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 Saturday, June 04, 2011

dg's Olympic tickets postbag

"Looking forward to a post maybe on the outcome of the ticket ballot..." (EskimoPie)

But I've already written a post on the outcome of the ticket ballot, three months ago. It was mostly accurate too, I reckon.
Dear Mr and Mrs Smith,
Thank you for applying for tickets for London 2012. You applied for
ZO001 Opening Ceremony (27 Jul 19:30-22:30) 2 tickets @£20.12
AT005 Athletics - 100m final (6 Aug 18:50-21:55) 2 tickets @£50
DV016 Diving - 10m platform final (11 Aug 20:30-22:10) 2 tickets @£50
You were successful in none of your bids. We have not taken any money from your account.
You will not be coming to the Olympics, loser. Perhaps you should have considered the laws of supply and demand a little more carefully before you applied for the three most popular sessions on the list.
Love Seb
"How did the Olympics ticket application go DG? So many people seemed to have missed out..." (MarcB)

Yes, hasn't there been a lot of complaining? But nothing that couldn't have been predicted five months ago. The entire application process may have been inept, over-secretive and ill-devised, but at the end of the day it was always going to be a lottery. And in a lottery, get used to it, not everybody wins.
"For goodness sake, stop moaning, what did you expect? Living in London doesn't give anyone carte blanche to swan into the 100m final for nothing, for heaven's sake. Get a sense of scale. There are only 80,000 tickets for the opening ceremony so the price is irrelevant, you aren't going to get one. Indeed there are only 8.8 million tickets up for grabs altogether, which is sufficient for just 1 in every 7 Britons to turn up just once. The big story isn't going to be how much the tickets cost, the big story is going to be how few people get any." (dg, 16 October 2010)
"Did you get any Olympics tickets DG?" (David)

Yes, thanks. Plural.

"Do you know what Olympics tickets you got yet?" (Kirk)

No. I can't work it out from the total amount of money they've taken, and they're not confirming anything for up to three weeks. But I'll see you down the Park.

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