Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Forget London, Go South for Olympics

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Forget London, Go South for Olympics

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IN AN age of global polarisation, nothing could be more healing than the Olympic Games, which are to be held in Athens this year. But I remain unsure, as many Londoners perhaps are, that London is the right choice of location for the 2012 games.

The majority of Olympic Games have been held in the northern hemisphere and it is about time that the compliment was paid to the southern hemisphere if there is a real sense that the world is to come together.

Meanwhile, as athletes from all over the world begin to head for Athens, let us hope this will be the peaceful and popular games that it deserves to be.

Mary Goodall, Reading, Berks.

EXCELLENT news that Greg Rusedski has been cleared of drug cheating (Rusedski cleared on drugs, 10 March), but there are still concerns, as expressed by Kate Hoey, that the Olympic Games in Athens this year will not be entirely drugs-free.

It has been shown by Greg Rusedksi that minute traces of performance-increasing drugs are present in products which athletes believe to be perfectly safe and given to them by their trainers.

Surely, the manufacturers of such products for athletes should have international guidelines as to what they can and cannot safely put in drinks and foods.

Murray Jones, Greenwich,

In brief . THE authorities now believe the bombings in Madrid were the work of al Qaeda, rather than ETA.

For those who doubted it, David Blunkett's words that it is a question of "when" rather than "if" al Qaeda will attempt to cause terrorist attacks in Britain are finally proved right.

Vigilance, as your editorial suggests, will be very important. Times have moved on and proper scientific methods of policing - which we now have - are much more essential.

John Wilmot, Camden

. THE Evening Standard article was incorrect in stating that "bus mileage has outstripped numbers of extra passengers". In fact, the number of passengers per bus is up by 15 per cent over the past three years. (Leap in profits for bus firms sparks row over soaring profits, 4 March).

The entire TfL bus service subsidy is not paid to the operators. A very substantial capital investment programme in infrastructure and technology is included in this figure.

Peter Hendy, managing director surface transport, Transport for London, Broadway, SW1.

What to wear to the Palace

HOWEVER brilliant an idea it was for the Queen to welcome Britain's finest women to the Palace for lunch, what has become of knowing how to dress for lunch (The day I had lunch with the Queen, 12 March)?

Kate Moss chose the Queen Mother's favourite: mid powder blue, teamed with what looked like a white rabbit jacket. She looked very cheerful in it - but time, surely, to bring back that fashion label English Eccentrics?

Susie Porter, Westbourne Grove, W2. …

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