Team GB is currently number 20 in the medal ranks. Which is a shame. I support Britan in the Olympics, though I supported Ukraine in the Euro2012 championship; somehow it seems right to award my affections to the cost-bearing hosts in each instance.

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It is kind of nice when the biggest event on the planet is brought to your doorstep – in my case literally.

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EBRD’s own Andriy Maksymovych brought the Olympic torch to work to let people have their picture taken with it and to raise some money for charity. He raised about £1000 for Marusia, a Ukrainian girl with cancer currently treated in London (more at http://www.mfa.gov.ua/uk) Hundreds of bankers queued for hours! He plans other events with the torch in London, to raise money for equipment for Ukrainian children’s hospital – I will announce when more details are known.

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Olympics in Tower Hamlets smells of rotten fish and fresh manure. Fish smell greets me every morning as I walk to Whitechapel tube; but manure is something new. If I wasn’t in a rush, I’d look around for signs that police horses had been there earlier in the morning.

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