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London 2012 Games Oral and written evidence

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Culture, Media, and Sport Committee
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London 2012 Games : The next lap, sixth report of session 2007-08, Vol. 2: Oral and written Evidence


Walker London 2012

Author: James London
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Leading the UK track and field team to gold medal winning glory at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and again at Beijing in 2008 was enough for British Athletics to turn again to Walker and persuade him - the UK's greatest ever track and field athlete - out of retirement to save the nation from ignominy and disgrace after the greatest ever disaster in the build-up to any modern Olympics; a disaster that could destroy a nation. Forsaking his scientific research into the subject of longevity at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and with the help of his mentor and Olympics athletics coach Cassius, Walker returns to the venue for the 30th Olympiad in London in time to compete against the greatest Decathletes in the world. His return to athletics awakens and inspires the nation. Is their support enough? This is the story of Walker's single-handed attempt to restore Britain's pride in itself and its reputation as a great sporting nation.


Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Author: Great Britain Parliament House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts
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The Olympic Delivery Authority continues to make good progress with its delivery programme and the main construction projects are on track to be completed in time for testing in early 2011. The Department has committed to delivering the Games within the £9,325 million budget set in March 2007. Most of the budget is for the Olympic Delivery Authority which has done well to control its costs and find savings across its programme, enabling it to absorb additional costs for the Olympic Village and Media Centre projects. These two projects are now being publicly funded, contrary to original plans. While £1,270 million of the original £2,747 million contingency within the Olympic budget now remains and is available to the Olympic Delivery Authority, the majority is earmarked to meet known risks, leaving only £194 million 'headroom'. It may be that not all of the known risks will materialise, but new cost pressures continue to emerge. Staying within the budget also depends on receiving some £600 million receipts from the Olympic Village development. There is the risk of a deficit in the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) and there is no contingency fund in its budget. Some £400 million of the income LOCOG still needs is to come from the sale of tickets. It is still not clear what will happen to major assets, including the Stadium and Media Centre, after the Games, and the consequent timing and value of any reimbursements to funders, including the National Lottery.


Time Out Shortlist London 2012

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The pocket-sized Shortlists contain everything you need to plan and enjoy a city visit, in a handy size and easy-to-use map-based format. It includes sights and shops, restaurants and nightlife, arts and culture. The London edition is published annually, allowing it to be bang up to date and cover all the important events for the year, majoring, in the 2012 edition, on the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, including the Cultural Olympiad programme and London 2012 Festival. More than half a million people are expected to come to London to watch the 2012 Games. The Time Out London Shortlist will give them all the essential information they need, from site maps and schedules to information on getting around and where to stay, along with plenty of insider featurettes covering the cultural and sporting scene.


London 2012 and the Post Olympics City

Author: Phil Cohen
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This book brings together a body of new research which looks both backwards and forwards to consider how far the London 2012 Olympic legacy has been delivered and how far it has been a hollow promise. Cohen and Watt consider the lessons that can be learnt from the London experience and aptly apply them other host cities, specifically Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. The Olympics are often described as a ‘mega-event’ in a way that assumes the host cities have no other existence outside, before or beyond the contexts imposed by the Games themselves. In terms of regeneration, the London 2012 Olympics promised to trigger a mega-regeneration project that was different to what had come before. This time the mistakes of other large-scale projects like London Docklands and Canary Wharf would be put right: top-down planning would be replaced by civic participation, communication and ‘the local’. This edited collection questions how far the 2012 London legacy really is different. In so doing, it brings fresh evidence, original insights and new perspectives to bear on the post-Olympics debate. A detailed and well-researched study, this book will be of great interest to scholars of urban geography, sociology, urban planning, and sports studies.


Target London 2012

Author: Robin H. Meakins
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Secret agent Ian Shaw dreamed of bombs destroying the London Olympics stadium to start a new Fire of London not knowing if it was a premonition or a warning. He forgot it until he overheard a plot to destroy the Eurostar inside the Channel Tunnel that eventually he stopped by reluctantly killing two bombers. Then he retired to forget his wife's murder. He was recalled to translate Arabic documents so saving the London Barrage and starting the hunt for Abdullah's Death to the Infidels and his wife's murderer. Was there a link? He returned to Saudi Arabia to search among the Bedouin for Abdullah to trace him to France, England and Florida. It was a fight against a giant octopus with tentacles everywhere funded by drug money. He and his colleagues had to solve a jigsaw puzzle to find the terrorists before they attacked football stadiums and the London Olympics to kill or maim thousands. It was a race against time to destroy those people apparently living normal lives while waiting to wreak mayhem. Until they were eliminated no one was safe as all around death lurked killing everyone who opposed terrorism.


Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Author: Vassil Girginov
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"The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the definitive, officially-licensed account of the world's greatest sporting mega-event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and preparation phase, to delivery, aftermath and legacy. Written by a world-class team of international Olympic experts, sports researchers and writers, the book offers comprehensive analysis of the full social, cultural, political, historical, economic and sporting context of the Games. From the political, commercial and structural complexities of organizing an event on such a scale, to the sporting action that holds the attention of the world for three thrilling weeks, this book illuminates every aspect of the 2012 Games, helping us to better understand the vital role that sport and culture have in contemporary global society. The book is divided into two volumes. This, the first volume, examines the build up to London 2012, covering key topics such as: - the bidding process - planning and decision making - financing the Games - developing the Olympic infrastructure - engaging national and international governing bodies of sport - engaging the UK public - engaging a global public - developing a legacy programme - the cultural Olympiad. Richly illustrated with the personal accounts of key stakeholders, from sports administrators and politicians to athletes and spectators, and including essential data and evocative visual material, this book is essential reading for anybody with a personal or professional interest in the Olympic Games, global culture or the development of sport"--


The Simple Guide to London Olympics 2012

Author: Chris Scott
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The Budget for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts
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At the time of London's bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 the cost of the Games was estimated to be just over £4 billion. The costs were to be met by public sector funding of £3.4 billion, with a further £738 million from the private sector. After London was awarded the Games, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Olympic Delivery Authority reviewed the cost estimates and in March 2007 announced a budget of £9.325 billion. The Department has stated that public sector funding will not exceed this figure. The March 2007 budget included contingency provision of £2.747 billion. This sum was not included at the time of the bid. The March 2007 budget also included a preliminary estimate of £600 million for policing and wider security, over and above the cost of site security during construction. No estimate for the cost of policing and wider security was included at the time of the bid. In addition, the Olympic Delivery Authority's programme delivery budget has risen to £570 million, compared with an original estimate of just £16 million. Cost estimates have increased by £5.3 billion, but a significantly lower expectation for private sector funding towards the cost of venues and infrastructure, and the Olympic Village, means the public funding has increased by £5.9 billion. The final cost will depend on disposal of assets after the Games. There is no basis on which to measure achievements regarding the projected legacy benefits of the Games. This report follows the NAO report on this topic published as HC 612, session 2006-07 (ISBN 9780102947335).


I See London I See France

Author: Paulita Kincer
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When her husband of a dozen years walks out in a huff, Caroline Sommers walks out too - to Europe, with her kids after impulsively selling her minivan for travel money. Tired of being the perfect wife, she escapes to rediscover herself, and possibly rekindle the unrequited love of a Frenchman from her college days. While shepherding her kids from London to Scotland then Paris to Provence, she finds herself at a crossroads. Does she choose love, or lust, in the arms of a European man, or should she try again with the father of her children and the man she truly loved, once?