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August 16, 2012

Editor's Letter 27: Olympics, Libya and Ageing Populations

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Olympics Fever has not passed Spear’s by: we’re practising our javelin hurls and reverse two-and-a-half somersaults, tuck, with as much abandon as the next couch potato.

Olympics Fever has not passed Spear’s by: we’re practising our javelin hurls and reverse two-and-a-half somersaults, tuck, with as much abandon as the next couch potato. We’re taking a balanced view of the Games (not forgetting the Paralympics): weighing up the crashing bores of the International Olympic Committee with the potential gains from an exciting new quarter of London.

Freddy Barker explores what Eton and East London have in common on page 68, which is a lot more than you might think, including a strong mutual history and a promising future. Amber Melville-Brown gives advice on how to cope with sudden fame if you’re a gold-medal-winning Olympian, while Emily Rookwood discovers that beneath the hipsterism and grime of Shoreditch are some truly chic boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

Freddy is back examining the vexed question of how sportsmen can stay rich after their 9.58 seconds of fame have brought them unexpected wealth. And I had the pleasure of a ride around the Olympic Park with Anita Zabludowicz, the philanthropist putting the legacy into the Games.

We have a dispatch from the new Libya as Sophie McBain, who was on the last flight out of Tripoli before the fall of Gaddafi, returns on the first BA flight in from London. She encounters a changed country, where the mood is lighter, the graffiti freer and the guns — well, more plentiful than before. It is not just a postcard from Tripoli, however: Sophie investigates how oil, corruption and murder are playing out in the free country.

I like to think that this issue of Spear’s is optimistic: it’s not as if the world lacks for gloom at the moment. We have two interesting investment propositions: Ben Goldsmith writes about the opportunities to be found in ageing (making money out of it, rather than receiving a free bus pass) and Christopher Silvester is fired up by the potential of carbon credits. This is a way of turning hot air into gold, apparently.

We have sent Comrade Arlidge to Cuba where he sees a country opening up to capitalism and its handmaid, luxury tourism, while I had the pleasure of staying in Paris during the French election and witnessing the vibrant Contemporary art scene it is developing. My trip also confirmed one great truth: you can’t get decent millefeuille beyond the Périphérique.
Josh Spero
Nominated for Editor of the Year and Fiona Macpherson
New Editor of the Year at the BSME Awards 2011
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