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Olympic Portraits, Part II: Londoners

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Today's entry comes in the form of two separate portrait series relating to the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. In Part II, below, I've collected photographs of locals in the host country. The Londoners pictured here were stopped in the streets and asked how they felt about having their city host the Olympics. Be sure to also see Part I: American Athletes, a look at members of the U.S. Olympic team. [23 photos]

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Paddy Fox, a 79 year-old Chelsea Pensioner who has lived in London for more than ten years, in Chelsea, London, on May 17, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Fox said: "I think it's fantastic. Let the world see what we are really like." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)
Paddy Fox, a 79 year-old Chelsea Pensioner who has lived in London for more than ten years, in Chelsea, London, on May 17, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Fox said: "I think it's fantastic. Let the world see what we are really like." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)
Ismail Mohammed, a 29 year-old shop keeper who has lived in London for seven years, in Brixton, on May 22, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Mohammed said: "Can do nothing. After the Olympics what's going to happen? It's going go down again like it is right now." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Joe Atwere, a 42 year-old street photographer who has lived all his life in London, in Shoreditch, on May 23, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Atwere said: "It's going be a positive experience. It's going to bring all the cultures and communities together and hopefully it will be a good celebration of sports as well as a celebration of life." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Victoria Palmer, a 27 year-old model and jewelery designer who has lived in London for sixteen years, in Shoreditch, London, on May 23, 2012. When asked what she felt about London hosting the Olympics, Palmer said: "Being as I am the least sporty person that's probably ever existed, I can't honestly say that I'm excited about it. I think the money could go towards better things." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Craig Drysdale, a 57 year-old pensioner who has lived in London for twenty-eight years, in Balham, London, on May 22, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Drysdale said: "I'm sceptical that it's going to bring long term benefits. We bid for it at a time when everybody was feeling optimistic about the economy. With hindsight, I'm not so sure it's going be worth it." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Darren Rudland, a 41 year-old fashion store staff member who has lived all his life in London, in Shoreditch, on May 23, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Rudland said: "I'm very apprehensive over plans at the moment. But I'm interested to see the legacy of the Olympics." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Sue West, a 59 year-old school crossing patrol warden who has lived all her life in London, in central London, on May 15, 2012. When asked about London hosting the Olympics, West said: "Fantastic! It will bring lots of people into the country. I think it's going be chaos traffic wise but it will be great for the people and the school children of course." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Nicolas Ameline, a 30 year-old salesman who has lived in London for five years, in the City of London, May 23, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Ameline said: "I think it's a great opportunity for London in terms of generating new business. Apart from that it will be a chaos for commuters." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Leon Campbell, a 23 year-old graphic illustrator who has lived all his life in London, in central London, on May 16, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Campbell said: "Personally, I'm neutral. I don't know what it will do for the city. My opinion will be made after I see the knock on effects." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Laim Carter, a 19 year-old guardsman who has lived in London for two months, in Chelsea, London, on May 23, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Carter said: "It's good." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Dasha, a 21 year-old model who has lived in London for more than two years, on the banks of the river Thames in London, on May 16, 2012.About London hosting the Olympics, Dasha said: "It's not good for London. There will be too many tourists." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Ian Cook, a 29 year-old artist who lives in Birmingham and works for a week in London, in an office window in central London, on May 15, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Cook said: "It's great to be a host city. There will be lots of cultural things going on. I am looking forward to it." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Garry Green, a 44 year-old motorcycle paramedic who has lived all his life in London, in the City of London, on May 23, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Green said: "Personally, I think it's a good thing but it's going to cost a fortune. We're going to be paying for it for the next 20 to 30 years." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Collum Hanway, a 15 year-old student who has lived all his life in London, in central London, on May 15, 2012. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Hanway said: "I'm really excited and I'm looking forward to going to some of the events. I have tickets for the synchronized diving." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Mash Lorne, a 60 year-old fish seller who has lived all his life in London, in Brixton, on May 22, 2012. When asked about London hosting the Olympics, Lorne said: "It's a fantastic idea and we waited so long for it. It's going to be good for everyone." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Petrica Iancu, a 20 year-old desktop support technician who has lived in London for more than a year, in Balham, on May 22, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Iancu said: "I think it's a good idea and is good for London's name. But it's not so good for the people who live in Stratford because of the Olympics everything gets more expensive and local people can't afford it." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Ian Fraser, a 58 year-old mechanic who has lived all his life in London, in Lambeth, London, on May 17, 2012. When asked about London hosting the Olympics, Fraser said: "I think it's a waste of time. We are not going to benefit from it. It's bringing no financial reward to people like me. It's exclusively for the rich and famous." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Karina Zamarska, a 23 year-old actress who has lived in London for five years, in central London, on May 16, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Zamarska said: "For London it's obviously not good becuase so many people will be here. The tourists will be asking me questions all the time." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Michael and Kay Deedman, 71 and 79 year-old pensioners from Hockley visiting London for a day, in Chelsea, London, on May 23, 2012. When asked what they felt about London hosting the Olympics, Michael said: "We are thrilled about it. Our granddaughter is taking part in the Paralympics, not as competitor but as a volunteer." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Tiziano Mazzillis, a 42 year-old fashion designer who has lived in London for twelve years, near Carnaby Street in London, on May 21, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Mazzillis said: "It's a great thing for London. I don't know if they are prepared for all the people coming, it's going to cause some aggravation for the commuters but it's amazing." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Jennie Hulett, a 35 year-old mother who has lived in London for thirteen years, with her daughter Bethan in Balham, London, on May 24, 2012. When asked what she felt about London hosting the Olympics, Hulett said: "It's great for the city and it's going to bring lots of people here. But the only downside is that it's a vast amount of money for something that literally lasts two weeks. Hopefully, in the long run it will be worth it and it's going to regenerate Startford." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Ben Slow, a 28 year-old street artist who has lived all his life in London, in Shoreditch, London, on May 23, 2012. About London hosting the Olympics, Slow said: "It's a massive waste of money. I think it will be fun for a few days but if you think of everything that's going on at the moment with the current financial situation, it's a massive waste of money." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Tony Kerr, a 45 year-old underwriter who has lived all his life in London, in the City of London, on May 23, 2012. When asked about London hosting the Olympics, Kerr said: "I think it's great for people outside London and for the UK in general. For those in London it's probably going to be a bit of a hassle. It's going to be an interruption to business generally." (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #

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