mercoledì 25 luglio 2012

Olimpiadi Londra 2012: i preparativi

Qualche problemuccio tecnico negli ultimi preparativi per le le ormai prossime Olimpiadi londinesi:
a) La società privata incaricata della sicurezza non è riuscita a reclutare sufficiente personale ed è fallita dopo aver incassato una cifra da capogiro. Ma il problema è stato risolto con l'arruolamento dei soldati appena rientrati dall'Afhanigastan.
b) Il meteo è stato inclemente; enormi piovaschi e locali allagamenti  hanno comportato il proliferare di lumache, sia negli orti che nelle strade , con un traffico super rallentato.
c) La fiaccola è arrivata in elicottero per la prima volta ...

La sicurezza:

This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent on Sunday relates to news that some 3,500 British troops are being called in to help fill the gap in security after British security group G4S bungled the contract to help protect the 2012 Olympic Games.

In an image full of symbols and metaphors, a perspiring soldier is shown inflating a patched-up-but-still-leaking Olympic ring (labelled 'Security'). A G4S guard walks away from the scene throwing a piece of paper (the Olympic security contract?) on the ground. Dark skies threaten overhead. In the background we can see the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower.

This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail shows a group of soldiers being briefed on their daily duties by Home Office officials. At the moment, the army has only been drafted in to plug gaps left by blundering security firm G4S, but if the strikes threatened by border guards and train drivers go ahead, who knows what they may be asked to do?

An extra 1,200 troops have been put on standby to protect the Olympics as the fallout continues from the G4S fiasco. Defence chiefs yesterday placed the servicemen and women – some recently back from Afghanistan – on 48 hours notice to work as guards at London 2012. Full story

Paul  Thomas  (The Daily Express)

Olimpic Security
Elias Tabakeas
These days of the Olympic Games in London I thought I’ll upload some Olympic Cartoons of mine… older and newer… And of course asks what prize security… and the issue of the borderlines and limitations of security…20 Jul 2012

'Sabotaging of the Olympics': Theresa May attacks border staff walkout that has cast a shadow over Games build-up (Mail Online)
1,200 MORE troops called up: Soldiers just back from Afghanistan on standby in Olympics security farce (Mail Online)

Il tempo:
This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail blends two news stories: the opening of the first of the Olympic Games Lanes on the M4 motorway, and the heavy rain which has been causing floods across Britain, provoking fears that London could be the wettest Olympics ever.

This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express combines two news stories: the slug ‘slimewave’ sweeping Britain because of the wet weather and the traffic chaos resulting from the introduction of Olympic Games Lanes on the M4 motoroway.
A man and a woman are looking over the fence into their neighbour's garden where there is a giant slug. The man says to the woman, "It's moving faster than the M4".

La fiaccola

Vento e fuoco olimpico
Ogni anno si sceglie un modo nuovo
per trasportare la fiaccola olimpica.
Quest'anno a Londra hanno scelto l'elicottero,
ma non si è rivelata una buona idea.
Lino Giusti e Roberto Mangosi

Londres Olimpico

Olympic security: army reinforcements called in to fill G4S shortfall (The Guardian)
£284m debacle over security: As troops fill the Olympics gap, how did G4 get it all so wrong? (Mail Online)


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