Authors compare London 2012 with 1948 and 1908 Olympics

Two leading authors are giving their views on how London is coping with the cost of staging the 2012 Olympics against the global economic crisis at a public talk tonight (Thurs) in the City.

The talk is the first in a series at the Bishopsgate Institute on the three London Olympics over the past century up to the present day.

Author Matt Rogan and journalist and author David Miller compare London 2012 with the 1948 Games just after the Second World War, when public debt in Britain was higher than today and athletes were on food rations, and with the 1908 Games which saw the first purpose-built Olympic stadium and the significant presence of national teams. They are joined by Southampton University lecturer Dr Martin Polley.

Tickets for tonight’s 7.30pm open forum at the institute in Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street Station, are �8 (concessions �6).

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