London commuters told to use alternate traveling routes, work from home and either walk or cycle to work to avoid overcrowding on London’s transport systems during the Olympics. Transport Minister Norman Baker said, “It’s time to oil the creaking bike, dig out the walking boots.”
In addition to growing contention among commuting Londoners who must alter their commute is the fact that all Official Olympics 2012 merchandise is being made in other countries, including tickets for the individual events printed in the US, 90 per cent of Olympic souvenirs made abroad, and according to designer Stephen Bayley, the merchandise for the 2012 Olympics, “Looks like a poundstore in a post-industrial hell.“
The Olympic Village 2012 construction bid went to Sydney based Lend Lease.
Even the Olympics 2012 logo, by renowned brand consult firm Wolff Olins, was criticized and likened to the Nazi symbol. The design cost 400,000 pounds sterling, almost $500,000.
As the Olympic mascots were revealed, some pundits even called them creepy or nasty. London unveils creepy-looking mascots for 2012 Olympics – Rife …
With the introduction of Wenlock and Mandeville (above), London 2012 … Olympic mascots have always been the object of scorn.