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The Real Olympics Begin

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!


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US Paralympic swimmers to use London Fields Lido

Earlier reports of the closure of the London Fields Lido seem to have been exaggerated. According to Hackney an agreement was signed to allow the American Paralympic swimming team to use the pool 'for a few hours a day'. The website says the deal will mean 'local people can look forward to seeing Paralympic swimmers train and children of all abilities will receive coaching from top international athletes' and Hackney will receive various pieces of 'Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia' for its London 2012 archive.


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Loughborough BOA Security alert! 'marquee' athletes being kitted out

Now it's the turn of Loughborough University and Leicestershire Constabulary to get up the nose of the British Olympic Association! It's already being charged £750,000 to use the facilities at Loughborough for Team GB but it is now facing a further charge of £1million for security.


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just not cricket?

Perhaps that fragile 'Legacy' shifts quicker than the underground aquifers round here: Some of the new cricket pitches (and what remains of the wildflower meadow) might want digging up for new flood protection (to protect the posh in those 'new neighbourhoods' downriver)?


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Pudding Mill Stadium Saboteurchitect!

The Pudding Mill White Elephant just won't lie down. It now transpires that the anonymous complainant to the EU Commission was Steve Lawrence, the man commissioned by Stratford Development Partnership more than a decade ago to carry out a feasibility study for the Olympics.

He told Sky:

"I still believe that it is unrealistic to predicate the legacy use on athletics. It can only work with a football use in the stadium.

"I believe if we construct a centre for athletics on the land where the warm-up track will be and then allow the stadium to be converted for football-only use, possibly with joint tenancy for West Ham and Leyton Orient, now Spurs have withdrawn from the process, I think we have a project where everyone can win."


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Losing the Marshes


A story of what happens when the Olympics comes to town. The Olympic Games and the attendant juggernaut of its needs will threaten an area rich in history and loved by its community and visitors from the rest of London. Hackney has its own unique qualities, a wealth of community projects and a history of great significance and symmetry with today and the prescience for the behemoth of the Olympics, steadily rolling into view.


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fortunes always hiding

Fantastic news for the Irons, though perhaps no better as yet for the Os. (West Ham to be the 'winter tenant'?)
Olympic Stadium deal with West Ham collapses


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Goosestepping in Pudding Mill

Athletes are a shambolic lot, they can't walk in a straight line, they wander around, waste time and generally dawdle instead of getting on with the parade! I have to say this wasn't how I viewed athletes. But apparently this is the opinion of the IOC. Blame is being placed on them, possibly rather unfairly, for holding things up during opening ceremonies. In Beijing the ceremony was regarded as an endurance test with athletes on their feet for up to seven hours. A 'source' said "We are seeking ways to force the athletes in the parade of nations to march in a much more orderly fashion, unlike the last few Games when they spread out and wasted time."


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bromley by bow community organisation

Via @danhancox

"They just want to get us in prison for the Olympics" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCeMJPiBtiw must-watch film of young Bow residents


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No ORN speeding for 'normal' olympic family

Transport for London has said in a Freedom of Information response that it will be enforcing normal speed limits in the London Olympic Road Network (ORN). It has confirmed that the expected time for a journey from Park Lane, where the Olympic ‘family’ will be staying, to Stratford is ‘approximately’ twenty-five minutes, but there will be no exemptions for those using the ORN should they not be able to get to the Games within this time window.


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