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How is that legal? Are these shops and restaurants getting paid for removing advertising?

I think the only things they can't do is to put out the boards on the pavement and so on. Stuff that the council actually has power over - boards on the pavement aren't officially allowed anyway but are tolerated.

If I owned a shop on the route I'd have massive advertising posters in my windows, I'm sure.

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It's a bit sad that the olympic committee seem to think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the olympics becoming synonymous to fast food and fizzy drinks.

It is sad and says a lot about the World we live in and it's the same with most sporting events these days because those companies are the ones with the money to pay for it.

The London marathon, for example, was tied up with Flora for years and margarine is horrible stuff.

I think 'synonymous' is a bit far, though. The World Cup and European Championships are heavily sponsored by both brands but I don't think of either of those products when I watch the footy or think about the tournaments.

Edit: The more I think about it, it would be awesome if the Olympic Park was a haven of health for the duration of the games with free salads, fruit, eggs and the like on offer, instead of over-priced crisps, coke, and burgers. Of course, if they did that, the nation would be up in arms and complaining about the nanny state and demanding their Big Macs.

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Exactly the same restrictions on other brands and so on have been in place since the 1980s as I understand it, so it's unlikely that London will be remembered in that way when the others weren't. And of course McDonalds and a number of others are sponsors of the Olympics in general, not London 2012, and their brand management is something that LOCOG had to take on when we agreed to the games - so the "careful selection" doesn't apply to them.

But it would indeed be great if the park could have free or subsidised fruit, and water fountains, and so on. I wonder if that's forbidden by McD's arangements with the Olympic committee?

Oh, and on the subject of food at the Olympic Park, there's a great community cafe on the Greenway called View Tube, where you can go and look over the site and see how it's progressing. It serves really good foods, including home-made pies. If anyone's in the area, I'd recommend you visit.

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Something else in the spirit of the games - http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=in_the_back&

IN a triumph of commercialism over Big Society volunteering, thousands of cushions handcrafted from British wool for Olympic and Paralympic competitors by volunteers around the UK are trapped in limbo after Olympic chiefs scrapped arrangements for giving the cushions to the athletes.

When the Woolsack scheme, backed by the Crafts Council, the Knitting and Crochet Guild and the Campaign for Wool, was first accepted as one of the official non-commercial “Inspire” projects of the Games last year, the plan was to have a stand in the Olympic village plaza where athletes from around the world could collect a cushion to liven up their quarters and perhaps keep as a souvenir. But late in 2011 the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) told the project organisers the stall wasn’t going to be possible, with “commercial sponsors” cited as the reason.

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Has anyone been to see the torch?

It's in my home town today and the school I work at has a spot on the route to watch it. I'll be heading along, kind of excited too but not sure why.

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Oh, and on the subject of food at the Olympic Park, there's a great community cafe on the Greenway called View Tube, where you can go and look over the site and see how it's progressing. It serves really good foods, including home-made pies. If anyone's in the area, I'd recommend you visit.

Viewtube closed about 2-3 weeks ago, will reopen after the games (possibly) :(

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  • 1 month later...

Getting really pumped for this now, starting with the cycling during the day and then swimming in the evening! I'm even looking forward to the opening ceremony :)

BBC Website is going to be an essential at work next week, which I assume many others will be thinking as well, I hope they have the bandwidth for the video and whatnot they're proposing!

:)

How many medals do you think the GB team which get? Best ever haul? As good as Bejing? I think this has to be the oppurtunity for us to get our best ever number of medals, one that we'll not match for many Olympics to come.

Did anyone else catch the Radio 5 thing they did where they guessed at how many medals we might get? I only caught some of it and can't find the final results they came up with.

Excitement levels up to 8.

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The Victoria Pendleton doc on iPlayer is worth a watch. Desperate for approval, she makes quite a compelling figure. She falls for one of her coaches before Beijing, which fucks the team up good and proper.

Yeah, that was a great programme. That head coach guy seemed like a bit of an arse.

I thought she was quite refreshing as you rarely see a top athlete as a vulnerable person. They often have quite big egos or are super confident.

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My wife thought that she seemed a bit fake, preparing her image for her post cycling career with an over-produced authorised doc, but I didnt see that at all, I found it quite convincing (and unusually frank for that sort of film).

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Got tickets for football and the volleyball. Get in!

Annoying thing: if you choose to print your tickets at home instead of getting them delivered you do not get the free travelcard for London venues, and the website does not tell you this. Boo-urns.

Good thing: If you are travelling on a train to any of the Olympic venues there are hugely discounted tickets via the London 2012 site. Instead of over £150 for the three of us to get to London by train on the day (travelling at peak times) the cost is only £34. Good work, transport fellas.

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This thread is a bit boring... it needs spicing up!

So who else is looking forward to Michelle Jenneke, the Australian hurdler performing?

:hat:

First off, her body is fucking peerrrrfffeeeccct. :wub: :wub:

YouTube comments, gold as always:

'I SEE AN EMPTY STADIUM,THEY ALL ARE ON YOU TUBE.'

:lol:

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