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Old March 8th, 2012, 01:39 AM   #2941
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Old March 8th, 2012, 03:11 PM   #2942
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Old March 9th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #2943
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Old March 10th, 2012, 11:12 AM   #2944
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As an "artwork" it's pretty tacky, as mooring posts for canal boats - which is what they also are - they're quite nice and fit in with the "Southbank" / festival feel they're going for in the South of the Park. I'd quite like to see them from the bridges or from the Park itself. Nobody is going to see them that close up in reality.
Wouldn't normally quote myself, but in answer to my own question:

http://www.london2012.com/webcams/ol...12-gardens.php

The photos on page 144 of this thread make these things look a lot bigger than they actually are, when in reality as this new webcam shows, they're really just little splashes of colour.
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Old March 11th, 2012, 01:59 AM   #2945
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London Olympics Could Cost Taxpayers $17 billion

How much will the Brits spend on their upcoming Olympics? The tally won’t be available until weeks after the final medal ceremony (for Men’s Handball, of course). But already government agencies are squabbling over the projected public cost of the games, which looks primed to soar above $15 billion.

In one camp sits the Commons Public Accounts Committee, the agency charged with overseeing government expenditures. On Friday it released a scathing report saying it expects the full cost for taxpayers to be $17 billion, about $3.1 billion over budget.

“The public sector funding package is close to being used up and we are concerned about whether the running of the games will be held within budget,” said Margaret Hodge, the committee’s chairman.

In the other is the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which says the games’ cost to taxpayers should come in at around $14.5 billion, the approximate budget that was agreed upon in 2009.

Security costs have added to the bottom line. In December the London Olympic Organizing Committee (LOCOG) more than doubled the number of security guards from 10,000 to 23,700, which equated to an added $420 million cost.

But the DCMS is not counting one sizable line item, the$1.23 billion spent on buying the 180 square acre swath of land in east London, which houses the Olympic Park and Europe’s largest urban shopping mall. The area is being built by Australian developer Westfield. The plan is to transform the area into a huge mixed-use development zone, which will include the largest urban park built in Europe in the last 150 years, and then use revenue from home sales rents to pay for the land purchase.

“The cost of buying the land was excluded because the public purse would be reimbursed by selling it off after the games,” said a spokesperson for DCMS.

The $14.5 billion also overlooks about $1.3 billion in “legacy spending,” which included a government plan to get 2 million Britons more active by 2013. The government scrapped the plan in January.

Whether the two line items are included in the final tally is yet to be seen. But it does not change the fact that the projected cost is almost four times higher than the initial $3.7 billion budget that was discussed in 2005. Or the fact that only about $156 million remains of the $14.5 billion in taxpayer cash earmarked for Olympic spending, with the opening ceremonies just five months away. Or that the former 2012 Olympic chief thinks it could go as high as $31 billion.
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Old March 11th, 2012, 07:45 AM   #2946
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Why didnt they go with the other removable structure design for the olympic stadium?
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Old March 13th, 2012, 12:52 AM   #2947
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Old March 14th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #2948
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MPs take shot at south London Olympic missile plans

Ministry of Defence accused of high-handed approach as it confirms it is evaluating sites for missile defences

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012...-missile-plans

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defense minster announced that Airborne early warning and control aircraft and other surface to air defense systems will be provided for the olympic security

Our Olympic eye in the sky: Inside the RAF's airborne command centre that will guard Britain against terror threat during 2012 Games

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...012-Games.html











Strike force: Two British Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 aircraft fly over RAF Waddington near Lincoln, will form part of the force to counter terrorist threats during the Olympics. The £125m twin-engine Typhoon are the RAF's multi-role fighter meaning they can carryout air-to-ground bombing raids as well as engage other aircraft in a dog fight



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Around 100 marines and 50 officers rehearsed a string of high-speed drills amid fears attackers could use the waterways to launch onslaughts on London landmarks, earlier this year.

About 50 marine police officers in rigid inflatables and fast response boats were joined by up to 100 military personnel and a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter for the exercises.

The Thames runs directly past the O2 Arena, which will be known as the North Greenwich Arena for the purpose of the Games, when it will host events including gymnastics. The river will also be used to transport tourists between venues via water buses and a new cable car.
Typhoon jets and HMS Ocean, the largest ship in the Royal Navy’s fleet, will eventually be deployed to protect the London 2012 Games along with up to 13,500 military personnel.

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A bit overboard.........
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Duchess of Cambridge visits the Olympic Park today.


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Old March 15th, 2012, 10:16 PM   #2955
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Old March 16th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #2957
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The Olympic Torch Relay, street by street.

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Main Relay map http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay-map
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