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The Tower of Piffle

Boris Johnson’s ‘Tower of Piffle” is one of the names invented by journalists for what is properly called the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It is being erected close to the Olympic stadium in east London. ArcelorMittal is the largest steel producing company in the world. Its chairman and CEO is Lakshmi Mittal.

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A chance encounter

The following is taken from; In the wake of ArcelorMittal: The global steel giant’s local impacts

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Jobs, Mc-jobs and Mc-non-jobs

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The Games Hurt London

The New York Times published this piece, 'The Games Hurt London', as a contribution to its Room for Debate on the Olympics. For other contributions to the debate go to Are The Olympics More Trouble Than They Are Worth?

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Cooeee, Jacques Rogge! You're in town again with your IOC chums and SebCo and all for another of your inspection thingies, yeah? In advance of tomorrow's

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nocs noncommital

Asked if Westfield was concerned that some NOCs may be in danger of missing the boat, she responded: "There is a need for some pretty swift decisions."


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innovation, quality, impact and sustainability

Generations For Peace use sport to promote peace in conflict areas and run camps to help train young volunteers to use sport as a tool to achieve this.
The programme is supported by Samsung Electronics Levant, who share many of the same goals as Generations For Peace, such as innovation, quality, impact and sustainability.


its a real thing

Coca Cola incursion 'vandalised': Photo: @makesandbreaksPhoto: @makesandbreaks
IOC TOP sponsors Coca Cola's recent incursion across the Cut into Wick (appropriating The Big Wall outside Queens Yard for their video shoot) caused some controversy, and forced a retreat leaving behind merely the attempted rebranding of Wick as HW. @GoodNewsHackney flagged up this neat summary. An excerpt from the introductory section, setting the scene:

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BP’s Olympic branding defaced throughout London

Press Release 23rd February – For Immediate Release

Today hundreds of BP signs across London were targeted by activists protesting against the company’s role as ‘Sustainability Partner’ of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Around the capital, protesters hit petrol stations, advertising hoardings, and BP-sponsored cultural institutions[1], disfiguring hundreds of the famous BP ‘sunflower’ logo. Advertisements with the company’s Olympic strapline ‘fuelling the future’ were altered with the addition of three asterisks to make ‘f***ing the future’.

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