Beijing Bureau: DIY Security

I expected security for the Olympic venues to be an absolute nightmare. At badminton on Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised. There was no line as we walked through the metal detectors, and our bags were scanned and immediately handed back to us. The whole process took about a minute and a half. Badminton, however, was held at the Beijing University of Technology, far from the high-profile Olympic Green. Last night, we went to see Gymnastics at the National Indoor Stadium in the heart of the Green. The volunteers were as courteous and as eager as ever, and…

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The View From Beijing

 This is the view outside my office window. The first picture is from June 15. The second picture is from today, August 8th. I left the office around midnight yesterday, and the pollution was the worst I had seen all summer in Beijing. The building’s air-conditioning was turned off early, and by the time I left I could see wisps of smog on the lobby ceiling. Outside, the air was thicker, giving the city an eerie orange glow. When I left the house this morning, twelve hours before opening ceremony, I had hoped to step out the…

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