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We're fairly inured by now with the idea of the Olympics providing a state of exception but 50 days before the 2016 Opening Ceremony Rio has now gone one better announcing a state of public calamity. Or perhaps Citius, Altius, Fortius just got lost in translation.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 17/06/2016 - 21:44.
Today finally sees the re-opening of Lea Bridge Station, closed for the last 31 years. Trumpeted parenthetically last week in a tweet from the Standard's Ross Lydall as following a "£5m Olympic windfall".
Kudos of course to those "transport officers in neighbouring Hackney council, working on London 2012 and its legacy" who "found there was £5 million funding available from the developers of Stratford City’s Westfield".
Pedants here often belabour the point that Stratford City predates the Olympics, would've happened anyway, etc, cf. tessa's little legacy lie and so on. More factually it'll've been a Westfield Stratford City windfall to be very, very precise?
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 16/05/2016 - 08:43.
This is the lineup for a panel to discuss the London2012 sports legacy for the London Legacies Group Seminar entitled: 'Has the Sports Legacy from the 2012 lived up to the commitments made?' Every single participant has a connection to the London Olympics.
Richard Sumray: Chair
Alan Skewis: Speaker
Andy Sutch: Speaker
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 13/04/2016 - 16:53.
Sometimes the arrogance of these elite athletes (or at least their governing bodies) is beyond parody: International Rowing Federation "shocked" by Rio Mayor telling people not to buy tickets for their sport
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 04/03/2016 - 22:02.
Another transport titbit from 2012. This article showing that the number of passengers using London's buses declined during 2012 for the first time in over a decade slipped past Games Monitor's dedicated team!
TfL's surface transport managing director Leon Daniels explained to BBC News that the decline was not due to fare rises: "Last year it was the Olympic Games, so during the course of 2012 on all sorts of days across the summer, we had lots of our streets closed and here at TfL we were asking people to travel to work different ways."
According to TfL 2.3 billion bus journeys were made in London in 2012 representing a drop of 0.4%, the first time there had been a decline since 1998.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 01/02/2016 - 16:23.
they still seem to be forging ahead with their efforts to make London a world class centre of excellence for rough sleeping:
but then of course we must always bear in mind their pre-Olympics aspirations were so much less ambitious:
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 21/06/2015 - 09:50.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sat, 02/05/2015 - 13:28.
Fancy a swim at the Aquatic Centre with your kids? Need to use the car park? Better be sure in that case you’ve got cash to feed the machine because it won’t accept a card.
Friends took their two children aged 12 and 8 for what they said was an enjoyable swim. Enjoyable, that is, until they had to go home. They had overrun the free hour’s parking so had to pay £1.50, a perfectly reasonable charge. Only problem was the machine only took cash and they didn’t have any. In most cases you can pay a parking charge by card and they went round the different machines to see which one took a card. But none did.
The notice at the entrance hadn’t said ‘cash only’ and when they asked at the reception desk of the Aquatic Centre no-one had said it was cash only.
So back they went to the reception desk to see if they could make a payment there only to find the parking charge was nothing to do with them. They were directed to a machine at the exit of the car park to talk to a faceless voice which told them they could only pay by cash. When they said they didn’t have any cash they were told, rudely, too bad, you’ll have to find a cash machine
By now it was dark and getting cold on a January Sunday night with two small children. The Aquatic Centre was in the middle of nowhere and neither the receptionist nor the faceless voice could tell them where the nearest cash machine was.
They asked for the gate to be lifted so that they could go home and sort out the payment later. No, no money, no exit. By now a further hour had elapsed so the charge was now £3. They found another family was in the same plight, also queuing up at the reception desk without the cash to get out.
They decided to call the police to be let out. The police came and were sympathetic but could do nothing about the gate. The officer said this was the second time he had been called to the car park for this reason. One officer, two calls? How many other officers and how many other calls?
But at least the police officer was able to say where the nearest cash point was, at the bottom of the absurd pile of metal known as the Orbit.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 19/02/2015 - 13:38.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 05/01/2015 - 11:49.
It's a question being asked more and more about the Olympics. $20billion? Is it really worth it? For three weeks? Yeah, it's a lot! What could we get for that money? Jobs, health care, elderly care, roads, education, homeless shelters, affordable housing... NoBostonOlympics videos of Bostonians talking back about lost opportunities, lack of transparency in the bid, thumbs down to Boston2024....
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 03/01/2015 - 17:08.
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