I can't believe no one has begun a thread on this yet. It is the talk of dinner parties all over the UK, and the subject of countless Blogs. Was the allocation system fair? And did you get any? It has been called a farce and is the subject of endless criticism. I'm not sure I could have devised a fairer system, but can I really be subjective since I am a part of the process itself, and at the moment, still don't know if I was successful? I mean, everyone who didn't get tickets is going to be disappointed, and presumably those who did will think it was fine. Personally, as it stands at the moment, I got absolutely none of the £1200 worth of tickets I initially applied for. I thought that was particularly unfair, until I learned that it gave me priority to enter the second 'first come first served' sale last Friday. I pitied those who got one ticket to some obscure sport that they added only at the last minute for a laugh. Unfortunately, I then learned that actually 1.2 million of 2 million applicants didn't get any tickets. That's about 60%. Surely that can't be right? Then we learn that many of those tickets went to EU residents under EU competition rules. They say that works both ways. Maybe, but I actually went to the German website and all there was left was Wrestling, Weightlifting and Basketball. Nothing that gives access to the Olympic Park. The thing is, British taxpayers have also heavily contributed towards the Olympics. London taxpayers have contributed even more - Ken Livingstone's famous 'Walnut Whip' a week, revised later to 2 'Walnut Whips' a week - which I work out at about £2500 for myself and another £2500 for my wife. Surely, we should have been given some priority? And what about athletes families, surely they should have had priority for tickets too? It is scandalous that families of athletes cannot see them. And then there are the corporate sponsors, people like Thomas Cook, reselling the tickets, but only if you take a £1000 hotel room with them. Why do I want a hotel room when I live here already? Anyway, yesterday morning at 6am I was there knocking at the website. one among 1.2 million people applying for 600 athletics tickets (because no one was really interested in Football or Greco-Roman Wrestling.) This seems very unfair on those without a computer, or shift workers, or those who aren't computer literate, but hey really did I care about them at 6am in the morning? I took advice from my children, since applying for concert and festival tickets is apparently even harder (but somehow they do manage to tell you immediately if you were successful or not.) I was on the website refreshing away until the link came up. I got the same message at the card payment stage that everyone else did, but instead of starting all over again (big mistake people) I went back a page and resubmitted. After a number of times I almost gave up. Why do they even need to check my card details anyway - they've held them for over a year and they checked them once already???? And so I got an email back timed at 06.10am saying my submission had been received. What exactly does that mean??? The only hope I still cling to is that from what I've read, many people didn't get emails until 6.30am and that by 06.45am everything had already gone. But I think that even if I was successful, I have to agree with all the others, it is a complete and utter farce! So I'm not overly hopeful but I'll let you know. I've read that in reality, this means that the Games are a huge success and a masterstroke - no empty seats; everyone enthused and talking about the Games (except here on Chronicles that is.) However, is that really true? There is a very bitter taste left in the mouths of a large number of people - probably about 1 million people who were sold a pig in a poke.