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Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Beach volleyball-Britons sing in the rain at beach volleyball

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Noel Coward once famously sang
“Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.”

At the Olympic beach volleyball stadium you could add “…
and in the pouring rain too”.

Jul 29, 2012

Trouncing worth every minute for Maldives player

LONDON (Reuters) – So how does it feel flying halfway round the world from the Maldives and losing your Badminton debut at the Olympics in straight sets?

The reaction from Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed was remarkably upbeat, especially as he had fulfilled a boyhood dream only hours earlier by carrying the flag for his tiny Indian Ocean island state at the spectacular opening ceremony.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Badminton-Trouncing worth every minute for Maldives player

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – So how does it feel flying
halfway round the world from the Maldives and losing your
Badminton debut at the Olympics in straight sets?

The reaction from Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed was remarkably
upbeat, especially as he had fulfilled a boyhood dream only
hours earlier by carrying the flag for his tiny Indian Ocean
island state at the spectacular opening ceremony.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Bond, Bean — and the Queen like never before

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Top that Rio.

With the words “”Good Evening, Mr Bond”, Queen Elizabeth
launched her acting career and set the bar at a new high for
Olympic opening ceremonies.

Danny Boyle, director of the Oscar-winning “”Slumdog
Millionaire”, “always said he could not match the huge budget
that “”House of Flying Daggers” director Zhang Yimou was given
to deliver Beijing’s spectacular opening in 2008.

Jul 28, 2012

Bond, Bean — and the Queen like never before

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Top that Rio.

With the words “”Good Evening, Mr Bond”, Queen Elizabeth
launched her acting career and set the bar at a new high for
Olympic opening ceremonies.

Danny Boyle, director of the Oscar-winning “”Slumdog
Millionaire”, “always said he could not match the huge budget
that “”House of Flying Daggers” director Zhang Yimou was given
to deliver Beijing’s spectacular opening in 2008.

Jul 27, 2012

Parade and speeches replace poetry of opening ceremony

LONDON (Reuters) – At the Olympics in Ancient Greece, there was much eating, drinking and poetry reciting.

Ritual sacrifices placated Zeus and winners were crowned with olive wreaths. The male athletes ran naked and women were banned from the Games.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Parade and speeches replace poetry of opening ceremony

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – At the Olympics in Ancient
Greece, there was much eating, drinking and poetry reciting.

Ritual sacrifices placated Zeus and winners were crowned
with olive wreaths. The male athletes ran naked and women were
banned from the Games.

Jul 27, 2012

Dressage is poetry for purists, tough for fans

LONDON (Reuters) – For equine purists, dressage is poetry in motion. To the uninitiated spectator, it can be as exciting as watching paint dry.

Dressage, which over the weekend makes up the first part of the London Olympic Eventing competition, is an esoteric discipline which lacks the mass crowd appeal of the daredevil cross-country course or the split-second timing needed for show jumping.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Equestrian-Dressage is poetry for purists, tough for fans

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – For equine purists, dressage is
poetry in motion. To the uninitiated spectator, it can be as
exciting as watching paint dry.

Dressage, which over the weekend makes up the first part of
the London Olympic Eventing competition, is an esoteric
discipline which lacks the mass crowd appeal of the daredevil
cross-country course or the split-second timing needed for show
jumping.

Jul 18, 2012

Bolt rallies round for Jamaican eventer

NEWBURY, England (Reuters) – Usain Bolt raced to the rescue to help fellow-Jamaican Samantha Albert on the long and tortuous road to the London Olympics. The triple Olympic sprint champion donated and signed three of his designer running shirts.

Italian jockey Frankie Dettori chipped in with dinner for four at the London restaurant he owns.