.

One of the things used to sell the Olympics to host countries is the promise of long-term tourism... "if we build this multibillion-dollar/pound/renminbi infrastructure, it will make people want to come visit us more even after the Games are finished!"

Spending such insane amounts of cash on something that's only going to exist for a few months? That's pretty much the "outrage" here.


Seconded, Cirby
 
2012-09-23 11:21:25 AM  

Ed Finnerty: "Look, kids! Big Ben!"


CSB: When my unit was deployed to Weathersfield AB in England to operate a SFOB there, I had to drive this E-6 to the civilian airport. He rode biatch in the CUCV with my team leader riding outboard spot. We get to this round-a-bout and didn't know which of the 5 or 6 roads to get out on. There was this huge sign that had all the routes on it and the diagram for the circle. As we come round to it, this big lorry blocks our view so we go around for another look. We get to it and another lorry blocks us so we go around again. On the third pass another block. They are getting pissed because we were already on short schedule. As I continue to go around again, I very matter of factly and with a straight face point out the window and say "Look Big Ben and Parliment." All three of us started laughing so hard we could hardly see the sign through the tears.
 
2012-09-23 11:21:35 AM  

JerseyTim: You now have Holiday Road stuck in your head.


I didn't before but now I do. Thanks a lot.
 
2012-09-23 11:22:58 AM  

cirby: aimtastic:
"We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"

Not exactly.

One of the things used to sell the Olympics to host countries is the promise of long-term tourism... "if we build this multibillion-dollar/pound/renminbi infrastructure, it will make people want to come visit us more even after the Games are finished!"

Spending such insane amounts of cash on something that's only going to exist for a few months? That's pretty much the "outrage" here.


The Olympics were only a couple months ago; taking that existing infrastructure and getting regular occupancy, programs, and events by private entities isn't something that happens in that kind of timeframe.
 
2012-09-23 11:26:08 AM  
Nuclear Monk:
The Olympics were only a couple months ago; taking that existing infrastructure and getting regular occupancy, programs, and events by private entities isn't something that happens in that kind of timeframe.

They're tearing it down. Getting regular occupancy, programs, and events by private entities isn't something that that will EVER happen when you do that.

"Yes, that big pile of concrete pieces used to be the Olympic Games venues. Beautiful and inspiring, isn't it?"
 
2012-09-23 11:30:24 AM  

JerseyTim: You now have Holiday Road stuck in your head.


Well I do NOW.

. . .gee, thanks. . .

/Holiday road, oooh ohh oh.
 
2012-09-23 11:31:40 AM  
i2.listal.com


/hot like a john candy cigarette
 
2012-09-23 11:31:45 AM  
And you know, of course, that there is absolutely nothing else to see of historical interest in all of London.
 
2012-09-23 11:33:13 AM  
Jeebus, now they'll have nothing else in London to see at all.
 
2012-09-23 11:34:01 AM  

cirby: Not exactly.

One of the things used to sell the Olympics to host countries is the promise of long-term tourism... "if we build this multibillion-dollar/pound/renminbi infrastructure, it will make people want to come visit us more even after the Games are finished!"


I'm not so sure about that. The track record for host cities is that the arenas and other infrastructure end up in disuse, fenced off and rusting away. If the buildings could be built as part of an overall city plan in mind and then see use after the Olympics for public events, that would be ideal. But that probably puts too many guidelines on the design to make it feasible for the Olympics.

Spending such insane amounts of cash on something that's only going to exist for a few months? That's pretty much the "outrage" here.

Yes, it is all incredibly wasteful.
 
2012-09-23 11:35:53 AM  
Yes, silly tourists, the perfect time for you to tour the Olympic stadium would have been during the Olympics. Right now, they have to clean up after (wait for it) the Olympics, so of course you can't visit.
 
2012-09-23 11:42:19 AM  
Tearing down the Aquatic center? I'm guessing London is just chock full of world class olympic sized pools that could be used for the public as well as the Great Britain team for training.

It makes sense that some sports are obviously played in temporary venues (I'm sure beach volleyball in London wouldn't catch on so well), but the indoor stadia just seem as they could be used for more than just 2 games.
 
2012-09-23 11:43:30 AM  

Ed Finnerty: "Look, kids! Big Ben!"


Parliament!
 
2012-09-23 11:46:34 AM  

cirby: Nuclear Monk:
The Olympics were only a couple months ago; taking that existing infrastructure and getting regular occupancy, programs, and events by private entities isn't something that happens in that kind of timeframe.

They're tearing it down. Getting regular occupancy, programs, and events by private entities isn't something that that will EVER happen when you do that.

"Yes, that big pile of concrete pieces used to be the Olympic Games venues. Beautiful and inspiring, isn't it?"


Several of the venues were not permanent structures; those are what are being taken down.

Also. from the article: "A spokesman for the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is overseeing the transformation work in the Park, they are planning to start bus tours inside the perimeter fences in November."

Like I said, some things take time.
 
2012-09-23 11:47:43 AM  
I distinctly remember reading a deluge of articles on how smart the London Olympics planners were, for building the venues with recyclable materials and repurposing the sites for public housing and municipal services such as public pools, etc. These people must have missed all of that.

Quite frankly I wouldn't waste my time in London visiting these places if they were open, but to each their own I suppose...
 
2012-09-23 11:50:28 AM  
I am not sure what is wierder: that they are tearing down structures that were just put up and are perfectly good or that there are folks that want to visit a bunch of empty buildings.

Why dont they build stuff like this so that it can be easily repurposed rather than torn down?
 
2012-09-23 11:53:27 AM  

Ima4nic8or: Why dont they build stuff like this so that it can be easily repurposed rather than torn down?


You say right after a bunch of posts explaining that the structures were specifically designed in order to be repurposed after the games.
 
2012-09-23 11:54:01 AM  
This is what happens when londons number one tourist site on tripadvisor is closed. London is kind of boring anyway but at least it is close to paris
 
2012-09-23 11:54:23 AM  
I can't wait until March, I've got 2 tickets to see the SuperBowl!!
 
2012-09-23 11:57:14 AM  

skinink: Jeebus, now they'll have nothing else in London to see at all.


Well, they could see where the American Revolution started.
 
2012-09-23 12:00:30 PM  
www.thegoosesroost.com

/obscure?
 
2012-09-23 12:06:41 PM  
Benjimin_Dover SmartestFunniest 2012-09-23 11:09:45 AM

Yes, there's all those pubs of various flavours to visit and many tele boothes with historic import to look at. Oh, and that farris wheel down by the river. Stupid American wanks have no bloody class and should return back across the pond.

Dad, he's speaking English!

I know that, Russ!
 
2012-09-23 12:20:55 PM  

calbert: [www.thegoosesroost.com image 405x267]

/obscure?


Since it was part of the actual headline, I'm going to have to go with "No".
 
2012-09-23 12:28:21 PM  
"That's a drawing of a pistol!" "No it's not, it's a bb gun"

/scene edited due to british gun laws
 
2012-09-23 12:33:30 PM  

valkore: cirby: Not exactly.

One of the things used to sell the Olympics to host countries is the promise of long-term tourism... "if we build this multibillion-dollar/pound/renminbi infrastructure, it will make people want to come visit us more even after the Games are finished!"

I'm not so sure about that. The track record for host cities is that the arenas and other infrastructure end up in disuse, fenced off and rusting away.

[citation needed]
Olympic Stadium from '96 games is now the home of the Atlanta Braves.
Olympic Stadium from '00 games is now ANZ Stadium, a multi-sport complex
Olympic Stadium from '02 winter games is now a tourist attraction in Salt Lake
 
2012-09-23 12:33:49 PM  

calbert: [www.thegoosesroost.com image 405x267]

/obscure?


W

calbert: [www.thegoosesroost.com image 405x267]

/obscure?


Wht would you do, Roi, if you got to England and it was closed? Well, they wouldn't close England. Those bells! Zey haven't rung in years!
 
2012-09-23 12:35:49 PM  
Romney was Right.
 
2012-09-23 12:42:28 PM  
There is talk that the British government may take over the some of the Olympics buildings while Parliament is undergoing a 1 billion pound repair and refurbishment..
 
2012-09-23 12:45:25 PM  

calbert: [www.thegoosesroost.com image 405x267]

/obscure?


I have to assume you are being facetious but, just in case:

Yes, one of the most popular comedies from the 1980s that spawned three sequels and was referenced in the article itself, as well as the Fark headline, is obscure.

/I'm choosing to believe you were not serious.
 
2012-09-23 12:46:04 PM  
It's not that much of an extra hop to Amsterdam's red light district.
My first stop anyway.
 
2012-09-23 01:06:56 PM  
EViLTeW:
Olympic Stadium from '96 games is now the home of the Atlanta Braves.

...and most of the rest of the venues there were preexisting structures. Even the Olympic Stadium was originally sold as a future pro sports stadium.

Olympic Stadium from '00 games is now ANZ Stadium, a multi-sport complex

See Atlanta, above. Most of the Sydney Games events were held in existing venues.

Olympic Stadium from '02 winter games is now a tourist attraction in Salt Lake

Ditto Atlanta^3.

On the other hand, the places where they decided to build a whole raft of new venues tend to, well... fall apart.

Like Greece

or China
 
2012-09-23 01:09:51 PM  
Who the fark flies to England to go look at empty stadiums a month after the events have ended?

"Oh look...there's the empty pool where the swim events were held." WTF?
 
2012-09-23 01:15:25 PM  
You know I went there yesterday and just as I was opening the door a...

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2012-09-23 01:17:29 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

Hjälp, hjälp! I'm being oppressed!
 
2012-09-23 01:28:15 PM  

cirby: aimtastic:
"We spent thousands of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to see a temporary attraction well past its expiration date without checking to see if it was still open to tours, and it turns out it isn't! This is an outrage!"

Not exactly.

One of the things used to sell the Olympics to host countries is the promise of long-term tourism... "if we build this multibillion-dollar/pound/renminbi infrastructure, it will make people want to come visit us more even after the Games are finished!"

Spending such insane amounts of cash on something that's only going to exist for a few months? That's pretty much the "outrage" here.


To be fair, the British tabloid industry can't survive without something to be outraged about.

The Olympics were a godsend to them.
 
2012-09-23 01:43:09 PM  

EViLTeW: Olympic Stadium from '96 games is now the home of the Atlanta Braves.
Olympic Stadium from '00 games is now ANZ Stadium, a multi-sport complex
Olympic Stadium from '02 winter games is now a tourist attraction in Salt Lake


You know who else used an Olympic venue for other events?
 
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