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The UK has topped our Soft Power 30, much to the surprise of most British people no doubt. The result belies recent accusations that British influence is in decline. Vladimir Putin mocked Britain as a 'small island no one listens to'. This is hard to reconcile with the UK's position in the G7, UN Security Council, NATO, the European Union, and at the epicentre of the Commonwealth. British soft power is often felt in more subtle ways, whether through the Beatles, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, David Beckham, the Royal Family, or the English Premier League. Moreover, the success of the 2012 Olympics was a coup for a country struggling to rediscover its confidence in the wake of two recent wars and a major recession. By many measures, London has overtaken New York as the premier global city. According to Government figures, the UK attracts more in Foreign Direct Investment than Germany, France or Spain. However, the true extent of Britain's influence abroad will be tested in the upcoming negotiations over reform of the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron has staked his credibility as a world leader on these negotiations, and if he was to come back empty handed, it would be a huge blow to national confidence.

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Source: http://softpower30.portland-communications.com/

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Interesting documentary on BBC (London) last night, about the legacy use of the Stadium, and the rather interesting deal with West Ham. It's on iPlayer for just 6 more days, being a local programme (and presumably unavailable outside the UK without a VPN):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0676crf/the-olympic-stadium-how-the-hammers-struck-gold

I hadn't realised that the West Ham deal involved the owner, rather than the tenant, picking up the bill for most running costs, meaning that the net annual cost to the club will be close to £0.00.

Documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act were massively redacted, but there's a suggestion that other clubs may decide to mount a legal challenge in Europe based on an allegation of illegal state aid to a business (similar to what's already happening with some Spanish and Dutch clubs).

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Interesting documentary on BBC (London) last night, about the legacy use of the Stadium, and the rather interesting deal with West Ham. It's on iPlayer for just 6 more days, being a local programme (and presumably unavailable outside the UK without a VPN):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0676crf/the-olympic-stadium-how-the-hammers-struck-gold

I hadn't realised that the West Ham deal involved the owner, rather than the tenant, picking up the bill for most running costs, meaning that the net annual cost to the club will be close to £0.00.

Documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act were massively redacted, but there's a suggestion that other clubs may decide to mount a legal challenge in Europe based on an allegation of illegal state aid to a business (similar to what's already happening with some Spanish and Dutch clubs).

It's also on YouTube

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".........redacted on grounds of national security...." !!!!

Looooooooooool!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

What a complete shambles.

Lamine Diack must be soooo kicking himself!

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".........redacted on grounds of national security...." !!!!

Looooooooooool!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

What a complete shambles.

Lamine Diack must be soooo kicking himself!

Many aspects of the stadium legacy have been mismanged but you've somehow managed to pick the person whose sport has done rather well out of it. Well done Frenchy! :lol:

Athletics - not a particularly rich sport - has received a huge gift from the taxpayer in this stadium. For the height of the Summer they've got a 60k seat stadium to run and jump around in now. In fact, the two long-term tenants - West Ham United and British Athletics - are entities which could never afford stadiums of this size out of their own pockets. So they've both hit the jackpot. You'll hear neither complaining.

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Not sure why they couldn't have done a Manchester style deal with West Ham. Clubs which have had to pay for everything like Arsenal (& Spurs Rob) & have suffered in the transfer market for years because of it will rightly be spitting feathers about a rival getting a free ground.

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Not sure why they couldn't have done a Manchester style deal with West Ham. Clubs which have had to pay for everything like Arsenal (& Spurs Rob) & have suffered in the transfer market for years because of it will rightly be spitting feathers about a rival getting a free ground.

I wonder if rival clubs will wait a season or so before taking any action. A football ground where spectators aren't happy may yet turn out to be a white elephant at any price (though during the Anniversary Games, one of the BBC commentators did remark that the stadium seemed noisier than it had been during the Olympics, suggesting that the new roof may work to increase the match-day atmosphere).

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(snip)

So they've both hit the jackpot.

(snip)

.......at the British taxpayer's expense.

Apparently.

-_-

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A potential problem for the future: the artificial turf border round the rugby pitch is interfering with the drainage of the track. Solution needed for the permanent football configuration!

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Google Earth and Google Maps are now using June 2015 imagery (nice and crisp at about 10cm / pixel) for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (and London in general, I think). Good time of year to show the parkland and the maturing trees.

Street View is March 2015.

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Westhamification :ph34r:

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Westhamification :ph34r:

youtube.com/watch?v=ILsJ3xfrczM

Or rather, a pre-emptive strike aimed at those who will be seeing a (rugby) match in the stadium for the first time this weekend.

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Or rather, a pre-emptive strike aimed at those who will be seeing a (rugby) match in the stadium for the first time this weekend.

And, as it turns out, a very smart move indeed [report from The Independent]:

The Olympic Stadium is due to host its first Rugby World Cup match in little under a month when France and Romania run out at the soon-to-be home of West Ham, yet it looks like there's an awful lot of work to do before things are running smoothly in East London.

For starters, the water sprinklers spontaneously turned on during the maiden match to take place at the stadium between the Barbarians and Samoa, giving the players a soaking midway through the first half.

While tempers flared on the pitch in the form of a red card to Samoa’s Kane Thompson for scrapping with the Baabaas’ Saia Fainga'a, they may well have been off it as fans took to Twitter to complain about the alarming lack Wi-Fi and poor visibility from the seats.

[sample Tweets given]

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While tempers flared on the pitch in the form of a red card to Samoa’s Kane Thompson for scrapping with the Baabaas’ Saia Fainga'a, they may well have been off it as fans took to Twitter to complain about the alarming lack Wi-Fi and poor visibility from the seats.

Lol!

Are you reading this Jim Sloman and Rod Sheard? :lol:

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I've read a lot of opinions since the Rugby yesterday and have also seen a lot of photos, and most seem to think in 'football' mode it's not at all bad, although obviously not ideal as if it was a football only stadium.

Trust our resident bitter frog to dig out a negative review followed by a laughing smiley. Business still slow is it?

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Hoping to check it out for myself when England's rugby league side play New Zealand there in November but, with the controversy there has been about West Ham's move there, any negative headlines will be unwelcome.

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