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So how could I ever refuse?

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In a nondescript laneway off Botany Road, Waterloo, near the very good Asian greengrocer, linger reminders of Sydney’s pre 2000 Olympic Games housekeeping.

Sydney‘s homeless to be removed for Olympics
In addition, the government is planning to bus homeless people up to 200 kilometres from Sydney to Wollongong, Newcastle and the Blue Mountains, and house them in disused hospitals, government buildings and caravan parks, in an attempt to triple the amount of emergency housing during the Olympics.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/feb2000/olymp-f03.shtml

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Googling “homelessness” and “London Olympics” yielded several stories.

Homeless being ‘swept away’ in London
He said: “In [the football World Cup in] South Africa in 2002, they planted trees in front of the shanty towns so you couldn’t see the people from the stadiums. In Barcelona, all the homeless people were swept out. In Greece they were moved to the other side of the country. London will do the same. They’ll be swept away so far that by the time they get back the Olympics will be over.”
http://hollowayexpress.co.uk/homeless-being-swept-away-in-london-ed-by-jane-checked-by-max/

REPORTS OF ROUGH SLEEPERS BEING “MOVED ON”
We have been contacted several times about reports that, in some areas of London, rough sleepers are being encouraged to “move on” in preparation for the Olympics.
We would be highly concerned if this was taking place but, as far we know, the only activities underway are part of the long-term strategy to end rough sleeping in London. In other words services are working to get new and long-term rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation but this should be happening whether or not the Olympics were taking place.
http://homeless.org.uk/news/100-days-go-rough-sleeping-and-olympics

Homeless performers take over Royal Opera House
The event, With One Voice, is part of the London 2012 festival – the first time that homeless people have been given a platform at an Olympic Games. Instead of being, in Peacock’s words, “overlooked, made unwelcome, or, worst-case scenario, moved on”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/02/homeless-performers-royal-opera-house?newsfeed=true

Perhaps the With One Voice performers could sing Abba’s Waterloo…

“Waterloo”

My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

My, my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight
And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose

Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

So how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose –

Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

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