Olympics

The following features going back to 2007 look at different perspectives on the 2012 London Olympics.  Ranging from what happened to the feral cats that used to live on what is now the Olympic Park to Policing and deployment of missiles during the games themselves.

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Police use of Wanstead Flats during the 2012 Olympics:

Save Wanstead Flats Campaign picnic – Broadcast 14/06/12

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Local resident with no formal legal training takes on top lawyers in a Judicial review at the High Court in the Strand to challeng the decision to allow police to use the open space a s apolice base. – Broadcast 01/12/11

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The Save the Wanstead Flats Campaign held a “Beat the Bounds” protest which included a tug-a-war competition between the cows and the police ! – Broadcast 25/11/10

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Representatives from the Corporation of London, who manage Wanstead Flats, and the Save Wanstead Flats Campaign took part in a live debate on NuSound Radio 92FM – Broadcast 09/09/10

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Kevin Blowe from Durning Hall Community Centre in Forest Gate explains why he is against the Police using Wanstead Flats as a temporary police base during the Olympic Games – Broadcast 26/08/10

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Save Leyton Marsh Campaign:

The Alternative Olympic Torch Relay makes its way to Leyton Marshes – Broadcast 02/08/12

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Enough is enough on Leyton Marsh – Broadcast 31/05/12

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The Save Leyton Marsh Campaign was formed in response ro the decision to build an Olympic training facility on Leyton Marsh – Broadcast 16/02/12

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Dow Chemicals / Bhopal – Olympic Sponsorship

Bhopal Medical Appeal demonstration at Olympic Park – Broadcast 02/08/12

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Sanjay Veerma a survivor of the Bhopal Disaster visits NuSound Radio 92FM – Broadcast 26/04/12

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Greenwash Gold Awards Ceremony in Trafalgar Square – Prize for the least sustainable sponsor of the 2012 Olympics – Broadcast 26/07/12

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Launch of the Greenwash Gold Awards – Broadcast 19/04/12

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Other features broadcast during 2012:

Missiles deployed in East London during the Olympics – Broadcast 10/05/12

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Counter Olympics Network demonstration – Broadcast 02/08/12

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Former resident of Clays Lane, that is now part of the Olympic Park, talks about his experiences – Broadcast 09/08/12

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Disabled people decided to hold their own Paralympic style opening ceremony.  They were very critical of the private company ATOS, who have been carrying out work capability assessments on behalf of the Govt, and are also major sponsors of the Paralympic Games.  The disabled campaigners claim that ATOS are instrumental in carrying out Govt policy to reduce welfare benefits to sick and disabled people.  NuSound Radio went down to the theatrical, tongue in cheek opening ceremony event,  organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – Broadcast 30/08/12

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Ellen Vanderhoven talks about the Legacy of the London Olympics – Broadcast 15/11/12

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Newham Monitoring Project look at the Policing legacy of the Olympics – Broadcast 13/09/12

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The term “Austerity Olympics” is usually used to refer to the London 1948 Games, just after the Second World war when there was rationing and shortages.   But the 2012 Games were held during times of cutbacks in public services and growing unemployment that in particular hit young people.  In response to this some young people organised their own 2012 Austerity Games in East London – Broadcast 19/07/12

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Jane Wills from Queen Mary College University of London explains what happened to all those Olympic jobs that were going to local people – Broadcast 19/01/12

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Small firms based in Hackney Wick think that the Olympics may destroy their businesses – Broadcast 26/04/12

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Features broadcast during 2011:

A look at what was on the Olympic Park before anyone had even dreamed of holding the games on the site.  NuSound Radio met up with The Museum of London Archaeologists to find out what they discovered – Broadcast 03/02/11

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Buhler Sortex is an engineering company that were based on what is now the Olympic Park.  What did the Olympics mean to them ? – Broadcast 08/09/11

Katy Andrews from the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee explains the impact the Olympics is having on open space along the Lea Valley – Broadcast 13/10/11

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What was it like living on the Carpenters Estate in Stratford during the construction of the Olympic Park ?  What are people living on the Estate going to get out of the Olympics ? – Broadcast 11/08/11

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Residents of the Carpenters Estate in Stratford organise a tour of the Estate – Broadcast 06/10/11

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The Forman Smoked Salmon Company are a successful family run local company that have been based in East London for generations.   What does the Olympics mean to them ? – Broadcast 03/03/11

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What do Hammers fans make of the planned move of the West Ham United football ground to the Olympic Stadium after the Games – Broadcast 06/01/11

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Features broadcast during 2010:

The decision by the Olympic authorities to re-route the Olympic marathon out of East London, to a circuit in the City / West End was seen as a snub by many local people – Broadcast 07/10/10

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TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation) campaigned against the change of venue for the marathon – Broadcast 02/12/10

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Many local people felt left out of the planning stages of the Olympics and came up with their own plans.  In this case it was knitting ! – Broadcast 30/10/10

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Drapers Field was identified early on by the Olympic authorities as land they wanted to use during the games.  Bob Sullivan from Waltham Forest was not happy about it – Broadcast 07/05/10

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The consultation process for building the Olympic Tower designed by Anish Kapoor had a mixed reaction – Broadcast 14/05/10

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Features broadcast during 2009:

NuSound Radio 92FM met up with John Biggs, London Assembly Member for the City and east London and asked him what ordinary people in East London will get out of the Olympics – Broadcast 26/11/09

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The Olympics were always promised to be “The greenest ever” .  NuSound radio asked Darren Johnson from the Green Party what he made of it – Broadcast 03/12/09

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High Street 2012 was originally conceived as project to brighten up the road that leads from central London down to the Olympic Stadium (Whitechapel Road, Bow Road, Stratford High Street) At the time of this interview it was also thought the marathon would use this route. – Broadcast 19/09/09

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Features broadcast during 2008:

A group of artists at Hackney Wick decided to have their own Art Olympics event – Broadcast 15/08/08

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A 1948 Olympic themed party was held in Hoxton, remembering the last time the Olympics were held in London – Broadcast 03/09/08

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Back in 2008 the issue of Olympic legacy was already being talked about.  What did people think the Olympics would do for East London ?    Includes an interview with Josh Ryan-Collins from the New Economics Foundation – Broadcast 23/07/08

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As building work begun on the Olympic Park, what was to become of the feral cats that had made the area their home ?  – Broadcast 18/04/08

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On its way to Beijing the Olympic torch for the 2008 games made a controversial journey through East London – broadcast 11/04/08

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Features broadcast during 2007:

The Manor Garden Allotments were evicted and the land taken over for the Olympic Park – Broadcast 14/05/07