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It reminds me of my local leisure centre. Architecturally it is very uninspiring.

Aw well Lee, considering only £13million is getting spent converting an existing pool, it's doing just fine. I mean, unlike London, Glasgow is getting a £300million pool built.

Oh, and no lottery money is getting given to Glasgow to host these games unlike Manchester which got £112million to build its main stadium.

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Aw well Lee, considering only £13million is getting spent converting an existing pool, it's doing just fine. I mean, unlike London, Glasgow is getting a £300million pool built.

Oh, and no lottery money is getting given to Glasgow to host these games unlike Manchester which got £112million to build its main stadium.

Yes, that does seem like a pretty bad deal for Glasgow. I still don't like the venue though.

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he new chief executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been announced.

David Grevemberg, who has been acting in the role since John Scott's resignation in June, has been given the position permanently.

Thirty four people applied for the job and a shortlist of seven was drawn up.

Mr Grevemberg said he was humbled by the opportunity to lead such an amazing team.

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Glasgow 2014 have announced a law firm as the first sponsor of the Commmonwealth Games.

Harper Macleod will be a Tier Two sponsor, the first of three such announcements due to be made this month.

They company will become the Official Law Firm of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and as such will provide a number of services, including legal support on commercial contracts, sponsorship, broadcasting, anti-doping, and licensing.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/commonwealth-games/2014/14200-scottish-law-firm-unveiled-as-first-sponsor-of-glasgow-2014-commonwealth-games

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Accountants Ernst and Young have been named as a sponsor of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The company has signed up for "tier two" sponsor.

It will provide a number of services, including internal auditing, athlete taxation and forensic accounting.

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith said: "Ernst & Young are a fantastic addition to the Glasgow 2014 family, and bring with them unparalleled expertise in professional services.

"By becoming an official supporter for the games, they have made a strong statement of their support for this country by investing in what will be a truly outstanding games.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "I'm delighted to welcome Ernst & Young as the third official supporter of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games announced in as many weeks.

"One of Ernst & Young's founders - Arthur Young - was born in Glasgow and it is fitting that the firm will now help bring this fantastic sporting event to his home city."

Two Glasgow-based companies, law firm Harper Macleod and recruitment agency Search Consultancy, have already signed "tier two" sponsorship deals with the games.

Each is thought to be worth about £1m.

The Glasgow games are expected to raise more than £20m through a three-tiered sponsorship structure.

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Glasgow 2014 has appointed the highly-experienced Australian Jacqui Murdoch as its director of Games time delivery, they announced today.

Murdoch has been involved in several major events since 2000 when she was the venue manager for beach volleyball at the Sydney Olympics.

Since then she has worked for Vancouver 2010, where she was the vice-president Games services and accommodation at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

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Her role in Glasgow will involve her overseeing the management of all Games time delivery functional areas, including ensuring the areas of family relations, services, sport, venues and Athletes' Village and volunteering are all developed and ready to be delivered in July 2014.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/commonwealth-games/2014/14419-glasgow-2014-recruits-australian-as-director-of-games-time-delivery

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A developer has been appointed for the £11m overhaul of a train station which will help channel visitors to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Network Rail has appointed C Spencer Ltd to transform Dalmarnock station in the city's east end.

Preliminary work is under way, with completion expected by autumn 2013.

The station is close to the athlete's village and key venues such as Celtic Park, the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The contract includes the delivery of a new station building, relocated to Dalmarnock Road from Swanston Street.

'Transport hub'There will be lift access to both platforms, a new pedestrian footbridge, new platform surfaces, new wall cladding on each platform, and new passenger information and communication systems.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: "We are confident that we can deliver the new station on-time and within budget and that it will provide visitors with a first-class welcome to the local area, during the Commonwealth Games and beyond."

Transport Minister Keith Brown added: "The new-look station and transport hub will not only play a vital role during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but will also a key part of the regeneration of the east end of Glasgow long after."

Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of Transport Scotland and other funding partners - Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Clyde Gateway, Glasgow City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

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Today marks exactly one year since the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi experienced a remarkable Scottish makeover with 352 young Scottish performers bringing tartan, bagpipes, and the Loch Ness monster to the 60,000 people in attendance.

All 32 local authorities were represented, from the Highlands to the Borders and across to the Islands, dancers shone with enthusiasm and pride for what they had learned and really made an impression on what the Games in Glasgow will represent.

Bagpiper Jonathan Graham had the honour of leading the procession with a fantastic display of blaring out the famous Scottish instrument and he told Glasgow2014.com what he was feeling at the moment of entering the arena:

“I can’t believe it’s a year on since the Delhi Handover Ceremony. It was all a bit of a blur to be honest, we’d all done so much in the run up to the event so the sheer magnitude of everything combined with the nerves and excitement made it all an amazing experience.”

With the games just over a 1000 days away now, the hype is rising and Jonathan thinks that the closing ceremony certainly put a stamp on what is to come from the Games being held in Scotland:

“I’ve had a look back at the video a few times and it really makes you proud to represent Scotland on such a global stage. It was amazing that the people of Scotland came together to put on a fantastic show for the rest of the world and get them excited about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

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The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games are "on track and on budget", according to a progress report.

The study also found that Scotland was already reaping economic and social benefits of hosting the international event.

The update marks 1,000 days to go until the opening ceremony, which will be held on 23 July 2014.

The Games Partners Progress Report said "good progress" was being made across all areas.

Work on accommodation and facilities for 6,500 athletes and officials got under way in June and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the east end of the city is said to be more than 60% complete.

The completion of the M74 extension and M80 upgrade also means there will be improved access to the city for spectators.

The report follows a visit by the Commonwealth Co-ordination Commission, which was "satisfied" with the strong partnership approach being taken by the Organising Committee and Games Partners.

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The commission also said there was a "clear focus on generating value and legacy for the people of Glasgow and Scotland".

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: "This report highlights the commitment by all at Glasgow 2014 and our Games Partners to deliver - on time and on budget - an outstanding and memorable Games for Glasgow and Scotland.

"Whilst we are confident with the work and planning done so far, no-one at Glasgow 2014 is complacent about the task ahead as we enter the important detailed planning phase which will allow us to host a sporting event that will showcase Scotland at its very best on a global stage."

Shona Robison, minister for Commonwealth Games and sport, said: "Glasgow 2014 is fast approaching and the venues and infrastructure are taking shape.

"With 1,000 days to go, I'm pleased this latest progress report shows the Games remain on time, on budget and will provide a showcase for Scotland at its best.

"Already, across Scotland people are getting involved and feeling the excitement that the Games will bring but today we have launched ourGames Legacy website, a one-stop shop for the public to access information on the range of legacy activity happening in their local community."

The Games will see 11 days of sporting competitions between 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.

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Competition launched to design Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot

Glasgow 2014 has joined forces with the BBC to launch a children’s competition to design the official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot with exactly 1,000 days to go until the Opening Ceremony.

The competition will be launched in Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland's MacAulay & Co show with Fred MacAulay at 1030am. The competition will feature in content right across the BBC on television, radio and online through the Nations. There will also be coverage on BBC Sport and Blue Peter throughout the five-week competition.

The winner of the competition will be given four tickets to the Opening Ceremony.

Mascots are a major part of the Games experience, embodying the values of the Commonwealth Games and character of the host country, and playing a lead role in engaging and inspiring young people.

The Mascot will be a significant personality in the run-up to and during the Games, used by Glasgow 2014 to welcome visitors and spectators, visit schools and community events and appear on signage.

Glasgow 2014 is looking for a mascot that is:

• Original;

• A made up or imaginary character, animal or person;

• Easy to recognise as the official mascot for Scotland and the Commonwealth Games;

• Is appealing to young people;

• Friendly; and

• Incorporates red, yellow, green or blue – or all of these colours.

The entries will be judged in three age categories (6-8, 9-11 and 12-15) and children from all over the UK are being encouraged to enter the competition.

Ten of the best entries from each age category will be selected in the first round of judging. These will then be shortlisted and judged a second time before a final winner is chosen.

Those shortlisted will be contacted by the BBC. The winner will be announced after the London 2012 Paralympics in September 2012, where the winning mascot will be unveiled.

The judging panel will be made up of BBC and Glasgow 2014 staff and external experts.

Entries must be sent in on an A4 piece of paper and must be drawn or painted. For full details of the competition, including how to enter, please visit: www.bbc.co.uk/glasgow2014.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:

“This is a great opportunity for someone to become part of Commonwealth Games history by designing our mascot, which will welcome spectators and athletes from all over the world to the Games.

“Designed by young people, for young people, the mascot will be very important to the Games and to Scotland. We believe that one very special person will put pen or paintbrush to paper and come up with something totally original for us to have as our friendly face of the Games.”

Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, said:

“BBC Scotland is delighted to be involved with the search for a mascot for Glasgow 2014. This is an exciting opportunity for young people across the UK to get involved with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and contribute a lasting legacy.

“It is fantastic that MacAulay and Co on BBC Radio Scotland will be launching the competition and we look forward to seeing the finished result next year."

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said:

“We’ve seen the role the mascots can play with young people. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville have been visiting schools across the UK inspiring young people to choose sport.”

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison MSP said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a truly Scottish occasion and I am delighted that young people across the country are being encouraged to get involved through the mascot competition.

“There are 1,000 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of what will be an outstanding Games and giving our young people the opportunity to impact on how the event is marketed across country, the Commonwealth and the world is the perfect way in which to mark such an important milestone.

“The Games will show the world what vibrant and welcoming places both Glasgow and Scotland are and now more than ever it’s important that we involve people and communities from across Scotland in the excitement of the Games. I would encourage all young people to get involved with this competition and play their part as we get ever closer to the opening ceremony in 2014.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:

“The creation of a mascot for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games presents another chance for young people to become involved in and inspired by our preparations for this unique event in their lives.

”Those involved in the process will see their winning entry to the competition become a symbol of the Games, recognisable to many millions of people. I look forward to seeing what our young people come up with.”

Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh said:“The mascot competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved and use their creative talents to develop a special symbol for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“The mascot is an integral part of the marketing campaigns for the Games and must embody values of the Games as well as bringing a bit of fun and colour to the proceedings. For the athletes, the mascot is a symbol of their participation in the Games, of the friendships made and the medals won.”

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Planning officials have given the green light to a new £10m leisure quarter on Glasgow's city centre waterfront.

Broomielaw Quay will house bars, cafes and restaurants next to the city's International Financial Services District (IFSD).

Once completed, the 32,000-sq-ft (2,973 sq m) development is expected to create up to 150 new jobs.

The project is a joint venture between Glasgow City Council and Capella Developments.

Capella Group chief executive Jim Fitzsimons said the granting of planning permission signalled the development was firmly on track.

He said: "A thriving waterfront leisure destination is something Glasgow has long been sorely lacking and we believe these plans will go a long way towards addressing this.

"This development also offers real economic opportunities and will bring both jobs and investment to the heart of Glasgow.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-15559204

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Example of Tangent graphic brand used at new Glasgow 2014 HQ:

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I was wondering when someone would come around and place the pictograms in a circular frame rather than the traditional square ones. Congrats, Glasglow for 'pinching' my idea!!

BTW, isn't the noted designer Charles MacIntosh's (I think) work, having influence on 2014's Look?

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