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Death and the Olympic City

There are many tales of the Olympic City, lies, dreams of wealth, and profligate living! And of course, death!

Another bizarre story which came my way some months ago was a tale, apparently told by a LOCOG insider, that a morgue was being prepared at Victoria Park, underground, in case a catastrophe of Olympian proportions overtook the Games. This seemed too fanciful to be true. I did run it past a journalist, who was sceptical, but heard no more.

UPDATE [In fact this may not be so fanciful - Wikipedia mentions that there was an air raid shelter near St Mark's Gate in the Park - 'An air raid shelter was built underground just inside St Marks Gate.' This was bombed in the war. Nevertheless the idea of underground spaces is not far fetched.]

Then today I was discussing the Basketball training arena at Leyton Marsh and the possibility that it might have had a dual purpose, as a morgue, as it had always seemed strange the ODA was so determined to build that very considerable structure in that location when there must have been any number of alternatives. It was barely used, had no windows and relied on external ventilation systems.

Out of the dark blue left field (wrong sport and mixed metaphors I know, but what the hell) one of the discussants, whom I had never met before and without any earlier mention of the subject, said he had been talking to someone in the ODA who had told him the ODA had plans for a morgue at Victoria Park, underground!


Every now and then life throws you a curved ball... (wrong bloody sport - again)

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