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Opening Ceremony London Olympics 2012

Opening Ceremony London Olympics 2012 
One of the most spectacular city in the World, London is all set to host the Olympics mega-event third time on 27 July. London will welcome World’s best athletes from different countries in typical British style for 30th Olympic games.
A glimpse of the lavish preparations for the Olympics was shown in the streets of London on 26 July. The Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, business tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was seen the Olympic torch into the Olympic relay race.
According to British ambassador in India, James Bevan said that, more than a billion people will see the London Olympics Opening Ceremony and Games. The London Olympic Games will improve the UK and also the economic situation of euro zone.
The London Olympics opening ceremony event will begin at 21:00 pm in UK and 2:30 am in India and Sri Lanka. In India, Doordarshan will broadcast the live London Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will formally inaugurate the ceremony. The show will be based on Shakespeare’s- The Tempest. The opening bell will ring till 3 minutes. This official ringtone (All The Bells) will ring for people around the world would be a part of it. This ringtone has been created by Turner Prize winner artist Martin Creed.
Olympic torch will be passed on to the stadium. This flash light will reach from Hampton Court Palace, southwest of London’s Royal Palace, River Thames and the Tower of London to the Olympic Stadium in east London.
The opening ceremony has created by the Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s of Slumdog Millionaire. Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will begin the event will beautiful musical show and finally Sir Paul Martini will present some new music. Indian composer AR Rahman will also take part in it.
The President of United States, Barack Obama will come with his wife Mitchell and daughters, Hollywood’s hot couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is also coming to be a part of the ceremony.
Bollywood’s most popular producer-director Karan Johar, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, India’s Sports minister Ajay Makhan, Vijay Mallya and many more celebrities are going to reach in the London Olympics opening ceremony.
This year, 204 countries are participating with 10, 500 athletes and 26 games will be held from 27 July to 12 August, 2012. If you also want to be apart to the ceremony then, you can book tickets online from the official portal of London Olympics.
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Welcome to USA TODAY's real-time coverage of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Check back constantly for updates, featuring on-the-scene analysis from USA TODAY reporters, the best from Twitter and beyond, photos from the scene and more. Be sure to zip down the page for our awesome real-time photo gallery. (Spoiler alert? Um, yup!)
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THE SHOW GOES ON…FOR SOME (12:05 BST/7:05 ET) "For anyone wondering why Michael Phelps didn't march, look at the time and consider swim prelims are in less than 10 hours." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan)
AND THE FINALE… (11:56 BST/6:56 ET) "Team GB just walked in the stadium, confetti falls and David Bowe's "Heroes" play. Sweet uniforms, white with gold trim. Queen E looks a little bored. Picks at her nails. Probably just tired since it's almost midnight and she is 86. Kate and Andrew clapping.Prince Charles and Camilla too." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
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PHOTOS: Great shots from the Opening Ceremony
TEAM USA WALKS IN (11:50 BST/6:50 ET) "LeBron's gotta be so happy at how that beret hides his hairline." (National Post's Bruce Arthur)
OUTSIDE THE STADIUM (11:48 BST/6:48 ET) "The show may have gone over well with Brits, but those unfamiliar wyth British culture were less enamoured. For Marcyle Garavito and Yiceth Monterrosa, the Victioria Park show was a big waste of time. They spent two hours getting here by bus and Tube, then stood in line 3 hours. Was it worth it? 'No,' says Garavito, a student, in Spanish. 'We don't understand anything, because it's all about England. And it should be international.' Actually, they did understand a little bit: 'Only mr. Bean," says Monterrosa.'" (USA TODAY Sports' Traci Watson)
SOUTH AFRICA (11:43 BST/6:43 ET) "South Africa brings athletes who are in the news, big time: Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius and Caster Semenya, carrying the flag." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan)
THIS WILL BE A THING (11:39 BST/6:39 ET) "Saudi Arabia brings women (in black) to Games for first time but makes them walk behind the men." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan, via Twitter, with a must-see photo)
LEARN SOMETHING NEW… (11:28 BST/6:28 ET) "Opening ceremonies social studies: Papua New Guinea leads the league with 700 native languages; Paraguay only flag with different sides" (SI's David Epstein, via Twitter)
MEXICO (11:20 BST/6:20 ET) "Mexico just arrived and it looks like they are ready for a night on the town. Nice use of all colors. I do mean all." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan, via Twitter)
THEY'VE COME A LONG WAY (11:08 BST/6:08 ET) "Can I just say, lots of women carrying flags. This is a very good thing. Even Iran. Who ever would have thought?" (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan)
GUOR MIRAL FTW (11:05 BST/6:05 ET): "#teamstatelessrefugee" (Grantland's Katie Baker, via Twitter)
MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE THE STADIUM… (11:04 BST/6:04 ET): "Students filled every step of the Main Building overlooking the quad at University College London, watching the ceremonies on a big screen. Jirawut Ueasungkomsate sat atop a trash cubicle, sipping a can of Stella Artois and snapping cell phone photos of the overflow crowd. He is an experimental film student from Thailand who admires Danny Boyle. "I like the way he used the history, the music and the culture of the people and still created the emotion," Ueasungkomsate said. Across Gower Street, a block away, a young couple was entwined in a deep embrace on the steps of a front stoop. They appeared not to care a whit about opening ceremonies." (USA TODAY Sports' Erik Brady)
PARADE CONTINUES APACE (11:00 BST/6:00 ET) "The Athletes Parade is moving at a fast pace to the beat of Pet Shop Boy's 'West End Girls,' the Bee Gee's 'Staying Alive' and Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep.' Clearly, Kevin Durant didn't mis-speak when he said earlier about what event he was looking forward to watching. 'I want to watch some speed walking,' he said. 'I didn't even know that was an Olympic sport.' Clearly, he was talking about the Athletes' Parade and not that plodding Olympic sport known as race walking." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
CEREMONIES DIRECTOR REAX (10:50 BST/5:50 ET) "Thank you, everyone, for your kind words! Means the world to me." (Danny Boyle, via Twitter)
CANADA (10:42 BST/5:42 ET) "The Canadians went Casual Friday for their opening ceremonies look. Sharp, comfortable." (Grantland's Mark Lisanti, via Twitter)
PARADE OF NATIONS BEGINS (10:31 BST/5:31 ET) "You'd think all these great athletes could walk faster." (National Post's Bruce Arthur, via Twitter)
HMM (10:19 BST/5:19 ET) "Worst moment so far: moment of silence for deceased Brits. OK, but nothing for Israelis killed in Munich. A real slap in the face. Awful." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan, via Twitter)
MOMENT OF SILENCE REAX, CONT'D: "Inappropriate for opening ceremony: Minute of silence for slain Israelis. Appropriate for opening ceremony: Lots of references to texting!" (Slate's Josh Levin, via Twitter)
THE MOMENT OF SILENCE… NOT WHAT YOU THINK (10:18 BST/5:18 ET): "to honor loved ones who recently passed away, images submitted by spectators. Song "Abide by Me" (Mahatma Gandhi's favorite song) being sung by Emeli Sande. The song was played by the band on the Titanic when it sank. Also, it is sung by spectators at every FA Final since 1927." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
GREAT SUMMARY (10:10 BST/5:10 ET) "Opening ceremonies are usually full of weirdness. Stuff nobody understands without a cheat sheet. But with this one, I feel like I'm watching a movie with a rocking soundtrack." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
SO FAR, SO GOOD (10:08 BST/5:08 ET) "It's clear that the London organizers are doing the impossible: keeping up with the over-the-top 2008 Beijing Games in their own unique way. In a recent interview with London Games chief Sebastian Coe, I asked him about following the $100-million plus Beijing opening ceremony of four years ago:
"(IOC President) Jacques Rogge probably doesn't even remember this, but he said one of the most important things anybody said to me in this whole process," Coe recalled. "We had a private supper at the Beijing debrief in London, and he said, 'You know the great advantage you guys have, if you only use 10 percent of what this city is capable of delivering, you're going to be ahead of the game. Actually, it needed somebody not a Londoner, not a Brit, to say that, and he was the one who did.' " (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan)
MORE ON THE TAPE-DELAY (10:00 BST/5 ET): "Consider this the opening ceremonies of Americans complaining about [expletive] tape delays in a post-network, globally connected world." (The Verge's Tim Carmody, via Twitter)
EARLY REVIEWS: GOOD! (9:55 BST/4:55 ET): "I don't know, guys. I think I dig the Brits. I respect a country that can so openly make fun of itself." (Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger, via Twitter)
TWO WORDS: MR. BEAN. (9:54 BST/4:54 ET) "A brief interlude featuring Mr. Bean. In his dream, he's running in the famous beach scene from Chariots of Fire as he conducts the orchestra. Hilarious." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
TRIBUTE TO BRITISH YOUTH POP CULTURE (9:43 BST/4:43 ET): "No, I want FIFTY Mary Poppins. This is the Olympics man!" (Sports On Earth's Joe Posnanski)
GOD SAVE THE…SAYWHATNOW? (9:25 BST/4:25 ET) "Short video clip with Daniel Craig, aka Bond,James Bond, picking up Queen Elizabeth at the palace. Her Corgis are by her side. They get into a helicopter, then zip on over. Queen drops from copter with a parachute. (Good body double) Here comes the Queen! Her Majesty enters the stadium along with Jaques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
REAX TO HER MAJESTY'S ENTRANCE: "Really disappointed this didn't turn into Daniel Craig's most challenging love scene ever." (SBNation's Spencer Hall, via Twitter)
MORE REAX TO THE QUEEN: "Here at Victoria Park not many people are talking. Instead, they're intently watching the big screen and cheering and whistling at big moments, such as the rise into the air of the molten Olympic rings.
But no one has gotten a bigger cheer than the queen whose smiling image on the big screen provoked an outpouring of cheers exceeded only by the laughter and applause when the queen seemed to jump out of a helicopter. 'Queenie! C'mon Queenie!' yelled miners of the crowd!" (USA TODAY's Traci Watson)
FROM INSIDE THE STADIUM (9:24 BST/4:24 ET) "So far, London organizers are hitting all the right notes. To start with the mournful song, Jerusalem, is just perfect. It's the "Chariots of Fire" theme. Who doesn't think of the UK and the Olympics when they hear that?
There's a wonderful understated quality to these first few minutes of the Opening Ceremony that practically screams out: "We are not Beijing."
Yet, it's a beautiful production. Watching the Industrial Revolution play out like this is something quite amazing. I feel as if I'm on the set of a blockbuster movie. It's that impressive." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan)
FORESHADOWING FOR TONIGHT (9:22 BST/4:22 ET) "I'm in the freaking stadium, and I have a guide to this, and there is no chance I can keep track of everything that's going on here." (National Post's Bruce Arthur, via Twitter)
FUN PHOTO -- LOLO MEETS BOBBY (9:16 p.m. BST/4:16 ET) "This is not Halloween… It's me heading to the Olympic ceremonies with a London policeman" (Lolo Jonesvia Twitter with a funny photo)
LOOKING FOR THE CEREMONIES LIVE ON TV? SORRY (9:12 p.m. BST/4:12 ET) "Can't believe NBC is not showing opening ceremony live… That's brutal" (Dirk Nowitzki, sports-media critic)
AND THEY'RE UNDERWAY (9:11 p.m. BST/4:11 p.m. ET) The Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics officially began with brilliance, charting Britain's history from 1896 the start of the modern Games until now.
Set in pastoral countryside, resplendent with cows, goats and sheep, full of cottages and maypoles, the scene soon progressed in to the Industrial Revolution, complete with chimneys rising from the ground and plumes of smoke. And the steady beat of drums.
The score throughout the opening moments was tremendous, ranging from a soulful rendition of "Jerusalem" to music made famous in "Chariots of Fire." (USA TODAY Sports' Kelly Whiteside)
MORE FROM THE START (9:10 BST/4:10 ET) "In 1st mins, this is the anti-Beijing opening ceremony. Shakespeare and sheep. Simple, lovely, of another day." (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan)
LIKE JUNIOR PROM (9:00 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET) "All of our USA men and women look so amazing for opening ceremonies! It's so fun watching everyone get ready!" (Missy Franklinvia Twitter)
ON THE SCENE (8:45 p.m. BST/3:45 ET) "I don't believe in God, but I believe in the people that do" (Danny Boyle, director of the Opening Ceremonies, via Reuters' Anthony De Rosa on Twitter)
NEARLY GO TIME (8:42 p.m. BST/3:42 ET): "We've got cellos. And hobbits. And swans. It's raining." (Wall Street Journal's Scott Cacciola, via Twitter)
WEATHER WATCH (8:33 p.m. BST/3:33 ET) "Thirty-three minutes before the start of the Opening Ceremony, it began to rain. The pre-show was going on and one of the emcees quickly offered that if London held anything without rain, people would suspect it was a special effect." (USA Today Sports' Mike Lopresti)
INSIDE THE STADIUM (8:31 p.m. BST/3:31 ET) "The contrast between what Beijing gave us in 2008 and what London is showing off tonight is night and day.
"The austere, precise drummers from China have been replaced by a pastoral petting zoo of sheep and geese. Clouds on strings are being walked around the perimeter of the stadium by people in white overalls. This isn't low-tech. This is no-tech. It's the 1948 Games all over again in London.
"I ventured into the bowels of the stadium to find the press work room and was told I could be delayed for 15 minutes by the parade of "livestock" into the stadium. That was a first. Lining the walls of the stadium floor were big beds, dozens of them. It looked like a makeshift hospital down there.
"Another big difference: the temperature. It was an oppressive 90 degrees at midnight in Beijing four years ago. Tonight in London, it's 65 and very pleasant."
PHOTOS THE IOC WON'T WANT YOU TO SEE, CONT'D (8:20 p.m. London/3:20 ET) "These are the LED lights embedded in every seat at Olympic StadiumAnd they are pretty awesome." (USA TODAY Sports' Mike Foss, via Twitter)
"MAYBE MITT WAS ON TO SOMETHING" (8:06 p.m. London/3:06 p.m. ET): At London's historicTrafalgar Square, crowds gathered more than an hour before opening ceremonies only to be told that there would be no big screen to view the show as previously advertised, reports USA TODAY's Kevin Johnson. Money quote, from fan Leela Marshall:
"This is where we come to watch every big event in London. This is why we came here tonight. This is so disappointing. Maybe Mitt Romney was on to something." [Ed.: Emphasis ours]
FAN FERVOR(7:56 p.m. London/2:56 ET): Amy Fletcher and Paul Zatylmy wore Union Jack bodysuits that fit as snugly as Spiderman's. "They're very flattering, as you can see," Fletcher said, posing daintily. She bought them on the Internet for 25 pounds apiece. "She made me wear it," Zatylmy said. "I had no choice." The good news, she said, is they' ll be in style for the next 17 days. (USA TODAY Sports' Erik Brady)
SPOILER! 7:44 p.m. London/2:44 p.m. ET:The photo(s) the IOC doesn't want you see. Or: What it looks like inside Olympic Park. (Images from USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan and Kelly Whiteside)
ODDS ON BANNISTER? 7:30 p.m. London/2:30 p.m. ET: So which famous Brit will have the honor of lighting the Olympic torch? "By all accounts, it's going to be Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile. How do we know? Immediately after a dress rehersal of the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, participants flooded the U.K.'s sports books and started putting their money on Bannister." (Barry Petchesky/Deadspin via Martin Rogers/Yahoo)
ON THE SCENE… 5:58 p.m. London/1:58 p.m. ET: "Just arrived inside Olympic Stadium. Stunningly easy to get in as member of media. Even more surprising: no scan of ticket or credential. Basically, it's easier getting into Olympic opening ceremony with a ticket than it is to get into an MLB game. Who knew?" (USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan, via Twitter)
BANNED! 6:11 p.m. London/1:11 p.m. ET: Did you know you can't wear oversized hats to the Games? Or bring in too much food? Or big umbrellas? Michael Katz (@KatzM) breaks down a half-dozen silly things banned from the Olympic venues.
OPENING CEREMONY NO-SHOW (5:45 p.m. LONDON/12:45 ET): "I am not walking in opening ceremony because I swim in the morning. Gotta rest. I'm ready!" (Ryan Lochte, via Twitter)
JUST WIN. 5:40 p.m. London/12:40 p.m. ET: Joe Posnanski leads off the debut of the new site Sports On Earth with an essay on the simplicity of the Olympics. Money quote:
"Ryan Lochte has already been the best in the world at something more than once. Michael Phelps has been the best in the world many, many times. But that part of them doesn't quench. That's part of what makes this race so fascinating. They each want to be the best again, and as a sports fan it doesn't matter the sport, it doesn't matter the event, it doesn't matter the particulars. It only matters that one of them will get to the wall first."
Read the whole essay here and check out Sports On Earth's Olympics coverage here.
4:29 p.m. London/11:29 a.m. ET: As we wait for reports to emerge from the run-up to the Opening Ceremonies, here are a few must-see storylines from the past 24 hours:
Olympic swimmers do "Call Me Maybe": Swimmer Cullen Jones told USA TODAY Sports's Nicole Auerbach: "Four of the ladies were like, 'We're going to make this video, we're going to make it viral, we're going to put it out there. We want all of you guys in it." Watch the video here.
Your must-see photo of the day: US wrestler Elena Pirozhkova picks up Michelle Obama during theFirst Lady's visit with Team USA athletes. See the photo from Clarissa Chun, who caught the momentand posted it to Twitter.)
See more cool photos from Michelle Obama's visit with Team USA.
The most memorable Opening Ceremony moment? Christine Brennan has hers: 2002 Salt Lake City. "For the first time in 22 years, the 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, led by captain Mike Eruzione, is reunited at the top of the stadium to light the caldron. Check out the rest of her Top 10 here.
Olympic fashion preview: Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are ready for their Opening Ceremonies walk, sporting the distinctive Team USA beret.
(Be sure to like USA TODAY Sports' Facebook page to get some of the best up-to-the-minute photos from the Opening Ceremonies.)
PHOTOS:London on the eve of the Games. Check out a stream of cool photos here.
Olympic mascot Wenlock: Creepy or cute? USA Today Sports' Mike Foss investiages.
3:52 p.m. London/10:52 a.m. ET: Is LeBron James on Team Phelps or Team Lochte? "You going to make me choose? I love them both. They're dolphins in the water." (USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt, via Twitter)


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