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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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Olympics Land Wars and Judicial Reviews

Following the recent debacle over the Circus Field Nogoe has announced that it is seeking legal advice on and preparing to seek judicial review of Greenwich Council's planning board decision of 26 January 2012.


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BoJo's delayed Olympic dreams

BoJo's pet Olympic projects seem to have a habit of crashlanding or, in the case of his London River Park, sinking. Other misdirected enthusiasms include the cable car which also probably won't be ready in time to carry people from North Greenwich to Excel while the Trafalgar Square zip wire along with flags and sculptures hasn't been heard of for a while.


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The Spectacular Construction of an Olympic Metropolis - Anne-Marie Broudehoux

The Spectacular Construction of an Olympic Metropolis
Anne-Marie Broudehoux
University of Quebec, Montreal

ABSTRACT: This article presents a critical review of Beijing’s Olympic redevelopment, and of the social, economic, and political impacts of hosting mega events as a means of urban image construction. Through an analysis of Olympic projects, city marketing initiatives, and their impact on the city’s material and cultural landscape, this article postulates that Beijing’s spatial restructuring and image construction program played an important role in exacerbating the profound inequalities that have come to epitomize China’s transition to capitalism within an autocratic political system. Acting as a developmental engine legitimating large-scale urban transformations, the Olympics have helped concentrate economic and political power in the hands of a coalition of government leaders and private investors and allowed their interests to dominate the planning agenda. Beijing’s spectacular Olympic preparations have in many ways acted as a propaganda tool and an instrument of pacification to divert popular attention from the shortcomings of China’s rapid economic transformation, accompanied by rampant land speculation, corruption, and uneven development.


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Olympics a 'wash out' for restaurants

Restaurateurs seem to have learned from the hoopla which surrounded the royal wedding and the claims of the boost it would bring to the economy followed swiftly by news that it had, actually, done the opposite and set the economy back. Hoteliers had already faced warnings of lower bookings than they had been led to expect and been involved in a spat with BoJo over price gouging by Thomas Cook.


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give and take

Westfield Stratford beyond Bridge LO3: A view over the 2012 Olympic site towards Westfield Stratford and Bridge LO3, 3rd March 2011, taken on the 'Printers' Paradise' walk organised by Wick Curiosity Shop.Westfield Stratford beyond Bridge LO3 So according to the Guardian's @owen_g

London 2012 announce Westfield as 44th sponsor in a £10m tier 3 deal


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Not the Olympics: Vancouver tourism depends on convention centre

The second summer followng the Winter Olympics of 2010 has shown a fall in overnight stays in Vancouver. Instead of a legacy from the Olympics tourism has depended on the Vancouver Convention Centre.


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willy the whale

...beached in Westminsterbeached in Westminstergotta love those LOCOG visioneers sometimes!


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What's WickED?

This story has been updated as it has developed.

What's wicked? What exactly is going on with Hackney WickED? Or with London2012? The HackneyWickED Art Festival has succumbed to the blandishments of the London Olympics. It now includes the OPLC as one of its 'sponsors and partners'.


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2012 Tourism catastrophe gathers pace

The 2012 Olympics catastrophe threatening London's tourism industry is growing apace.

Mario Bodini of Uk Inbound and JAC Travel is warning: ‘Currently, for 2012, we are projecting increased bookings in places like Paris and Amsterdam and a decline in London.’


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