Yes I agree that £9-24bln on 2 weeks of running, jumping, sitting and throwing is excessive. Yes I think it's pretty sickening that foreign firms tie up everything in a 100sq miles of London (including toilet dispensers in local restaurants), then take the profits and run them through off-shore tax havens.
BUT. It's here, and damnit, if I have paid £150-£400 I'm going to enjoy some of it. Looking forward to the Basketball, Boxing and Cycling (don't mention today).
Started watching last night at 6pm, was a little worried, looked a little Am-Dram, the set lifted from Watership Down. Ahh the Red Arrows, something iconic, good.
9pm. What the hell is this. I was transfixed for the next 4 hours.
Yes there were cockups and sections I didn't appreciate, but speaking with others we all liked different aspects.
In short. Moments of cheese, followed by epic volumes of British madness, followed by moments of brilliance.
Surely the opening ceremony was our first gold