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 Saturday, September 01, 2012

I've been back in the Olympic Park for the Paralympics.
So, what's changed?

new symbols (far fewer people are queueing to have their photo taken by the giant agitos)
new venues (Eton Manor opens for Wheelchair Tennis) (Football on the hockey warm-up pitch) [photo]
new Olympic Park map (because different venues in the park are open)
new digital signs for those with Day Passes (there might be seats, there might not)
new sponsors (Otto Bock, with a pavilion tucked away at the back of World Square)
new batch volunteers (still cheery, chirpy and absolutely marvellous)

more wheelchairs (which is to be expected, but cheering)
more British (the park's now a family day out, with far fewer international visitors)
more metal barriers (but too late to protect some of the flowers and planted areas beyond) [photo]
more celebs (I spotted Jay Rayner eating noodly stuff from a box near the Velodrome)
more Mandeville (appearing at the bandstand, and at the new "Mascot House") [photo] [photo]
more flowers (the wild flower mix in the southern Park is now glorious) [photo] [photo]

less flowers (much of the colour has faded in the northern Park) [here's an exception]
less TV studios (BBC Sport gone, NBC replaced by a mini tennis court)
less people on the lawns watching the big screen (the Olympics packed them in, the Paralympics don't quite)

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