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Jul 28, 2012

Are we same species? World agog at British Games opener

LONDON (Reuters) – “Strange”, “baffling” and “surreal” was how director Danny Boyle described his Olympic opening ceremony. The rest of the world largely agreed.

In the press stands of the arena where the ceremony took place on Friday night, Chinese journalists looked puzzled and asked their English peers for guidance as they struggled to make sense of the artistic whirlwind for their readers back home.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Are we same species? World agog at British Games opener

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – “Strange”, “baffling” and
“surreal” was how director Danny Boyle described his Olympic
opening ceremony. The rest of the world largely agreed.

In the press stands of the arena where the ceremony took
place on Friday night, Chinese journalists looked puzzled and
asked their English peers for guidance as they struggled to make
sense of the artistic whirlwind for their readers back home.

Jul 28, 2012

Games open with rousing romp through British life

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven teenagers lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday, at an opening ceremony starring the queen and seen by millions around the world, in a touching finale to a high-octane, musical celebration of British history and culture.

True to the London Games’ motto of ‘Inspire a Generation’, organizers put unknown youngsters in the global limelight rather than established sporting greats in the closing act of a madcap four hours of comedy, spectacle, noise and emotion.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Games open with rousing romp through British life

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Seven teenagers lit the Olympic
cauldron on Friday, at an opening ceremony starring the queen
and seen by millions around the world, in a touching finale to a
high-octane, musical celebration of British history and culture.

True to the London Games’ motto of ‘Inspire a Generation’,
organisers put unknown youngsters in the global limelight rather
than established sporting greats in the closing act of a madcap
four hours of comedy, spectacle, noise and emotion.

Jul 28, 2012

Queen plays cameo with 007 at eccentric Games opening

LONDON (Reuters) – James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth stole the show at a spectacular 2012 Olympic opening on Friday, appearing together in a comic film beamed to 60,000 people in the main stadium and a billion viewers around the world.

After a an eccentric and exuberant trip through British history and culture, athletes took centre stage in London as the Greek team kept Olympic tradition and led out thousands of competitors dressed in national costumes.

Jul 27, 2012

Queen plays surreal cameo with 007 at Games opening

LONDON (Reuters) – James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth stole the show at an exuberant 2012 Olympic opening on Friday, appearing together in a short film beamed to 60,000 spectators in the main stadium and a billion viewers around the world.

The comedic, quintessentially British moment complemented a London show that film director Danny Boyle, an Oscar winner for “Slumdog Millionaire”, turned into an unabashed celebration of the host nation’s history, culture and eccentricity.

Jul 27, 2012

Eccentric Games opening starts with countdown, bell

LONDON (Reuters) – The eagerly awaited opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympic Games kicked off on Friday with a mass countdown and the chime of a giant bell, ushering in an eccentric and exuberant celebration of British history, art and culture.

Some 60,000 spectators crowded into the state-of-the-art arena at the Olympic Park, built in a previously run-down area of the city’s East End, and over a billion more people tuned in around the world for the three-hour extravaganza.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-World awaits eccentric and exuberant London ceremony

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – The world’s spotlight turned to
London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday where the opening ceremony
kick starts the 2012 Games with an eccentric and exuberant
celebration of British history, art and culture.

Thousands of people began to file into the state-of-the-art
arena in the Olympic Park, a sprawling network of sporting
venues, athletes’ accommodation, media centres and restaurants
built in a previously run-down area of London’s East End.

Jul 27, 2012

World braces for eccentric and exuberant London ceremony

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s spotlight turned to London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday where the opening ceremony kick starts the 2012 Games with an eccentric and exuberant celebration of British history, art and culture.

Huge crowds flocked to the state-of-the-art arena in the Olympic Park, a sprawling network of sporting venues, athletes’ accommodation, media centers and restaurants built in a previously run-down area of London’s East End.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-World braces for eccentric and exuberant London ceremony

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – The world’s spotlight turned to
London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday where the opening ceremony
kick starts the 2012 Games with an eccentric and exuberant
celebration of British history, art and culture.

Huge crowds flocked to the state-of-the-art arena in the
Olympic Park, a sprawling network of sporting venues, athletes’
accommodation, media centres and restaurants built in a
previously run-down area of London’s East End.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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