Quick, we need to insert an Olympics news story here

July 14, 2012 at 10:55 am (odds, security) (, , , )

Well, we are now in the odd period where the media is bored hyping the build up to the Olympics – the torch relay, whilst being special to everyone it passes, has now become business as usual for the national news – but they don’t yet have any real sport stories to publish, so they are going through the “who can find the first major problem story” phase.

Hence, we are seeing “security shambles” stories, untrained border guards, and even armed responses closing motorways.  Sometimes we manage to see a little common sense creeping in, but mostly fear, uncertainty and doubt reign supreme.  Eventually, we will be able to adjust our society to cope with increasing security pressures and security thinking may become common place (link posted with tongue firmly in cheek), but for now, we all just muddle on.

So, with this background, this post is to report on the daftest Olympic disruption story I’ve seen so far.

London Metro: Toxic Caterpillars on the march“Toxic caterpillars that could kill people with asthma are on the march, experts warn”.  But wait, as if that wasn’t bad enough … “The caterpillars, whose toxic hairs are carried in the wind, have been found in west and south-east London. They could disrupt the Olympics by infesting trees near the Games, it is claimed.”

The Telegraph: “Poisonous caterpillars could bring misery to millions of Olympic spectators“.

At least the BBC resisted mentioning the O word in their reporting – “Warning over rise in London’s toxic caterpillar population“.

So, maybe all Olympic guards being warned to look out for anyone carrying apples that have suspicious holes in them … Or maybe someone will just train homing pidgeons to drop them over Stratford.

That is infeasible I hear you cry?  Well, insert your own favourite Olympic themed movie plot threat here instead 🙂

At least it might give the media something to report on until the sports events actually start.




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