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McVolunteering?

Kevin Blowe on the demise of the Food Standards Agency and the announcement that


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On top of TescoTown, an IkeaTown

Paul Norman reveals that IKEA have acquired the Sugar House Lane site for housing development.


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The Fire burns on - Vancouver Anti-Olympics Torch on its way to London

Itchy the Bedbug, one of Vancouver's Poverty Olympics' anti-mascots, was present when Vancouver anti-Olympics activists handed over their Anti-Olympics Torch to Elizabeth Hogg from the London Coalition Against Poverty. The handover, the first stage in the torch's journey to London, took place next to the Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza.


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"debt dither, legacy fears"

Dave Hill has posted a summary of Paul Norman's latest updates on Legacy,


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Less and less housing for the 'Legacy'

Oh that housing legacy!

It seems the OPLC, the Olympic Park Legacy Company, has revised the amount of housing for the 'legacy' downwards from 10-12,000 units to 8,000.

Of course, it has to be pointed out the housing on the Stratford City site, the Athletes' Village, was going to be built anyway as planning permission had already been granted before the Olympics took over the land.


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Not quite the Olympics, but a cable car

Over the weekend plans were announced in the media for a cable car crossing the Thames between the 2012 venues The Dome and Excel Centre, perhaps in time for 2012. But it seems this isn't an entirely new brainwave from Bojo and his chums.


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Welcome to the Games Monitor Team New Blog

Come back soon for interesting anecdotes and stories from the team.


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No such thing as a free lunch - East London's arts hijacking

Cultural Health Warning -

Exactly how free is that free lunch?

Whether it's BP sponsorship at the Tate or the 'Cultural Olympiad', the use of the arts as a 'soft marketing' tool has a capacity to undermine their value and spoil the enjoyment of those who read the small print and care about context.


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High Street 2012 & the London Festival of Architecture

High Street 2012 is an initiative that will use the 2012 Games as a catalyst for improvements to the A11/A118 corridor through the centre of Tower Hamlets (taking in Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel Road, Mile End Road and Bow Road) and on into Stratford in Newham. See also: Stratford High Street public realm improvements


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