Chaos surrounds London's Olympics preparations
LONDON, United Kingdom (NBC) -- The venues are ready, the Olympic flame has had the royal seal of approval and London is more secure than it’s ever been.
But if you read the British papers - Olympic crisis! Barmy! London has got a serious case of pre-show nerves.
"This is chaos!"
This week was a political storm. The company supplying more than ten thousand security guards has admitted it might not be able to meet its target.
"It was a total rush-job from the beginning. So, absolutely no shock," said Sarah Hubble a former G4S employee.
The British government's answer was to send in the troops -- another three and a half thousand of them.
It's not just boots on the ground. The Royal Navy's biggest ship is on the river Thames. There are missiles on apartment blocks, and the city's airspace is now under military control.
"This is all preparatory, to make it clear to the mischievous out there and possibly the genuine terrorists that the games will be secure, and they won't get near,” said Michael Clarke, of the Royal United Services Institute.
The rain that fell during the queen’s jubilation celebration pretty much hasn't stopped since.
"I think there has been a tremendous can-do spirit in Britain and when the ceremony actually starts in a couple of weeks time there will be 'look we've got to put the greatest show on earth and we've got to do well,’” said Nick Ferrari, a radio host.
Nobody should really be surprised at having bad weather in Britain, and organizers have said it's always been part of their planning.
If you're going over, bring a raincoat.