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The race is on: Milngavie Olympic Bid

By The Drum, Administrator

May 22, 2008 | 2 min read

The sleepy Glasgow suburb of Milngavie may not be the first destination many would chose for the Olympic Games. Yet one local resident has already undertaken a feasibility study into the logistics of his village hosting the event. Always one to crash-in o

The quest was first embarked upon when local resident Marc Fisher launched a feasibility study into the logistics for the bid, covering all main concerns, including, accommodation, transport infrastructure (the 119 bus, train AND taxi) and Olympic village (The heart of Milngavie village, of course, equipped with full hairdresser, dentist, Indian restaurant, banks and shops).

However, the bid – first revealed on the Community Soup website – was lacking one fundamental element. The all-important logo. So, The Drum has enlisted the help of five design teams to help bring Milngavie’s bid to life.

Writing on his bid document, Fisher said: “In the summer of 2020 the 32nd Summer Olympics will commence. After a little consideration I finally came up with the perfect place to hold the Olympic Games, my home town Milngavie.

“Milngavie (Nilogatie in predictive text) is worth 15 points in Scrabble, maybe not as impressive as the 122 points for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantyssiliogogogoch, excluding double/triple word/letter squares, but the average age of a Milngavier is probably around retirement age.

“The ‘small world phenomenon’ states that any two people in the world can be linked by six degrees of separation, Marc’s Theorum 2.4 proves that everyone in Milngavie is linked to any other Milngavier by only two degrees of separation.

“There are two main weather types in Milngavie – rain, and about to rain.

“Milngavie is a suburb of Glasgow, in Scotland, the only country in the world where the top selling soft drink is not a type of cola (it’s Irn-Bru), and the only country in the world where grammatically a double positive makes a negative (aye right).”

So, armed with this brief, design teams from Stand, Freight, Locofoco, Jam Hot and O-Street ‘pitched’ for the opportunity to bring the Olympics to the small, wet, aged town to the north west of Glasgow.

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