Sunday, March 18, 2012

ARGH! The Olympics - I Need Your Help

Right then, this is a call for help. In case you’ve missed it, the Olympics are coming. It will be a two-week corporate jamboree at the end of successive governments spending billions of pounds worth of public money sorting their rich friends out with some prime real estate. Oh, and there’s some sport too.

I’ve been asked to write an article on the Olympics, looking at its history, politics and price tag – and this is where you come in. So much has been written on the subject (lots of it absolutely worthless) that it is all but impossible to sort through the acres of column inches. I’m asking anyone who comes across anything about the games that looks remotely useful to let me know, just in case I’ve missed it. Recommendations of interesting books or articles on racism or sexism at the Olympics are particularly appreciated. As is anything on the history of dissent and protest.

And just in case you need some inspiration, above is the wonderful Artist Taxi Driver who says more about the games in five minutes than Boris Johnson has managed in five years.