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heh, yeah, just a week here I'm afraid.

Managed to get a nice apartment around Butlers Wharf by Tower Bridge, hence the pretty awesome view.

Must say I did expect a little more London 2012 look around - banners and the like all the way down the Thames Path, but I guess that will start as it heads into summer abit more.

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I dont think thats the official look. I think thats things councils can purchase to give their boroughs an Olympic feel. I think its designed to compliment the look but not be the actual look of the games.

Ok - but surely the banners etc should be the same as the look - this has been the case in most olympics - most definitely at Athens & Beijing for example?

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I dont think thats the official look. I think thats things councils can purchase to give their boroughs an Olympic feel. I think its designed to compliment the look but not be the actual look of the games.

Why do you think that?

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This thread seems to have become a general dumping ground for interesting 2012 tit-bits. Here's another one:

Event magazine's constantly updated map of the location and plans for countries' Olympic Houses during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Markers are in red.

General Olympic venues are also marked (in green), as well as Olympic Sponsors and brands (in purple), and Olympic Torch locations (with the little volcano-type image).

http://is.gd/london2012map

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Aussie wins knighthood for London Olympics project

An Australian who led the construction program for London 2012 Olympics has received a knighthood in today's Queen's birthday honours list.

David Higgins is the man credited with doing most to make sure that the enormous construction project of the London 2012 Olympics has run on time and kept well within the STG8.1 billion ($A12.51 billion) budget.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said the honour was "thoroughly deserved" and paid tribute to Higgins' contribution during his time as chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Coe said: "David Higgins played a central role in the extraordinary progress we have made in the delivery of the Olympic Park - both the regeneration and the world class sports venues.

"The athletes and the country have a fabulous platform for a great Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and the East End of London has been left with a transformation that only comes around once in a generation. This is thoroughly deserved."

Higgins, who preferred not to comment on his honour, gained a reputation as a steady hand as ODA chief executive, making him a man in demand.

He was snapped up by Britain's Network Rail and left his Olympic job in February with the London 2012 project all but finished.

Higgins was previously chief executive of Lend Lease, the construction firm responsible for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

John Armitt, the ODA chairman, said at the time of Higgins' move to Network Rail: "David set up the ODA from scratch and leaves it with the project on time, within budget and on the verge of completing the first major venues on the Olympic Park.

"He has done all this at the same time as helping achieve a first-class safety record and driving forward innovation in terms of sustainable construction."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/aussie-wins-knighthood-for-london-olympics-project-20110611-1fxq2.html#ixzz1Oy0igMkp

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This thread seems to have become a general dumping ground for interesting 2012 tit-bits. Here's another one:

Event magazine's constantly updated map of the location and plans for countries' Olympic Houses during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Markers are in red.

General Olympic venues are also marked (in green), as well as Olympic Sponsors and brands (in purple), and Olympic Torch locations (with the little volcano-type image).

http://is.gd/london2012map

Enjoyed this very much, thanks!

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Fly the Dragon at Olympics in 2012 urges Archdruid

OLYMPIC medal winners from Wales should have the Welsh Dragon flag raised and national anthem played, said the Archdruid.

He made his call during Saturday’s proclamation ceremony in Barry for next year’s National Eisteddfod

The 2012 festival will be staged in the Vale of Glamorgan – at the same time as the Olympic Games are in London.

Archdruid T James Jones said Britishness was threatening the survival of the Welsh identity and must be fought.

Mr Jones, known by his heraldic name Jim Parc Nest, said Welsh medallists at London 2012 should be allowed to sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau instead of God Save The Queen, and have the Welsh flag raised instead of the Union Jack.

He said: “The Bro Morgannwg Eisteddfod will be held at the same time as the London Olympic Games.

“Let us turn to the flag that will be prominent during the Games. This will be the Union Jack, the symbol of Britishness that doesn’t acknowledge the existence of Wales.

“In the wake of the Acts of Union of England and Wales in the 16th century, Wales had been incorporated into the kingdom of England to such an extent that it wasn’t deemed necessary to show its existence on the Union flag.

“Today, Britishness still endangers the Welsh identity. We rejoice in the fact that at long last we have a Parliament with powers to legislate in so many areas, and we wish the First Minister and his Government well as they take advantage of those powers for the benefit of the people of Wales.”

“I call upon Welsh institutions such as the Gorsedd, the Welsh Government, the churches, Merched y Wawr, the Urdd and local authorities to urge the Olympic Games Authority to raise the Welsh Dragon, not the Union Jack, above all individual Welsh medal winners, and to honour Welsh gold medal winners by playing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.”

The Archdruid invited other “nations within states” like Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany and Catalonia to make similar calls.

This year’s National Eisteddfod is being held at Wrexham from July 30.

Daily Post

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Have they actually asked Welsh medal winners whether they'd prefer this or is this politicking? I'm sure lots of them are proud to be British and are happy for a Union Flag to be raised. If nothing else it shows them to be part of Team GB, competing alongside English, Scottish and Northern Irish athlets.

Sounds like another group jumping on the Games to further whatever their own cause is.

Best ignored.

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Here's a story on the upcoming Tower Bridge Olympic rings complete with render.

Rings of confidence: London unveils Olympic make-over for Tower Bridge

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They are one of the most iconic symbols in the world.

And now the Olympic rings will light up one of London's most famous landmarks.

The five rings will shine from Tower Bridge throughout the Games and it is hoped also be ready for celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Paralympic Agitors' date=' the swirling symbol of the Games for disabled competitors, will also hang from the bridge during the event, which begin 17 days after the Olympic Games finish.

Planning documents also reveal architects want to introduce a flexible system which could enable the entire bridge to be swathed in gold, silver or bronze light depending on British success.

The rings will also make use of efficient LED technology to cut energy consumption.

Work is expected to start in September, with a completion date of Spring next year.

The rings will be funded through a deal between the Mayor, City of London and London 2012 sustainability partners GE and EDF - who have both gained sponsorship recognition for the Games.

The City of London Corporation will contribute £400,000 towards the works from its ancient Bridge House Estate fund.

Lighting up the bridge: The Paralympic Agitors, the swirling symbol of the Games for disabled competitors, will be hung during the event

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Stuart Fraser, policy chairman of the City of London bridge owner, said: 'This proposal will help improve London's global image - not just in 2012 - but for the next 25 years.'

And the deal will help the city 'sparkle with special moments' during the Games, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Currently, planning permission is being sought from Southwark Council and Tower Hamlets council.

Should it be granted, lighting artists Citelum, who have also worked on the Eiffel Tower, the Zheng Yang Men gate in Beijing and the Abbey of Jumieges in France will undertake the work.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008771/London-Mayor-unveils-Olympic-make-Tower-Bridge.html

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That sounds awesome (although the renders are misleading, are the rings going to be colored already or they will be colored at night with LED only? :lol: i think it should obviously the last one)

Reminds me when Harbour Bridge in Sydney had the rings back in 2000.

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I found another image from the 2012 'look book'. Sorry its quite small. What I find quite exciting are the shards of material used as banners, hanging above the street and stretched between buildings. Its a really nice idea and will bring the brand to life much more than simple hanging banners.

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I found another image from the 2012 'look book'. Sorry its quite small. What I find quite exciting are the shards of material used as banners, hanging above the street and stretched between buildings. Its a really nice idea and will bring the brand to life much more than simple hanging banners.

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Nice on - like the idea! Where did you find the image?

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It was used in the London presentation to the IOC in Durban. I had to do a quick screen shot to get the image. They were talking about 'One look' for the whole country to tie it all in.

We need someone to get hold of that London Look book when its released.

Its the first thing Ive seen that makes me think the London branding could be used really imaginatively and be quite dramatic and dynamic as they havent show us that yet in my opinion. I just think with those shapes over head the shadows moving across the streets would make it even more exciting.

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I think I prefer the more recent renders we've seen. I do like the 3D elements of it, though. They remind me a little bit of paper planes. Could be an interested way finding device: Going to the Aquatics Center? Follow the blue shards. Going to the basketball stadium? Just look up and follow the orange.

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