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Jul 30, 2012

London organizers under pressure to fill empty seats

LONDON (Reuters) – London Olympic organizers were under intense pressure to fill stadiums and venues on Monday on the third day that empty seats clearly visible on television infuriated British viewers who would much rather have experienced the Games live.

Organizers have scrambled to fill the seats with mainly soldiers and students, but early Monday, gaps could still be seen at weightlifting, volleyball and fencing.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-London organisers under pressure to fill empty seats

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – London Olympic organisers were
under intense pressure to fill stadiums and venues on Monday on
the third day that empty seats clearly visible on television
infuriated British viewers who would much rather have
experienced the Games live.

Organisers have scrambled to fill the seats with mainly
soldiers and students, but early Monday, gaps could still be
seen at weightlifting, volleyball and fencing.

Jul 29, 2012

Don’t tweet if you want TV, London fans told

LONDON (Reuters) – Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

Commentators on Saturday’s men’s cycling road race were unable to tell viewers how far the leaders were ahead of the chasing pack because data could not get through from the GPS satellite navigation system travelling with the cyclists.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Don’t tweet if you want TV, London fans told

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Sports fans attending the London
Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages
and tweets during events because overloading of data networks
was affecting television coverage.

Commentators on Saturday’s men’s cycling road race were
unable to tell viewers how far the leaders were ahead of the
chasing pack because data could not get through from the GPS
satellite navigation system travelling with the cyclists.

Jul 29, 2012

Please, do not tweet unless you have to, fans told

LONDON (Reuters) – Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told by Olympic bosses on Sunday to avoid sending non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because an overloaded network was affecting television coverage.

Coverage of the men’s road cycling race on Saturday left many viewers in the dark at times, including details on how far back the chasing pack was from the leaders. Commentators were unable to get timing information due to issues surrounding the communications network of the GPS satellite navigation system.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Please, do not tweet unless you have to, fans told

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Sports fans attending the London
Olympics were told by Olympic bosses on Sunday to avoid sending
non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because an
overloaded network was affecting television coverage.

Coverage of the men’s road cycling race on Saturday left
many viewers in the dark at times, including details on how far
back the chasing pack was from the leaders. Commentators were
unable to get timing information due to issues surrounding the
communications network of the GPS satellite navigation system.

Jul 29, 2012

Spirited queen happy to play Bond girl

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth needed little persuading in making her film debut, appearing with the country’s most famous fictional spy James Bond during the London Olympic opening ceremony.

In a brief, tongue-in-cheek film broadcast to a packed Olympic stadium late on Friday – as well as a massive worldwide television audience – Bond actor Daniel Craig entered Buckingham Palace wearing his trademark tuxedo.

Jul 28, 2012

Spirited Queen Elizabeth happy to play Bond girl

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth needed little persuading in making her film debut, appearing with the country’s most famous fictional spy James Bond during the London Olympic opening ceremony, organizers said on Saturday.

“The Queen was delighted to be asked, and be involved in something so exceptional,” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told Reuters.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Spirited Queen happy to play Bond girl

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth needed little
persuading in making her film debut, appearing with the
country’s most famous fictional spy James Bond during the London
Olympic opening ceremony, organisers said on Saturday.

“The Queen was delighted to be asked, and be involved in
something so exceptional,” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told
Reuters.

Jul 28, 2012

Cauldron designer admits he broke the rules

LONDON (Reuters) – The man behind London’s unique Olympic cauldron described on Saturday how he broke all the rules with his delicate yet dramatic burning flower design.

The cauldron was one of the best-kept secrets of the opening ceremony, and one of the most intricate and technically difficult ever created.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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