There’s one way to rob an event of atmosphere and, contrary to complaints coming in about the 2012 Olympic Games, it has nothing to do with banning musical instruments.
Who gives a kipper about whether someone is prevented from banging a drum all the way through the 100-metre men’s sprint? Or if vuvuzelas – the cause of such controversy at the World Cup – will not be allowed to irritate the shot-putters?
I think the fact that spectators attending the London games won’t be able to take their own food and drink in will do more to set the tone of their mood. Snacking is, after all, our national pastime.
Taking in your own grub is also the sensible option when large stadiums tend to charge such extortionate fees for such limited choices.