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I went to the Mountain bike venue today in sunny Essex. Its gonna be pretty spectacular. The course is in Hadleigh Country Park which is right next to Hadleigh Castle. Most of the course is closed off

I won a competition to do a photo expedition of the olympic park and go into the velodrome a week Saturday as part of the Open Weekend. Did anyone else enter and win?

Great video, loving the sculptured parkland areas too, its gonna be breathtaking. There was a great piece on the one show tonight filmed mainly from the stadium perspective and it was a really positi

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It definitely is. It's in exactly the spot that they said it would be. Starting to all come together quickly now. Also noticing the effects of spring on the park. :D

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Theres so many buildings popping up. Ive been trying to work out the BBC studio. Apparently its near the copperbox, near the coke pavillion I think. Is the hanging gardens over the bridge at the entrance definately not happening?

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Hadn't even heard about that one. I have been studying the pictures and wondering what the blue line is that runs down the side of the basketball arena. I am sure that is a stupid question but cant think at present. I do know this area is to be used by the American media and was wondering if those white building are anything to do with that.

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Foxes attack shooting venue during test event

Foxes have damaged equipment during an Olympic shooting test event ahead of this summer's London Games.

The animals have chewed cables, wrecked microphones and soiled the podium area at the event, being held around the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

"The place is inundated with them up here, I'm sure there's more than one," said organiser Peter Underhill.

Sydney 2000 Olympic champion Richard Faulds is among those who have spotted the foxes at work during the test event.

"We were dropping our guns off in the armoury when I caught something out of the corner of my eye. Ian, our coach, saw it full-on and he swears it was a fox," Faulds told BBC Sport.

"Rumour has it there was a little present left by the fox found in the indoor rifle range. It adds a bit of fun to the event. Most of the shooters are very fond of them."

Underhill, in charge of the shooting competition for Olympic organisers Locog, said: "They lived here before we created the venue so, at night, they're getting into some of our enclosures, going around and chewing things.

"They've chewed through some of our fibre optics and they've destroyed some of our microphones as well. We're taking natural precautions to cover up our equipment, to make sure the foxes don't have them all away and don't damage them all.

"We have to live with the foxes. We have guards here at night that go around and, if need be, shoo them away."

Asked if some of the athletes may resort to more familiar means to rid the venue of the local wildlife, Underhill said: "We are athletes first, so we're not after shooting animals. That's not what we're here to do, we shoot targets. In fact, most of the shooters have taken them to heart."

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/17807893

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I see he didn't release any more over the Stadium from this flight; or the BBC aren't putting them up!

There still looks like a lot to do at Horseguards' Parade! That is going to be a fun venue with the Eye and possibly the Houses of Parliament visible from the top of the stands.

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That looks good.

But I thought it was a Table Tennis federation rule to have the floor a dark red and the surrounding fences a dark blue? If you Google table tennis at previous Games, you'll see their Looks' color palette was changed to be in line with that regulation.

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First shot I have seen of the inside of Excel, now it's been kitted out.

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Out of curiosity, is it difficult to see the actual playing of table tennis in an arena (small ball, small table and rapid movement). It's already not easy to follow it on TV. Do spectators actually look at the big screen most of the time? Sorry for the ignorant but if nobody mentioned this game, I almost forget that this is one of the Olympic sports.

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The Beijing Table Tennis venue was intimate and it felt like you were right on top of the action, even from the top stand.

With the London venue it seems as if you are quite far away from the actual play. But you will still be able to see the ball and the rallies to answer your question.

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First shot I have seen of the inside of Excel, now it's been kitted out.

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Blimey... I didn't spot it first time... the Olympic rings on the base of the table!! I just checked the Beijing tables on Google and they had a different design.

Nice touch!

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You know, i hadn't even noticed! But you're right that must've been taken a while ago, I just saw a segment on BBC News about the park and that also had no wrap on the stadium. I know it's been delayed for logistical (getting oc props in) and financial reasons but it's a shame as i think it looks so much better with the wrap.

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