In an earlier post today I took poor Emily Dugan to task for her churnalistic efforts, pointing to the datasets on the London 2012 budget published by the Guardian. In fairness it can't be that easy to dig out the truth from the smorgasbord of possible truths laid before us. Controversial enough is the widespread popular belief - not just amongst journalists - that the budget remains around £9billion. OK, factor in the externalities and news sources such as Sky could have us believe that including the hidden costs the real budget can easily have been as much as £24billion. Who knows?
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 19/07/2013 - 16:14.
Tis the season to be jolly and publish utter bullshit about legacies it seems, it being one year on.
Emily Dugan provides an excellent example for The Independent, notably this one-liner
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 19/07/2013 - 11:07.
After all those grubby little stories about GCHQ tying in with the US Prism surveillance programme and spying on diplomats at the 2009 G20 meetings finally something to vindicate Britain's spooks! Out rushed lurid headlines about how the gallant spies spiked the 'cyber-attack' threat to London's Olympic ceremony. This appalling conspiracy was apparently aimed at turning off the lights in the Olympic stadium!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 02:27.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 05/07/2013 - 16:42.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 15/06/2013 - 14:06.
well worth a visit, inspire a generation, etc, etc shitlondon.co.uk/category/olympics/ ('parental advisory')
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 13/06/2013 - 10:13.
It's Not For Us
This paper examines the much-hyped 2012 Olympic Games ‘legacy’ in relation to the displacement experiences of lower-income East Londoners. The paper begins by outlining the overall context of housing-related regeneration including the reduced role for social housing, especially council (public) housing in London.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 12/06/2013 - 08:18.
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.
The fraught disputes over how best to recoup the high construction and maintenance costs of the London Olympic stadium conform to a pattern previously seen elsewhere in England and abroad. The story of the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield provides a cautionary tale of how the visionary delusions of ambitious politicians end up ruining the chances of ordinary people gaining adequate access to affordable opportunities for healthy recreation.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 01/05/2013 - 16:05.
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.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 26/04/2013 - 10:35.