Photos tell some of the tale // Olympic Wanderings: August 3rd, 2012

03/08/2012 § Leave a comment

This is a pretty amazing infographic from the Washington post, showing the progress of world records in swimming over the past twenty years.

**The Guardian has assembled the wackiest images from the Olympics so far.

Canada’s Barbara Jardin leads off the gallery…

***The BBC is reporting that some London retailers are calling the Olympics a ‘disaster for business.’

Data collected by research group Experian seems to support this – it said the number of people going to stores in east London on Monday and Tuesday was 9.6% lower than a year ago, while footfall in west London fell by 4.5%. It said: “We think this is as a result of people mainly going to the shopping centre adjacent to the Olympic Park.”

But some have little sympathy

“If you are out at the Olympic venues, all the local businesses have entertainment or big screens – there is a real buzz.

“None of the businesses up and down Oxford Street are offering anything to try and bring people in.”

Spend money to make money?

****Is this the first ‘open data Olympics?’

Johnston

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