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As I write, we in Britain are still reflecting on the recent Olympic Games and ongoing Paralympics in London. London was awarded the games in large part because of the legacy promised. The legacy is thought of as regeneration of a poor part of East London (my birthplace coincidently), meaning new jobs and infrastructure, and also enthusing a new generation to get into sport and physical activity. Moreover, there has been an upsurge in positive feeling in Britain too as a result of the games. Not just pride because of its success, but a genuine feeling of unity, confidence, and international friendship. The Paralympics have just started, and for the first time, these have been virtually sold out with 2.5 million tickets having been sold, and engagement and access are big themes now. Of course, the decision to theme the Paralympic opening ceremony around science

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IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 6 )