Posted by: Closed Circuit10/08/2012
Perhaps it helps having an office within a javelin throw of the Olympic rings dangling from Tower Bridge, but staff at Family Mosaic have been getting into the spirit of the games.
They’ve been running a competition for the best photos of Olympians - and top brass seem as enthusiastic as anyone. During a lunch with Closed Circuit, finance director Ken Youngman leapt athletically from his seat to snap a couple of passing athletes, weightlifters from Turkmenistan, as it turned out. Mr Youngman hopes the picture of a beaming FD sandwiched between the two Goliaths nets him a gold.
Incredible sporting achievements have dominated the media the past fortnight - but later this month Hyde chief executive Steve White will be attempting his own feat of endurance.
Mr White, who had the bottom half of one leg amputated following knee surgery complications in his youth, will swim from Alcatraz to the San Francisco mainland. He will then swim 10,000 metres along the coast near Manhattan, New York. Mr White, who promises to ‘try and not get eaten by a shark’, is aiming to raise money for charity the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association. Closed Circuit wishes him all the best.
Southwark Council has come under fire from community activists, after some apparently selective ‘graffiti clearing’ in the middle of Elephant & Castle’s Heygate estate, which sits empty waiting for regeneration.
The ‘Southwark Notes’ blog posted before and after photos of a number of murals painted over by the council, which include a Pacman chomping houses and giant chopsticks plucking houses out of the street, along with an elephant watering a garden with its trunk. Tagging and obscenities were apparently left in place.
Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, the environment and recycling, told Closed Circuit that there will be more graffiti removal on the site, but the anti-regeneration blog, clearly unimpressed, described the move as ‘spiteful vandalism’.
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