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London 2012 Olympics

Latest news, articles and photos

London 2012 Olympics - Latest news, articles and photos

Red Arrows to fly over London on Monday afternoon
Red Arrows to fly over London on Monday afternoon

Red Arrows to fly over London on Monday afternoon

A heads up, literally, that the Red Arrows will be flying over London on Monday (10th Sept) afternoon as part of the post-Olympics parade through the city.

Sep
07
2012
More tours of HMS Ocean announced
More tours of HMS Ocean announced

More tours of HMS Ocean announced

If you missed out on the chance to visit the Royal Navy's largest warship, currently doing Olympian security duties in Greenwich, then it has been announced that it will be open to the public again during the August Bank Holiday.

Aug
21
2012
The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy
The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy

The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy

And so it is over. Today, the athletes. the trainers, the sponsors and their assorted lackeys pack up their bags and leave the party. Years of expectation and effort concentrated into a single moment. Would people turn up, would they

Aug
13
2012
The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices
The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices

The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices

The hideously overpriced canal boat service (link removed, dead link) taking people from Limehouse to nearish to the Olympic Park seems to have finally bowed the inevitability of their reportedly near-empty boats...

Aug
09
2012
Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting
Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting

Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting

Sitting inside the Olympic Park is a “megastore” packed with Olympic branded goodies. Some garish, some surprisingly tasteful, including the canvas bags with 1948 posters on them – alas, a plastic style print transfer that wouldn’t last very long, and

Aug
05
2012
How Green Was Our Olympic Park
How Green Was Our Olympic Park

How Green Was Our Olympic Park

When London's bid for the 2012 Olympics was presented, part of the arguments would be centered on its eco-credentials. It would be a public transport based Olympics, energy would be renewable. Well, some of it would be.

Jul
29
2012
An unusual train movement on the London Underground
An unusual train movement on the London Underground

An unusual train movement on the London Underground

Earlier this morning, something happened that hasn't been seen for over 65 years - a tube train left Waterloo and arrived at Bank, carrying passengers.

Jul
29
2012
Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park
Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park

Photos of the (almost) deserted Olympic Park

A sight that the Olympics organisers hope to never see is an empty Olympic Park, but for me it was too good a chance to miss.

Jul
28
2012
A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington
A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington

A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington

It's an art thing, but quite a fun one. A red double-decker bus is doing muscular push-ups outside the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Jul
24
2012
Cultural food and drink events during the Olympics
Cultural food and drink events during the Olympics

Cultural food and drink events during the Olympics

A number of countries in addition to sending athletes to London for the Olympics, have also chosen to set up cultural hubs in the city as well.

Jul
23
2012
Confusing email about Olympic changes to Canary Wharf
Confusing email about Olympic changes to Canary Wharf

Confusing email about Olympic changes to Canary Wharf

I just received a rather badly worded email from TfL laying out what they will do at Canary Wharf tube station during the Olympics, which leaves more questions than it answers.

Jul
19
2012
A look around HMS Ocean at Greenwich
A look around HMS Ocean at Greenwich

A look around HMS Ocean at Greenwich

On Friday evening, the Royal Navy's largest ship, HMS Ocean squeezed its way through the gaps in the Thames Barrier and moored by Greenwich for a few weeks of securing the area for the Olympics -- and on Sunday let us non-military sorts have a look around a bit of it.

Jul
16
2012
Tall Towers Appear in Docklands and Greenwich
Tall Towers Appear in Docklands and Greenwich

Tall Towers Appear in Docklands and Greenwich

Regular users of Millwall Park at the bottom end of the Isle of Dogs may have been surprised to see a tall lattice tower suddenly arrive over the past few days and spring upwards.

Jul
09
2012
A second cable car at Greenwich?
A second cable car at Greenwich?

A second cable car at Greenwich?

A warning message to ships on the Thames, that three cables are be carried across the river to link Greenwich to the Isle of Dogs in a manner very similar to that used for the locked onto a river pier

Jul
02
2012
In photos – Raising the Olympic Rings to the top of Tower Bridge
In photos – Raising the Olympic Rings to the top of Tower Bridge

In photos – Raising the Olympic Rings to the top of Tower Bridge

If you had been willing to get up at an ungodly hour, then you could have seen a rather impressive bit of civil engineering take place, as a large set of Olympic Rings was hoisted up to the top of Tower Bridge to herald the forthcoming sporting event.

Jun
17
2012
How Typhoon jets will intercept unexpected planes during the Olympics
How Typhoon jets will intercept unexpected planes during the Olympics

How Typhoon jets will intercept unexpected planes during the Olympics

As part of the ongoing militarisation of London in preparation for the Olympics, we are probably aware that there will be missiles stationed in various locations around the venues, and that fighter jets will be on standby to intercept unexpected

Jun
16
2012
Another Olympics related “exclusive pop-up experience”
Another Olympics related “exclusive pop-up experience”

Another Olympics related “exclusive pop-up experience”

Visitors to this summer's Olympic games who are looking for that exclusive experience to remember the games by might have been tempted by the opportunity to take a canal cruise into the Olympic venue itself.

May
17
2012
Olympic sized security exercises on the Thames next month
Olympic sized security exercises on the Thames next month

Olympic sized security exercises on the Thames next month

A notice for mariners to look out for high speed boats whizzing up and down the river, and a very big Royal Navy ship has been distributed.

Apr
18
2012
How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge
How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge

How TfL is planning for the Olympics traffic deluge

Later this summer, the transport will/won't be thrown into chaos as unlimited hordes of people visit the city during the Olympics, and it is interesting to ponder how we will all cope with the dramatic changes.

Mar
07
2012
How will the Olympics change transport habits – in the future
How will the Olympics change transport habits – in the future

How will the Olympics change transport habits – in the future

There is a lot of news fluff about the new transport maps indicating expected areas of high traffic and pronouncements of doom and gloom from some quarters — including an emailed request for my own predictions of doom and gloom

Jan
31
2012
A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis
A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis

A garish smorgasbord of 2012 memorabilia in John Lewis

One of the so-called "anchor tenants" within the gargantuan shopping centre next to the Olympic Park is John Lewis, and they have set aside part of their new department store as a 2012 shop and viewing area.

Oct
17
2011
Booking opens today for tours of the BT Tower
Booking opens today for tours of the BT Tower

Booking opens today for tours of the BT Tower

A few left overs from last week’s mad rush to book tickets for the London Open House Weekend, as booking opens today for the tours of the BT Tower and also bus-tours of the Olympic Park. BT Tower Tours on

Aug
15
2011
A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park
A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park

A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park

One of the nicer aspects of the Olympic Park is that they have retained the old canals within the grounds of the park to break the space up and provide much needed "canalside frontage" to the luxury houses that will pay for the regeneration afterwards.

Jul
22
2011

A museum for the Emergency Services?

Reading this morning that the hanger sized grey monolith that will become the media centre for the Olympic games in 2012 faces an uncertain future got me pondering an idea I had some time ago. On my visit to the

Sep
24
2010