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Boris does Flag Fan Dangle Thing

Perfect casting for being hoist by his own petard. It's not everybody has their own Petard. The rich fat bastards have all the fun. That's not raw talent you know. They have the breeding you see. And the fagging. That and centuries of de Feffling about on a wet Saturday indoors with the croquet mallets.


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Road closed! Rogge lost in London!

Heard Rogge was late for a meeting. His London2012 volunteer driver got lost because GPS system didn't include information about London Olympics road closures!


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Tourist numbers in London down 30%

David Cameron is giving upbeat press conferences about how well the Tube system is working despite the influx of 100,000 Olympic visitors. Transport for London say passenger numbers on the Tube on Monday were up 4%.


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Open Our Towpath Demonstration

.: Next to the guarded barrier by the Eastway bridge over the Lee Navigation in HackneyNext to the guarded barrier by the Eastway bridge over the Lee Navigation in Hackney


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Barking Mad Road Hazard

Nearly crashed into back of a Spanish Olympic Team's BMW today in Morning Lane when it stopped in the middle of the road when turning right out of Ponsonby (whoops Ponsford!) Street into Morning Lane. I pulled up next to it at the next set of lights and asked what happened. They said that after they turned into Morning Lane the light was red. Actually that was the light stopping the traffic in Morning Lane to allow them to turn right!


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taxi!!!!!

a couple of snaps from yesterday's cabbies protest on Whitehall
United Cabbies protest, Whitehall 17 july 2012


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Alleged terrorist arrested wearing an electronic tag!

The Telegraph has a story about an Al Qaeda suspect arrested for being on a train which runs through the Olympic Park. The headline states misleadingly that he was caught 'at the Olympic Park' and the article opens with the statement that 'he was caught crossing through the Olympic Park five times' which left me wondering how he had managed to get into the Park, let alone get across it, so many times, until I got to the bit which mentioned the Overground train journey.

We are told this is the most 'serious security alert' to hit the Olympics so far. The article refers to the 'suspect' and various allegations and accusations that have been made against him and says he 'fled' to Somalia while on bail for which he was later locked up for almost two months. Mixed in with all this are various references to Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, al-Shabaab and jihad. The suggestion seems to be that he fled to re-engage in jihadi activity in Somalia but then the article refers in an aside to his Somali origins and his marriage to a Somali woman which makes Somalia a more obvious place to run to. It manages to mention that the person in question denies involvement in terrorism. However, buried in the middle of the article is the telling statement:

'In his absence he was acquitted of any crime.'


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Little to celebrate

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.


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neat pitch

“Businesses relying on data centres located in or close to the Olympic and Paralympic ‘contagion zone’ will be crossing their fingers this Summer, as it simply will not be possible to repair any network outages in the area,” said Aidan Paul, chief executive (CEO) of parent company [advertorial removed].


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VIP Lanes: we'll take the low road and they'll take the VIP lanes

By Mike Wells, posted 16th February 2012, edited 17th Feb 2012

For security reasons there will be no commercial flights within 18 miles of the Olympic stadium for the duration of the Games. This will mean that VIPs and heads of state will not be able to use their preferred mode of transport - the helicopter - they will have to slum it with the rest of us on the roads.


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