Aug 7 2012 By Paul Waburton
FOR the first time in eight – it’s a day off from going to an Olympic event.
West Londoners still left don’t perform for any major reason today or night, especially after Team GB hockey women made the semi-final without lifting a stick. Thanks, Japan for the Chinese giant-killing.
So time to catch up on a few things.
Went to the Olympic Village before the arrival of the athletes a couple of weeks back for a look around.
Pressing the flesh were luminaries dragged out to hail the vast expanse of ‘luxury apartments’ like Dame Tessa Jowell, former Olympics minister.
So, Dame Tessa did Londoners, after all you’re from Marylebone, get a fair shake when it came to ticket distribution?
Off she went on a monologue looking left – that’s meant to be telling I’m told – about the ‘legacy’ of a Village that will provide much needed housing etc etc for thousands of Londoners. My fault I suppose, for asking a politician something she didn’t want to answer.
She added this was a celebration for the entirety of Great Britain. Actually, it’s not Dame Tessa. A Games is awarded to a city – not a country, as of course you know. And coming soon, the bill for the city’s award gifted seven years back.
Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew from 1980 who is Olympic Village deputy mayor, bet you didn’t know that, went down much the same route.
“I’m glad I didn’t have to decide,” said the swimmer trying to head out of deep water, also looking left.
But regarding the ‘luxury’ apartments, I give it five years and the place will be a new Bronx.
Tall tower blocks as far as the eye at ground level can see don’t bode well when it reverts being known as East Village.
That said, it depends on how much of it will be ‘affordable housing’ or whether Yuppieville takes over as per Docklands.
And if it does become a new Docklands – how many Londoners will live there?
Those who can afford it will arrive from other parts is as guaranteed as a politician avoiding a straight answer to a tricky question.