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Jun 8, 2012

Olympics-”Ticket fatigue” slows London sales

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) – London Olympic organisers were
warned against embarking on a quick fire-sale of tickets ahead
of next month’s Games after the latest batch unusually failed to
fly off the shelves, amid fears the British public had become
weary of a controversial process.

The London Olympic organising committee (LOCOG), responsible
for staging the Games, has become used to putting up the “sold
out” sign within minutes of each tranche of tickets going on
sale.

Jun 1, 2012

London firms stumble over trademark hurdles

LONDON (Reuters) – Martyn Routledge first noticed businesses springing up in east London near the Olympic Park with the name “Olympic” on their shopfront 18 months ago during his daily bike ride to work.

First it was a furniture store, then a kebab takeaway, then it extended to hairdressers, garages and cafes.

Jun 1, 2012

Olympics-London firms stumble over trademark hurdles

LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) – Martyn Routledge first noticed
businesses springing up in east London near the Olympic Park
with the name “Olympic” on their shopfront 18 months ago during
his daily bike ride to work.

First it was a furniture store, then a kebab takeaway, then
it extended to hairdressers, garages and cafes.

May 30, 2012

London 2012 won’t be a “Queuing Games”, says minister

LONDON (Reuters) – The London Olympics will not become known as the “Queuing Games” with extra staff and technology being employed to keep people moving through tight security checks, a British interior minister said on Wednesday.

Security will be no more obtrusive than at other Olympics, the policeman in charge of coordinating the country’s biggest peacetime security operation added.

May 30, 2012

Olympics-London 2012 won’t be a “Queuing Games”, says minister

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – The London Olympics will not
become known as the “Queuing Games” with extra staff and
technology being employed to keep people moving through tight
security checks, a British interior minister said on Wednesday.

Security will be no more obtrusive than at other Olympics,
the policeman in charge of coordinating the country’s biggest
peacetime security operation added.

May 24, 2012

Church of England nears vote on women bishops

LONDON (Reuters) – The Church of England paved the way on Thursday for a final vote on women bishops to go ahead in July, but supporters angry at last-minute concessions to traditionalists who favour an all-male clergy immediately threatened to scupper it.

After more than a decade of bitter wrangling, traditionalists and liberals appeared no closer to finding a workable blueprint this week with the opposing sides predicting future chaos or departures from the Anglican mother church.

May 24, 2012

London 2012 security guards told to smile

LONDON (Reuters) – Private security guards manning venues at July and August’s London Olympics have been warned against over-zealous behaviour that might alienate sports fans, the firm in charge of training said on Thursday.

The opening day of a major event can be tense, as the start of the Olympic torch relay demonstrated this week when a police security team escorting the runners grabbed a spectator they thought was trying to reach the torchbearer and pushed him into a hedge.

May 24, 2012

Olympics-London 2012 security guards told to smile

LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – Private security guards manning
venues at July and August’s London Olympics have been warned
against over-zealous behaviour that might alienate sports fans,
the firm in charge of training said on Thursday.

The opening day of a major event can be tense, as the start
of the Olympic torch relay demonstrated this week when a police
security team escorting the runners grabbed a spectator they
thought was trying to reach the torchbearer and pushed him into
a hedge.

May 17, 2012

UK police warn against torch relay disruption

LONDON (Reuters) – British police, on the eve of the Olympic torch’s arrival in the UK, warned activists not to spoil the nationwide relay for the tens of thousands of people expected to turn out to watch and cheer.

The flame is due to arrive at the most southwesterly point of Britain on Friday before it embarks on an 8,000-mile, 8,000-person journey around the country.

May 17, 2012

Olympics-UK police warn against torch relay disruption

LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – British police, on the eve of the
Olympic torch’s arrival in the UK, warned activists not to spoil
the nationwide relay for the tens of thousands of people
expected to turn out to watch and cheer.

The flame is due to arrive at the most southwesterly point
of Britain on Friday before it embarks on an 8,000-mile,
8,000-person journey around the country.

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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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