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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.

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.

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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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