July 20th, 2012

Lord Coe-Cola Speaks for Sponsors

Seb Coe has caused a stir this morning by revealing the full extent of what you can and can’t wear at the Olympics in a Radio 4 interview with Evan Davis:

ED: Can I go to the Olympics wearing a Pepsi t-shirt?

SC: No.

ED: Can I wear Nike trainers?

SC: You can probably walk through wearing Nike trainers.



  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    The whole thing is rotten

  2. 2
    lolympix regret says:

    Q: Can I enjoy it without making the sponsors rich?

    A: Of course not. Don’t be silly

    Q: What happened to the olympic spirit?

    A: We didn’t do a sponsorship deal with a spirits company, so basically, fuck that

  3. 3
    Col Nut says:

    Are beards and backpacks O.K.?

  4. 4
    Observer says:

    Q to Coe: Have you understated the sponsor restrictions by 300%, i.e. the same amount as you underestimated the cost?

  5. 5
    geekparent says:

    You’ll be asked to take that cartoon down

  6. 6
    mitch says:

    Fuck the Olympics, it’s a competition to rip off the public and I want no part of it .

  7. 7
    Hit the Road says:

    Eurotunnel tonight at 10:30. Bye bye Olympics. Back in September.

  8. 8

    What about if you wore a t-shirt with both Pepsi and Coke logos. Would they rip it in half?

  9. 9
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Its the 1936 Olympics all over again.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Only for Lib Dems

  11. 11
    misterned says:

    So what if some woman turns up in a long Pepsi T-shirt wearing it as a short dress, with nothing on underneath? Would they stop her coming in to the venue? or make her take it off? Or do they provide free T-shirts to cover up inappropriate shirts? Or what?

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Will we be getting our tourchlight march past and natty black uniform?

  13. 13
    Jimbo says:

    Taxpayers helping subsidise Corporate business again and then dictated what to do.

    I believe that McDonalds only use Halal meat so for those of us that don’t agree with this ritual cruelty, go without and do not even bother to go or support the Corporate Games.

  14. 14
    Roger The lodger says:

    Be sociable. Have a Poke.

  15. 15
    bald old git says:

    If the IOC were a nation rather than an organisation, the UN would probably have passed resolutions against it by now:

    no free speech
    no freedom of expression
    Counter democratic behaviour whilst in a country
    highly questionable Cartel behaviour
    failure to compete on an even playing field
    more or less financial impunity
    no-one ever stands for election

    … and no other organisation can bid for the running of the olympics

  16. 16
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    So, let’s get this straight: we – WE – paid £13billion (up to £24billion by some estimates) for this farce, and if we pop along to see how our money was p!ssed down the drain spent, and a moron called Seb doesn’t like certain logos on our clothes, we get man-handled into a van a driven away?

    Oh, the joys of freedom in Britain today.

  17. 17
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Why do lefties hate the Olympics so much?

  18. 18
    UKIP.i.iz says:

    It’s not just Lefties…

  19. 19
    MB. says:

    “Q: What happened to the olympic spirit?”

    Is that a sponsored whisky, gin or vodka?

  20. 20
    UKIP.i.am says:

    The only thing in favour of this blatant commercialisation of the games is that the British taxpayer would have been screwed far more had these companies not got involved.

  21. 21
    Perse O'Nally says:

    + 10,000

  22. 22
    dog says:

    Yeah its not like rival companies hire attractive girls to wear their t shirts and give them a block of seats. The rivals don’t do this because its cheaper than sponsoring the event and making the tax payers pick up the cost, no no no that never happens.

  23. 23
    Ed Balls says:

    Er, you could even wear a Nazi uniform with impunity in 1936.

  24. 24
    Perse O'Nally says:

    You don’t have to be a Leftie to hate being ripped off.

  25. 25
    Aunty Matter says:

    I feel sorry for the athletes who really don’t give a toss about the corporate crap, but the politicians seem to love it don’t they?

  26. 26
    UKIP.u.are says:

    Are non-whites banned as well then?

  27. 27
    UKIP.i.am says:

    You aren’t allowed to use that word. You can only say fucking o****** Hunts.

  28. 28
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    I am so disgusted with this multi-billion pound Olympic farce, I’m never going to buy a product made by an Olympic sponsor again.

    I stopped buying BP petrol in 1988 (when the Sunday Times caught a BP subsidiary logging in the Amazon), and I stopped buying Shell petrol in 1995, when they had those environmentalists murdered. So I’m a man of my word.. shame, because I was planning on buying a Samsung laptop.

  29. 29
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Can’t wear a Pepsi T-shirt? What happened to Freedom of Expression and Speech?

    Unbelievable arrogance!

  30. 30
    Superman says:

    And do you really think a mininimum waged youngster will stop anyone from wearing a Pepsi Tee shirt? What crap. It could start a riot. Great opportunity for Pepsi. They should have people outside venues giving away their Tee shirts. NOW that will be fun!

  31. 31
    A black man will win the 100m says:

    errrr…because it’s elitist?

  32. 32
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Apart from the athletes with big sponsorship deals worth millions to them, of course.

  33. 33
    Seb Coe says:

    Beards are ok so long as you don’t have a bald head.

  34. 34
    UKIP.i.am says:

    I enjoy going to Asda with Morrisons plastic bags and vice versa.

    I like to live on the edge.

  35. 35
    Seb Coe says:

    Yes!…I fucking order you to take it down now or pay me £500.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Probably still could :p

  37. 37
    Accepting his huge backhander, a politician says:


  38. 38
    Seb Coe says:


  39. 39
    Gonk says:

    Can I get in wearing Hunter wellies and a mac.

  40. 40
    skippy says:

    what about t shirts with a great big fucking swastika on the front? and a star of David on the back? that would be both extremes catered for, just need to wear a skirt, a false leg and a beard. then truly rubbing it in on all them fuckers!!!

  41. 41
    SP4BS says:

    She’d probably have a Pepsi tatoo across her breasts, and coincidentally arrive with a full crew of pap photographers.

  42. 42
    South American Indian says:

    Shurely logging in the Amazon is just a natural bodily function.

    We’ve been doin it in the Amazon for years!

  43. 43
    Shooty* says:

    I started this morning with no opinion about Lord Coe at all.

    By 8.30, I was starting to think that, in comparison, Ed Balls actually seemed rather likeable.

  44. 44
    Ed Ballsup says:

    Schools must not produce winners.

  45. 45
    SP4BS says:

    “They should have people outside venues giving away their Tee shirts”

    Which is where freedom to wear what you like, and freedom to join in with bloody gits and their sodding corporate advertising games, become intertwined.

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    So the sponsors aren’t actually “sponsors” but own the Olympics? How much did they pay us to renounce our rights on Olympic “property” (?). Who sold them to them?

  47. 47
    Loungelizard says:

    A soft drink manufacturer now dictates what we can wear, Good morning democracy.

  48. 48
    Loungelizard says:

    That would be a very dangerous mistake to make.

  49. 49
    Marketing person's nightmare says:

    The world may soon see dust settling, smoke billowing, hundreds of bodies lying burned and broken, survivors screaming and behind them, a big billboard: “I’m Lovin’ It!”

  50. 50
    Rupert, Sheerness says:

    What about an Irn Bru T-shirt? It’s not Pepsi and it’s not Coke.

  51. 51
    Perry says:

    Sounds more like your fantasy than a question

  52. 52
    Sports Lover says:

    Fuck M. Don’t go get refund

  53. 53
    Who? says:

    There are reasons why the logo spells “ZION” (particularly when read backwards like in certain other people’s alphabets).

  54. 54
    David Cameron (Leader of the Nasty Party) says:

    Enough of this bollocks.

    I shall attend the opening ceremony by wearing a t-shirt with a photo of Enoch Powell on the front.

  55. 55
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Non-whites were not banned in 1936.

    Now only athletes wearing clothes washed in New Improved Daz are allowed to compete.

  56. 56
    Perry says:

    You don’t think anybody notices, do you?

  57. 57
    Taxfodder says:

    We are at stage “Four” of the UK Great Olympic Project

    1. Wild enthusiasm

    2. Disillusionment

    3. Confusion

    4. Panic

    5. Search for the guilty

    6. Punishment of the innocent

    7. Promotion of non-participants

    Lord FiasCOE presiding

  58. 58
    EdMiliband says:

    I need a full enquiry into this – starting with a ticket to the 100m final and some for the baseball

  59. 59
    WHAT A WASTE says:

  60. 60
    Forkbender says:

    What Guido, were you listening to BBC radio4, you will have gone down in your adoring fans estimation. The one person who has made a lot of money already, but again once the games have finished, from the LONDON Olympic Games is himself, Seb Coe, and will probably be ennobled provided there are no massive cockups I wasn’t very impressed when he was in Sheffield 30 odd years ago, lauded by Sheffield City Council (leader David Blunkett) and the local paper.

  61. 61
    Who? says:

    How about a “Coca Cola tastes like diarrhoea” one?

  62. 62
    Philip Hammond says:

    I am able to confirm that the army has been issued with a shoot to kill policy if George Osborne or Mad Frankie Maude turn up to the Olympics wearing a Pepsi T-Shirt.

  63. 63
    Observer says:

    If that is all and you have 36G breasts, then the answer is a definite yes.

  64. 64
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    You will wear the regulation shoes, you will wear the regulation shorts, the regulation T-shirt, the regulation headware. You will stand and sing the corporate anthem.

    “The stars will always shine, the birds will always sing
    As long as there is thirst, there’s always the real thing
    Coca-cola is always the one
    Whenever there is fun, there’s always coca-cola

    do do do do dood, do do do ,do do (coca-cola)
    do do do do dood, always coca-cola (ooh, ooh, oooh)”

    Non-compliance will result in arrest and detention.

  65. 65
    Ummmm.... says:

    He’s already been enobled!

    You think he will be made a Duke?

  66. 66
    Freud says:

    His fantasy involves the ise of a watering can

  67. 67
    The Mob says:

    When does the hanging start?

  68. 68
    Put down the pepsi bottle sir and move away from it.... says:

    Is it true that the exclusion zone stretches 5 miles in either direction of ANY Olympics venue anywhere in UK ?

  69. 69
    ToonBob... says:

    Will I be ok in my Marks and Spencers underpants ?

  70. 70
    The Golem says:

    I remember this man from a time before he was enobled, he hasn’t changed for the better.

  71. 71
    Ed Miliband (leader of the not-at-all Nasty Party) says:

    I thall attend the opening theremony whiltht wearing a T-thhirt with the nameth of all the thivilianth who died in Labour’th illegal warth.

    Athuming we can fit 100,000 nameth on it.

  72. 72
    Lord Stansted says:

    New Improved Daz? – Vaz, srely.

  73. 73
    Tomorrow's(sorry you cannot use this word unless you have fish with it)Wrapper says:

    These *******(usage banned without licence) are turning into a bloody PR nightmare

  74. 74
    Lord Stansted says:

    or even surely! Must learn to hit the right keys.

  75. 75
    Gonk says:

    Me too, I drove at least 50 yards before putting on my safety belt. What a rush.

  76. 76
    Clouds over Charnwood says:

    I remember him when he was an undergrad at Loughborough Uni

  77. 77
    South American Indian says:

    Vote UKIP!

  78. 78
    Mrs Jack Dromey says:

    I wanted tickets to the beach volleyball, but you-know-who wouldn’t allow it.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Didn’t this happen at some Holland match with girls in orange dresses with some logo on?

  80. 80
    The Golem says:

    Neither has my spelling, there’s an “n” gone astray up there.

  81. 81
    SP4BS says:

    Answer: Fertile imagination.

    Of course, some people went for the “lisa simpson” option. Which is dodgy, but in theory she should be over 30 by now.

  82. 82
    Don't bother packing your sarnies and flask cos' you won't be allowed in says:

    You are not allowed to take ANY food or water into venues….all food/drinks must be purchased on site

  83. 83
    Forkbender says:

    Communiqué from the Home Secretary, Minister of Culture and Sport, and Seb Coe, the pulic face of the LONDON Olympic Games to Taxfodder:

    We have everything under control, security is well in hand, everything is running to schedule, the games will run at a profit (just give us a few million more), nothing untoward is going to happen, there is absolutely nothing to worry about, everything will be wonderful, so there you are rest assured you have the best team in the UK running the games

  84. 84
    The Real Eastenders, not the fake BBC variety says:

    There will be a fundraiser at the Rose and Crown in Hoe Street, Walthamstow on the 31st July at 8pm for the Save Leyton Marsh campaing who have been stiffed with £20,000 legal bills.

    They were trying to have a judicial review of the processes whereby one of the few bits of urban green belt land in the area (supposed to be an open space in perpetuity) was bulit on by Lord Coe for use as a training ground for the American basketball team.

    The whole process has been rigged against local communities from start to finish.

  85. 85
    Benito Mussolini, Il Duce says:

    That was my last question!

  86. 86
    Forkbender says:


  87. 87
    It's inevitable says:

    Wait for the explosions. Then you’ll see the real PR nightmare.

  88. 88
    Well it's a thought says:

    So the Olympics is all about brands and not sports, well I never.

  89. 89
    The Olympic Family says:

    Only if they are ‘diverse’.

  90. 90

    The Olympics start in 7 days.

    Ramadan starts today.

    They actually got one thing right then…

  91. 91
    Forkbender says:


  92. 92
    Nick Buckles (G4S) says:

    I am lucky enough to have obtained a vendors licence to sell G4S T-shirts at the Olympics.

  93. 93
    Edward says:

    Its ok with me.

  94. 94
    Harry Hewitt says:

    I did, but I didn’t get away with it.

  95. 95
    Minor correction says:

    All food/drinks must be purchased at greatly inflated rip-off pr*ices on site.

  96. 96
    Its All Fatcher's Fault says:

    The Belgrano was steaming away from the beach volleyball at the time.

  97. 97
    Forkbender says:

    You must be some sort of teacher or lecturer or MP

  98. 98
    Well it's a thought says:

    You can’t do that, it would increase your popularity polls.

  99. 99
    Synic says:

    Coecoenut rules OK !

  100. 100
    Saddam Hussein says:

    And mine!

  101. 101
    Persil says:

    What about OMO?

  102. 102
    Not eveything says:

    Summer will not start till October

  103. 103
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Sounds pretty much like governments and the rest of the political class the world over.

  104. 104
    Gordon says:

    I’m not going…they wouldn’t let me wear my Farleys Rusks mittens

  105. 105
  106. 106
    Ed Bollox says:

    Winners must not produce (free) schools.

  107. 107
    Shirley says:

    If you walk round in a Pepsi t-shirt you deserve a ban

  108. 108
    Forkbender says:

    Coke had another meaning just look at the name

  109. 109
    Some twat up North says:

    Breaking news!

    Bob Diamond has been appointed to run the lie detector program on sex offenders for G4s

    Go Bob…

  110. 110
    Dr. Henry Freud says:

    He’ll be in Lord Coe’s VIP box

  111. 111
    BBC says:

    You’re Yvette Cooper-Balls and I claim my £5

    (Where did you plant it by the way?)

  112. 112
    Lord Stansted says:

    You are one lucky bastard. I’ve got to get to Liverpool St as usual for the duration. I would like to kick the pompous prat Coe from one end of Bishopsgate to the other.

  113. 113
    Adidas says:

    As long as your Nazi Uniform has an Adidas emblem you are welcome.

  114. 114
    Forkbender says:

    You would be obiged to wear those shiney new jack boots, see Ed Balls or Prince Harry for your friendly suppliers

  115. 115
    Ed Balls says:


    I shall be wearing a pair of Paddy Power “lucky underpants” when I attend the Olympics.

  116. 116
    Ebay says:

    and where else can I get me online stuff?

  117. 117
    Nan Taylor says:

    Tinsel-Tits was soft on Coe. Not a word about the overspend. I think the mention by Coe of Zil lanes being used by the BBC made him quiver a little too much.

  118. 118
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Real East Enders spell East Enders as two words.

  119. 119
    Forkbender says:

    I have only one answer to that, WHY

  120. 120
    Anthony Blanche says:

    What an insult to your nation this Olympic Fee Fest is! And they have given you the bill for it! I’m sure Coe is part of the little group of bitches that seem to run your country now, he does seem to fit the bill for most of the Pansy Politicos you have running you! Just the sort of chap to put me in Mercury all those years ago! Does he Willie Hague rim him you think?
    Don’t mind me I’m just a degenerate Dago re visiting your lovely land after 30 years away and just sad that this is what I’ve found. I shall say a prayer for your Nation again in the Lady Chapel of a rather lovely Pugin Cathedral the last bit of beauty in a very sad Midlands city (it seems to be full of high tar cigarette smoking leather jacketed Azeri crooks and their leary moll bitches). How sad.

  121. 121
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    I am right wing.

    I despise this gross waste of money & resources.

    If the sponsors were footing the whole bill I would have no problem with it – but the British taxpayers are being royally fleeced just so the political elite can have 5 minutes in the worlds glare.

    Seb Coe deserves to hang.

  122. 122
    Loungelizard says:

    You don’t increase your share of the market by telling people what they can put in their lunchbox.

  123. 123
    Some twat up North says:

    Do I take it we have all forgotten about the secret wrestling bouts with Willy Vague?

  124. 124
    Fuck off pedant says:

    No we don’t.

  125. 125
    SP4BS says:

    always believe in your soul
    you’ve got the power to know
    you’re indestructible
    always believe in, because you are

    Oh, and get yourself a money belt. someone can easily get away with those boxes.

  126. 126
    Steve Ovett says:

    Coe won’t let me in.

  127. 127
    Hugh Janus says:

    Several billion!! However, it will be force-fed to us and you won’t be able to escape this unless you are dead. Take BBC SE Today (I wish someone would) – they have gone completely hyper with this torch-running drivel, with shrill reporters trying desperately to make it all sound so exciting, while the poor viewer, expecting some real news, yawns, kicks the cat and finds something more worthwhile to do. Only to be similarly assaulted when daring to tune in again in the vain hope that they have finally got it out of their system.

    We spent, directly and indirectly, nearly £10bn on this bloody circus. On that basis I did not expect to see even more of my licence fee being spent by the BBC acting as the main cheerleaders for this 17-day, monumentally expensive sportsfest.

    I wish I could say I feel better now….

  128. 128
    Grant's Standfast says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  129. 129
    Hugh Janus says:

    Awaiting moderation ffs?? You must be a sponsor, Guido.

  130. 130
    Loungelizard says:

    It’s democracy Ex Con but not as we know it.

  131. 131
    Hugh Janus says:

    And all those free condoms to get through.

  132. 132
    Moral compass says:

    Rumours he’s running the whole offender management thing. He’s started by encouraging them to be a bit more edgy and lean out into the school playground from the railings as their feet would not actually be in the playground.

  133. 133
    Forkbender says:

    Lord S, you poor devil, you have my sympathy, it is going to be hell (not that great at the best of times) I am glad I live 160 miles away and haven’t been to London for 37 years

  134. 134
    No tool like an old tool says:

    But very understandable.

  135. 135
    Coe & co says:

    We didn’t want you coming round the final bend again.

  136. 136
    Forkbender says:

    How’s the Govenor these day Norm still got hid tropical fish

  137. 137
    Eric Pickles Did Not Reform Local Government For a Reason says:

    Bah, its not democracy.

    The planning permissions for a lot of this Olympic nonsense in Waltham Forest were nodded through by just four councillors in Waltham Forest, voting on party lines in one of the most corrupt local government administrations in London.

    Have a look at the other boroughs: there were an astonishingly small number of people involved in the key behaviours which brought this train wreck upon us.

  138. 138
    Border Farce says:

    We are absolutely meeting our moderation target. Our figures from yesterday show that the average waiting time was 2 hours. We will have all desks manned at peak times.

  139. 139
    Jack Cade says:

    Snorting Fairy Snow.

  140. 140
    Forkbender says:

    Hugh, the guys will be running on their knees, their legs will be too wobbly

  141. 141
    Taxpayer says:

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

  142. 142
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    I guess Hugo Boss clothing is OK for the Olympics then.

  143. 143
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    They don’t own the Olympics. They own the Government and Sebastian Coe.

  144. 144
    Forkbender says:

    You mad, impetuous fool

  145. 145
    SuperCooper says:

    Oh, so those things you borrowed off me were ‘underpants’ eh?

  146. 146
    Lord Coe's Wrestling Grease says:

    Lord Coe is Derek Zoolander

  147. 147
    Forkbender says:

    what about giving away free Pepsi, never mind the T shirts

  148. 148
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Because that’s just the pants kind of guy you are, Eddie B!

  149. 149
    Cola and DoubleMac nicked my games says:

    I hear that Lord Coe in the opening ceremony proudly wearing five cock rings in olympic colours – known as ‘The Gates of Hell’ – had to be abandoned as they could not get the first ring past his ears….. the second one through his nose worked though.

  150. 150
    Forkbender says:

    Yes especially if the sun should come out

  151. 151
    Anthony Blanche says:

    Very meaty boys! Yes I think young Willie Hague loves a manly man! What a shower of Queens you’ve landed yourself with. Being homosexual does seem to be the way to power and money in your land. Your culture seems have forgotten that being homosexual does not mean that someone is more trustworthy. From recollection your fleshy PM David was both a prick tease of the first order, and a liar!

  152. 152
    Forkbender says:

    Ay they don’t make ‘em to last nowadays

  153. 153
    Lynffford Christie says:

    Which side does he hang?

  154. 154
    G4S Media Spokesperson says:

    Just to re-assure everyone that all of the hundreds of special G4S Olympics Uniforms that have gone missing along with documentation should not be of concern as we will be making complete checks to ensure they are not being sold on E-Bay.


  155. 155
    Fed Up Angry Joe Public at these Utter fcuking Morons says:

    You cannot be serious !! at this major security breach……..

    Q Can G4S be trusted to organise a Pi*ss up in a Brewery ???

    A On this evidence I don’t think so……they probably forget the beer !!

    But of course G4S will ensure they filch there huge (Mis)Management Fee’s

    with out fail……….

  156. 156
    simon_c says:

    I’d like to see if that was in the terms and conditions of sale of the tickets !!

  157. 157
    The Olympics Official (Dis)Organisers Spokesperson says:

    Errrrrr Tickets…….No they are still at the Printers…..I think…..!!!!

    let me get back with further clarification on this minor point……

    (Sue Who are the Printers….)

  158. 158
    Angry of SE1 says:

    Just wear the “lipsmackinairwalkinfasttastingbetter” T shirt. everybody will know its Pepsi you are talking about but it need not actually say the word Pepsi….

  159. 159
    Liarpoliticians says:

    The “sponsors” pay to have their brands shoved in everyone’s face, the money goes straight to the multi-time convicted of fraud IoC bank account. They DO NOT pay towards the Olympics cost.

    The taxpayers pick up the bill for the ENTIRE willy-waving political games, they NEVER break even because that’s not the point of the event. It’s politicians willy-waving to other politicians…. a vanity project at YOUR cost.

    Who backs the Olympics? The freeloaders who don’t pay council tax – they love spending other people’s money, the freeloader athletes who don’t want a real job – just want sponsorship (free money) from others, and of course the freeloading politicians who have no shame in p1ssing other people’s money up a wall.

    The Olympics is a political event, using sport to pretend otherwise.

    Please note that of the past 30+ years, ALL the countries that have had the Olympics have their economies collapsed. UK is now experiencing economic collapse.

  160. 160
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    This is the Olympic spirit of 2012:

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  162. 162
    Rightallalong says:

    You’re not aloud to bring a bottle of water (over 100mls) to the Games. They advise you to bring an empty plastic bottle which you can ‘fill up at the venue’. Will there be a long queue to do this ? What exactly is this water (filtered ? Tap ? Industrial ? Thames ?). ‘Queue here for your fluoride, chlorinated, gender-bending, nitrate poisoned drink !’ Is it free ?

  163. 163
    Fruitbat says:

    But it was flying a Pepsi flag!

  164. 164
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Getrank: Coke Ist Es’
    (1936 poster, with eagle and swastika)

  165. 165
    Johnny says says:

    Fanta t-shirts should be okay then.

  166. 166
    RichYork says:

    Its against the law to use the words ‘Games’ and ‘2012’ in an advert for a company that sells games this year. The law on adverts is incredibly strict, if you are a small business trying to make a few bucks you have no chance at all. Your tax money is OK to use for the Olympics but you cannot make cent one from using its name, or any combination of similar names or references, an any of your promotions.

    So much for the British Olympics, its owned by the big companies and the LOCOG lawyers will jump all over you if you are guilty of making any money from it, at all. You can pay for it though, apparently that’s fine.

  167. 167
    NE Frontiersman says:

    From the Save Leyton Marsh blog yesterday:
    ‘We are also facing a draconian and inappropriate policing of our attempts to fundraise. Our comedy benefit at the Rose & Crown Theatre Pub on 31st July is now the subject of quite unnecessary controversy. The pub were telephoned by the Metropolitan Police who demanded the promoter’s details. The promoter, Alaric, was asked for his personal details and then asked several questions by the police including whether the comedy benefit was a demonstration, whether members of Occupy were coming and that if it was the latter, to expect a police presence at the night. Alaric told them that if they wouldn’t get in unless they pay and not at all if in uniform!
    He was then told he’d get a subsequent phone call from the security services this week!
    This comes on top of council officers going into independent shops and businesses and removing posters for the Save Leyton Marsh benefit in Walthamstow under what they claim were Olympic powers and SLM being prohibited from hiring out council venues for meetings.
    We regard the awarding of costs and the incident with the comedy benefit as indicative of the full intimidation the authorities are willing to use against ordinary local people, both financial and political, for simply attempting to defend our green space from contamination and destruction.’

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    Slightly Lionel but desperately wishes tobe Brenda ASAP says:

    Doe’s that mean if I drink plenty of this Olympics supplied special Water taken from the River Lea Sewage Discharge Plant I won’t need have my NHS funded sex change operation in 2014 ??

  169. 169
    The Dirty Rat says:

    S.C. ? = supercilious Cu*t

  170. 170
    Sigourney says:

    “Did IQ’s suddenly drop while I was away?”

  171. 171
    Anon Voter says:

    Did they ever exist @ G4S ?

  172. 172
    Anonymous says:

    Beards are probably OK, but since her husband snubbed his Olympic invite we’ll never really know for certain.

  173. 173

    Money, money, money.

    Quickest route to darkness known to man.

    Bah Humbug!

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    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    The BBC are the sole broadcasters, aren’t they? That’s why they’re plugging it to death.

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    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:


  176. 176
    Coe-tastrophe says:

    Smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, smug, and a tad smug.
    That’s our Seb.

  177. 177
    un Coe-efficient says:

    Your comment is unfair to morons Sir.

  178. 178
    Sigourney says:

    I knew we were in trouble when I first saw that stupid logo

  179. 179
    gut-rotting-foul-tasting-glurp that's COKE says:

    and has the same consistency.

  180. 180
    Mr Mills (Bert's launder man) says:

    Do not forget the delectable beauty that is Tessa in all of this.

    I do try, but the nightmares still continue.

  181. 181
    Hunky Chris ooooooh babe says:

    Like mine in my g a y d a r photo


  182. 182
    Cocknee sparrer says:

    gor blimey guv

  183. 183
    MB. says:

    Are they required to supply tap water free of charge?

  184. 184
    Vazoline says:

    I’m sure I can find a way of making it a nice and greasy little earner.

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    Jelly on a plate (Mrs) says:

    Clucky thing.

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    Anthony Blanche says:

    I’m only an old degenerate Dago on a return visit after 30 odd years away, but it seems to me you are now lead by a political elite made up of hysterical queens. Even the ones that may be heterosexual actually behave like pansies. All is now vanity and money and this elite has wrought the most appalling damage on both your working class (never forget that the English Working Class had till now been the rock against Socialism and the class that was most likely to follow established conservative social norms) and your lower middle class (who despite their amusing prejudices are the dynamic of social mobility and renewal). The sexual orientation of an individual is only of interest to me if I am going to sleep with them, but when it becomes the defining social axis of their public actions then it is right to question it. I have visited several major and minor cities over the last few weeks and I am appalled at the change the years have made. Your minor towns and cities are now full of people who to be frank should never have been let in, they are venial, violent and have no intention of integration into a wider British culture, indeed your elite has set out to destroy such a concept.

    What are your elite trying to achieve? Other than amass large amounts of public money I don’t see that they have any objective in mind for your nation at all. They have sold you into slavery and are busy getting you to pay for the privilege I’m surprised that you have not had more riots but it seems the masses are stupefied and leaderless and your middle class split between terror of losing what they have and trying to get on the elite bandwagon to get more.

    I truly weep for you as I believe the British people were unique in the world and have made vast sacrifices for great causes (your Royal Navy rescued my mother from a torpedoed transport ship in the Atlantic when she was returning to South America in 1942 and so your Royal Navy will always be honoured in our family, indeed next weekend I shall attend a private service in Plymouth at the Monument to the Missing on the Hoe, your nation has much to be proud of). But you seem to have been betrayed by the very people who should have set the best example, it is a great shame.
    As I say please do not be offended by what I say it is for love of your land and the great debt my family will always owe it. I am just an old degenerate Dago.

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    Older Not Wiser says:

    You cant buy a block of seats in this fias-Coe. Only 4 so no possibility to ambush anyway

    Just boycott all the sponsors

  188. 188
    jahcoozi says:

    actaully its righties who hate tax sponsored events like the olympics

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    Forkbender says:

    That’s Willy Hague out of it then, I though you were one of his friends.

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    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    You will wear the regulation clothes and boots, you will ride the regulation motorcycle, and you’ll be back at the regulation time. Hasta la vista, sucker.

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    Forkbender says:

    we used to clean copper coins though with it

  192. 192
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    All the East Enders I’ve ever known (including my parents and grandparents) have spelt it as two words.

  193. 193
    Forkbender says:

    Oxbridge has had a certain reputation over the years

  194. 194
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    You will be arrested as a trouble-maker.

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    marquis de sadly says:

    what about hanging drawing quartering and keel hauling just to make sure

  196. 196
    Anonymous says:

    he’s already ennobled you pillock .

    they could of course make him the new deputy pm working to the new incumbent jeremy er….. hunt is it???

  197. 197
    muammar gaddafi says:

    it wasn’t mine

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    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Olympics survival guide. Easy! Ignore it until it goes away.

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    the savant says:

    signes teresa may and nick buckles

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    alexsandr says:

    do the keel hauling first. quite hard to keel haul someone after quartering.

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    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    Good one.

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    me says:

    choc ice’s only

  203. 203
    alexsandr says:

    thats bollocksed. they will have to wear tracksuit bottoms cos its too cold :(

  204. 204
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Trahison des Clercs

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    SarahJane says:

    Late online today – total white elephant run by egotistic money-making elitists. One minute Seb Coe is praising GS4 next he’s against them.
    They will stop pepsi glad people entering the venue as they’ll protect their sponsors – the people for whom the games are being run & not the average person in the street

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    Ffyon says:

    Where’ my Willy !

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    Me, terrand says:

    Soooo glad I live in France!

  208. 208
    Belle says:

    Absolutely – any person who wishes to pursue sport as a “career” should be paying their own way and should not expect hand-outs from others.

    What actual use are “professional” sports people anyway?

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    fruitcake says:

    meanwhile, down here in forgotten weymuff…

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    copper_buns says:

    Thing is copper is too expensive to make into coins any more, the metal is worth more than the coin.
    They’re all copper plated steel now.
    Try it with a magnet, old coins don’t stick, new ones do.
    Been this way for more than 10 years.

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    Average person in the street says:

    Sarah Jane, youve touched a nerve.


    Mr Coe, return your gong!

  212. 212
    Boris the Barbarian says:

    Last 30 years? Sydney 2000 – Australia – one of strongest economies in world.

  213. 213
    Bill Bell says:

    What a pile of crap we live in, a sporting event sponsored by two of the most unhealthy and enethical corporations in the world. Meanwhile Seb Coe makes a 1,000 quid every time he blinks

  214. 214
    Bill Bell says:

    In better times Phillip Morris would have sponsered the torch and had everyone lighting a fag of it

  215. 215
    Bill Bell says:

    Good point Jimbo, Halal meat is not stunned before killing, it is blessed and then they cut the throat of the beast. Not a very tender way to go, but an increasing number of slaughterhouses that supply meat to the main supermarkerts are Halal

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    Bill Bell says:

    Ed Balls attended bilderberg, he’s part of the problem

  217. 217
    Bill Bell says:

    Think I’ll be wearing a shetland sweater, knitted underpants and plimpsols

  218. 218
    Bill Bell says:

    I shall eat the grass

  219. 219
    Bill Bell says:

    I heard that it’s Seb’s piss and the lucky 100,000th punter gets to to blow him in person

  220. 220
    Bill Bell says:

    Anthony, I hear your heartfelt call, the truth is they elite as you call them have seen the lessons from countries such as India and China, and are happy to concern themselves the the needs of the corporates than worry about those people floundering in the shit right now.
    They would rather import labour from the rest of the world than attempt to provide opportunities for the UK citizens, they have no honour, sense of duty or pragmatic understanding of the outcome of this, but still they carry on. It is depressing and sad to watch but it the way that democracy has flowed in recent times.
    The politicans accuse the bankers, the bankers accuse the regulations and that is the news. Non of them are right but they are the winners in the short term, last one out put the key under the mat.

  221. 221
    Bill Bell says:

    Looks like a drunk’s thoughts as he makes his way up the street

  222. 222
    Bill Bell says:

    Seb Coe has taken us all for fuckin idiots, my old man used to say complain afterwards, let’s make sure people do complain as it needs to be sorted

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  224. 224
    Anthony Blanche says:

    Dear Bill,

    I will not live to see the outcome (I’ll not bore you with the my mortal state) but I truly hope and pray your nation and its many faceted wonderful people (for please do not think that I hold ‘racial’ views on this matter, the concept of ‘British’ has always been an open one and that is its strength, but for it to function those who come to your lands must want to be British, and so few seem to want to be from what I have seen) do get over their current ills. I’ve no suggestions for you I’m not a politician. But I can say your nation has been through the worst of times and come through before over its long history and it has been due to the self-sacrifice and ingenuity of its working class and middle class working often in an unaware alliance. It is very sad that the ‘elite’ have no sense of honour or duty, but are driven by pure greed (I have no objection whatever to someone making money through hard work and skill and my view is that they should keep the lion’s share of what they have made in honest toil) but your current leaders seek disproportionate reward for their efforts. And I have always believed (how could I otherwise as a very conflicted but devout birth Catholic) that those with wealth have a clear and God given duty to help their fellow brothers and sisters in hardship. Not with a simple handout but with life changing help that will let them move their lives on. It is not easy and one can often be disappointed but it is our duty to try.

    I am an old degenerate pansy Dago, making a last visit to your very special land, so please forgive me if I offend; your land is very dear to me. When I return home in a few weeks’ time I will ask our local Priest for a special service for your nation (we have a small private chapel nothing grand but we use it as base to help our local poor) it is I know unfashionable and considered a little odd but please accept it as a heartfelt offering.

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    Amanita Phalloides says:

    Borrow Seb’s.

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    confused says:

    Guido what about starting with a Pepsi ad on this site, then send Coe a link

  227. 227
    Bill Bell says:

    Thank you for your reply Anthony, peace be with you

  228. 228
    Nicola Clubb says:

    i know it is a bit late but i posted this in my facebook page – I have just had a brill idea (I am not going to the games) I would wear a Pepsi T-Shirt under something and nothing underneath it (and those who know me know i have small breasts) and inside a venue i would take off the over garment revealing the Pepsi T-Shirt. The way things are concerning the games I would highly likely be asked to remove it which i would say no to as i have nothing underneath it. The security would them likely remove me from said venue and I would ring the newspapers and let them know what happened.

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