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Mercator

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  1. While I don't doubt the ability of Coe to be a fantastic IOC President/Member, does anybody else find him cold? I know Samaranch and Rogge are not exactly vibrant people, but do we really need another melanchloly European male to lead the IOC? That organisation thrives off hegemony and I'd love to see it shaken up.

    Funny you should say that about Coe. I thought the same. But since the Games finished, he's been pretty ubiquitous on TV, and he's a lot less catty. Actually, quite funny and down-to-earth. I think he was just stressed with that role, maybe tired. Now it's all over, he seems to be a different person. Give him a chance in his BOA role, then judge him after a year or two ;)

  2. London really set the bar high... In both Olympics and Paralympics. This is not disputable.

    In other hand, I do think it's too early to claim anything about Rio, right - and this is valid for Brazilian organizers too.

    I think the Paralympic Games are in safe hands with Brazil - considering the Brazilian Para team did better than their Olympic team, I think there will be some good moments for the future host country. And considering Rio is known as party town, I just think what Seb Coe said to his Rio counterpart is true: look after the competitors and the rest will follow.

    Sport was first and foremost in London, and considering the Brazilian view of sport, I don't see much changing. Just relax, remember that Rio has an easily recognisable cityscape and especially backdrop, just like London, and think how bloody good those TV images are going to look!!!

    I'll be going, just to compare! B):P:D

  3. Well the whole of the last seven weeks has been so inspirational, and I am so glad it has made kids all over the UK turn up at sports facilities to get involved. Having so many joining in sports will reduce boredom, and in these times of hardness, that can only be a good thing. Sport costs little (except golf, polo and hockey!!) and makes everyone fitter.

    But coming back to the topic: I wrote an email to Boris Johnson today, because I felt I wanted to share my thoughts on the Paralympics: my email to him was to say that the stadium should be used once every year or two for a huge paralympic tournament; they could even make use of the velodrome and pool while there, as well as the Copper Box. The stadium should be renamed the London International Paralympic Stadium (LiPS) and in the same manner as the newly-created London cycling event will be set up as a spinoff of the Games, a similar one could be done for athletics in the stadium, and to pay its way, big concerts could be held in it, taking over the mantle of Wembley, where the days of ruining the pitch for huge sellout concerts are over. This is not the case in Stratford, and having a permanent Paralympic event in London where the likes of Jonnie Peacock, Alan de Oliveira and David Weir would be seen would be a true and fitting way to deal with that most ubiquitous of words, legacy.

  4. Personally, I think Rio's font fits well for Rio - it has the wavy look of a seaside city and the colours are very Brazilian, giving off feelings of the youthfulness and vitality of the city. It would look odd in London, because it is a historical, northern European capital city but nevertheless its colours and font match the youthfulness and vitality of that city too. I think both concepts, therefore, perfectly match the cities they are meant for, yet are totally different in concept. I mean, if you put either of those designs anywhere else (Paris, L.A., Tokyo, for example), they would not fit either :lol:

    It goes beyond matters of taste, and enters into the sphere of appropriateness. And both do their cities well.

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  5. Yes it is, which is why I took nearly 500 photos in the space of 6 days :lol:

    Even my extremely austere Belgian Mrs, who is from a town near where Jacques Rogge was born, loosened her normally tight-fisted attitude to overspending :o I wondered if she was suffering from sunstroke when she said I could buy both of those framed sketches of the Union Flag from an artist in Greenwich Park...

  6. You think u got the best "arched" stadium in the world, huh?  Wait till you see St. Louis' new stadium!!  

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    The best damned arched stadium in the world!!

    See other details of the St. Louis bid in New York 2012 folder!!

    did you draw that all by yourself Baron?   :wwww:

    How d'you get in there? Airlift?! Sucked up from the underside like boarding a UFO?!

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