Author Archives: Joe Mason

About Joe Mason

My name is Joe Mason, I'm a 20 year-old Londoner living in Hackney, a host borough for the 2012 Olympic Games. Through this blog I explored how the Games affected local people. I was part of a group of students taking part in a program called Headstart. Now I use this as a platform for creative writing, audio, film, and digital.

The Olympic Experience

Last Monday, I went to the Olympic Park and took part in the Olympic Experience. This is how I describe being in the Olympic Park all day and joining in with the activities and watching the event in the evening. … Continue reading

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Games

When I visited the Winter Paralympic Games back in 2010, one of the things that I remember most well was how friendly and helpful the volunteers were. I thought to myself at the time, ‘how will grumpy ol’ Londoners be … Continue reading

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Olympic challenge in a day

Three other Headstarters and I were set a task to travel around London for the day while visiting as many Olympics countries’ houses as we could. We would see what the venues were like and try to establish which country … Continue reading

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‘Carrying the torch means more to me than if I was an Olympic medallist’

I have known David Vellala, one of the 8,000 torch bearers for these Olympic Games, for several years now through some of the many sports programs he leads in my local area. He is what you call a ‘people person’, … Continue reading

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Times Podcast Interview

Today, this podcast was published by the timesonline where I was interviewed by Chris Skinner talking about the Games and how I have been affected as a local and a young person. Have a listen!

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An artist’s impression of sponsors impact on the Olympics

  (Image source: Occupy the London Stock Exchange) Deemed as ‘offensive’ by Ealing Council, Mau Mau’s ‘Clown Town’ artwork was whitewashed over within 6 days.

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The World In London

The Photographers’ Gallery are putting on an exhibition called The World In London which celebrates the diversity of cultures in London. It will be on during the course of the Olympic Games and is part of the London 2012 Festival. … Continue reading

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