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Mention the word security in London these days and it evokes sarcasm from even the commoner on the streets.For a city that has been fairly peaceful all these years, excessive security has never been heard of. However, thanks to the huge panic created by G4S, now there is a state of paranoia, especially if you are in east London, where most of the Olympic events will be held. From London police, Metropolitan cops and even the Army, all are present in the area in one form or the other.In fact, the way these security personnel are guarding the main press centre, it’s tough for even a journalist to enter. On Tuesday, I was stopped by two security personnel on duty.From the laptop bag, chargers, connection wires and food bag, everything was checked. But the biggest surprise was when a sealed mineral water bottle I was carrying was thrown away!I argued, having spent one pound (approx Rs 86) on water, there was nothing bad about it. I recall, during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese cops would make you drink the water and then let you pass. But here it is futile arguing over a battle of water, what with the temperature now soaring. The mantra now for the ‘goraaas’ is wear less and try to get the tan.Even the security personnel were unhappy that water bottles were being stopped. “Sir, sorry, we don’t make the rules. We are also facing the heat,” said a lady officer who pointed to the heavy uniform she was wearing.advertisementMuttering under my breath, I entered the huge complex, which houses the print media working area and also the international broadcast centre.While the media facilities are expensive, what is worse is that even drinking water has not been provided. You have to pay for the water. There are plenty of food stalls, though nothing cheap for those who come from Asia.One of the signboards on way to work inside the complex caught my eye. It said, free physiotherapy if you have a problem! After a short interview at the reception, I was told that the place worked on a charity basis but if I wished, I could drop money into a box.I was made to fill a form, something similar to what one would sign if undergoing a surgery in India. The masseur did work hard on the stiff neck and said “I was able to take the pressure”.Half an hour of ‘pain relief’ was welcome as one did not have to pay for it. Finally, there was some service being rendered free in a city where every effort is being made to ensure the United Kingdom earns as much as it can from visitors.On Monday night, after work, it was time to visit a party thrown by steel magnate Laxmi Mittal. His business may have fallen on bad days, but Indian sportspersons surely do bring him a lot of brand value.From Ronjan Sodhi to Joydeep Karmarkar and the boxers, all those under the Mittal Champions Trust marked their presence at a function hosted in Serpentine Gallery, situated inside the historic Hyde Park. Mr Mittal used it as an opportunity to touch base with the local media as well.My colleague and I reached late, by which time whatever little snacks had been served were over. After having got used to press conferences in India, where the spread is lavish, this was disappointing. Champagne and wine was being served but as I don’t touch any of this stuff, I left disappointed.After a long ride on the London Tube, back to the place where I am staying, the good old Subway sandwich came in handy. In times of recession, as the Brits themselves say, eating less is a good thing to do.I can also now vouch for that!