I wanted to remind all readers of this blog that I’ll be speaking this evening from 7pm at Housmans bookshop.
Much of my talk will be about the Olympics, about the ways in which the corporations have used them to take over London, and about the individuals who have profited from them (Coe, Mittal, Dizdarevic…). I’ll also speak about the way the Games have been organised as a sporting spectacle, their jingoism, their sexism and racism.
I’ll also speak about my book Lives; Running, and the alternative model it articulates of a different kind of sporting practice: one based on participation rather than spectating, and one which thrives on racing defeats as well as on victories. I’ll use Coe here, again, as a negative model, whose life story points a way (against Coe’s wishes) towards how to run freely.
The talk will be at:
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Entry: £3, redeemable against any purchase
Nearest tube: King’s Cross