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GLA Committe Report into The Legacy of London's Olympic Venues, September 2010

Report by the London Assembly Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee, Legacy United? The Legacy of London's Olympic Venues.

Focuses on the Legacy uses of the Main Stadium and th


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East London lacks iconic locations for marathon

It seems the iconic 2012 Olympic stadium is going to be out-iconed by the Mall and Buckingham Palace! LOCOG is looking at ending the London 2012 marathon in the Mall. A bit embarrassing really. Maybe no-one bothered to do a recce of East London's mean streets to see how exactly they would bring the athletes back to the stadium along a dazzling avenue. Locations like Bow roundabout and flyover would be prominent features to be broadcast around the world. I guess Bow Road can't quite match Piccadilly, the Strand or the Embankment.


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The Spinners Spun

The demand for new staff at the ODA to fuel the insatiable requirements for distortion, obfuscation and misrepresention of information on an Olympian scale shows no sign of abating, despite the promises of public sector cuts. Some things are just too important.


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Correction re Americans to take over London Fields Lido for last minute practice

Correction and apology, the Lido is not being taken over by the American Olympic team but by the Paralympic team - for a few hours a day, details not yet available - best to check with the Lido for times.


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Anne's legacy hell

Anne Laurence, nee Windsor, thinks the Olympic Park is already a hell of a legacy! In an interview with BBC's Inside Sport she enthused about the work that has been done to date saying "That's a hell of a legacy just to begin with...." However, she wasn't sure there would be much more to come after the Games when she went on "never mind the sports legacy that might come afterwards." That was about it for Anne's understanding of legacy, a hell (of a lot) of half finished stadiums.


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Brand Beckham to the rescue?

First it was 'Beckham backs the bid', then 'Beckham to motivate the England Squad'. Now it may be 'Beckham returns to East End roots'. West Ham have been talking to 'his people' in an attempt to rope in the Leytonstone born celeb in its bid to get its hands on the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Still, the lad hasn't agreed yet. Maybe West Ham is a bit of a comedown for Brand Beckham after the various excitements of the World Cup.


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Coalition questions sport participation targets as Olympics gold dust fails to inspire

Back in 2007 Tessa Jowell said "The gold dust of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games could be the way to inspire so many young people to change their lives, to increase their involvement in sport and arts." The Government had set a target of getting two million more people involved in sport by 2012.


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