Restaurateurs seem to have learned from the hoopla which surrounded the royal wedding and the claims of the boost it would bring to the economy followed swiftly by news that it had, actually, done the opposite and set the economy back. Hoteliers had already faced warnings of lower bookings than they had been led to expect and been involved in a spat with BoJo over price gouging by Thomas Cook.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 17/10/2011 - 00:46.
Regarding London's Olympic Overload, @matthewBeard reports that Greenwich is upping the stakes on ORN fines by applying for the right to charge £1000, while other Boroughs are also seeking higher fees for recovering towed-away vehicles, taking their charges over the £500 in place at present.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 07/10/2011 - 20:49.
First Lowcog wanted to kidnap the year 2012 and prevent an arts programme using it in the name of their exhibition. Now the IOC has prevented cake makers using Olympic logos in a British Sugarcraft Guild cake decorating exhibition! Jan Thorpe, chairman of the judges committee, yesterday described the crackdown as "excessive". She said: "There is no commercial gain whatsoever from this. We were simply doing an Olympic display during the Olympic year in sugar. We thought the (International) Olympic Committee would be happy that people were getting involved. It really upset us. This is our skill and we wanted to join in."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Tue, 27/09/2011 - 15:52.
Another friend of the Olympics, 2012 Official Network Infrastructure partner Cisco joins the list of corporate dishonour, the murderous, the destructive, the obscene and the toxic. Cisco is being sued by three named Chinese political prisoners, Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanzhi, Liu Xianbin, and ten unnamed others and in a second case by the Human Rights Law Foundation. The prisoners' lawyer, Daniel Ward, said "Cisco has, for years now, knowingly aided and abetted the Chinese Communist Party's ongoing efforts to stifle the free speech and discourse of its citizenry."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Tue, 27/09/2011 - 03:59.
A guest post by Danny, @m37411ic48
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sat, 10/09/2011 - 12:14.
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Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 17/08/2011 - 12:21.
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.
BoJo's apology does not seem to have stemmed the revolt among London's hoteliers and travel operators. JAC Travel, the UK’s largest inbound tour operator, is now encouraging hoteliers to break with Locog.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Tue, 10/05/2011 - 15:57.