A Personal View of the 2012 Olympics

We have watched the 2012 Olympic site grow over the last two years. From first seeing the building work and road works by the A12 to noticing the sculpted woodwork of the sleek velodrome and the protruding floodlight spires of the main stadium reach into the sky dominating the meagre Hackney skyline. You can experience an online virtual tour from the Guardian HERE.

When visiting Victoria Park on sunny afternoons or to ride through to my favourite coffee shop in Hackney Wick, I’ve seen the immense Olympic shaped city take shape from a pit of wasteland. And it has been impressive.

I was dreading the Olympics coming to London – the amount of people, the transport issues, the busyness of it all, but then after visiting the site and seeing the enormity of the project which will have all eyes on Hackney, I begun to see it as a once in a lifetime event; the chance to be part of something the entire world will be watching, happening in my neighbourhood, is quite exciting. I am not really into sports – watching or playing – but I do like events and this is going to be big!

Go to the lookout near Hackney Wick and see for yourself what’s taking shape. It’s worth it to see the incredible and diverse architecture. And grab a coffee at The Container Cafe!

I was lucky enough to get tickets to the athletics semi finals and can’t wait! I’ll be proud to be part of something that I’ve watch grow and change the landscape and the future of Hackney and east London. There is going to be an international rail station in Stratford, a Westfield shopping center (ok, not the best, but a Topshop is always handy!) and some world-class sports facilities including a brand new 50 mtr Olympic sized pool and diving center. I am also pleased that the roads have been repaved, the parks are getting a make-over and generally, the streets are improving for one of the most culturally interesting places on earth. Just have one more year to wait to see the results, unless you take a tour of the Olympic Village.

But, why have such a bad mascot and logo!? We saw this giant eye at a Search Party party last week and it scared us all… Especially its “tail”.

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