Monthly Archives: August 2012

London 2012 Olympic photos: fencing at ExCel and London Pleasure Gardens

These photos were all taken on 4 August, when I went to the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands to watch a day of fencing. You can see the efforts made to dress the venue in the standard London 2012 palette, both inside and out. I was admonished at the start of the day for trying to take photos of the security process, but you can still see the lanes people used to get into the venue, as well as the tents used to house the scanners and the troops manning the machines.

Transport to the venue was very smooth. Getting out was more long winded as we were directed out the back of the ExCel ??? but it meant a trip to/through the London Pleasure Gardens area. (That’s the bit with the gravel, food vans, crazy golf and a big screen showing the sport.) This certainly looked independent of LOCOG and as far as I’m aware was not sanctioned by Lord Coe. There were therefore opportunities to sample a wide range of foods, drinks and music, but few people were lingering ??? this despite the warm and friendly pre-recorded messages played over the PA.

The Pleasure Gardens were also the site of a less successful event, earlier this Olympic summer, when the Bloc festival crashed and burned in July. I Storified a few tweets from the morning after, with a bit more background here from the weekend and again a few days later.

(These images have a CC licence.)

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London 2012 Olympic photos: inside the park (3/3)

A final set of photos from 1 August, inside the Olympic Park. Highlights include the Olympic megastore, some night time photos and the BP sponsorship presence. (CC licence.)

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London 2012 Olympic photos: inside the park (2/3)

A few more photos from the Olympic Park, taken Wednesday 1 August. Featuring… sponsor logos, BBC broadcast centre and waterfall bridge. (CC licence.)

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London 2012 Olympic photos: inside the park (1/3)

These photos, taken by me, are from Wednesday 1 August – some from the aquatic centre, around the park, down at ‘Park Live’ to watch Bradley Wiggins’s gold medal ride and a few of the wild flowers that line the waterways. (Published here under CC.)

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London 2012 Olympic photos: pre-Games

The Olympics came to Scotland and if you can’t beat ’em join ’em. Here are some images from Hampden (Spain 0 – 1 Japan) and then Edinburgh’s live site on the day of the opening ceremony.

All photos taken by me and you’e welcome to use them under this site’s CC licence.

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London 2012 Olympic Twitter archive

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Over the course of the London 2012 Olympic Games I put together a Storify of tweets relating to the events and the debates and the media stories that people were linking too. It wasn’t systematic process, there’ll be lots that slipped through the net and this is a manual compilation without the aid of APIs or other labour saving devices.

 

I’m posting it here so I can find it again in the future, but it is of course available to anyone to scroll through. It starts (at the very bottom) with Aiden Burley MP’s famous remarks about the opening ceremony…

 

 

…and at the time of writing finishes with a link to Fatima Whitbread’s comments on whether the Games will really ‘Inspire a Generation’.

 

 

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Image: taken by me on my trip to the Olympic Park, Wednesday 1 August 2012