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Ceremony rehearsals

Having finished my late session today, there was absolute transport chaos as they did a 'live' rehearsal of the opening ceremony with every seat occupied and then a mass exodus to the public transport system to stress-test their plans. Unfortunately several of the undergound trains decided to break down for real so by the time everyone left, the existing systems were backlogged too - some 10,000 still stuck there apparently!
You can see the buildup of people being held back at Stratford Train/Bus station until any trains, underground and additional buses could come to help get everyone back and get people to new routes to get around the closed lines - quite amazing scenes really and fortunately everyone showed great patience, because a stampede would have been disastrous.

Hopefully the transport systems won't have any breakdowns or line closures on Friday, but if it does well I suppose they have already rehearsed that aspect too.
It should be amazing on Friday as the world watches too, but I wouldn't stray far on the public transport system on Friday if travel isn't essential - it will be swamped!
 

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Michael Thomas on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:46

It is really great to read the blogs, Tony. I will be volunteering at the Sailing Village for the Paralympics at the end of August - only a single dental chair there, but similarly a fantastic set up. It will be interesting to compare notes at the end of the day, along with any other GDP-UKers who are involved.

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It is really great to read the blogs, Tony. I will be volunteering at the Sailing Village for the Paralympics at the end of August - only a single dental chair there, but similarly a fantastic set up. It will be interesting to compare notes at the end of the day, along with any other GDP-UKers who are involved.
Barry Rosenbloom on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:26

why ? why ? why ?
Cmon , volunteering ?
Or is this a new charitable side of dentistry that we are seeing ?
Or are you going to be providing free dental services as part of your weekly schedule ?
LOCOG is paying its staff etc etc why not professionals ?

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why ? why ? why ? Cmon , volunteering ? Or is this a new charitable side of dentistry that we are seeing ? Or are you going to be providing free dental services as part of your weekly schedule ? LOCOG is paying its staff etc etc why not professionals ?

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