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On BBC Newsnight last year (broadcast date 26 July 2011) Will Self savaged the boosterism and elitism of the 2012 London Olympic Games. One of the most disgusting manifestations of London 2012 elitism is the network of ZiL lanes planned for the exclusive use of Olympic freeloaders and shysters.

As well as uncovering details of the Games’ rigged ticketing system, a Channel 4 Dispatches television show (broadcast a few days ago) found evidence that people could be buying access to the ZiL lanes. If there isn’t vigorous public opposition to private lanes for Olympic nonentities, they could end up as permanent fixtures under the banner of road pricing.

Written by beleben

February 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Olympic wrapping and faffing

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London Olympic stadium under constructionLocog, the organising committee for the 2012 London Olympic Games, is seeking a private sponsor for a £7 million fabric curtain (“wrap”) around the Olympic athletics stadium in Stratford. Public funding for a wrap was withdrawn in 2010 as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. The pompously named Olympic Delivery Authority said there was no need for it.

“Studies on wind in the stadium concluded that the wrap was not required to ensure the appropriate conditions on the field of play so the wrap was purely cosmetic.”

According to Rod Sheard, of stadium architects Populous

“It’s great that people feel the work that has been completed to date is sufficiently elegant to not need further enclosure,” he said. “But perhaps what people don’t realise is the considerable quantity of very functional conduits, cables, trunking and general services that will be added to this highly visible space closer to the games and which will all be exposed if the wrap isn’t built.”

I suppose if London had retained the 1923 Wembley Stadium, or even White City Stadium, for important events such as a future Games, the savings would have been rather larger than the cost of some curtain material. And there wouldn’t have been any embarrassment about future use of the Stratford stadium, or its shameful deflated-gasometer architecture.

Written by beleben

February 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm