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Old May 23rd, 2010, 05:05 PM   #1681
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Regardless of all that stuff, it's going to be a successful games simply because it's going to be one fun, month long summer party in London.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 08:30 AM   #1682
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Dear dick-sit, strange don't think i've ever mentioned my nationality, i might be American or Canadian or Australian.
So explain your initial post then?

PS - "Dick-sit".... really?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 08:43 AM   #1683
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Seriously people, what could ever be worse than that monstrosity?
The "Snowlets" from Nagano 1998 looked like they were drawn up by Bjork on a bad day:


And Sam from Los Angeles 1984 looks like he was drawn up by Nancy Reagan on a good day:


The coolest ones were the mod, simplistic mascots from the 1970's.

Munich 1972:


Montreal 1976:
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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:21 PM   #1684
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Whats meant to happen to the space occupied by the temporary Hockey Arena?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 02:34 PM   #1685
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Whats meant to happen to the space occupied by the temporary Hockey Arena?
Large expanse of grass.

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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #1686
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The London 2012 marketing team have done a master stroke with the Logo and Mascots. I don't think any other logo or mascots have had as much publicity as the London ones. The clever thing is that they are so adaptable and versatile, i have seen many companies around London adapting the Logo to their colours and using it in their own way. The mascots will be the same and im sure the revenue will be big.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #1687
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^ I agree 100%, I wish Vancouver 2010 had mascots like that.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #1688
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Stadium, aquatics centre, Westfield, and Olympic Village shown. Other venues are out of shot to the left.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #1689
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Great view, the Aquatic Centre is a true gem in the Olympic Park.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 12:56 AM   #1691
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Old May 28th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #1692
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Earls Court to receive Olympic makeover

Populous and Allies & Morrison are set to transform Earls Court Exhibition Centre into a temporary Olympic venue

Kensington & Chelsea Council is expected to approve the scheme for 36 canopies, marquees and tents – housing everything from ticket offices to emergency generators – next month.

A 15,000 seat temporary volleyball arena will be built within the centre, and a 2.7m tall perimeter fence built around the whole site.

The scheme has outraged some local residents, who have accused the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) of failing to ensure any 2012 legacy for west London.

Nick Woollven, vice chairman of the Earls Court Society, said: “Ever since London was first selected for the 2012 Olympic Games there has been much puff about legacy, all of which presently lies to the east.

“We expect our council to work to redress this imbalance and to ensure that our legacy is not just a consignment of second-hand volleyballs given to local youth clubs.”

Mark Balaam, chairman of the Eardley Crescent Residents’ Association, said residents would have to endure noise, litter and parking chaos while Linda Wade, chair of the Nevern Square Conservation Area Residents’ Association, said local transport facilities would not be able to cope with the influx of spectators.

A spokeswoman for Locog said that since it was “not a funding agency” it was not in a position to bankroll alternative community facilities in areas where temporary Olympic venues were planned.

“There are however other ways of leaving a legacy such as increasing a sport’s profile and by encouraging more people to get involved in sport,” she added. “Other benefits from the games include increased visitors to the area, which will boost local businesses.

“We are discussing opportunities with the boroughs of Kensington and Hammersmith & Fulham to put in place a programme of cultural and community events in the run-up to 2012.”

After the Olympics, developer Capital & Counties is expected to demolish the centre and replace it with housing.

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The people of Earl's Court and West London in general should probably shut their pieholes because if anywhere needs a legacy, it's East London, which is generally a massive dump (yeah there are lovely places too) - just the difference in affluence and attention over the past few centuries is enough to make this statement - The scheme has outraged some local residents, who have accused the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) of failing to ensure any 2012 legacy for west London. - worthy of a large facepalm
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Facepalm indeed.
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Old May 30th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #1695
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Well, East London certainly needed (and still does) more investment than the posh West End.
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Old May 30th, 2010, 06:38 PM   #1696
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2012 Games could be revolutionary and recycable

London 2012 are building the first completely recyclable Olympic arena.

Former Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell has told me that negotiations have been taking place to take down the temporary basketball hall after the Games and move it to Brazil.

Sao Paulo is interested in buying the Olympic Park venue and it could even before used at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

If this happens, London 2012 will play a special part in the history of the Olympics as well as getting some cash back.

For years, Olympic chiefs have been talking about finding ways to help less developed countries stage the world's biggest sporting event.

The transfer of temporary venues from host city to host city would be a revolutionary way of making sure countries can keep their costs down in the future and make sure they are not left with white elephants.

The Olympics have never been to Africa or South America (Rio will be the first time) and the huge cost of the Games is a massive hurdle for less developed countries.

London 2012 could therefore set a trend which would mark a significant moment in the 114-year history of the modern Games.

The negotiations were the last act of Jowell before Labour lost the election.

After playing such a crucial role in getting the bid up and running, the London MP is emotional about having to step down. If you've got a moment, take a look at the interview I've done with her this week.

For Jowell, I suppose it's a bit like the end of a seven-year love affair with the project.

We all know how tough breaking up can sometimes be. But it's looking increasingly likely that the former minister may be called upon by the new coalition government to play a role in the run-up to 2012.

New Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson told me he is keen to get Jowell on board.

Her international contacts, nurtured during the bid, might make her a perfect candidate for work on the International Inspiration programme to inspire children around the world to take up sport. She has already been involved in helping Rio to learn from London's experiences.

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A video about the DLR preparations for the London Olympics (it's from March, but still).



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so are you for creating 2,987,675,907 accounts and getting banned each time, f'ing loser. Just p*** off and die spammer.
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He's so predictable . Who the hell has 'industry' as username?
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Grandstand views of Olympic Stadium as it begins to take final shape

Work on the Olympic Stadium is nearing completion - as these exclusive images reveal.

The Evening Standard was given unprecedented access to the £533 million venue to see how it will operate during the 2012 Games.

Much of the activity is focused on the grandstand - or west stand - which will be a VIP haven, warm-up area for athletes and main operational hub.

In the 3,000-capacity middle tier, reserved mainly for dignitaries and special guests, pitchside hospitality boxes and a 400-seat restaurant overlooking the river Lea are already taking shape. "VIP meals" will be prepared offsite and served from two kitchens.

The royal box will be in this enclosure, where tickets for top events will command four-figure sums.

To the right of the hospitality boxes, the operational nerve centre will be home to the emergency services.

The ground level of this stand will be a hive of behind-the-scenes action. Shower areas and lavatories have been fitted and tiled, with other rooms dedicated to doping control and athlete registration. There is a multi-faith room, a relaxation room for resting competitors and an air-conditioned 82-metre indoor warm-up track for athletes to use shortly before they are called into the stadium.

A media enclave in the south-west corner of the venue comprises a press conference room and a workroom for 1,000 journalists.

Outside, the PVC roof that will cover two thirds of spectators is half way to completion, with the daredevil project carried out by the Olympic site's own "spidermen". Employed by German firm Seele, the abseilers and climbers fund their hobby by erecting tensile fabric roofs.

In the stadium "bowl", diggers are levelling the field of play and drains and ducts are being excavated before the turf is laid. The 400-metre running track will be installed to exacting standards - with a tolerance of one millimetre in every metre. It will be one of the last projects before the stadium's completion next summer, when the first of a series of test events will begin.

Olympic Delivery Authority project manager Ian Crockford said construction work was in the "home straight". He added: "We are three quarters of the way through the build. We're getting the roof finished, the seats are arriving very shortly and all the lights are up. Inside we are painting and tiling. Then we test the air conditioning and pipeworks and do a final test."

The stadium has been designed to be reduced from 80,000 to 25,000 seats after the Games. However, it could be converted to a 50,000-seat venue if West Ham football club succeed in their bid to take over the venue.

Mr Crockford said whoever used it would find a fantastic atmosphere. "We got the crowd as close as we could to the field of play. We've developed something unique to build a permanent legacy."


Build it and they will come: the view from the top of the west stand of the Olympic Stadium as diggers level the playing field. The west stand will host the royal box and a 400-seat restaurant.


Grand entry: walking out from the west stand to the site of the start of the 100m track


In the net: "spidermen" are suspended high above the stands as they work on the roof


At the heart of things: the indoor warm-up track underneath the west stand


Best seats in the house: the 3,000-seat royal and VIP area takes shape in the west stand middle tier


Behind the scenes: showers and changing areas are already fitted and tiled

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...final-shape.do
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