The Olympic village in London has taken up the lion's share of £9 billion over 7 years to construct some first-class venues and housing for 10,000 atheletes. The Games have attracted 5 million visitors physically to the sites so far, and many millions more via television and other media.
When I hear that some atheletes had some music systems stolen from their flat at the Olympics village, and Scotland Yard has not been able to cast any light on this, you don't get a most positive impression.
However, knowing the British police system, such breaches will be thoroughly investigated and the security measures strengthened as necessary.
The feel good factor of so many of Team GB winning medals, especially Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah within an hour last Saturday, reaffirms the benefits of this nation living as a harmonious multi-cultural society, affording opportunities to all and sharing in the victorious achievement of their potential. The buzz of winning so many Gold medals is infectious, bringing a vicarious thrill to each and all.
I guestimate that London will have recovered £3 billion within the 8 weeks of the Olympics and Paralympics, from ticket sales and tourism, and the Olympic village housing, which is world class as most will agree barring the incident of the theft mentioned above, will soon bring in visitors and locals alike who would love to stay there. The Olympics village could provide world-class training facilities in a temperate climate to national contingents who may wish to avail themselves of such facilities.
The per capita win of medals of Team GB is inspiring. It must be something in the fresh air of this free country that nurtures such spirit.