No telly so haven't seen it, but on Twitter @jennifermjones was rather caustic about Tier 1 sponsor BP's new Olympics greenwashing ad:
Oh my god. Just saw the London2012/BP advert. It is a f***ing oil company talking about blatantly greening a mega event.
As @PlatformLondon point out, BP do culture-washing too. The newly launched UK edition of HuffPo has a review, Hunt's Glass Slipper is Filling with Toxic Toes. As the title suggests it's not exactly flattering about the new Tessa, Jeremy *unt either.
But Reverend Billy is coming to cleanse them. And there was some guerilla ballet in Trafalgar Square too: BP White Swan
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Fri, 15/07/2011 - 10:14.
Nogoe publishes pictures of the steady takeover of Greenwich Park with more than a year to go to the Olympics.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 19/06/2011 - 23:18.
By Mike Wells
You gotta break some eggs to make an omelette. And apparently you gotta to do some damage for 3 weeks of sport. Which must be why, as a part of the Olympic Project, hundreds of rabbits were gassed to death, thousands of trees were cut down, and why 2.5 square kilometres of land was cleansed of small mammals and wild birds. Some people were also upset about the stray cats.
Within the Olympic zone are a large number of waterways, and now has come the chance for the fish in those waterways to pay the ultimate price.
The 5,000 volt Electric fence around the Olympic Park means it isn't the kind of place you can just turn up to check out an anonymous tip-off of fish kill.
My information was there were large numbers of dead fish which were being deliberately flushed out of the Olympic Park through a new lock. There were reports of an incredible stink from all the decomposing fish, and that the kill included top and bottom feeders, which led me to believe there may have been thousands of dead fish. I went to a place just downstream of the Olympic Park and found around thirty large dead and decomposing bream. As the fish kill had happened around a week and half previously, this fitted in with the tip-off, and had given the Olympic authorities time to flush most of the fish carcasses out of the Park...
Submitted by Mike Wells on Wed, 08/06/2011 - 16:24.
Rio Tinto Zinc is to sponsor the Australian 2012 Olympics team. The company described its values as 'accountability, respect, teamwork and integrity (which) are in tune with those of the Australian Olympic team.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 24/04/2011 - 02:20.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 17/02/2011 - 13:12.
At the end of November the Pipe Major declared that Hackney's alleged wind turbine on East Marsh had finally lost its blades. In fact this was always an ODA not a Hackney project and it was not going to power Hackney homes but feed into the Olympic Park grid. In June the ODA's other turbine at Eton Manor was propelled into oblivion by a lack of commercial interest. At that time Hackney insisted the East Marsh turbine would still go ahead as the council claimed it did not present the same issues. However, it now turns out it did and the same lack of investors has done for the project.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 13/12/2010 - 03:04.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 15/11/2010 - 02:52.
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
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 24/10/2010 - 11:24.