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Saturday, July 14, 2012

As the London 2012 Olympics reach two weeks and counting, the world's news media -and enthusiastic London Mayor Boris Johnson- visit Olympic Park, the Athletes Village, some venues and give us their appraisals; #London2012, @London2012

alejandromedinafilms video:  Time-lapse footage of construction of the London 2012 Athletes' Village. (HD). February 22, 2012. http://youtu.be/bB0W8xiqQ8Y

Al Jazeera video: Al Jazeera correspondent Lee Wellings checks out the Olympic Park two weeks before it's full of 16,000 athletes. July 13, 2012.

Australia's 7News: Inside the Olympic village. July 13, 2012. 

London Mayor Boris Johnson inspected the beautiful Olympic Park on Friday, two weeks before the Opening Ceremonies and comes away both impressed and proud. 

MayorsOfficeLondon video: July 13, 2012. http://youtu.be/HIlZmMBYUy8
SNTVonline video: July 13, 2012.  http://youtu.be/p6Bg7uFUays

MayorsOfficeLondon video: A new £50m cable car system -aka Emirates Air Line- linking the Excel Centre at Royal Victoria Docks across the Thames to the O2 Arena in north Greenwich in five minutes, and with an amazing view. http://youtu.be/PLAz1lM0zgs

You don't have to be a genius to know in advance that whatever else happens the first week, this cable car ride with its great views is going to be one of the early breakout hits of the Olympics, with every TV cameraman from around the world in London taking at least two trips across with one of their correspondents showing the folks back home the view from mid-air, to say nothing of the visitors and athletes themselves who will cross with their own video-cams in tow, and why not? 
But the queues will be long!!!

I expect that within a month from today, there will easily be at least 500 videos of the entire Thames crossing on YouTube.

And lest you forget, that's Greenwich as in Greenwich Mean Time -GMT- though during the summer up 'til late October, London is actually on BST, British Summer Time, where the living is easy.
In any case, where time begins on this blue planet.

SNTVonline video: Inside Olympics venue - the Excel Centre. July 13, 2012.

Speaking of Depeche Mode... the music in the cable car video above you just heard is their's 

WarnerBrosRecords video: Depeche Mode - It's No Good (Remastered Video). October 26, 2009http://youtu.be/aieEZ950d1I

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