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November 07, 2011



A great post, and all too true.

I think 2012 will be even more futile and melancholy than you suggest. Politicians will roll up to give boosterish speeches that show they still believe in PFI-Neoliberalism, even amidst its ideological and financial ruins, which will be kept well out of sight behind the facades of over-priced legacy infrastructure.

Here's a good question for students of the current Crisis. What role did the Olympics play in the run-up to the Greek collapse?

Dick Pountain

Lovely (dare I say melancholic) post - perhaps you should write an "Anatomy of Post-speculative melancholy"?

I live in Camden Town and walk along the canal towpath most days. Sometimes I get off at York Way and go for a coffee in Kings's Place (now Guardian HQ). That's another eerie and early monument to PSM which opened more or less the time Lehman Bros crashed. Huge half-empty gallery spaces and concert halls, I occasionally hallucinate tumbleweeds blowing around it.

Will Davies

Nice idea, Dick. Maybe some sort of coffee table book, with glossy photos. It could then be used ironically by Ikea, as a prop to place on glass-topped tables they're trying to sell...


An interesting programme on the white elephant and its steaming pile of legacy here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b016wzs5/File_on_4_Costing_the_Games/


Damn that's good.

But what's this 'Olympics' of which you speak? Is it the same as the 'C*ka C*la Games Presented by N*stle'?

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