Roll Up, Roll Up, Get Yer Olympics Souvenirs 'Ere
18th March 2010
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It seems a little premature, but given that the next Olympics are only, oh, 2 years away, you might want to stock up on your promotional pin-badges NOW!

Joking aside though, we'd be complaining if they left everything to the last minute wouldn't we.

The 2010 London Olympic badges show designs from Boroughs all over the city, and Richmond's contribution is a design representing Richmond Park.

Badges will be in sale from early April from the Richmond Visitor Centre in Whittaker Avenue, Richmond.

Which is all very nice, and I read in press releases how proud we should be showing London and our own boroughs off in this way, until I remembered an article printed by The Express in February, revealing that the manufacture of 2010 Olympic souvenirs had been put out to tender by the Olympics Committee, and amongst the 27 businesses in the running, mostly British, the tender was awarded to a company in... China.

I'm not sure whether the 'Landmark London' badges are included in this but it still begs the question what opportunities have we given away to another economy?

Double standards?
I think so.

So proud of our heritage. Just don't mention our industry - or people might remember the words 'Recession' and 'Economy'.

Silas Van Der Bas

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