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Archives for July 2008

Sniffer dogs and security sweeps

Jonathan Bramley | 15:20 UK time, Thursday, 24 July 2008

It's now been two weeks since we arrived in Beijing, and things are moving fast.

The BBC's area in the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) is buzzing with activity, the studio in the Ling Long Pagoda is taking shape, and the sun has even been shining most days! However, issues of security and access still dominate the build-up.

As would be expected, the local authorities are very sensitive about the area surrounding the Olympic Green. However, the negative effect of this is that simple tasks, like catching a taxi, become incredibly difficult due to traffic restrictions. Some of our staff, who have been relying on taxis as the only means of transport to their hotel, were forced to take an hour-long walk back yesterday.

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Frustrations for Beijing guinea pigs

Jonathan Bramley | 15:35 UK time, Thursday, 17 July 2008

Well, the countdown has begun. It's just under four weeks to the start of the Olympics and the advance party of the BBC's production team (that's Rebekah Kipps, Olympic Project Executive and myself, Executive Producer) has arrived in Beijing.

To be fair, there have been a number of sub-contracted technicians here for a month already fitting out the BBC's area in the International Broadcast Centre (IBC).

We have had to travel to Beijing 11 days earlier than intended, thanks to an unscheduled World Broadcaster briefing which has been called because of serious issues with the local organisation.

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A very 'open Open'

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Paul Davies | 09:17 UK time, Wednesday, 16 July 2008

When the field of 156 players line up for the 137th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale they will not be haunted by the presence of Tiger Woods. The world number one underwent surgery on his knee after heroically winning the US Open, despite being in severe pain, and is ruled out of The Open and probably for the rest of the year.

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Summer of Sport

Lewis Wiltshire | 13:15 UK time, Monday, 7 July 2008

In my working life, the phrase I have heard probably more than any other in the past year is Summer of Sport.

That's the (admittedly dull) buzzword we attached many months ago to a period of three months when we knew we would have to deliver for this website Euro 2008 and the Olympics, with a Ryder Cup thrown in for good measure and those huge annual events which need to be dealt with every summer - Wimbledon, the Open, an England cricket series, the climax of the domestic football seasons in England and Scotland and the start of the new football campaigns.

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Your Wimbledon questions answered

Paul Davies | 16:01 UK time, Thursday, 3 July 2008

Hi, thanks for all your emails about our coverage of the Wimbledon Championships on BBC Television.

I've answered the most frequently asked questions below.

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The power of One

Roger Mosey | 10:32 UK time, Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Everyone who loves sport knows it offers the privilege of witnessing some of the greatest moments of drama.

Last night was one of those.

Around 1900 BST Andy Murray was facing defeat. A couple of hours or so later and it was victory amid the shadows of night - a wonderful comeback, prompting extraordinary scenes on Centre Court.

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