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18/09/2009

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It is a year since Beijing hosted the 2008 Paralympic Games. Despite dire predictions of how China would deal with an influx of disabled people, it was generally considered a success - but has it had a lasting success? And with attention shifting to London 2012, how will the world judge whether it has been a success?

Guest: Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee.

Peter White normally catches the train to work, but as the famous Greyhound brand launched its service from Southampton - close to where Peter lives -and London, he decided to give it a try. Will the venture live up to expectations?

Guests: Alex Warner, managing director of Greyhound UK and Dr Tim Stanley, Research Fellow in American Studies at the University of London.

The Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow in 2014. One promise made when the city bid for the event in 2005 was that there would be a rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city. However, the Scottish Government has thrown the plan out in order to help balance the budget. How will it impact on the Games?

Guests: The BBC's Scotland correspondent, Colin Blane, and Garry Clark of Scottish Chamber of Commerce.

Planning rules forbid Brecon Mountain Railway from using local coal because it would have to be moved by road, so foreign supplies are shipped in instead. People who live near the open cast mine support planning restrictions because of the pollution it causes.

Reporter: Melanie Doel.

Sports including shooting, badminton, rhythmic gymnastics and boxing could all be staged in temporary venues in 2012. These would be close to the Olympic Village in east London and be dismantled after the Games. But the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, believes this is wasteful and to save money wants some of these events to be staged at Wembley Arena.

Guest: Neale Coleman, Mayor Olympic Adviser

A You and Yours investigation reveals the online ticket agencies using fake logos to offer seats for the World Cup finals in South Africa. Not only are their tickets overpriced, they also have no authorisation to sell tickets and are acting illegally. Football fans who have bought legitimately won't be given a ticket until they arrive at the game and swipe a credit card in a machine.

Reporter: Shari Vahl.
Guest: Mike Lambourne of the Office of Fair Trading.

A catch-up on listener emails triggered by our story about the pizzeria owner who refuses to serve customers who order while talking on their mobile phones.

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