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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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and another one bites the 'dust'?

So Andy Altman resigns. As the Standard would have it:

@standardnews 15:01
Olympics chief Andy Altman resigns amid concerns over main Games stadium http://bit.ly/NM1ASV


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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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cooeee

Cooeee, Jacques Rogge! You're in town again with your IOC chums and SebCo and all for another of your inspection thingies, yeah? In advance of tomorrow's

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names in the frame

Richard Relton representing Sead Dizdarevic's Jet Set Sports, and Peter Moore, head of Olympic packages at Thomas Cook's agency Iluka, both appear - courtesy of secret filming - in Channel 4's Olympic Tickets for Sale, each claiming ability to sell access to the London 2012 ORN Zil Lanes.


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Will Self nails it?

Flagged up by Paul on the Newsgroup is Anna Minton's latest piece on CiF, The London Olympics: a festival of private Britain.


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These clogs are made for walking...

Back on 13th August 2009, a Thursday not a Friday so unsure if this was the cause of the mishap, Anthony, London 2012 likes to keep things informal, the External Relations Executive, a kind of 2012 Foreign Office person, in a fit of poorly considered enthusiasm asked a question on the London2012 Blog: 'Who should get the chance to perform? Morris dancers for the traditionalists? Street dancers for the modern?'


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Olympic Peace? Not in our time

The United Nations has joined the British Houses of Parliament in fantasising about an outbreak of peace during the Olympic Games. In his speech, full of the usual Olympic flatulence, in which he proposed the motion which was agreed by every member nation, LoCoe claimed: "the extraordinary level of cosponsorship ... is a testament to the relevance of the truce and the Olympic Games in a time of global challenges." In fact the Resolution made no mention of any conflicts or any particular action to prevent war. The very fact that everybody felt able to sign it is probably an indication of its meaninglessness.


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16th October 1968: the Black Power Salute

the Black Power Salute: 16th October 1968, screenshot from Democracy Now's piece on John Carlos, 1968 Olympic U.S. Medalist, on the Revolutionary Sports Moment that Changed the World, see http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/1414the Black Power Salute: 16th October 1968, screenshot from Democracy Now

Reposted below are both parts of Democracy Now's exclusive interview with John Carlos and Dave Zirin, shedding new light and detail on the people and events around the Mexico 1968 Games, the student massacre, the Black Power Salute, Tommie Smith, Peter Norman, John Carlos, Avery Brundage...


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How annoying! Hypocrites, er, sponsors can use ORN lanes!

Bizarrely, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has had a go at Coca Cola, Olympic sponsors for 85 years, for deciding to bus their employees and guests to Stratford. Others have condemned them for breaking the 'Olympic Spirit'!


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