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    Finally....Op Olympics countdown

    Finally, my fella has been briefed when he and the rest of the battallion are coming home. Bear in mind he has been there over two weeks not knowing when he is to come back home at all. Just so bloody unorganised this has been.

    Anyway, have any of your men been put on Op Olympics and been told when there going home?

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    Mines been there about 2 weeks too..he's there until 6th September he said, whether thats right, ill never know..it'll probably change.

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    Op bloody Olympics.... shame your OH's can't claim the Overtime the G4S people can or could have. I shall be so glad when this whole bloody fiasco has finished...... its disgraceful that the Army has to cover for civvies being paid to do a job....

    My brother is a quantity surveyor, and he has just taken a position, waiting for the end of the Olympics, so that his firm can go in and demolish all the newly built buildings in East London, and then use the area to build something else? These buildings will have been used for 6 weeks tops, and cost millions to build. It's done wonders for the building industry, but not much for the poor sods who had their place of work or homes purchased under a compulsory order in the first place, to have the temporary structures built on .

    <goes away shaking head and muttering under her breath, and the travel chaos is awful, and the disruption to people's lives, and the waste of money all round.>
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    May I just point out that it's not just the Army doing it. OH is stuck doing it too as are most of his mates. They've dipped in cos at least most of them are in Weymouth so they're staying on a RFA ship and not in a random sports hall somewhere on the outskirts of London but the ship ran out of bottled water yesterday, isn't able to get anymore so the lads are now stuck in boats on Weymouth Harbour all day with no drinking water. Although that's ok cos the boat with the toilet on only does a circuit once every 3 hours. And they've not been given baseball caps like the police force have so they can either wear their woolen berets or get sun stroke. But it's the opportunity of a lifetime, honestly!

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    Ooh nice in this weather!
    I know that some of the nurses passing out with OH tomorrow are headed for London the day after - bet their families are loving G4S right about now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubySlippers View Post
    Ooh nice in this weather!
    I know that some of the nurses passing out with OH tomorrow are headed for London the day after - bet their families are loving G4S right about now...
    That's not fair - the nurses who were in OHs class last year (end of May to end of July is always the group that get the nurses) have been excused from the Olympics cos they've been in uni all year and need their summer break! What a piss take.

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    Its ridiculous the amount of workers that have had to be brought from everywhere at last minute, police and army included. I feel sorry for those who have returned from afghan and have to go do the olympics! They were talking about giving them the chance to see an olympic game if the chance came up, as a 'reward'. But seriously, I'm sure they'd choose more time with their family, over the slight chance of getting to see an olympic game! I don't know..suppose it is a chance of a life time. Its just a shame it was unexpected for a lot of the army and that G4S were so unorganised.

    My OH was on reserve in the first place so it was sort of expected. He's now telling me its the 9th or 10th of September he'll be coming home! God knows, could be any time knowing the army. However he does seem to think that in between olympics and parolympics he'll be doing shifts of 3 days of days, 3 days of nights and 3 days off? So maybe he'll be able to come home for the odd weekend if we're lucky.

    He's staying on HMS Ocean, is anyone elses OH on there? Mine cant stand the Navy beds, and says he'd rather sleep in a hole! ermmm.

    On a better note, the olymics is something that might only come around once in their army lifetime, so it's a great opportunity. The opening tonight was really good too.

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    I just can't get the thought of how badly we needed time together to get back to normal when Mr K had been away for 7 months (and that wasn't even anywhere sandy) out of my head. To the extent that I just can't bring myself to watch the olympics (although to be fair I wasn't that interested in the first place) knowing that there are people whose relationships will be teetering on the brink because they've been dragged in to deal with a monumental cock-up by a private company.

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    I know this sounds harsh but it's their job, the forces come first regardless of whatever else is going on in their lives.
    Having said that I can understand why families are pissed off

    Still not sure whether my hubby will have to go. He's sent 200 of his men and women and I've hardly seen him for the last three weeks whilst he tried his hardest to work around those who needed time with their families, holidays booked etc.
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    I do get the bit about the forces coming first but POTL is there for a reason and it's not a good idea to just keep pushing until something breaks. It's them being dragged in to cover an entirely avoidable situation involving a private company who will still trouser the money that I really object to. No wonder morale is low.

    We got sick of being on tenterhooks so got some insurance and booked a holiday anyway and are hoping for the best. Mr K is practically the only one left in his unit now

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    Booking holidays..the way forward Although we're waiting to book a last minute one when he gets back from the Olympics. And wow kazzam, how long did you actually get to see him before he had to go to the Olympics? It's so unfair that those who have been away have been sent there so soon. I blame G4S.
    A friend of mine is working at the Olympics (not military) and he say's its great having the army there because they're all such a laugh. I suppose when morale is low from the workers, the army know how to get it back up again, which is nice to know

    My OH's regiment is also being disbanded, and he's been told by some person high up that it may be happening sooner than they think..like next year! So he's in a mad panic through this olympic time to change regiments..like the army isnt unorganised enough for him to start requesting them things through an event like the olympics! haha.

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    It's ok, he's not at the Olympics The tour was a while ago as well, I was just making a point about how badly POTL is needed. Enjoy your holiday! I'm on full-on countdown mode now - this is only the second proper holiday we've had since we've been together.

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    I hope there are no media types reading this thread because it would be bloody embarrassing to show them the whinging wife side of life wouldn't it?

    Covering UK security when needed is part and parcel of the job and from what I can see (and hear) the blokes are pretty much sucking it up and cracking on with things without too much dripping. Yes, it's tough sometimes being separated from your OH and I get where you're coming from (sort of) with the POTL issue, but the Olympics isn't the only thing which would put a stop to POTL and it's not as though they're doing back to back tours in Afghanistan, they're bag searching in East London. They're big boys and if they don't like it they can walk through the door and into civvy street pretty much any time they like.

    Please, put on a brave face to the world and be proud that your man/woman can step into the breach where others fail.
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    Bodger - agree 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodger View Post
    I hope there are no media types reading this thread because it would be bloody embarrassing to show them the whinging wife side of life wouldn't it?

    Covering UK security when needed is part and parcel of the job and from what I can see (and hear) the blokes are pretty much sucking it up and cracking on with things without too much dripping. Yes, it's tough sometimes being separated from your OH and I get where you're coming from (sort of) with the POTL issue, but the Olympics isn't the only thing which would put a stop to POTL and it's not as though they're doing back to back tours in Afghanistan, they're bag searching in East London. They're big boys and if they don't like it they can walk through the door and into civvy street pretty much any time they like.

    Please, put on a brave face to the world and be proud that your man/woman can step into the breach where others fail.
    What she said.

    There was a security issue, the Services were called in - it's what they are for. Had it been my husband I'd have been grateful that he was on a cushy number in London rather than taking bombs to bits in a desert - and as for the POTL whining - my husband took 48 hours the last time he came back from a six monther. Holidays? what's a holiday?!

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    If we're going to stop whinging they might as well shut the whole site down! I didn't realise it was ok to complain about piss-poor organisation, housing and so on but not Op Olympic. I'll shut up and get back to being a good little wifey now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzam View Post
    If we're going to stop whinging they might as well shut the whole site down! I didn't realise it was ok to complain about piss-poor organisation, housing and so on but not Op Olympic. I'll shut up and get back to being a good little wifey now.
    Good idea. I guess Bodge TLC and I have got too much on running our own careers, kids and lives to be good little wifeys - as well as not enough time to whinge about our blokes doing their job.

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    Oh thank god, I thought you meant he'd come from afghanistan and practically straight to the olympics!
    Totally agree with you though..everyone has a good old complain on here..so I'm sure we can have a little moan about Op Olympic. I didn't even realise we were complaining. If anything though its nice that the soldiers are doing something in their own country rather than in another..its just a shame about people having to be brought in unexpectedly and the fact the military have to pick up the pieces for G4S, who had a job to do, and failed to do it.

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    Yes it is their job ,in a real emergency that could not have been avoided. this could have been avoided, but because nobody checked on the people that were responsible , this now turned into a feck up of epic proportions. i'm under no illusion that the olympics would happen without any people of our forces at all, but the amount of people they now have requested , takes the mickey.
    i know of people that have been told well before all this malarky that they had a job there full stop, but i do feel sorry for the people that had to go at short notice and their families, this could have been avoided if people would have pulled their fingers out of their bums instead of counting all the moeny they earned. and if you then see how the bus and tube drivers have the cheek to demand more and more money instead of doing the work they got imployes to do in the first place, just like our forces, it makes my blood boil just a tad.................and yes a will whinge ....this is an exchange of opinion. and like me , not everybody is excited about the olympics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy Pink Dragon View Post
    Op bloody Olympics.... shame your OH's can't claim the Overtime the G4S people can or could have. I shall be so glad when this whole bloody fiasco has finished...... its disgraceful that the Army has to cover for civvies being paid to do a job....

    My brother is a quantity surveyor, and he has just taken a position, waiting for the end of the Olympics, so that his firm can go in and demolish all the newly built buildings in East London, and then use the area to build something else? These buildings will have been used for 6 weeks tops, and cost millions to build. It's done wonders for the building industry, but not much for the poor sods who had their place of work or homes purchased under a compulsory order in the first place, to have the temporary structures built on .

    <goes away shaking head and muttering under her breath, and the travel chaos is awful, and the disruption to people's lives, and the waste of money all round.>
    These companies were relocated or worst case scenario they were compensated if the business was unlikely to survive being relocated. The reality is that a lot of the area was derelict or extremely run down. This was just as the recession was starting to bite, so the reality is that for some of the businesses it was a blessing in disguise!!

    TLC x
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