Beneath the 2012 Olympics: A History of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park
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Author:
Stan Medland and Simon Rodway




Classification:
Sport/General Interest


Brief Description: In 2012 millions of people across the globe marvelled at the spectacle that was the London Summer Olympic Games, with thousands flocking to England’s capital to enjoy the sporting action first-hand. However, visitors to the new Olympic Stadium may not have realised that the site and surrounding area is steeped in history. Beneath the 2012 Olympics sets out to explore the rich heritage of the local environment and uncover the hidden East London story.
As soon as the last medal had been awarded work began on developing the Olympic site to create the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park. This fascinating new illustrated guide lifts the lid on the ancient, smokey, noisy, historical London that paved the way for this thriving new London suburb. Dip inside and discover original movie makers, railway magnates, old Etonians, famous actors, innovators, inventors, Olympic boxers and many more.
This compelling book is a must-have for anyone who enthused about the 2012 Olympic Games and all those with a keen interest in social history.

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About the Author: Simon Rodway: Simon Rodway was born in New Zealand but moved to London in 1975.
Having grown-up in the era of the Beatles and James Bond, Simon has always been a fan of all things London and considers England’s capital city to be his adopted home.
Simon has a keen interest in London’s history and is an official Blue Badge tour guide, introducing visitors and foreign tourists to the capital’s fascinating past and revealing the hidden stories behind its bustling streets.
As one of the first London Blue Badge tourist guides to be involved with the London 2012 Olympic Games, Simon gained an early insight to the proposed development of the site and has eagerly followed its progress.
Together with co-author, Stan Medland, Simon has also written a guide to the modern Olympics, The Eternal Flame. Simon works as an advertising copywriter and enjoys spending his free time with his new granddaughter.
Stan Medland: Stan Medland was born and brought up in East London, on the banks of the River Lea. Stan has always lived and worked in the capital and was an East End publican for several years.
A keen sports enthusiast, Stan trialed for Leyton Orient FC whilst in his teens and he continues to be a keen football supporter, as well as being a fan of Formula One and golf.
In 2005, he became a London Blue Badge tourist guide so that he could take visitors to London around all of his favourite haunts. Stan was delighted when London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games allowing him to combine his two great passions; the East End and sport. Stan created and led some of the first 2012 walking tours in Newham, which were later extended into coach tours and lectures on the potential benefits and effects of the 2012 Games on the people of East London.
Stan is also the co-author of The Eternal Flame, a guide to the modern Olympics. He continues to reside in East London to this day.


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Publication Date:14 November 2013
Digital eBook ISBN 13:978-1-909949-73-7
Digital pdf ISBN 13:978-1-909949-74-4
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