Paralympic athletes should get equal treatment by Royal Mail

I am extremely disappointed by Royal Mail’s decision not to give British Gold medal Paralympic athletes equal treatment when it comes to producing stamps with pictures of successful athletes on them.

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To celebrate every gold medal that Team GB wins, Royal Mail has been painting a Postbox gold in the home town of athletes that win gold medals. It is welcome that this practise will also be carried out when an athlete in the Paralympic games wins a gold medal too.

In addition, Royal Mail has been issuing special stamps with pictures of the winning gold medallists every time Team GB wins one. However, they will not be carrying out this practise for disabled athletes when they win gold medals. Instead, all Paralympics winners will feature across a series of six stamps. The reason cited for this is that it would be “logistically impossible” to have this equal treatment of Paralympic athletes as in Beijing, they won 42 gold medals over 10 days of competition.

In a statement on the British Paralympics Association’s website, they say that they are “very pleased with the final plans” and the reason for not having gold medal stamps for Paralympians is “very good”.

If it logistically impossible to provide equal treatment for all our gold medal winning athletes, then Royal Mail simply should not have printed stamps for any athletes. The Olympic and Paralympic Games should be seen as part of one London 2012 Games. It may just be stamps, but there is a bigger picture – it symbolises that there is still a long way to go in the struggle for disability equality.

Government purchases 9,000 Olympic tickets

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The BBC is reporting that the Tory Liberal Government has bought 9,000 tickets for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Brent Council was given the opportunity to buy tickets but we thought it was unacceptable to purchase them at a time when we are being forced to cutback on public services. It raises the question of whether we are really all in this together.

It is disappointing that that the Government has decided to purchase such an extravagant amount.

EXCLUSIVE: The final set of weekend closures for the northern section of the Jubilee Line will be between Sunday 15th May and Sunday 26th June

Northern entrance to Dollis Hill tube station
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Transport for London has revealed that the final set of weekend closures will take place between Sunday 15 May and Sunday 26 June.

We were promised that the works would be completed first of all last year and then by Spring 2011. However, it seems that Spring will be arriving later than usual this year, with the works now expected to be completed at the end of June.

It is however a huge relief that it look like the line will be running in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but I am hugely disappointed that Dudden Hill residents have had to endure years of no Jubilee Line service at weekends from Willesden Green, Dollis Hill and Neasden Station.

Testimonies Project: Get Involved

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Artist Lorenzo Belenguer is organising a community project in Brent and looking to involve local residents.

Twenty local residents are invited to participate in the Testimonies project for the London 2012 Games led by the local artist, Lorenzo Belenguer. Interviews will be carried out with people who witnessed the 1948 Olympic Games and with other (younger) residents about their expectation and emotions towards the upcoming London 2012 Games. These interviews will form an exhibition at the Gallery at Willesden Green and be broadcast around the Wembley stadium area during the summer of 2012.

To show your interest in participating in this exciting project, you only need to send an email to: info@brentartistsresource.org.uk or call to 020 8459 1421 giving your name, full address and why you feel so passionate about the Games. The deadline for this is the 15th of October this year.

See information poster: LINK