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Old April 21st, 2012, 12:12 AM   #3101
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The mens ties work very well with the London 2012 theme.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 11:02 AM   #3103
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**** me! I didn't know the British were visiting Zagreb!
Can't wait for the Olympics
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Old April 21st, 2012, 02:30 PM   #3104
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Sorry, but I do not like as has been the Olympic park seems to an industrial area, where is the large green park we were promised?
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Old April 21st, 2012, 05:19 PM   #3105
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There's a decent amount of greenery in this Park in between the venues; perhaps it doesn't come across too well on some of the aerial shots. And of course the trees aren't in bloom at the moment either. This website's worth a look at:

http://www.nigeldunnett.info/Londonolympicpark/

Also the Park will increase in size once temporary venues are taken down and those areas converted to Parkland.

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Old April 21st, 2012, 06:47 PM   #3106
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There's a decent amount of greenery in this Park in between the venues; perhaps it doesn't come across too well on some of the aerial shots. And of course the trees aren't in bloom at the moment either. This website's worth a look at:

http://www.nigeldunnett.info/Londonolympicpark/

Also the Park will increase in size once temporary venues are taken down and those areas converted to Parkland.
The areas that have vegetation are very nice, but the bid promised a very different park of the final result
this was the project that won the Olympics, right?

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Old April 21st, 2012, 07:20 PM   #3107
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LONDON 2012 GOES GREEN















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Old April 22nd, 2012, 12:29 PM   #3108
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London 2012 'will surpass Sydney'

London 2012 will surpass Sydney and be hailed as the best Olympics ever staged, Australia's leading IOC member predicted as organisers marked 100 days to the start of the Games.
Kevan Gosper, an IOC member since 1977 and a vice-president of the Sydney 2000 Olympics organising committee, said London 2012 had succeeded in turning the Games into a nationwide event rather than one just focused on the capital.
Organisers launched their slogan for the Games - Inspire a Generation - with Gosper in attendance and he said there would be no envy from Australians if London takes over Sydney's mantle as the best Games there has been.
Gosper said: "Records are set to broken. Sydney got the accolade of the best-ever Games but that was 12 years ago."
The 100 days to go launch event at Kew Gardens in London also saw the unveiling of giant Olympic rings in a flower display which will be visible from flights arriving at Heathrow airport.
Organisers also announced the Red Arrows - the RAF aerobatic team - will perform a flypast across the UK to mark the opening ceremony on July 27, flying over London 2012 live sites in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "I am delighted to announce the motto Inspire a Generation.
"It is everything we have been saying since we have started this extraordinary journey, not just since we got across the finish line in Singapore."
The organisation of the Games has been relatively untroubled with all the building work coming in on time and within budget and London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton said organisers would be "paranoid" in ensuring complacency did not creep in.
Deighton said: "When it comes to the risk of complacency I can assure you in life these days only the paranoid succeed so there is absolutely no danger of us not looking at every risk that would prevent us delivering these Games in the effective and spectacular way we have promised."
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 02:45 PM   #3109
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Is it really true that the make of this logo is worth 400,000 pounds? I heard that most of the Londoners were angry/upset by this.[/QUOTE]

... that's approximately the annual income of at least 20 of yer average London public sector service workers who are facing drastic cuts as we speak.
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 04:10 PM   #3110
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From within the temporary Aquatic Centre wing.

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 02:30 AM   #3111
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 03:33 AM   #3112
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 10:33 AM   #3113
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Has London 2012 been greenwashed?

Sponsorship deals with Dow Chemical and BP threaten to derail the Olympics' sustainable aims. It's not too late to cancel them

The Olympic Games showcase exceptional athletic prowess under pressure. But to the chagrin of London 2012 organisers, a different sort of pressure has emerged: a clash between Olympic-style environmentalism and the corporate commercialism of the Games.

The Olympics have long been on a collision course between sustainability and hyper-commercialism. In a way, it's green versus green, the green ideas of environmentalism versus the greenbacks of corporate capitalism. Right now, Olympics bigwigs are leaning toward greenbacks, placing us on a path toward greenwashing rather than real-deal sustainability. But there's still time to shift course by terminating sponsorship deals with Dow Chemical and BP.

Flaunting the fluffy language of sustainability has become de rigueur for global cosmopolitans, and the rarefied strata of Olympics elites underscore this trend. Since the 1990s, the International Olympic Committee has increasingly woven sustainability lingo into its masterplans. In October 1999, the IOC established "Agenda 21" to "encourage all individuals … to behave in such a way as to ensure that their sporting activities and their lifestyles play a part in sustainable development". This fuzzy language now infuses Olympics rhetoric. The IOC has even made the environment the third pillar of Olympism, along with sport and culture. Agenda 21 had its coming-out party at the Sydney Games in 2000, but it's making its strongest showing to date in London.

But to understand the words of environmentalism we also need to consider the deeds of Olympics commercialism. The 1976 Montreal Olympics were pivotal. Like London 2012, boosters promising an Olympics-inspired economic heyday, and the then-Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau justified huge infusions of public money for the Games by assuring critics "the Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby". In reality, the Games were an economic flop. The Olympic Stadium became not-so-affectionately known as the "Big Owe", and massive public debt wasn't paid off until 30 years later.

On the heels of this fiscal disaster, cities were not eager to host the Games and the IOC decided corporate cash would save the Olympics from financial instability. Fast-forward to today, when corporate sponsors fork out more than £63m ($100m) for exclusive 10-year deals. A three-tiered system of domestic sponsors doles out millions more, as well as goods and services. These deals help cover less than half the £2bn operating costs of the London Games (not to be confused with the overall costs of the Olympics, which are much higher). The corporate-sponsorship cornucopia has led to what sports scholar Alan Tomlinson dubs "the Disneyfication of the Olympics".

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 10:34 AM   #3114
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London Olympics 2012: real hurdles will be capital's transport system

Test events reveal commuters and spectators will need extra time and face some of the toughest challenges of the Games



Muscles aching, sinews stretched, wowed by the scale of their own Olympic journey: spectators attending the London Games really are going to be pushed to breaking point this summer, at least if the raft of test events staged across the capital's venues on Wednesday are any kind of guide.

The events being staged this week, on and around the 100-days-to-go milestone, are a test not just of London 2012's organisational mojo but of the spectacle itself, the texture and tone of a London Olympics. Plus there is an everyday element. For those spectators lucky enough to have finagled a ticket or two out of the wonka-like distribution system, the coincidence on a single day of wheelchair rugby at the Stratford basketball arena, shooting at the Royal Artillery barracks in Woolwich and synchronised swimming at the aquatics centre represented a genuine test of the nuts and bolts of Olympic attendance, a measure of the groaning transport infrastructure that will be required to ferry the public about its high-cost playpark.

Set the task of commuting from event to event by tube and bus, how would this correspondent fare in real time? As they say on the news before Match of the Day: for those planning a similar sporting odyssey come August and September – look away now.

First up was the rugby in Stratford. It is rather unfortunate that the Olympic Park is serviced by the Jubilee line, an elephantine creature given to lengthy groaning, hissing sulks between platforms. On a pre-Olympic Wednesday a seven-station journey took a mere 20 minutes longer than advertised – and while Londoners are furiously resigned to this kind of thing, Olympic visitors may find it all a little more baffling.

Not, though, as baffling as trying to actually find the Olympic park at the other end. Stratford has been subjected to a violently aspirational makeover in the last seven years, creating a craning ziggurat of walkways and plazas, the vaulting glass shopfronts of the Westfield retail cathedral. It doesn't have any signs though. Nothing to say "Olympics this way" and precious few of the promised pink-jacketed stewards to ferry the test event lost souls towards the flimsy gated compound of the outer park perimeter.

After much desperate meandering across bus stations and past endless spiffy shopfloors a 20-minute march past the drizzle-cloaked sporting monoliths of the main park gets you finally to the basketball centre. It is a vast white plastic Ikea lampshade of a thing, ready to be dismantled and shipped off to Rio once its day is done.

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:14 PM   #3115
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A VERY Big Mac! World's biggest McDonald's with 1,500 seats to be built for games

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Old April 24th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #3116
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Olympic Games 'to leave London green legacy'

A range of green infrastructure projects are being completed to ensure the Olympic Games leaves a legacy for London.



Natural England, the Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games have all been working together to embed sustainability into many projects. Thanks to this commitment, those seeking out lettings in London can look forward to enjoying a number of spaces once the spectacle has finished.

One such area is The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - located in Stratford, Newham - and this has transformed the East End of the city. It has seen the creation of the first-ever Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan, which will outline a blueprint for how building projects can be achieved in a green manner going forward.

Those keen to enjoy the outdoors can take advantage of the 35 km of walking and cycling paths created, 10 km of which will run along the waterside. The general population will be able to sample this environment from July 2013.

Venues at Weymouth and Portland will also be opened up to the public after the Games, as a new marina is developed. Adjacent to Hadleigh Country Park, a new mountain biking track has also been created and it has been put together in such a way that biodiversity is encouraged.

Next to the River Thames, a 2,200 m rowing lake will be left for residents of the city to use. As well as this, a series of projects are planned by the Thames Path National Trail to improve disabled access.

It follows on from the announcement that planning permission has been granted for phases three, four and five of the Greenwich Millennium Village Project. Some 1,746 mixed-tenure new homes will be built as the contractors seek to give the area more of a community feel.

Heinz Richardson, director of lead designer Jestico + Whiles, noted the creation of "sustainable neighbourhoods" is at the heart of the process as greater access is given to pedestrians and cyclists.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #3117
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Old April 25th, 2012, 01:51 AM   #3118
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School children create giant human London 2012 logo

A group of 2,012 children created a giant London 2012 logo at Collingwood College in Camberley, Surrey, on 24th April l 2012.


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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #3119
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Is that a training for the big start in the stadium?
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Old April 27th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #3120
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London 2012: Sustainable homes in Olympic Park’s future

Homes built on the Olympic Park will be constructed to zero carbon standards and set new benchmarks for sustainable living, according to the company in charge of the Park’s future.



Key facts

The location:

  • Over 4 million people within a 45 minute drive time
  • 27.2 million annual footfall through Stratford Regional Station
  • Five major universities within 5 miles, with more than 83,000 students
  • 1.9 million square feet of state-of-the-art retail and leisure space
  • £17 billion invested in transport improvements in the lead up to the Games
  • All of London’s major railway terminals within 35 minutes travel
  • Less than 3 hours journey time to Paris
  • 20 minutes to London City Airport and 1 hour to Heathrow

The Park:
  • 5 world-class permanent sporting venues
  • 22 miles of new cycle paths and footpaths
  • 9 miles of new roads
  • 4 miles of improved waterways

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - as it will be renamed following the end of the Games - will be the site of up to 8,000 homes, five permanent sporting venues, event spaces, 45 hectares of bio diverse habitat and a network of pathways, cycle routes and waterways.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is in charge of the future of the Park, yesterday released a new sustainability guide.

Your Sustainability Guide to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2030 is a vision for life in and around the Park in 2030. It sets out the LLDC’s objectives for transforming the area into a place where people can live, work and visit sustainably.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the LLDC, said: “Our legacy plans are further advanced than any previous host city, this includes working to make sure the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will become a benchmark for sustainable living.

“This guide sets out an ambitious plan to not just deliver sustainable parklands, homes and jobs but also to create an environment that drives behavioural change.

“This ambition will shape every development on the Park from the low energy homes, to the ticketless events, to the beautiful bio-diverse habitat we plan to create.”

Among the targets the guide sets out is an aim to reduce drinking water use by Park residents to 105 litres per person per day, compared to a London average of 144 litres, a commitment for 100 per cent of the timber products used in creating the homes to be from sustainable sources, and to send zero municipal waste to landfill by 2025.

The LLDC’s wider sustainability aims include attracting permanent jobs, building family homes, and improving opportunities for the people in the six Olympic host boroughs - Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Greenwich, and Barking and Dagenham.
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