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Old April 14th, 2012, 01:15 AM   #3041
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:31 AM   #3042
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:44 AM   #3043
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London is the only city to host the Olympics three times, but this year's Games will be the first in which London really shows off to the rest of the world.

The first London Olympics in 1908 cost only £20,000. Athletes from just 22 countries competed in 110 events, including quaint sports such as tug-of-war and tandem cycling. This was a rushed Olympiad. It was organised hastily after Italy withdrew Rome as host city when Vesuvius erupted in 1906 and funds had to be diverted to rebuilding Naples.

Any claim to showcasing the world's finest was thin indeed. No developing nations sent teams, and female athletes barely rated a mention; only 37 women competed, compared with 1971 men. Some women, like those in the archery contest, performed wearing full-length Edwardian dresses and extravagant, wide-brimmed hats.

Back then, the only hostile acts that had to be managed involved the sniping of athletes and coaches over flag mishaps and medal disputes. Government played almost no role in preparations; only one stadium was purpose-built and it was privately funded.

London's second stint as Games host was similarly low-key. It was 1948, the bombed city and its people were emerging from war, and those were the Austerity Games.
Fast-forward to London 2012 and the picture is very different.

Next Wednesday will mark 100 days until the opening of this year's Games on Friday, July 27. Astronomical amounts of money have been set aside to achieve enormously complex goals. Thirty-four venues are under construction or renovation, thousands of police and military personnel have taken part in security exercises, and the city's underground train network is disrupted every weekend as workers scramble to upgrade the creaking system.

The cost to the British public of the extravaganza? Up to £11 billion ($A16.9 billion), according to an estimate by the British Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in March

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Old April 14th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #3044
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Sneak Peek Inside London's Olympic Park

Here’s a sneak peek of London’s Olympic Park while contractors hustle to complete the estimated $760 million construction project.

Thanks to Andy Wilkes, a contractor for LOCOG who gives us an inside peek of the construction on his blog Life Inside the London 2012 Olympic Park, we get daily updates.

One of 7000 people working on the Olympic Park, Wilkes manages to snap daily pics to post while working on the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre (swimming), Veledrome (cycling), and other various bridges and structures.

Located in marshgate Lane in Stratford, the Stadium is the Olympic showcase during the Games and is the third largest stadium in the UK, behind Wembley and Twickenham.

Designed by architectural firm Populous specializing in the design of sports facilities and convention centers, the project was kicked off in November of 2007 with a 2011 completion date, obviously missed.

The Stadium will host the athletic events, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies — no, Keith Moon of The Who won’t be playing, nor will the Sex Pistols. After the Olympics, it will be converted to a 60,000-seat permanent venue.

According to LOCOG, the Olympic Stadium will have a capacity of 80,000 during the Games: 25,000 permanent seats in its permanent lower tier, and a temporary lightweight steel and concrete upper tier holding a further 55,000 spectators that can be removed after the Games.

Facilities for athletes within the Stadium include changing rooms, medical support facilities and an 80m warm-up track. Spectator services, refreshments and merchandise outlets will be located outside the venue on a “podium” that will surround the Stadium, rather than being located within the Stadium itself.
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2012 London Olympics: Greenest, ever

BRITISH Minister of State Jeremy Browne described London’s excitement in hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in July with pride that his country will be leaving a legacy for hosting not just an event where people are “running and jumping,” but a global activity that will inspire change toward sustainable living.
The countdown to the 100 days for Olympics starts on April 18, with some 100 British embassies joining global events in the run-up to the Olympics.

London’s hosting of the Olympics this year is historically significant as the Kyoto Protocol—a global commitment of rich countries to lower carbon emissions—is set to expire and new strategies are being mapped out to mitigate global impact of climate change.

This has inspired the British government to seek a lasting legacy for the United Kingdom by making the Olympic Park, a blueprint of sustainable living.

The Olympic Park, at the 246-hectare state property at Stratford, East London, highlights Britain’s commitment to adopt long-term and lasting solutions to the global impact of climate change.

The measures adapted on the park include energy- and water-resource management, infrastructure development, transport, locally seasonal food production, and carbon-impact mitigation and adaptation.

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2012 London Olympics: Greenest, ever !

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This stadium is so sad ...

I prefer the Barcelona olympiad stadium :

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Old April 15th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #3054
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its not finished yet! also London has not got an old Stadium to renovate!

The design is simple - like a Kit - so it can be changed after the games, and fits the needs
of the current Olympic host.
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UK Royal Navy to put fleet on terror response test

London, Apr 14 (ANI): A massive naval exercise to plan for emergencies such as a terrorist attack on the Olympics or to deal with unexpected events such as what happened in Libya, is being held next week in London.

"The flexibility of the fleet to deal with unexpected events such as Libya last year or provide security at the Olympics in London is to be put to the test," the Daily Star quoted a Royal Navy spokesperson as saying.

Over 8,000 personnel on board 30 warships across Europe and North America along with the Royal Navy crew members will be taking part in the Joint Warrior exercise, off the west coast of Scotland. (ANI)

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Very Large images of the Olympic Park Have a look at London 2012

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look at the amount of new construction, development, regeneration and skyscraper projects. WOW!

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As close as we are approaching the end of the works, we can easily say that these are turning into the poorest Olympics Games ever probably (in terms of Olympics Park).

I cannot underestimate the results of the show, that might turn into a vibrant and successful event, but when it comes to talk about the site...oh gosh, it looks everything so cheap and poor.
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The Olympic lane BMWs: First picture of the high-powered cars that will ferry VIPs across the capital



This is the first picture of one of the high-performance cars – many of which cost more than £40,000 – that will whisk Olympic chiefs along London’s VIP-only routes during this summer’s Games.

The decision to assemble a fleet of 4,000 expensive BMWs has been criticised by green campaigners, who point out that spectators with tickets for Olympic events have been urged to reach venues using trains and buses.

At least 250 of the highest-ranking officials and politicians are expected to be assigned a chauffeur-driven car for their exclusive use for the entire two weeks of the Games.

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