London Olympics organisers ban mobile phones

Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics have imposed some pretty harsh rules on anyone hoping attend the games.

A hefty terms and conditions document unearthed by Big Brother Watch, which runs to a brain-numbing 7,350 words, includes a blanket ban on mobile phones for ticket holders.

Security for the hundreds of events held in east London as well as other venues scattered across the UK is expected to be incredibly tight, but we can't imagine how the body overseeing the event, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is expecting to police the ban.

We'd be willing to bet that only a tiny proportion of punters will even start reading the reams of T&Cs let alone finish and understand them. And asking thousands of people every day to relinquish their precious mobiles for the duration of the event and then collect them at the end of the day is a logistics nightmare.

People planning to save some dosh my taking their own food and drink to Olympic events would also be well advised to carefully consider the rules as it looks like sponsors Coca Cola and McDonalds - those two bastions of healthy eating - will have exclusive rights to provide sustenance to games-goers.

The pertinent part of the document reads:

"food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, liquids in containers of greater than 100ml in size, umbrellas, horns, whistles, drums, rattles, musical instruments, or any other devices that in the opinion of Locog may disturb a Session (including mobile telephones), flasks, thermoses and in general any material that Locog may deem dangerous or that may cause damage or disruption to a Session."

So at least that's good news for those of us who prefer to live on a diet of ground cow gristle and fizzy sugar water than have a vuvuzela going bzzzzzzaaaaaaaa in their ear for hours on end.