Thursday, June 18, 2009

Londoners' Olympic Savvy Survey


About four years ago (on July 6, 2005, to be exact), London earned the IOC's selection as host to the 2012 Olympic Games. And in just over 1,130 days, the Olympic Cauldron will ignite for London's next Olympic adventure (third in a series following 1908 and 1948).

It was slightly, though not entirely, surprising to read today's BBC report on a recent survey that revealed that more than half of Londoners don't yet know the 2012 venue location specifics, or other key information on their hometown Games. The report adds that "75 percent are pleased the capital is hosting the event and a third are interested in becoming volunteers."

This news update seems like much ado about nothing (didn't some bard who resided in London write a line like that?).

With a few clicks I took my first closer look at the London 2012 Organizing Committee site, which has some interesting blog topics, including a fresh post on an Olympic Poster exhibition underway in a city far north of London (specifically at The Shipley Art Gallery, according to the blogger).

It will be fun to learn more about this past and future Olympic site in the weeks and months to come.
(Map illustration: Best, Michael. Shakespeare's Life and Times. Internet Shakespeare Editions, University of Victoria: Victoria, BC, 2001-2005. http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/. Visited 19 June 2009).

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