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Palo Alto expat in London reports on Olympics

Original post made by David Vinokur, a former resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2012

Hello from the United Kingdom. My name is David Vinokur, a Palo Alto native now based in London. Last year I was miraculously selected in the public lottery to purchase tickets to attend the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I subsequently accepted an invitation from the Palo Alto Weekly to provide my beloved hometown with a "local" angle on the opening extravaganza, as well as life in Blighty.

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Posted by Leytonstoner
a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

A Palo Alton? Is that Cockney?


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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

David,

Could you please provide an overview of the security concerns? I have heard some disturbing reports of Islamist terrorists targeting the Olympics in London. Remember Munich? Do the British have the capability of dealing with it (unlike the Germans)? What is the word on the street?

BTW, I have a British cousin, and he tells me that there are concerns. However, he lives in York, not London. What are you hearing in the pubs?


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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Very cool! You should see if you can get an interview with the Team USA Badminton Coach - Ben Lee (of the Palo Alto Police Department.) Maybe the Weekly can hook you up.
I look forward to reading your posts! Enjoy a pint for us!


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Posted by Ellen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

As an American student who also happens to be an extreme anglophile, I am extremely excited to read your future posts. I am seriously considering attending a university in London and it will be awesome to get information on the city and current happenings from a Palo Altan (phrase?) I am genuinely looking forward to reading your future posts.


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Posted by Brian
a resident of another community
on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

As an Englishman who resided in Greenmeadow area for a number of years and who reads this journal frequently I can assure that the London Olympics will be very safe.The authorities even have plans to mount surface to air missiles on a block of apartments - but I believe the residents are challenging this in court!


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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

> I can assure that the London Olympics will be very safe.The authorities even have plans to mount surface to air missiles on a block of apartments - but I believe the residents are challenging this in court!

Brian, I hope you are right. However, we had similar assurances from German officials for the 1972 Munich Olympics, and it turned into a disaster. What are the guys in pubs saying, if you go to pubs? I think street cred, on this issue, is more important than official pronouncements, including missles on roofs. Islamist terrorists are not going to fly a plane into the Olympic Stadium, if they can obtain the same goal, through small arms and suicide ethics.

Why are you so assured? Even as an Englishman?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2012 at 5:28 am

Here is a BBC article for those interested in the security aspects Web Link


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Posted by Brian
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

More info on London Olympics security...
Web Link