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Is Russell Brand psychic?

Russell Brand predicted London 2012 would be a disaster. Within hours Becks was left out of the GB Olympics Football Team. SlowCoe is desperately trying to reverse the tide of events.


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What a relay! Coe's corporate cop out

Seb Prat just can't handle the idea that people can do things without the assistance of massive corporations. He recently had a go at the 'shires', why the shires heaven only knows, for criticising corporate involvement in London2012. He declared “If we didn’t have the partners’ support, we wouldn’t have the torch relay.”


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US Paralympic swimmers to use London Fields Lido

Earlier reports of the closure of the London Fields Lido seem to have been exaggerated. According to Hackney an agreement was signed to allow the American Paralympic swimming team to use the pool 'for a few hours a day'. The website says the deal will mean 'local people can look forward to seeing Paralympic swimmers train and children of all abilities will receive coaching from top international athletes' and Hackney will receive various pieces of 'Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia' for its London 2012 archive.


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Loughborough BOA Security alert! 'marquee' athletes being kitted out

Now it's the turn of Loughborough University and Leicestershire Constabulary to get up the nose of the British Olympic Association! It's already being charged £750,000 to use the facilities at Loughborough for Team GB but it is now facing a further charge of £1million for security.


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Pudding Mill Stadium Saboteurchitect!

The Pudding Mill White Elephant just won't lie down. It now transpires that the anonymous complainant to the EU Commission was Steve Lawrence, the man commissioned by Stratford Development Partnership more than a decade ago to carry out a feasibility study for the Olympics.

He told Sky:

"I still believe that it is unrealistic to predicate the legacy use on athletics. It can only work with a football use in the stadium.

"I believe if we construct a centre for athletics on the land where the warm-up track will be and then allow the stadium to be converted for football-only use, possibly with joint tenancy for West Ham and Leyton Orient, now Spurs have withdrawn from the process, I think we have a project where everyone can win."


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Losing the Marshes


A story of what happens when the Olympics comes to town. The Olympic Games and the attendant juggernaut of its needs will threaten an area rich in history and loved by its community and visitors from the rest of London. Hackney has its own unique qualities, a wealth of community projects and a history of great significance and symmetry with today and the prescience for the behemoth of the Olympics, steadily rolling into view.


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15,000 or 50,000? Lowcog's Greenwich capacity overload

Reproduced below is a press release from Nogoe2012 concerning the capacity of Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park's own 'Guidelines for Event Organisers 2010' refers to the Park having a capacity of 'up to 15,000', well short of the 50,000 tickets Lowcog has sold or the 68,000 referred to in its planning documents. Go to Nogoe2012 for more details.


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Pudding Mill Stadium: property partners from hell

The raid on public funds to persuade West Ham and Tottenham football clubs to stay in their home territories has escalated to £57million with Haringey Council matching Bojo's offer of £8.5million with another £8.5million in relief for planning costs. This has drawn criticism from Spurs' courtroom allies, Leyton Orient, whose Chairman, Barry Hearn, described the offer as a 'bung'.


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