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Old January 27th, 2012, 12:51 PM   #2781
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London 2012: Olympic Village handed over to organisers

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Old January 27th, 2012, 01:52 PM   #2782
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London 2012: Isles of Wonder is Olympic ceremony theme

London 2012's opening ceremony is to be called Isles of Wonder, organisers have revealed six months ahead of the Games.

The ceremony's artistic director, Danny Boyle, revealed the name at a press briefing alongside creative director Stephen Daldry.

Boyle said it would be about a land that has been poisoned by industrial legacy and the recovery of that land.

It is anticipated the opening ceremony on 27 July will be watched by one billion TV viewers.

Bolye, who is best known for directing Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, said they had commissioned the biggest ringing bell in Europe to hang at one end of stadium and ring at opening of Games.

It is to be inscribed with a quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest: "Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises".

Boyle said he wanted people to hear it "for hundreds of years".

'Fabulous opportunity'
Talking about all four Olympic ceremonies Daldry said they were the "greatest shows on earth and the task was enormous."

He said they represent one journey to the end looking at who we are, who we were and who we would wish to be.

More detailed information will be released about the artists in April and the content of opening ceremony in June, he added.

All four ceremonies are expected to be watched by four billion people and advertising experts estimate this is worth up to £5bn in airtime exposure.

At the opening ceremony Boyle will again be collaborating with electronic musical duo Underworld whose 'Born Slippy' featured in Trainspotting.

The pair have been named musical directors of the three-hour ceremony.

Some 20,000 performers are being sought for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

London 2012 ceremonies

Cast of 15,000 volunteers
23,000 costumes
12 hours of music
60 musicians
15,000 sq m of staging
13,000 propos
one million watt PA system with 500 speakers
They will be drawn from members of the public and more than 10,000 have already been auditioned.

Speaking earlier on Friday about the challenges that lay ahead in the next six months, London 2012 Chairman Seb Coe said it was a fabulous opportunity but a "heavy weight of responsibility".

Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said it would be all about attention to detail as well as building the excitement and helping people to be a part of what will be "the greatest thing this city has seen in their lifetimes".

A ceremony was also being held marking the handover of the Athletes' Village, on the Olympic Park in Stratford, from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to Locog.

The 2,818 flats will now be fitted out to cater for 16,000 athletes and officials from 200 countries.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16747032

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Old January 27th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #2783
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16762272

Video of the interview with Danny Boyle
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Old January 27th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #2784
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Old January 27th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #2785
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Old January 27th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #2786
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OPENING CEREMONY FACTS
• 15,000 square metres of staging – equivalent to 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
• A flying system that can lift 25 tonnes – that is the same as five elephants.
• There will be 12,956 props, which is more than 100 times more than used in a West End musical.
• A million-watt PA system using more than 500 speakers and 50 tonnes of associated sound gear – which is double the amount of speakers than on the main stage at Glastonbury.
• The design team have made enough scale model pieces to cover a 100-metre running track. Every performer has been represented by a plastic figurine.
• So far, 64 different supplier companies have been contracted to provide services and products.
ALL FOUR CEREMONIES
• 25 containers full of scenery and props and 75 containers of costumes full of 23,000 costumes. Some cast members will wear more than one costume each.
• 15,000 volunteer cast across all four ceremonies. The people who have auditioned have been aged from 18 to 90 years old. They have come from across the UK and include people who watched the 1948 Games live, according to London 2012.
• A total of 12 hours of music working with an internationally renowned orchestra of around 60 musicians is part of the programme. Organisers will spend three months of recording time in the studio and spend 36 hours in dedicated drum tuition.
• The combined TV audiences for the four ceremonies is predicted to be more than four billion people. Sir Martin Sorrell has predicted that the equivalent airtime value of the four ceremonies will be worth between approximately £2 billion and £5 billion.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #2787
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Sounds incredible, and I have every faith in Danny Boyle producing original, exciting and uplifting pieces for all the ceremonies. It is getting oh so close!
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Old January 27th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #2788
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Very good.

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Sounds incredible, and I have every faith in Danny Boyle producing original, exciting and uplifting pieces for all the ceremonies. It is getting oh so close!
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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #2789
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Lucky guys, that view from the balcony.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #2790
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London and National Transport Website for the Games

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Old February 1st, 2012, 08:44 PM   #2792
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these pics are quite old

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Excluding football from Olympic stadium will be London's greatest mistake, says Caborn
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 02:12 AM   #2795
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Isn't this thread redundant considering its been revealed that the designs are just mock ones, and not the real ones?
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 03:42 AM   #2796
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 11:24 AM   #2797
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BAM Nuttall has won two contracts worth a combined total of £76m to transform the Olympic Park once the Games are over

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The building and engineering company won a £49m contract to work on the North Park following the Games, while it also secured a £27m deal to work on the South Park, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced.

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Money for the work to develop the 2012 venue in Stratford, east London, into the newly named Queen Elizabeth Park is coming from the £292m already built into the budget for the Games.The 18-month project, dubbed as ‘clear, connect and complete’ by the OPLC, will create approximately 500 temporary jobs.The work will clear the venue of structures put in place for the Games only, such as temporary venues, roads and walkways.New roads, cycle and pedestrian paths will be laid across the site and into surrounding areas as part of the connect phase of the work.The complete phase will involve permanent bridges, parklands and venues that will be left in place for future legacy use.Andrew Altman, the chief executive of the OPLC, said: “BAM Nuttall worked on the original Olympic Park and their hands on knowledge will be invaluable in helping us to achieve our target of reopening the Park in phases from July 2013.

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Affordable housing concerns for London despite Olympics development boost

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The Olympic Games are acting as a catalyst for new housebuilding activity across Greater London but there is concern about the number of affordable homes being built, according to a new report from Drivers Jonas Deloitte. The consultancy's latest London Residential Crane Survey (Winter 2011) says that despite continued economic uncertainty, housing development activity across Greater London has continued to increase, particularly in East London.

The report highlights that there has been a 40 percent increase in construction activity since this time last year. However, there is evidence that momentum has already begun to slow. Economic uncertainty and regulatory changes mean that there has been a fall in the number of new schemes starting since the last survey. The report concludes that the recorded level of construction activity is unlikely to be sustained during 2012.

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Old February 4th, 2012, 02:29 PM   #2799
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hell with football & London. This 2012 games are going to be the "most ordinary" of all the summer olympics after what Sydney, Athens & particularly Beijing steller show.

cant wait for 2016 Rio De Janero when summer olympics will return to its former glory since 2008 beijing.
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BBC News: Will London 2012 be the greenest Olympics ever? (w/ video)

BBC News: Will London 2012 be the greenest Olympics ever?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16853201

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