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HypocritiCoe!

The row about Dow at London 2012 goes on. @BhopalMedicalAppeal recently pointed out that Coe had failed to respond to an open letter from AthletesAgainstDowChemical. Coe also promised to meet Dow Campaigners but, unsurprisingly, has failed to do so. Coe has a history of failing to keep promises. He also promised to visit Clays Lane when the estate was facing demolition but failed to turn up or get in touch. Yet a while later, when he was watching the tower blocks at Park Village being demolished along with Radio 4's You and Yours team, he was described by the presenter as having been at the 'sharp end' of dealing with those facing eviction. Coe did not demur and went on to mutter words of sympathy with the evictees.


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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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London 2012 bars Games Monitor from Net Impact debate

London 2012 has always claimed it has ‘an agenda of inclusion’ and wants to hear what members of the community have to say. Back in January I was invited by an organisation called Net Impact London Professionals to speak at a debate which will be held on 14th March 2012 entitled ‘After the 2012 Olympics: Legacy and Regeneration’. I had never heard of them before and was told ‘Net Impact is a global volunteer-led organisation which seeks to explore and promote business to create a sustainable world.’

In its invitation Net Impact had said: ‘you may be willing to highlight some important aspects of the sustainability London 2012 legacy.' I didn’t understand what they meant by this and was confused as they had already said I had been recommended by someone who they knew was a critic of London 2012.

So I had responded saying:

‘I am slightly puzzled by your invitation 'you may be willing to highlight some important aspects of the sustainability London 2012 legacy'. I am not sure I would be able to do this. I am not a great believer in the sustainability of the London 2012 legacy.’


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machine and dust

In The Gold Machine Iain Sinclair blogs on his evening out on Nina Pope's Floating Cinema and (with pictures) the essential pre-history - his famous Kayak trip with Stephen Gill.


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Guardian and Telegraph blissfully ignorant about Stratford City

Two newspapers have recently carried stories linking Stratford City and the Olympics. The Telegraph came up with 'London 2012 Olympics: legacy arrives early with the 2011 opening of Westfield Stratford' claiming the Olympics had resulted in the project being delivered 'seven years earlier than planned'. Dave Hill in the Guardian headlined his blog 'Olympic Park: Boris, shopping and visions of the good society' saying 'The Mayor profits from good news stories about the Olympics'.


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BBC wrecks iconic legacy!

Can you credit it? Local MPs and Council leaders are accusing the BBC of undermining the Olympic organisers’ bid to revitalise East London and produce a lasting legacy by refusing to include the Olympic stadium on the Eastenders' map. Among the huffy MPs is Lyn Brown, who said: ‘The more people who know exactly where the stadium is, and how well it is connected to the rest of London, the better.’


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Bang! Bang! No need to inform the public

Fun and games once again for the SAS and the Met. A live fire anti-terror drill was carried out at the Athletes' Village last weekend. According to the Standard 'Much of last weekend's action occurred inside the accommodation blocks, out of sight and sound, so that the public did not need to be informed.'


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