After the Real Torch Relay, the Olympics for the People have begun, the ones you can actually participate in. Fattylympics kicked off the season at the Memorial Park in West Ham - without a corporate logo in sight. Regrettably this writer missed the opening but was there for some critical parts of the day, maybe others will provide further more detailed reports!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 23:37.
BRITISH Waterways has ceased to exist in England and Wales and in its place Canal & River Trust (CART) has at last been created to care for the waterways.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 04/07/2012 - 10:46.
Going Ballistic: “I don’t want to live in a building with armed police at my door and missiles on the roof”
By Brian Whelan
Until two months ago I was happy to have the Olympic stadium next door to my apartment in Bow Quarter, East London – I thought there would be traffic issues but never worried the games would intrude on my life.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 28/06/2012 - 22:53.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 28/06/2012 - 13:47.
by Kevin Blowe
This is a piece I wrote for Peace News - an edited version appears in its next issue.
With weeks to go before the start of this summer's London Olympics, a sense of foreboding has descended on many of the people who, like me, live and work in Newham in east London, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse parts of the capital. This anxiety, shared even by those who are enthusiastic about the spectacle of the Games, has been raised by the stories over the last six months about snipers in helicopters, missile launchers on tower blocks and RAF fighters in the skies during the Olympics and repeated predictions that it may be almost impossible to leave the borough during peak periods. People speak of feeling trapped by the arrival of an event that seems more like an invading army of occupation than a welcome visitor.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 27/06/2012 - 23:09.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Mon, 25/06/2012 - 09:58.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 23/06/2012 - 22:43.
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.”
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 23/06/2012 - 00:30.
Being filmed next to Draper's Field. Security guard told us we couldn't film Olympic sites. Told him we were on public land. He called the police who agreed we could film but said hoped we understood why the guards were worried. Took film crew's details. Said if anyone climbed in they would know where to come!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 22/06/2012 - 00:28.
GamesMonitor has been sent a copy of a letter to a relative of a user of day centres for dementia sufferers. From a manager of dementia support at Waltham Forest, it reads:
Closure of day clubs during Olympics period
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 19/06/2012 - 08:40.