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The best the Barbican's blurb for the Open East Festival comes up with is "Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be London’s newest urban park." It isn't even remotely funny in comparison to some classic previous performances:-
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 14/05/2013 - 19:27.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 08/05/2013 - 08:56.
Alexandra Wrage is the president of TRACE, "an organization that provides sane, cost-effective compliance solutions to the problem of international commercial bribery". She served, for a time, on the Independent Governance Committee of FIFA, football’s governing body. She recently resigned due to a perceived lack of progress from the organisation in improving internal transparency.
She has written the following account of her experiences within FIFA which has been published by Forbes.
See also Transparency International
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 26/04/2013 - 10:35.
Peers are apparently keen to prevent appointment of fellow peer the Baroness Grey Thompson (of the £7500 appearance fees, lest we forget) to the role as chair of Sport England because they fear she would be "too political".
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 23/04/2013 - 09:46.
Eight months after the so-called first digital Olympics Weymouth, the home of sailing during London 2012, has just got the high-speed broadband BT promised would be available for the Olympics. Bizarrely, BT blamed the Olympics for delaying the Olympic broadband!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 21/04/2013 - 02:46.
It was something of a joy last night to attend the launch at the Institute of Education of Phil Cohen's East London and the Post Olympics. Part of that joy for me was meeting up with commonKnowledge tovarich John Wallett who spoke briefly and featured in the film shown, Lights on for the Territory.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sat, 20/04/2013 - 08:21.
Usain Bolt is to get £500,000 for appearing at this summer's Olympics Anniversary event. Up till now Bolt has been the victim of 'punitive' tax laws which have prevented him earning these absurd sums in the past, but now the law has been changed to rectify this injustice! His British rivals, the likes of Ennis and Farah, will have to make do with a miserable £100,000 or so.
I weep for them!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 18/04/2013 - 01:42.
One family seems to be doing nicely out of the Olympics. Mrs Windsor's nephew made a profit out of selling Jubilee and Olympics commemorative items at £3,900 a throw. Mrs Windsor herself was awarded an Honorary BAFTA and was ludicrously described as the 'most memorable Bond girl yet'. The Olympic Park is, of course, named after a famous ship, the QEII. A further example of this interminable sycophancy is the renaming of another local park, Marsh Lane Fields, where the Manor Gardens Allotments were forcibly relocated, the instantly forgettable Leyton Jubilee Park.
Anyway it seems the people at BAFTA aren't entirely sure that Ms Windsor is the last thing in Bond Girls, given the slightly ambivalent 'yet' tagged on to their award. Perhaps they are hedging their bets in case another Alexandra Kollontai turns up to take centre stage...
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 08/04/2013 - 16:56.
The Law of Unintended Consequences kicks in in the post-Olympics discontent with a campaign in South London against paying any more money to the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority in North-East London. Local politicians are annoyed that South London boroughs each pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to maintain the Lea Valley Park, which South Londoners seldom use, when it has just gained tax-payer funded facilities worth £170 million from the Olympics. They've got their own Regional Park in the Wandle Valley and think the money should go there.
Who would have thought one legacy of the Olympics would be an argument over Regional Park Authorities?
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 05/04/2013 - 22:58.
Until today that billing remained unchanged, but now it transpires that it will be a little less formal. According to announcements from both Silicon Hackney and [ space ]:
Of course, we were always only going for that free beer.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 03/04/2013 - 21:37.
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