Monday, July 25, 2011

Inspiration 2011

Yesterday [Sunday] was the big Inspiration 2011 event over at Fairlop Waters, marking one year to go to the 2012 Olympics. Unfortunately I could not be there, as I was contracted to assemble one of those Garden Adventure Play things for my grand daughter using only a Swiss Army Penknife. But our Chairman was there and so was our resident photographer Ron Jeffries - see slide show below.

Meanwhile the Games minister fears London Transport is not up to the job. This is not just about Public Transport, for which there is always a risk of a breakdown, but also the way in which the road traffic is to be “managed”. If some of the schemes implemented around here are anything to to go by, then I think he has a point.

Then we have the beyond parody pledge by one of the Games sponsors to create the World’s Largest Macdonalds at the games site in Stratford. At 3,000 sq-meters it will accommodate 1,500 people at a time, and this is only one of four of such eateries in or around the site. They plan to serve 1,750,000 of their “meals” during the event. Gold Medal time?

And then we hear that the campaigners opposed to the use of Wanstead Flats for a temporary Police base are ready to submit a legal challenge. The real question here is not the use of Wanstead Flats but that the Olympic site was designed without any provision for accommodating Police Security. It’s these little details that give one confidence that the whole thing will run smoothly, don’t you think?

But to round off on a positive note, here’s the report in the Recorder.

And the Official Report on Red-i.


  1. Keep a look out for a full report on the Inspiration Festival on Redbridgei and also in this weeks Ilford Recorder. It was fantastic seeing so many families enjoying all of the free olympic and paralympic activities we had put on. Fairlop Waters was a beautiful backdrop to a jammed pack day of festivities in the glorious sunshine.

    Hopefully it is now clear why the borough has an Olympic Development Manager, and although my job is not purely about putting on festivals and activities for local people, it is definately the part of my job that makes it all worth while.

    There is still an awful lot of work to be done though over the next few months as we approach 2012, and I will do everything I can to ensure residents benefit from London hosting the games, and try me hardest to minimise the negative impact on our communities!!

    Julie Creffield
    Olympic Development Manager

  2. I am so glad you had a happy day, Julie – I was not even aware the event was on. And I live in Barkingside High Street. Overwhelmingly successful publicity there, then...

    Here we have another Council employee trying to justify their position in the hope of not getting cut. Julie: is your job for a limited, finite period only or will you be moved sideways after the Olympics have finished?

    Out here in the real world, most of the people I know are planning to go abroad during the period of the Olympics (myself included), many of them intending to rent out their places at exorbitant rents!

  3. Dear Ray,
    The event was publicised on this blog. I suggest that you didn't read that post because you didn't want to know about it.

    There were about 7,000 people there so any criticism on publicity is unjustified.

    Regardless of the Olympics, this was a hugely successful event for local people. If, as suggested, it becomes a regular feature in our local calendar, perhaps combined with Fairlop Fair, then I think this will be a positive outcome and Olympic legacy for local people.

  4. Ray's going abroad - one-way ticket????