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In the papers today: 22.02.08. The Olympics is just around the corner…

Olympic glory seems a long way off for both China and London; today’s Telegraph reports the woes of crucial test events held yesterday in Beijing, which indicate problems with ticketing, queues and venue access, particularly for disabled spectators.

The event itself ran smoothly, however, and the award-winning venue, known as the Water Cube or [H2O]3 and designed by PTW Architects (in conjunction with Arup and CSCEC+) is described in the piece as ‘stunning’.

Which is more than can be said for London’s own Aquatic Centre. The Evening Standard discloses probable delays to the completion of Zaha Hadid’s complex and sinuous design, which is contracted to sole bidder Balfour Beatty. Under pressure to cut costs from an estimated £214 million to somewhere between £160-170 million, BB may have to dedicate less manpower to the project, which will inevitably push completion closer to the Games, and perhaps not allowing enough time for test events.

The Olympic Delivery Authority negate the financial wrangle and say that Building magazine, which originally reported the story, must have got its sums wrong.

The Financial Times tips its hat to the first show at the newly reopened Fashion & Textile Museum in London’s Bermondsey. The exhibition, entitled Peacocks & Pinstripes, depicts not only the poseurs in front of the lens, but the colourful streetlife surrounding them; the promise of teddy-boys alongside a sharp-suited Michael Caine sounds like a spot-the-difference.

The formerly industrial and distinctly unglamorous district has been waved over by the glittery wand of Zandra Rhodes, who originally opened the FTM there in 2003; it has now been taken over by Newham College of Further Education, who continue to maintain Rhodes’ sartorial influence as consultant and ambassador, and will be exhibiting her extensive archived collections on rotation.

The Independent is full of greatness, in the form of no less than 20 of the last century’s most cunning inventors. While both inspiring and humbling to learn about the invention of such life-enhancing objects such as remote controls, zips, car tyres and, er, ice-rink resurfacing machines, the paper also provides appraisal, anecdote and glimpses of those that fell by the wayside – soap-filled sponges anyone?

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