Getting around Beijing

May 18, 2008   |   Posted by Shaun McCarthy


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In preparation for the Olympics, the Beijing authorities have implemented a range of measures to ensure a smooth transport experience for the anticipated half a million visitors to the Olympics held in a city which is already home to 17 million people. Three subway lines and some 3,800 compressed natural gas buses have been added. Alternate driving days have been implemented based on the last digit of vehicles’ license plates since July 20, while older vehicles with higher levels of emissions have been banned from the city during the Games. In addition, 70% of all government cars have been taken …

Does the world really need another plastic Big Ben?

May 16, 2008   |   Posted by Shaun McCarthy

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One of the most emotive developments in the London 2012 planning so far was the unveiling of the logo for the games. Debate raged about whether it was a vibrant expression of London’s energy – or the work of a crazed graffiti artist. I was wearing my London 2012 jacket when waiting in the pouring rain for transport from the rowing venue yesterday. It was thankfully fully waterproof but it also sparked a conversation with a British ex-patriot family in front of me, they still hate it! This reaction demonstrates the emotion the people of the host cities can start …