|Astonishing news for the London 2012 organisers....
London 2012 officials have rejected the opportunity to relocate to new offices in the capital's West End in favour of staying near to the present headquarters in Canary Wharf. Several prestigious London addresses offered the bid team the opportunity to use their premises after the capital was chosen to host the 2012 Olympics but the group's chairman Sebastian Coe rebuffed all the invitations.
Nice sentiment Sebastian, but if you want to stay true to real East End roots how about a National Front riot at the opening ceremony, jellied Eel snack bars in the stadiums, pearly kings and queens as mascots and closing ceremony with a fireworks display shooting out of abandoned burned out cars. That's the East End we all know and love.
"I couldn't have justified running a bid based around regenerating the East End, one of the poorest parts of the country, and then moved our offices away from the area," said Coe. "What kind of message would that send?"