- From the source of the Thames in a green and pleasant land to dark satanic mills, the forging of the Five Rings and the invention of the www that enables blogs like this, Danny Boyle’s awe-inspiring “Isles of Wonder” charts the transformation of Britain by the world’s first Industrial Revolution
- (But… did someone forget to tell him about modern environmentalism, post-industrial river restoration and all those LOCOG-related river cleanups? we await the handover to Rio 2016 with bated breath!)
- 8 kilometres of river restored, 300k wetland plants and 2k native trees planted: how the Environment Agency and Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) created “Britain’s largest urban park for over a century out of a contaminated, industrial landscape” (lots more pics here)
- Designing river edges, dealing with invasive species and much more: Atkins’ detailed Learning Legacy reports for the ODA make education almost much as fun as that Opening Ceremony
- Meanwhile, Glasgow’s Urban Fly Fisher Alistair Stewart gets out of town for once – and maybe wishes he hadn’t?