Olympics 2012

London gets ready for the Summer Games

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For 'Fast Sausage and Mash,' a Cockney ATM

One company will offer Olympics visitors ATMs equipped with the East London dialect.

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Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad for Cities

Don't count on gaining much from your moment in the sporting sun.

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What the London Grindr Outage Shows Us About Gay City Life

GPS-enabled apps have changed the going-out culture in the city.

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G4S Gets the Boot in Newcastle

Local vendors will replace the embattled Olympics security company at soccer venue St. James' Park.

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London vs. Beijing: The Pregames

Though the spectacle has been underwhelming, London may have an edge over the Chinese capital in long-term planning.

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London Mayor to Olympics Complainers: 'Put a Sock in It'

Boris Johnson hopes to quiet his naysayers.

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Olympics Attendees May Wear All the Non-Sponsor Apparel They Wish

Despite what the LOCOG chief said on the radio, Pepsi and Nike gear will not be banned at the London games.

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A Roof That Looks Like Water

The roof of the London Aquatic Center is an undulating wave of aluminum supported by Red Lauro timber and more than 3,000 tons of steel.

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How Cranky Are Londoners?

With a Twitter-based mood-measuring lightshow displayed on the London Eye, we're about to find out.

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London Olympics Opening Ceremonies Changes Tied to Transportation Concerns

A few scenes have been trimmed to ensure all attendees will be able to catch the last trains home.

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The Olympics Are Making the London Assembly Relevant

The left-leaning city council may have lost legislative power, but it is regaining its influence as the sole chink in Britain’s official policy of Olympic boosterism.

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How Regulations Are Stifling Olympic Architects

Rules meant to protect sponsors prevent architects from winning awards for their Olympic facilities.

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British Coastline Gets Set to Glow

Hundreds of "peace tents" will be illuminated to commemorate the ancient Olympic Truce.

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As Olympics-Only Lanes Near Opening, London Taxi Drivers Protest

Upset over being excluded from the lanes, some 200 London cab drivers blocked traffic in Parliament Square.

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The Latest Pictures of London's Race to the Olympics

With only 10 days until the Opening Ceremonies, images from all over the city as it the Games draw ever closer.

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Spoofs, Send-ups, and Other Taunts for London's Brand Police

The London Games have been an exercise in image control, but that has only encouraged the jokers.

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Throughout England, Signs of Security Shortages

Dozens of G4S staff failed to turn up for guard duty at a Manchester hotel hosting Olympic athletes.

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Olympic Traffic Pushes London to the Brink

Over 235,000 visitors will arrive in Heathrow today, putting the city's specially designed transportation network to the test.