December 2008

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December 2008
75p of every pound we spend going towards the lasting regeneration of the area

Over 2 billion people worldwide watched London 2012's 8 minute Handover segments in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Closing Ceremonies in Beijing 

9 partners now signed up with the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) - 7 at Tier 1 and 2 at Tier 2). Over two thirds of its domestic sponsorship target raised

640 potential Pre-Games Training Camps included in the London 2012 PGTC Guide (465 are Olympic-only; 13 are Paralympic-only;162 are both Olympic and Paralympic)

500,000 cubic metres of soil cleaned of contamination such as petrol, oil, tar...

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World-class venues and a world-class transport system are essential to the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I recently took shadow Transport Minister Stephen Hammond to see our progress in both these areas.

We started off by taking a tour of the Olympic Park and getting a good look at construction on the major venues. The Olympic Stadium has developed so much that you can really imagine the world’s best athletes competing there.

Meanwhile the footprint of the Velodrome, where Great Britain's cyclists will be keen to back up their golden performances from Beijing, can now be...

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During the bid for the Games we launched the 'Children's Promise' scheme, offering all children in the UK born on 20/12 day in 2004 (20 December) the chance to take part in a ceremony connected to the 2012 Games.

We have over 700 already registered and they celebrated today, on the eve of their fourth birthday. To mark the day, all the registered children were sent a birthday card and special adidas Children's Promise t-shirt from the London 2012 team. Families were invited to upload a photograph of their child playing sport in the t-shirt.

Some joined Olympian Jonathan Edwards for a...

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Watch this video to see an update of the work taking place on the Aquatics Centre.

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When you’re a freelancer, like me, you do end up doing some amazing things, and 2008 has proven to me once again how amazing, crazy and unique each job can be.

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Wow – what a year for the education team! Just over a year ago, on 6 December 2007 we briefed some of the key stakeholders in the education sector on our strategy and plans from 2008 to 2012.

2008 was the year when we started to deliver...


We were inspired, amazed and amused by over 33,000 photographs, 8 films and 13 soundtracks produced by almost 600 young people from the Host Boroughs who took part in 'Welcoming the World'. This was a film, photography and music project funded by Creative Partnerships and designed to encourage young people...

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When I joined the East of England's Cultural Consortium in 2004 I worked on building support for the 'back the bid' campaign and more recently I have been the Creative Programmer for the East of England for London 2012 working on the Cultural Olympiad. 2008 has been a real landmark year and as I have been working on the London 2012 Games for over four and a half years now, so I have been doing some looking back myself.

In 2008 the Olympic and Paralympic Games became ours. In the East of England over 45,000 people were at events celebrating...

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I recently attended the BBC Midlands Sports Personality Awards at the Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. I work for a smaller regional company that has won a main contract on the Olympic Park. Earlier I had given a presentation in Walsall about how smaller regional companies can also win work helping to build the Games through CompeteFor.

Now, back to the glamour of the glittering black tie event, which was attended by a number of medal winners from past Olympic and Paralympic Games. I met Anita Lonsborough who won a Swimming gold in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games when I was...

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We hope you enjoy this video, made by our friends at the International Olympic Committee - capturing some of the magic of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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Another great 'Meeting of Minds' took place recently between small businesses in London and some of the London 2012 contractors building the Olympic Park. This time it was the turn of some female-owned businesses to meet with Team Stadium. Many were part of the WEConnect programme, which works for the Government to match them with good corporate opportunities. Many others had ensured their businesses were ready by publishing their profiles on the CompeteFor site, as we urge everyone to do.

The meeting was a good opportunity to discuss getting work through the London 2012 supply chain. Providers of IT solutions,...

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Tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award show was a great night for our Olympians and Paralympians.

From Chris Hoy to Ellie Simmonds, Dave Brailsford and his Cycling team to Usain Bolt and Rebecca Adlington, it's clear that the British public was enchanted and inspired by the magnificent performances in Beijing.

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Monday 8 December was an exciting evening in the East of England when we celebrated our sporting talent at the BBC Regional Sports Awards at Duxford American Air Museum.

Before the main event Nations and Regions East (NRE) hosted a 'Rising to the Challenge' reception for regional athletes and key stakeholders that have been working in the region to maximise the benefit from the Games. We were delighted that a number of regional Olympians and Paralympians were able to join us and learn more from the NRE Chairman, Councillor Stephen Castle, about how we hope to use the Games to...

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Spaghetti junction, The Specials, Skinner, Sabbath, Slade – iconic names from the West Midlands, to which another was added on Sunday night last, when Ellie Symmonds, (who at the age of 13 won two gold medals in the paralympics in Beijing), was voted BBC Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.

Riding the crest of this Games-related success (not to mention the seismic alliteration), the 2012 Nations and Regions team rolled into Birmingham on Monday last, Dec 8th. Along with Seb and Joseph, my charming communications colleague Annabel and I were welcomed to the region by Councellor Chris Saint and Tim Bryan,...

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I'm currently reading Andrew Marr's excellent History of Modern Britain. Apart from his thoughtful and sometimes provocative interpretation of the intertwining worlds of politics, economics, culture and society, it brings one up with a start to be presented with world shattering events of what feels like just a few years ago in the context of historical analysis. To someone born in the late '50s or '60s, the fall of the Berlin Wall or even the 'Winter of Discontent' feels like they've only recently dropped away from the front pages of the broadsheets. Yet here we are giving all such events...

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My latest nations and regions programme visit to the West Midlands started late after getting caught in a tailback caused by a car crash so missing my planned train to Birmingham. But with the adaptability that characterises the London 2012 project the team soon shuffled things around and made up good time.

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Watch the latest developments from the VeloPark site with some views from Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy.

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A major part of ensuring that we excite and involve the whole population in London 2012 is to make sure that their political representatives get the chance to quiz us on progress.

Today we supplied a whole range of people from London 2012 to be quizzed on all aspects of the Games by the group of MPs that holds the Government to account for issues around London 2012 – the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

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It's been a whirlwind year for us in the Culture team and for me an experience I'll always remember. I've pooled together the collective memories, experiences and plans for the New Year from the Culture team. They each had to do it in less than 200 words for two reasons; one, so not to give away too much of '09 and two, it's been a busy year and it's hard to fit it all in...take a look...

Fran Hegyi, Senior Cultural Programmes Advisor
Next year I'm looking forward to seeing some of the major projects coming to fruition. We have been...

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Earlier this month I arrived at the Museum of London Docklands, mildly flustered due to my slight directional mix up. Happily, I was met with a warm welcome and some delightful refreshments. The reason for my visit was to listen to an archaeological talk by Museum of London as a part of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA's) 'discover' programme.

The audience were taken on an in-depth archaeological journey starting on the Olympic Park back in 2004 leading to the current stages of the Museum of London's involvement. On the Park a Victorian cobbled street was uncovered, plus a Roman...

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Around 20 Hackney-based businesses gathered recently for a workshop to hear about London 2012 and the business opportunities listed on CompeteFor. These occasions are always vibrant and very interactive. Local businesses really want to know what is happening and how they can get involved with London 2012 business opportunities. So it was our pleasure to tell them!

The businesses gathered for a talk:

People sitting in a room listening to a talk

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