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Jul 30, 2012

Swimming showdown looms, weather, transport fine

LONDON (Reuters) – Swimming’s biggest names slug it out in the Olympics men’s 200 meter freestyle on Monday, as China extended its lead in the medals table and Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on Twitter.

The row over empty seats at venues across London rumbled on, but the weather was cool and sunny and London’s transport system largely defied predictions of gridlock on the first regular working day of the 2012 Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Swimming showdown looms, Swiss expelled

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Swimming’s biggest names slug it
out in the Olympics men’s 200 metre freestyle on Monday, as
China extended its lead in the medals table and Swiss soccer
player Michel Morganella was expelled for an abusive message on
Twitter.

The row over empty seats at venues across London rumbled on,
but the weather was cool and sunny and London’s transport system
largely defied predictions of gridlock on the first regular
working day of the 2012 Games.

Jul 30, 2012

A pound for playing but Games bring global kudos

LONDON (Reuters) – The stars of the London Olympic opening were paid just a pound each, but their songs have leapt up the charts having featured in the world’s most-watched concert this year.

“Big name” entertainers such as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, London rapper Dizzee Rascal and “Mr. Bean” comedian Rowan Atkinson all signed a token one pound ($1.60) contract in order to meet the requirements of the Olympic organizing committee.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-A pound for playing but Games bring global kudos

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – The stars of the London Olympic
opening were paid just a pound each, but their songs have leapt
up the charts having featured in the world’s most-watched
concert this year.

“Big name” entertainers such as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney,
London rapper Dizzee Rascal and “Mr. Bean” comedian Rowan
Atkinson all signed a token one pound ($1.60) contract in order
to meet the requirements of the Olympic organising committee.

Jul 29, 2012

Empty seats overshadow Games, China dominates

LONDON (Reuters) – Organizers fought to quell growing public outrage on Sunday over empty seats across venues at the London Olympics, where China has laid down an early marker with a world record win in the pool and a commanding early lead in the medals table.

Dispiriting images of rows of vacant rows at football stadiums, Wimbledon, the aquatic center and beyond has angered Britons who tried and failed to buy tickets in the buildup to the Games having been told they had sold out.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Empty seats overshadow Games, China dominates

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Organisers fought to quell
growing public outrage on Sunday over empty seats across venues
at the London Olympics, where China has laid down an early
marker with a world record win in the pool and a commanding
early lead in the medals table.

Dispiriting images of rows of vacant rows at football
stadiums, Wimbledon, the aquatic centre and beyond has angered
Britons who tried and failed to buy tickets in the buildup to
the Games having been told they had sold out.

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.

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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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