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Old July 26th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #3501
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Old July 26th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #3502
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Watching the Opening Ceremony? Join 4 billion

IOC has announced that they will provide the livestream on YouTube for 64 territories in Asia and Africa.

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Old July 26th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #3503
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Old July 26th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #3504
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Patriotic Mandeville by gary8345, on Flickr

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Old July 26th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #3505
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London 2012 Olympic media building set to be turned into cloud computing centre

The £295 million ($465 million/€380 million) Olympics media centre looks set to be turned into a cloud computing centre after iCity were today selected as the preferred bidder by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC).

The announcement had been widely expected following the decision of the only other bidder, the UK Fashion Hub consortium, which had planned to turn it into a centre for the UK's fashion and textile industries, withdrew.

They pulled out, claiming that the process had not been transparent, following reports that the LDDC favoured the iCity proposal for them to become long-term tennants on a 99-year lease.

The iCity bid is backed by data centre manager Infinity and property company Delancey and its proposal fits with British Prime Minister David Cameron's vision for London's East End to become a technology centre to rival California's Silicon Valley.

Delancey had earlier partnered with Qatari Diar, the property branch of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, to buy the Olympic Village for £557 million ($871 million/€710 million)

The Main Press Centre and International Broadcast Centre, which is set to accommodate more than 20,000 members of the world's media during the Olympics and Paralympics, contains over 31,000 square metres of office space and includes such facilities as 1,300 internet ports with fibre optic cabling.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympi...mputing-centre
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Old July 26th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #3507
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Old July 26th, 2012, 09:05 PM   #3508
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The £295 million ($465 million/€380 million) Olympics media centre looks set to be turned into a cloud computing centre after iCity were today selected as the preferred bidder by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC).
This is great news! This is what these Olympics will be all about ''Legacy''. A lasting economic footprint which will help London develop after the games are over and all of the Olympic infrastructure will be incorporated into the city's economy instead of staying as white elephants in the background
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Old July 26th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #3509
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^ the organizers are very smart. things are built not only to be used during the olympics but after the games. (for the long term)
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Old July 26th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #3510
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Old July 26th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #3511
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I fully second that. If London planned all along to go stingy on the Olympics, it should never have put in a bid. The stadium is cheap and it looks it- a pathetic attempt, not worthy of hosting an Olympics. South Africa FWC 2010 & Poland's Euro 2012 stadia put London to shame.
Either you're not fully aware of what London has done for these Games, or you've let Beijing go to your head. London has built a £6bn Olympic Park for these Games - basically created a new city within a city. In no world other than the one some people have created in thie own heads post-Beijing 2008 is that "stingy" for a two month festival.

I do worry about what effect Beijing has had on the Olympic movement when I read the second most expensive Games in history is "stingy".

And I wouldn't watch Rio 2016 with their 40k extented to 60k Olympic Stadium in four years either - you're bound to be massively dissapointed by that. There's nothing architecturally speccial about their athletics stadium, but that's fine, because the Olympics is about sport not about architecture, and afer the Olympics they'll have the infrastructure that's right for their city - just like London.

Here's some more pictures of how stingy London has been to the World....how terrible of us....please forgive us for bidding.

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Old July 26th, 2012, 10:56 PM   #3512
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I was lucky enough to go to last night’s dress rehearsal and whilst the main stadium isn’t going to take your breath away with a gasp of wow, it has a simplistic elegance to it that I found impressive none the less. The design is very user friendly with an entry/exit system that is quick and easy to use and even though I was sat close to the top, it felt as if I was right next to the action and this is what it’s all about, the sport! For the spectators, what is happing on the inside a far more important then what it looks like on TV and I personally think that people will leave very impressed by the intimacy of an 80,000 seat stadium that got them next to the action and will not be that worried that it never made an architectural statement.
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Old July 26th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #3513
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If that is the case, then they shouldn't be allowed to host the event.
Whether a country has a thriving sporting league or not has nothing to do with whether or not it should be allowed to host an event. South Africa doesn't have a good football league, but they hosted the World Cup. So Great Point.



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I guess you might have a point on this... China and Rio have everything to prove of themselves... England, as an established, developed, leading nation... doesn't.
Stop mixing national pride and sentiment into the debate. Britain may have been all those things you mentioned, but the world is changing, and europe is losing its ascendancy to other developing nations
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Old July 26th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #3514
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Stop mixing national pride and sentiment into the debate. Britain may have been all those things you mentioned, but the world is changing, and europe is losing its ascendancy to other developing nations
Nonetheless, we are taking here about the Olympic games and the fact that London has hosted them 3 times and has nothing to prove to anyone. As I said, they could take the dick measuring road that Montreal and Beijing took during the Olympics game and end with useless white elephants or go the way Barcelona used and completely integrated the infrastrcuture to the city's economy.
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Old July 26th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #3515
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Tv viewing of the Opening Ceremony estimate

4 billion are expected to watch the opening ceremony tomorrow of London
2012 games.
I will be watching tomorrow night...congrats London...
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Old July 27th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #3516
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For comparisons sake, lets look at what other nations built for events that are of much smaller magnitude than the olympics
Not sure if you are playing dumb or simply don't understand.

The Beijing show was out of this world as well as the whole Olympic installations.

The point of the Beijing games was to show China to the world since this were the first Olympic games in China and it simply had to be BIG! Unfortunately after the games, the majority of the installations became white elephants, which are still yet to be integrated in the city's economy either through sport events or other activities. Most of the countries you posted that was their point as well.

The London 2012 Olympics will be the 3rd to be hosted in the city. London has nothing to prove to anyone, it is well ranked among the world's top cities. The more important part of the London Olympics is the Legacy. London has already been developping its Tech City (London Silicon Roundabout) initiative in East London for some years and the Olympic park is the continuation of this economic revival of city's eastend. There are already plans for the post-games for many of the installations such as the Olympics media centre which will be transformed into a cloud computing centre and some other buildings around which will become tech incubators.

I have lived in two cities which have hosted the Summer Olympics and I can tell you that there is a huge difference between Montreal, which completly failed at integrating the Olympic infrastructure into the city's economy (or did it over two decades after the games) and Barcelona which did a great job and was able to fully utilize the infrastructure either for sports events or other activites.

Basically, my point is London should not try to overdue Beijing because it will fail.

It should rather concentrate at creating a lasting legacy after the games and use them for future economic development.

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The whole point of bidding for and winning the games is to make a statement. You don't pour that many billions into infrastructure and stadiums because it makes financial sense, the money they generate through the games is nothing close to what it all costs
There is truth in what you say, that the Olympic games are for show, but it is also a way to help develop regions in the host city which lacked this development prior.

This was the case with the Francophone East end of Montreal in 1976 which ultimately resulted in plenty of infrastructural development in the neighborhood and later on in residential, commercial and office developments in the vincity of the Olympic parc. The same can be said about the Barcelona games in 1992 which boosted infrastructure all around the city helped with traffic congestions, made accessible plenty of new touristic places in the city, modernized airports etc...

The difference between the two is that Barcelona was able to utilize the sports infrastructure almost right after the games, while in Montreal, most of it stayed empty for years and years. Even the Montreal Olympic Stadium which was rented to the Montreal Expos Baseball team, was not enough to pay for the costs of the stadium until 2006 (30 years), while the Barcelona Olympic Stadium is paid a long time ago because it was only a renovation. Same goes for many of the other olympic buildings from Montreal, which are unused or only got a purpose 2 decade after the games as compared to Barcelona's buildings.

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Old July 27th, 2012, 12:38 AM   #3517
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With London 2012 all set to begin, Guinness World Records has announced a series of world records relating to the Games of the XXX Olympiad.



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Old July 27th, 2012, 05:39 AM   #3518
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Just to add to the Legacy point of the London 2012 Olympic games. I think that these games will set the standard in terms of legacy planning for future Olympic games, to forward think about how to fully and properly utilize the Olympic infrastructure

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"London couldn't be in a better position to stage the best Games ever with everything ready to go and our legacy plans in great shape," said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

"With the future for six out of the eight Olympic Park facilities are already secured, it is now particularly encouraging to see on top of that a substantial bid for the Press and Broadcast Centres that we hope will act as a spring board for major job creation and new opportunities for local people.

"No other host city has been this far advanced with its legacy planning before even the first starting gun has been fired."
http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympi...mputing-centre
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Old July 27th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #3519
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guys.. anywhere to watch the opening ceremony live on internet.. ? i searched Google and get some links.. but they are not active.. i hope they will livestream when the ceremony starts... is the official homepage have live streaming service.. ?

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Old July 27th, 2012, 06:12 AM   #3520
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YouTube will be running live streams of the OC to 64 countries, though I'm not sure which ones...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/interna...-64-countries/

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Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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