Nuala Casey's debut novel set in London's famed bohemian quarter - concerns itself with four ordinary Londoners who get caught up in the cloying hysteria of 6 July 2005, the day Britain was announced as host of the Olympic Games. But as day breaks after a night of bacchanalia - the 4am in question - a day of infamy begins: 7/7, a date Londoners will never forget.
A total of £5.3 million of Lottery money which helped build the Olympic Park is being reused to back grassroots sports and volunteering schemes. T...
Objects such as the Olympic torch, competitor kit and costumes contribute to the display. This includes Tom Daley's swim trunks and Beth Tweddle's gymnastics kit, as well as over 60 ensembles worn at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics; from punk heads to policemen and NHS nurses to Mary Poppins.
The relationship that Carl and Charlotte have built up over the years means that he knows what to say to her when to stimulate her best performance. On the way to the event, reminding her of the vision of Olympic victory, he said to her "'Some people wish it will happen, some people think it will happen and you are going to make it happen".
Meanwhile on the campaign trail for squash's inclusion in the Olympics, Ben Dirs, a BBC blogger, wrote a chirpy little article on synchronised swimming and how he feels sorry for squash players. He had an interesting point. These swimmers undoubtedly work so hard, but how accessible a sport is it? Is synchronised swimming a sport even?