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The clock looks much better in real than the rendered image. Quite a crowd in Traf Sq just now, but not exactly the most enthusiastic one though... a lot of them are tourists I reckon.

Reckon the clock is prettier at night with the illuminated dark red logo and rainbow colour LED running along the outline of the clock.

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The clock looks much better in real than the rendered image. Quite a crowd in Traf Sq just now, but not exactly the most enthusiastic one though... a lot of them are tourists I reckon.

Reckon the clock is prettier at night with the illuminated dark red logo and rainbow colour LED running along the outline of the clock.

Yeah was there too - clock looks great - the event itself was piss poor! Boris is such a twat! The event was really quite tedious! Come on locog - u can do better than that?!

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I didn't want to start a new thread about this, but thought it was an interesting "bit"

Fake builders con London Olympic Games organisers out of £2.3 million in bold construction scam

A gang of conmen stole £2.3 million (AU$3.6 million) from organisers of the London Olympic Games by pretending to work for a construction firm, Sky News reported on Monday.

The scammers rang up the Olympic Development Authority (ODA), which is charged with building the 2012 venues, and told them they were representatives of Skanska, one of the major contractors at the Olympic Park, the centrepiece of next year's event in Stratford, east London.

The group said the construction firm had a new bank account into which the ODA must make all future payments.

The unsuspecting body accepted the story and ended up handing the fraudsters £2.3 million.

Ansmana Kamara, 31, from Sierra Leone, was jailed for three and a half years at a court in south London after he admitted laundering the stolen cash.

After the money was paid into the accounts of his bogus law firm, he set about distributing large amounts to accomplices, before attempting to wire a check for £2 million to Nigeria.

But suspicious staff at the money transfer bureau prevented the cash being sent overseas and the authorities were able to recover it before it was too late.

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Kamara pleaded guilty to a variety of charges including converting criminal property and possessing a false identity document with intent.

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Well, it was for awhile. So match the timelines, it could've been then when the scam occurred.

Did you get my PMs?

Yes, but I don't have access to the photos at the moment. They're on a external hard drive, that I wont have access to until next month. I'll get them to you as soon as possible.

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Again, I was almost going to start a new thread for this, but figured it's more of a quirky item than an issue to debate:

Leave it aht! BBC 'snub' Olympics by refusing to put stadium on EastEnders map

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The BBC has been accused of snubbing the Olympic Games by refusing to include the new 2012 Stadium in London on the EastEnders map.

Council chiefs and MPs are angry that BBC bosses have decided not to feature the 80,000-seat venue in the opening and closing credits of the Corporation’s most popular show. They say the omission undermines the Olympic organisers’ bid to revitalise East London and produce a lasting legacy.

Sir Robin Wales, the leader of Newham Council, one of five London boroughs hosting the Games, has written to BBC Director-General Mark Thompson to complain about the decision. And three local MPs have also called on the broadcaster to reconsider its position.

In his letter, Sir Robin, who also sits on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: ‘I am disappointed that there appear to be no plans to update the iconic EastEnders title sequence to include the transformation currently under way in London’s East End.

‘As you will be aware, a number of the key landmarks for the 2012 Games are already in place.

‘I trust, therefore, that you will help ensure that the Olympic Stadium and other iconic symbols of regeneration are put firmly – and rightly – on the map.’

The EastEnders map, which follows a stretch of the Thames, is one of the most famous logos on British television and has been an essential part of the show’s identity since its launch in 1985. Campaigners want the map redrawn or altered to ensure that the stadium would be visible and not covered by the logo.

In 1999 the programme’s producers added the Millennium Dome and ten years later tweaked the map to give it a three-dimensional look.

But BBC bosses insisted there will be no further changes because they would be too costly. A spokeswoman also said the map and credits moved so quickly across the screen that viewers would be unable to spot the Olympics site anyway.

A Newham Council source said: ‘Sir Robin is shocked that the official broadcaster of the Olympics has no plans to include the stadium.’

Three London MPs last night urged the BBC to reconsider. West Ham MP Lyn Brown said: ‘The more people who know exactly where the stadium is, and how well it is connected to the rest of London, the better.’

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Limehouse and Poplar, said: ‘Of course the BBC has to be careful with licence fee-payers’ money but the Olympics is going to be a world headline event.’

And Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, said: ‘Next year the Olympic Stadium will be world famous and EastEnders viewers everywhere will expect to see it on the map.’

A BBC spokesman insisted the Olympics would feature in future EastEnders storylines.

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Indeed, that's very sad news to hear.

I'm sure he will do his Dad proud next year; he's had such a lot to cope with and yet has always come across as confident and done superbly whenever he's competed. He should be one of the stars of 2012.

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Great news on the rings.

The bit of Boris demanding red white and blue to dress the streets of London, where I presume venues will use the proper colour palette makes me shudder and rather mad. Does he want the games look to be confussed and not cohesive. Well done Boris, London sees itself as a design centre of the world, consider that image dead when the streets of London look like a dogs dinner. When can London get rid of him, I hope they make the right desision this time. Bye bye Boris

Looks like the Evening Standard might have got this story wrong. More news on street decor from the Beeb:

London boroughs will be given £50,000 each to decorate their streets with flags, banners and bunting, for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The funds will be provided by the Mayor of London's office to help spread the "look and feel" of the Olympics.

Councils can submit their own proposals but the decorations, which need to be in the official colours of London 2012.

Mayor Boris Johnson said funds would "help us put on the best show and showcase ourselves to the world".

"We all have a duty to make the most of this opportunity and I'm determined to ensure every part of the capital gets to benefit and enjoy the Games," he added.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "Next year will be an incredible year for London and the rest of the UK as the nation comes together to celebrate the Games.

"We share the mayor's excitement and vision for one look, ensuring every resident and visitor is able feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

A "look book" catalogue of designs and the materials the boroughs can buy will be released this summer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13603475

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I've got an amazing view of the Shard construction from our balcony, it's gonna look awesome when finished, even looks great now with the internal lights all glowing at night.

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I've got an amazing view of the Shard construction from our balcony, it's gonna look awesome when finished, even looks great now with the internal lights all glowing at night.

I didn't know you had move to London, Matty. How long have you been there? Nice place to be considering what is happening next year.

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