London Lite Wednesday, 9 September 2009 Staffmovenorth...then3mspentcomingbackforGames by MARK bLUNDEN BBCOlympicsfiasco LICENCE-fee payers will pay up to 3m to send BBC staf f from Manchester to London for its cover- age of the 2012 Olympics -- a year after the corporation relocates from the capital to the North. About 1,500 employees will move to the BBCs new home in Salford before the Games. But less than a year later, the BBC will land licence fee payers with a bill for the flights, train fares, taxis and accommodation for up to 500 employees making the 400-mile round trip to the capital for the Games. One source said: They should delay the move by a year or two rather than spend millions in extra cash. The BBC is already under fire for wasting money on expenses and now they are about to waste even more. The cost estimate, of between 2m and 3m, is based on the figure spent sending 437 staff to last years Beijing Games. A BBC spokeswoman said it was considering having a London-based core team to cover the Games, which would then move to Salford afterwards. As we are almost three years away from London 2012, plans for covering the Olympics are still being developed and any suggestion of the costs involved is pure specula- tion, she added. The Jaffa Cake -- enjoyed during coffee breaks for 80 years -- has gone oblong. The snack, with a sponge base and orange jelly filling covered in chocolate, is traditionally round. But following research, one brand of the Jaffa has changed shape. The maker of the new variety, Oblong Jaffa Cakes, says it has edge-to-edge orange filling, rather than a mound in the middle. The new version, seen above alongside the original. Both varieties are on sale in supermarkets. Shaping up: new oblong variety Itsallgoneoblongforcakethatthinksitsabiscuit Drinktonight ...andsing The Social No dreary Celine Dion or Madonna clangers to lose the audience with here. No, its karaoke for fly boys and girls once a month here (Thursday, 17 Sep is next one). Dont bring mum, shes unlikely to want to hear you or some W1 media worker murder Snoop Doggs B***s Aint S*** or Gin And Juice. A bottle of Tsingtao lager to steady the pre-rap nerves is 3.10. 5 Little Portland Street, W1 (020 7636 4992) Chris Beanland Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat KaraoKe Box SMArT karaoke joint Karaoke Box hosts film screenings and the monthly Smithfield rAW night of hipster bands and DJs, which gives you even more chance to get involved. of course if you just want to sing an Abba classic in a backroom, you can do that too. Suitable selection of Japanese beers available include Kirin or Asahi, which are 3.30 each a bottle. 12 Smithfield Street, EC1 (020 7329 9991) Still around: the traditional circular Jaffa index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html