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Olympic torch arrives in London

Friday, July 27, 2012

Laaska News  July  27,   2012

Olympics Opening Ceremony to stun audiences


Torchbearer carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg, to Trafalgar Square in London, Britain, 26 July 2012. Photo: EPA


The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London due to kick off on Friday, July 27th, promises to become one the most spectacular in the history of sport.
The ceremony, dubbed “Isles of Wonder”, will feature a series of exciting performances, including a special sequence combining scenes from agrarian Britain with a look back on the country’s history.

Directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, the Opening Ceremony will also showcase a “historical parade” with scenes that reflect the current state of affairs in the areas of immigration and economy.

The $42mln extravaganza will be accompanied by faked pouring rain, footages from the Glastonbury Festival, a cricket game, and the sound of Europe’s largest harmonically tuned bell, which weighs 23 tons.

The three-hour spectacle will wind up with the Beatles song “Hey Jude” which will be performed by Beatles legend Paul McCartney.


Heathrow handles record numbers for Olympics


A record number of 125,000 arrivals, including an estimated 2,000 athletes coaches, officials and journalists from all over the world poured into Heathrow Airport on Thursday for the London Olympics, which kick off later today.

To cope with the deluge, Heathrow, officially designated as London’s Olympic airport, has enlisted some 1,000 volunteers to greet arrivals and opened a special “Games Lane” for Olympic officials, VIPs and athletes.

A special terminal will open at the close of the Games to handle the outgoing members of the Olympic family.




Olympic torch arrives in London

The Olympic torch arrived in central London on Thursday, one day before the opening of the Summer Olympics.

The torch visited the capital’s top tourist sites, including Downing Street, where invited school children were lined up. Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the torch in front of his office.

The torch headed to Buckingham Palace and was greeted by Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.

About 60,000 people welcomed the torch when it arrived in the evening at a stage set up in Hyde Park.

The torch relay will continue on Friday along the River Thames from west London to the eastern part of the city.

On Friday evening, the torch will arrive at the Olympic Stadium where the opening ceremony will start at 9 PM, local time.
Jul. 27, 2012