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Jan 30, 2012

London mayor tells VIPs to take train at Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – London Mayor Boris Johnson urged Olympic dignitaries Monday to take public transport during this summer’s Games rather than chauffeur-driven limousines on specially designated lanes, to help avoid raising the ire of log-jammed Britons.

The Olympic Route Network (ORN), introduced after some athletes failed to arrive for their events in Atlanta 1996, is shaping up as one of the biggest irritants to Londoners who already have to endure long delays on the capital’s narrow streets.

Jan 27, 2012

Five thousand toilet brushes on Village shopping list

LONDON (Reuters) – As shopping lists go, the one compiled by the London 2012 Olympics organising committee (LOCOG) for the furnishing and stocking of its newly acquired Olympic Village is a lengthy one.

LOCOG were handed the keys for the 2,800 apartments on Friday and now have six months to fit them out before 16,000 athletes descend on an area of east London that has been transformed from a weed-strewn industrial wilderness into what will become a new trendy suburb of the capital.

Jan 27, 2012

Five thousand toilet brushes on Village

LONDON (Reuters) – As shopping lists go, the one compiled by the London 2012 Olympics organising committee (LOCOG) for the furnishing and stocking of its newly acquired Olympic Village is a lengthy one.

LOCOG were handed the keys for the 2,800 apartments on Friday and now have six months to fit them out before 16,000 athletes descend on an area of east London that has been transformed from a weed-strewn industrial wilderness into what will become a new trendy suburb of the capital.

Jan 27, 2012

Olympics-Five thousand toilet brushes on Village shopping list

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – As shopping lists go, the
one compiled by the London 2012 Olympics organising committee
(LOCOG) for the furnishing and stocking of its newly acquired
Olympic Village is a lengthy one.

LOCOG were handed the keys for the 2,800 apartments on
Friday and now have six months to fit them out before 16,000
athletes descend on an area of east London that has been
transformed from a weed-strewn industrial wilderness into what
will become a new trendy suburb of the capital.

Jan 26, 2012

Britons sign up to keep Games safe

LONDON (Reuters) – Businessman David Bradley, smartly dressed in a shirt and tie, sat in the recruitment centre, a disused school in a run-down part of east London, waiting to fill in an application form to be a security guard at the London Olympics.

“I’ll probably not see the Olympics in the UK again,” he said.

Jan 26, 2012

Olympics-Britons sign up to keep Games safe

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Businessman David Bradley,
smartly dressed in a shirt and tie, sat in the recruitment
centre, a disused school in a run-down part of east London,
waiting to fill in an application form to be a security guard at
the London Olympics.

“I’ll probably not see the Olympics in the UK again,” he
said.

Jan 26, 2012

Games watchdog member quits over Dow deal

LONDON (Reuters) – A member of the body overseeing the environmental and ethical impact of the London Olympics said she quit her post on live television to give victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster in India a voice in their fight against U.S. firm Dow Chemical.

Dow was chosen by Games organisers to make the hundreds of plastic panels that will decorate the outside of the main stadium in a sponsorship deal that has angered many Indians, including current and former Olympic athletes.

Jan 26, 2012

Games watchdog member quits over Dow deal

LONDON (Reuters) – A member of the body overseeing the environmental and ethical impact of the London Olympics said she quit her post on live television to give victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster in India a voice in their fight against U.S. firm Dow Chemical.

Dow was chosen by Games organisers to make the hundreds of plastic panels that will decorate the outside of the main stadium in a sponsorship deal that has angered many Indians, including current and former Olympic athletes.

Jan 26, 2012

Olympics-Games watchdog member quits over Dow deal

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A member of the body
overseeing the environmental and ethical impact of the London
Olympics said she quit her post on live television to give
victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster in India a voice in
their fight against U.S. firm Dow Chemical.

Dow was chosen by Games organisers to make the hundreds of
plastic panels that will decorate the outside of the main
stadium in a sponsorship deal that has angered many Indians,
including current and former Olympic athletes.

Jan 19, 2012

Wounded UK veteran fighting for gold at Paralympics

NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) – Jon-Allan Butterworth served with the British armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he lost an arm, but says getting on a bicycle makes him most nervous.

The 25-year-old former Royal Air Force (RAF) weapons technician suffered his life-changing injury in a rocket attack on a British base in Basra in August 2007.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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