Regarding the myth of the regeneration. It's all bollocks mate. Okay, so some local roads now have cycle lanes here, >snigger< and a few parks have been tarted up. A handful of shopkeepers have been granted £2,000 to replace their shop fronts, wel, that's about it mate. Most of those shops are off licences, nail bars, take away joints, bookies and corner shops.
The Games are in Newham, one of the poorest boroughs in the city. They are flanked by, Tower Hamlets and Hackney, the two poorest boroughs in London. There ain't no regeneration going on in those.
Hotels have abounded along Stratford Broadway to Bow bells at bow flyover.
My local high road businesses closed down due to the huge increases in rent and rates. Now each and everyone one of them have become Islamic learning centres, places to pray.
Regeneration my arse. We're losing local businesses and people who have an interest in our community.
This was all about the fucking corporates raking it in.
MacDonalds has a temporary joint in Stratford that seats 1,500. Westfield shopping centre was built for the olympics, not for the locals. I've been once and it was a nightmare, but it saves the Essex girls going up west for the designer names because they're all catered for under one roof here.
Most labourers, skilled or not, working on olympic sites are foreign. FACT
Most PCO licensed drivers are being draughted in from the home counties. FACT
Only the wealthy will get to see and enjoy the sports they choose to watch live. FACT
Stratford is a shit hole, and all the shit is being swept under the carpet, for the olympics.
When it is all over I shall witness West Ham move into the stadium. Those barrow boys knew what they were doing when they shipped in from Birmingham. They will sell their ground, if not to Tesco then it will become the firast mosque in the country to cater for 100,000 Muslims.
Btw. Cardiff and FA Cup finals were bloody magic. Cheers for that.