I went for a cycle around the perimeter of the Olympic Park on Saturday. The route is around 11km, and although it’s outside the park itself, there’s still plenty to see – particularly as the Greenway (also to be known soon as Victoria Walk) crosses through the site, and the Stratford City retail complex protrudes… Continue reading February Circuit of the Olympic Park
I was along on Saturday, along with James, Dan and Isla, for the semi-finals of the London Handball Cup. Handball is a sport I had never seen or even thought about before (along with the majority of the UK, I expect) but it’s an Olympic sport, and this event was a test event (part of… Continue reading London Handball Cup
Cross-posted from my research blog. The organisers of next year’s Olympic Games in London, LOCOG, have unveiled their map of the 1000+ places that the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through. The data that the map is built from is readily accessible (as a JSON file that gets downloaded to your computer when you view… Continue reading Olympic Torch Relay – The Unofficial Map
I was invited along this morning to a “Games Maker” selection event, i.e. an interview session for volunteers for the Olympic Games in London next year. Should I be accepted, I’ll be in a Security team, which sounds like it means standing at Stratford Station pointing people through the shopping mall to the Olympic Park,… Continue reading Olympic Volunteering Interview
So the huge Stratford City mega-mall opened up last week. But, thanks to a combination of the Olympic Park, security concerns, and existing geographical barriers, it’s actually rather hard to get to – particularly if you don’t have a car. As things stand, here are the ways you can get to it. I’ve marked the… Continue reading So Just How Exactly Do You Get to Stratford City?
I was one of the winners of the competition run by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) to name the five areas of the Olympic Park that will, one day, be new residential areas. I actually entered the competition once for each area, but my “East Wick” was the winning name – it, appropriately, will… Continue reading London Olympic Park Village Names
I was hoping to go for another peek around the perimeter of the Olympic Park this morning, but a key section of the perimeter – the part along the canal near Old Ford Locks – is still blocked off for reworking after a water main burst last year. The notices at the wall blocking off… Continue reading Olympic Non-Update
I’ve been on another bus tour of the Olympic Park – I last went on one in May last year. Everything seems nearly complete now, and there’s a lot of landscaping going on. This year’s tour was much faster – under 40 minutes – and disappointingly we didn’t get to go up close to the… Continue reading Inside the Olympic Park – Update
Look what’s appeared on the north side of the Olympic Stadium in east London: A section of what looks like wrap has appeared on the outside of a small part of the building. On the top left, in tiny writing in the jagged London 2012 font, it reads “Be Safe Home Safe” which is the… Continue reading Olympic Stadium – It’s a Wrap
I spotted this sign attached to the edge of the Eton Manor site, on the Eastway just north of the London 2012 construction site, last weekend: Lots of interesting information on here. As well as the “Hackney Marshes Centre” (aka South Marshes Community Hub) and the “Northern Spectator Transport Mall” (aka East Marsh) which I’ve… Continue reading Will this be Britain’s Most Secure Road?