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Old April 30th, 2008, 10:59 PM   #421
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opening ceremony first day or the first day of competition which is 2 days before that when the football prelims begin
Great a bank Holiday for my birthday....

Would be up for that!
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Old May 1st, 2008, 07:16 AM   #422
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dude dont take me seriously i really am just kidding.

fully aware of the credit crisis considering im studying it along with a thesis credit risk modelling. if it was a russian company that built wembley i wud prob have highlighted all the russian companies involved in london 2012's preparations.

no hidden agenda here..really only interested in the games and the stadia.
Haha, do I always catch you posting the wrong comment at the wrong time?

Maybe Im just sad because Multiplex was one of our cities biggest companies.
But now it belongs to the Canadians anyway.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 12:46 PM   #423
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BORIS GOES TO BEIJING

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Boris Johnson as the new Mayor (elected by the people)
is heading for Beijing as Londons repersentative for London 2012

Boris will bring home the Olympic Flag! for London
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 12:55 PM   #424
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go boris!
i hope he does a good job with london before the olympics
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Old May 6th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #425
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Olympic Delivery Authority budget is £496m for state of the art stadium

Fears are growing that the price tag for the 2012 Olympic stadium in east London has risen nearly 10 per cent to £540m, in yet another financial blow for the games.

An Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spokesman insisted that the budget remained £496m. However, a source close to the project argued that this price could not be met.

The source added: "This is about design development, ensuring that all sustainability and design commitments are met. This is state of the art and highly sustainable and that costs tens of millions."

Sir Robert McAlpine, which built Arsenal Football Club's acclaimed Emirates Stadium, signed an agreement with the ODA last month to construct the Olympic centrepiece. The group is on heavy incentives to meet the budget, but every project tender is "open book", meaning that sub-contractors could come in with higher-than-expected costs.

The London Olympics have suffered many financial blows, the most serious being the near quadrupling of the overall bud-get from £2.375bn to £9.3bn. The athletes' village is in difficulties as developer Lend Lease struggles to raise funds in the credit markets, and the company is also arguing with ODA over infrastructure costs.

However, sources said that the ODA and CLM, the private sector Olympic delivery partner, have been "juggling" costs at the main park where the key venues will be located. One source said: "We have saved a couple of hundred million in procurement, for example ordering steel early before prices go up."

This means that the ODA, headed by David Higgins, has not yet dipped into its £2bn contingency funds.

The ODA spokesman said: "There is endless speculation about Olympic costs. The sta-dium budget has been published and remains at £496m. We are making great progress on site, starting construction three months early [at the end of this month], and are confident the overall budget and contingency is realistic. We will provide an update on the budget in the summer."
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Work to start on Olympic stadium in two weeks

The Olympic Stadium will be the centrepiece of the Games

Building work on London's Olympic stadium will begin in two weeks' time, the BBC has learnt.

The £496m stadium in east London will start to take shape on 22 May.

The 80,000-seat stadium will be the centrepiece for the 2012 Games and will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events.

Once the Olympics are over, it will be turned into a 25-000-seat community venue and could also become home to a lower-league football or rugby club.

The construction work is about three months ahead of schedule as work to clear the site has progressed quicker than expected, the BBC's sports correspondent James Pearce said.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said many buildings have been demolished and 800,000 tonnes of contaminated soil has been removed since the clearing work in the Lea Valley area began in July 2007.

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Old May 11th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #427
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go boris!
i hope he does a good job with london before the olympics
He won't.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #429
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What will this be used for after the games are over?

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Old May 14th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #430
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He won't.
thats why i said 'i hope'..
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if terminal 5 heathrow is anything to go by, this Olympic is just a disaster and embarrasment waiting to happen
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if terminal 5 heathrow is anything to go by, this Olympic is just a disaster and embarrasment waiting to happen
The Olympics isn't being run by BAA, so no, it won't be a disaster.
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i sincerly hope so, its run by politicians using tax money, so it could be worse
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Old May 14th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #434
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i sincerly hope so, its run by politicians using tax money, so it could be worse
Tax money is only being spent on the venues and park, which are well ahead of schedule. The Games themselves are paid for by private sponsors and are being organised by a private entity, LOCOG, not the Government.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 01:14 PM   #436
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A ‘breaking earth ceremony ’ is expected next week at the stadium site, to mark the start work on the new Olympic stadium . The ceremony is expected to have several dignitaries and members of the International Olympic Committee coordination commission, which is making its annual visit to inspect progress.

The mayor will attend his first meeting of the Olympic board this afternoon, the agenda likely to be dominated by preparations for the arrival next week of the International Olympic coordination committee. The IOC's three-day visit will provide the mayor with an early chance to meet perhaps the most crucial stakeholders in the Games.
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if terminal 5 heathrow is anything to go by, this Olympic is just a disaster and embarrasment waiting to happen
Rediculous, pessismistic, pointless comment.

T5 is not a disaster. And how can one of the best terminals in the world be an embarrasment? It had some problems in the first two weeks of operations, like many of the worlds best airports did. There are no problems any more.

And besides, T5 has nothing to do with the Olympics.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #438
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it wasnt a pessimistic and pointless comment, there are a few people who live around the area (strattford east london) are concerned about the cost they are paying through the high taxes, and what will happen after the games. Disaster like terminal 5 only highten the prospect of future problem with the Olympics
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You are paying an extra 38p a week. 38p! Not only is that for hosting an Olympics but you'll have a massive swathe of derelict polluted land on your doorstep turned into a huge park with world class sporting facilities and improved transport links and regeneration.

Anyone who is actually following the Olympic journey and not just reading about it through the dismissive press will realise it is currently running very, very smoothly.
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The underground cabling that will allow powerlines to move into tunnels under the Olympic Park has been completed. It will mean more than 50 overhead pylons can be taken down across the Park.

The tunnels were finished on time last year and now 200km of electrical cables have now been installed – enough to stretch from London to Nottingham. Monitoring and ventilation equipment have been put in place. More than 9,000 brackets to carry cabling along the tunnel walls have also been installed.

The cables will now be tested before the power is switched underground later in the summer. Then work to remove the overhead powerlines and pylons across the Olympic Park will start towards the end of the year.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins, today visited workers on the powerlines project and congratulated them on reaching this milestone. He said: ‘With construction work set to begin in the Olympic Park later this month, the delivery of the powerlines project is vital in “unlocking” the site for the large-scale development of world class venues and infrastructure.’
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