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A fascinating insight into London’s Olympic legacy

A very kind person sent me a copy of London’s Olympic Legacy by Gillian Evans to review.  It is a delight to read. And I would thoroughly recommend it. It is a timely perspective on the behind-the-scenes planning of London’s Olympic legacy, told in a compelling and accessible style. According to the blurb: “With unprecedented […]

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Decades on, Hackney shows what is possible

One of the things about being a quasi-journalist is that I get all sorts of strange and diverting press releases coming across my screen each day. It can be a lot of fun. I was sent a rather entertaining thing this morning from an organisation called “Property Property Property” run by an outfit known as […]

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An empty homes scheme you need to know about

LibDem conference this week. Does anyone care? I normally look in at the party conferences if at all possible, but I am too busy in the day job this year. And last year it was all lobbyists and hangers on (like myself) at all the conferences. You see the same folk at all three, which is nice for […]

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No end to the madness

Farewell then, Olympians.  Leave us then. Leave us in this mess.     What to say about planning reform today? Oh why bother? It’s almost not worth commenting. Just let ’em all get on with it. It’s all mad. And at this rate it’s going to become even madder than last summer’s exhausting and ill-informed […]

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Reality bites on Olympic island

We have prolonged the feel-good factor for as long as we could, and London still feels like a happy place, but in a few days the Paralympics will stage its own closing ceremony (almost certainly another gloriously bonkers display) and then it is, finally and irrevocably, curtains for London 2012. The lovely Paula Hirst, head […]

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An Olympic-sized distraction

I must apologise for the radio silence these past few days. I haven’t been on holiday or ill or anything. I am just, I guess like so many of our countrymen and women, so… well…. so very distracted by it all.   It isn’t just the actual games (of which I have the most hazy […]

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Now how about an economic Olympics?

Well! What a weekend we have had!  In my last blog I posed three questions about the Olympics; the first was “Are we up to it?”  
 
And what a huge and blessed relief for the British public to find that early indications are that… Yes. We. Are!  Indeed we are.  And in spades.

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Does the Olympic legacy have a sporting chance?

I don’t think any of us ever believed this day would actually arrive. After eight years of frenzied activity (and just as much frenzied commentary, including much poking from the regeneration community) we are there. We. Are. There.   Unless you’ve been in a coma you will know that London 2012 officially opens today. And […]

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Hub hasn’t gone out of fashion

Further to last Thursday’s blog I was immensely saddened, but not surprised, to receive the following message to the UK Fashion Hub team at close of business on Friday evening:   “The UK Fashion Hub team is very sorry to have to tell you that today we withdrew from the bidding process. The decision was […]

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Is the Olympics Media Centre the Dome Mark II?

A feeling of profound unease descended at this morning’s reports that confidence in security firm G4S is so eroded that the government is sending 3,500 troops in to bolster operations for the Olympics.  That, together with the vicissitudes at Heathrow and the closure of the M4 (signals being that it might be for the whole […]

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