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Rio: They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

Report from RioOnWatch about evictions for the World Cup and Olympics. 4th November 2010. This week residents of Favela do Metro, close to Maracana football stadium, awoke to the arrival of removalists and demolition crews from the Prefeitura of Rio de Janeiro, who had come to evict them from homes. By today, at least two dozen homes have been cleared, their windows and roofs smashed in and the process ground inexorably on.


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Troll power. No thanks! :)

I do love the "on message" comments from people at London 2012, written under an assumed name.

If you lot want to avoid an over-reaction, I'd suggest you don't publish a bunch of scaremongering worst-case scenarios.


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The stay at home games

Already barred from Olympic traffic lanes Londoners and commuters are now being advised not to use the Tube during the 2012 Games. Instead they should walk or cycle to work to enable Olympic visitors to move around more easily. If possible they should just stay home!


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Tugboat Annie

Spin is pernicious, like Japanese Knotweed from tiny fragments of root it keeps popping up everywhere.

Mark King, an innocent 'churnalist', writes a piece in The Guardian: A working life: the lock keeper


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Air pollution - Beijing sees 'pleasant irony' in London's discomfort

London is being advised by Frank Kelly, professor and director of the King's College London (KCL) Environmental Research Group, to learn from Beijing's example and restrict traffic during the Olympics to combat air pollution. This is making Beijing feel rather smug, especially as the same Professor Kelly was amongst those raising concerns about air pollution there back in 2008.


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Car parking legacy for West Ham Olympic stadium

According to West Ham co-chairman David Gold the car free Olympic Park will have 20,000 car parking spaces for West Ham to use if it takes over the Olympic stadium. He told the BBC that West Ham supporters would find it much easier to get to the ground than at Upton Park: "At the moment, they can't get to West Ham easily but there will be 20,000 car parking spaces at the Olympic Park."


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Businesses stress over possible losses from London 2012

A novel take on the 2012 Games. Apparently businesses are anticipating losses from the London Olympics. A range of legal, financial, media and public sector organisations are unhappy at the lack of attention being paid to the possible disruption and loss of revenue the Games may bring.


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Rail Freight Group critical of 'High Carbon Olympics'

The Rail Freight Group is a company which lobbies on behalf of its members "to promote cost effective rail solutions for freight. Our members include customers, logistics providers, suppliers, terminal operators, ports and freight train operating companies." On May 22 2009 it published a paper 'A High Carbon Olympics at Stratford?'


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