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Sochi's mega event: Eviction

The grim tale of Olympic evictions continues at Sochi. The IOC has praised Sochi’s preparations. Jean-Claude Killy said “We have organised Olympic Games all over the world – Norway, Japan, Italy… But I have never seen anything like what I saw in Sochi. I believe that after the Olympics, Sochi’s former history will seem pre-history. The city will turn into one of the world’s best resorts.”

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Ai Weiwei: No joy from Olympics in Beijing

Ai Weiwei, designer of the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, says 'None of my art represents Beijing. The Bird's Nest – I never think about it. After the Olympics, the common folks don't talk about it because the Olympics did not bring joy to the people.'

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Beijing Olympics: How's this for cost inflation?

@bobmackin: Beijing wrestles with $70B (ca £40B) bill for 2008 #Olympics. Yes, $70B. Earlier invoice: £20B

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Not the Olympics: Vancouver tourism depends on convention centre

The second summer followng the Winter Olympics of 2010 has shown a fall in overnight stays in Vancouver. Instead of a legacy from the Olympics tourism has depended on the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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going for the burn

Dave Hill's been tweeting that he's found a couple of the people he's been interviewing around Clarence Rd who've made mention of lack of the fabled Olympics job opportunities as one of the underliers explaining our rioting. Although pop-up looting might perhaps be an expression more appropriate to the ears of those aspirational about the Olympiad?

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willy the whale

...beached in Westminsterbeached in Westminstergotta love those LOCOG visioneers sometimes!

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