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Jul 27, 2012

Bells peal across Britain on Games opening day

LONDON (Reuters) – Bells rang across Britain on Friday to signal the final countdown to the Olympic Games, which open with an exuberant and eccentric ceremony celebrating the nation in an explosion of dance, music and fireworks inspired by Shakespeare’s “Tempest”.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle takes spectators on a journey from Britain’s idyllic countryside through the grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in an explosion of pop culture.

Jul 27, 2012

Bells peal across Britain as Games get under way

LONDON (Reuters) – Bells rang out across Britain on Friday to signal the final countdown to the Olympic Games, which open with an exuberant and eccentric ceremony celebrating the nation in an explosion of dance, music and fireworks inspired by Shakespeare’s “Tempest”.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle takes spectators on a journey from Britain’s idyllic countryside through the grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in an explosion of pop culture.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Bells peal across Britain as Games get under way

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Bells rang out across Britain on
Friday to signal the final countdown to the Olympic Games, which
open with an exuberant and eccentric ceremony celebrating the
nation in an explosion of dance, music and fireworks inspired by
Shakespeare’s “Tempest”.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog
Millionaire” director Danny Boyle takes spectators on a journey
from Britain’s idyllic countryside through the grime of the
Industrial Revolution and ending in an explosion of pop culture.

Jul 27, 2012

All eyes on London and spectacular Games opening

LONDON (Reuters) – All eyes turn to London on Friday for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, an exuberant journey from Britain’s idyllic pastures through the grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in a contemporary world dominated by popular culture.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle will be watched by a crowd of 60,000 in the main stadium built in a run-down area of London’s East End and a global audience of more than a billion.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-All eyes on London and spectacular Games opening

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – All eyes turn to London on
Friday for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, an
exuberant journey from Britain’s idyllic pastures through the
grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in a contemporary
world dominated by popular culture.

The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog
Millionaire” director Danny Boyle will be watched by a crowd of
60,000 in the main stadium built in a run-down area of London’s
East End and a global audience of more than a billion.

Jul 25, 2012

Games score own goal with North Korea flag faux pas

CARDIFF/LONDON (Reuters) – The first day of sporting action at the London Olympics turned into an embarrassing own goal for organizers on Wednesday when the South Korean flag was mistakenly displayed before its sworn enemy North Korea’s women’s soccer match against Colombia.

The error prompted the North Korean team to walk off the field and caused a delay of more than an hour before the game, played in the Scottish city of Glasgow, eventually started.

Jul 25, 2012

Games open with football, Bolt says “this is my time”

LONDON (Reuters) – The Olympics kick off on Wednesday with a women’s football match between Britain and New Zealand in Cardiff, and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, hero of the Beijing Games and the fastest man on earth, vowed to win again, declaring: “This is my time”.

The match in the Welsh capital comes two days before Friday’s opening ceremony at the main London stadium but marks the competitive sporting debut for the Games, the culmination of seven years of preparation for the greatest show on earth.

Jul 25, 2012

Games open with soccer, Bolt says “this is my time”

LONDON (Reuters) – The Olympics kick off on Wednesday with a women’s soccer match between Britain and New Zealand in Cardiff, and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, hero of the Beijing Games and the fastest man on earth, vowed to win again, declaring: “This is my time”.

The match in the Welsh capital comes two days before Friday’s opening ceremony at the main London stadium but marks the competitive sporting debut for the Games, the culmination of seven years of preparation for the greatest show on earth.

Jul 25, 2012

Olympics-Games open with soccer, Bolt says “this is my time”

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – The Olympics kick off on
Wednesday with a women’s soccer match between Britain and New
Zealand in Cardiff, and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, hero of
the Beijing Games and the fastest man on earth, vowed to win
again, declaring: “This is my time”.

The match in the Welsh capital comes two days before
Friday’s opening ceremony at the main London stadium but marks
the competitive sporting debut for the Games, the culmination of
seven years of preparation for the greatest show on earth.

Jul 25, 2012

More troops deployed, Games about sport and diplomacy

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain deployed 1,200 extra soldiers on Tuesday in a last-minute effort to bolster Olympic security while global diplomatic tensions started to play out among athletes and politicians three days ahead of the opening ceremony.

The additional troops, which took the military contingent at the 2012 Games to well over 17,000, were called in to cover an embarrassing shortfall left by private security group G4S, the world’s largest by some measures, in the run-up to the Games.

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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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