It's almost here and the nerves have started to kick in

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It is hard to believe we are at this point - just a few hours away from the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. For the organisers of the event today is the culmination of years of hard work. Firstly to lobby for the Games to come to these shores and then...

Let's hope it's not just a spectacular Games - but a safe one as well

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There was an interesting juxtaposition on the BBC website in the aftermath of the horrific Colorado shooting last week. The main headlines recounted the attack, while underneath was a story about the Olympic Games. “Coe promises safe and secure...

First the Jubilee and now the Olympic Flame, will the real legacy of the games be a return of community spirit?

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So where were you when the Olympic flame made its way through our region? Such was the undoubted success of its two-day trip from the far west to the east, the actual moment that it passed people seems destined to become one of those defining memories...

Tickets please! What a shame if people remain apathetic over the prospect of watching the Olympic drama unfold

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When the dust settles on the 2012 London Olympic Games those in charge of the mammoth task of organising the event will at last have a bit of time to reflect on what went well and what didn't. Hopefully the list of 'went wells' will be a long one and...

Why our Olympic hopefuls deserve to milk the Games for all their worth

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As well as the day job, myself and a hardy bunch of colleagues have been busy working on the Olympic Games since last July, when the first edition of our monthly guide, London Calling, was published in the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and...

A burger giant, chocolate company and fizzy drink manufacturer - is this the best we can do for Olympic sponsors?

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Over the past few weeks the thousands of people chosen as volunteers for this year’s games have been flocking to London’s Wembley Arena for what probably ranked as one of the most surreal mornings of their lives. And I was one of them. For...

"I mentioned the Olympics once - but I think I got away with it"

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“Whatever you do, don’t mention the war.” This was of course the not very PC advice of a deranged Basil Fawlty in arguably the most memorable episode of the classic British comedy. And it was also the very first thing which sprang into...

How do we know if these games are a success? The five promises our government made ...

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So how will we know if these games are a success? Well did you know there are five pledges drawn up by which the event is meant to be assessed? It’s not just about how many gold medals Great Britain achieve, how many millions of people watch on...

Time to take a leaf out of 1948 and the Austerity Games?

Posted over 3 years ago by David Powles with 0 comments

Sometimes you can’t help but feel the organisers of next year’s Olympic Games don’t exactly do themselves any favours. We all know the country is in a financial state. Pennies are being pinched in households up and down the land. Meanwhile...

David Powles Blog: Why not just enjoy the fun and Games while it lasts?

Posted over 3 years ago by David Powles with 0 comments

We love nothing more than a moan in this country. It might be the weather, our nation’s attempts at international football glory or the fare offered up on television. We’ll pick it apart, analyse it and probably in the end have a good moan...

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