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Bloomberg Interviews Ken

London needs a 30-year overhaul of the rail system, less regulation and a surge in Asian investment to ensure its economic future, Mayor Ken Livingstone said.

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Blowing Vancover's Budget

An Olympic watchdog group is calling for another Referendum on the 2010 Games, saying organizers are racking up their broken promises.

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We're Being Robbed

An attempt to use women's football to railroad through a British men's team for future Olympic games has been condemned as "bizarre".

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Easy on the Totalitarianism

Lu the cab driver says that I can call him Ronald because his girth has been aided by a diet of burgers from the ubiquitous American multinational food chain.

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Sport-for-millions plan

THE Government wants two million people to take part in large scale athletics events in the run up to the 2012 Olympics, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said yesterday.

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Livingstone vs Caborn in stadium row

Mihir Bose, Telegraph.co.uk, 28/09/2006

The stadium in London's East End will have 80,000 seats for the Games, but most temporary seating will then be removed to leave a 25,000-seat facility for athletics.

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Tower Hamlets Council leader sees Beijing with blinkers on

Martin Slavin writes;

The East London Advertiser for September 28 2006 has an article titled ‘Peeking at Beijing’. It describes, by quoting the diary of Tower Hamlets Council leader Denise Jones, the four-day trip undertaken by a Council delegation to see the progress of the Olympics development programme for 2008.

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ODA renege on Minimum Wage deal

Protesters last night picketed a London event in a row over what they claimed was the Olympic Delivery Authority's refusal to guarantee a wage deal.


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New Labour's underfunded incompetence

Ellie Levinson, Guardian Unlimited, 27 9 06

I wasn't there, but I'm told that the reason the Millennium Dome was so roundly criticised in the press is that a bureaucratic cock-up left journalists stranded at Stratford, East London, with nothing but a plastic cup of warm white wine on new year's eve 1999.

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Barnet couple vow to go to prison over Olympic tax

An elderly couple from Barnet say they would rather go to jail than pay the part of their council tax used to fund the 2012 Olympics.

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