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todayinhistory:

July 27th 2012: London 2012 Opening Ceremony

On this day in 2012, 1 year ago today, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games was held in London. The ceremony was directed by Danny Boyle, known for his films ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Trainspotting’. The ceremony depicted elements of British history such as the Industrial Revolution and celebrated hallmarks of British culture. It included the National Health Service, literature (such as Harry Potter), film (with the Queen featuring in a James Bond skit) and music. The closing ceremony of the Games took place on 12th August.

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ukinusa:

“A year ago, the London 2012 Olympic Games wrote a thrilling chapter in the annals of Olympic legacy. London’s commitment to delivering a strong Games legacy was clear. These ‘happy and glorious’ Games are now on their way to leaving a fantastic legacy that will benefit the population of London and beyond.”
– Jacques Rogge,
President of the International Olympic Committee

ukinusa:

A year ago, the London 2012 Olympic Games wrote a thrilling chapter in the annals of Olympic legacy. London’s commitment to delivering a strong Games legacy was clear. These ‘happy and glorious’ Games are now on their way to leaving a fantastic legacy that will benefit the population of London and beyond.

– Jacques Rogge,

President of the International Olympic Committee

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neighborhoodr-london:

Well it’s all over. No more Olympics, no more Paralympics. Now, attention switches to the much-disputed ‘legacy’ of the Games. And lest we forget all the great things 2012 has done for London, there’s an ad campaign to remind us
Timed to coincide with the end of the Paralympics, the Greater London Authority has launched The Gifts of the Games, a poster campaign and website highlighting some of the benefits that 2012 has brought to London.
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neighborhoodr-london:

Well it’s all over. No more Olympics, no more Paralympics. Now, attention switches to the much-disputed ‘legacy’ of the Games. And lest we forget all the great things 2012 has done for London, there’s an ad campaign to remind us

Timed to coincide with the end of the Paralympics, the Greater London Authority has launched The Gifts of the Games, a poster campaign and website highlighting some of the benefits that 2012 has brought to London.

via

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thisbigcity:

Stamping London.

thisbigcity:

Stamping London.

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nbcnews:

Thousands pack the streets of London for a final farewell to the Olympics

(Photo: Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images; Pool via Getty Images; Andy Rain / EPA)

We’ve had the Olympics closing ceremonies and the the Paralympics closing ceremonies, but Londoners just wanted to say goodbye one more time. 

Read the complete story.

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guardian:

guardianolympics:


Just the victory parade to go, and then Britain’s summer of love will be over. London 2012, the capital’s greatest party in living memory, is done. At the risk of using up the entire annual quota of Guardian editorial schmaltz in one go, this past month it feels as if most of us have been (as Boris Johnson would have it) cropdusted with serotonin, the happiness hormone. 

Read the Guardian’s editorial this morning on the Paralympics and Olympics summer of love.
Here’s the review of the closing ceremony from our Olympics editor Owen Gibson, and Jonathan Freedland looks back on the summer of 2012
Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe

What an amazing night - relive the closing ceremony & look back on the summer of 2012 with the Guardian

guardian:

guardianolympics:

Just the victory parade to go, and then Britain’s summer of love will be over. London 2012, the capital’s greatest party in living memory, is done. At the risk of using up the entire annual quota of Guardian editorial schmaltz in one go, this past month it feels as if most of us have been (as Boris Johnson would have it) cropdusted with serotonin, the happiness hormone. 

Read the Guardian’s editorial this morning on the Paralympics and Olympics summer of love.

Here’s the review of the closing ceremony from our Olympics editor Owen Gibson, and Jonathan Freedland looks back on the summer of 2012

Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe

What an amazing night - relive the closing ceremony & look back on the summer of 2012 with the Guardian

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nbcnews:

‘Meet the Superhumans’: Paralympians burst onto world stage

(Photos: Channel 4)

LONDON — A battlefield explosion sends troops flying, a speeding car flips over on a highway, a ”Murderball” player is knocked right out of his wheelchair, all set to a fierce Public Enemy soundtrack. 

“Forget everything you thought you knew about strength. Forget everything you thought you knew about humans. It’s time to do battle. Meet the Superhumans.”

Read the complete story.

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discoverynews:

Love that they used Public Enemy for the soundtrack.

Meet the Superhumans

With all the Olympic coverage hitting Discovery News these days, we don’t want to forget about the ParaOlympians. Channel 4 hasn’t. They created this video highlighting the superhumans of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The video is epic. It makes me want to watch these athletes fight for gold. via Stitch Editing on Vimeo

go humans…

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'london olympic rings'
Nice illustration.

'london olympic rings'

Nice illustration.

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Just arrived at the Olympics, got all me kit, still think Stella was a bit, ‘Lucy in the sky’ when she knocked this one up.
Bradley Wiggins (via ManTalk - Saturday magazine - The Times - 4th August, 2012 issue)

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reuters:

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. [REUTERS/Luke MacGregor]
MORE PHOTOS: Full moon rises at Tower Bridge

reuters:

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. [REUTERS/Luke MacGregor]

MORE PHOTOS: Full moon rises at Tower Bridge

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let-me-be-your-disaster:

What will happen when Tom Daley appears.

let-me-be-your-disaster:

What will happen when Tom Daley appears.

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jockohomo:

NBC, the dumbest network in the world, blacked out the live broadcast of The 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies in the U.S. until prime time. Said it was too ‘complex’ for online audiences. Sure, we needed fuck wits Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, to give us all “context”. If you were watching in the U.S., the broadcast was utter shit, not only did we have to suffer through Lauer and Viera’s insipid color commentary (twitter user BackpackingDad Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira  are helpfully translating the ceremony from “English” to “Moron”. #Olympics), there were commercials an average of 5-7 minutes, with what was quite possibly the worst Apple ad I’ve seen in the history of the company. Also, the network cut the 7/7 tribute, here is the tribute NBC didn’t want you to see. Blaaaaahka….but when all was said in done, and despite the stupidity of NBC, the ceremonies were quite fantastic.

I’m so sorry for you, mister.
BBC coverage in Britain was brilliant if you get a chance to watch it online.

jockohomo:

NBC, the dumbest network in the world, blacked out the live broadcast of The 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies in the U.S. until prime time. Said it was too ‘complex’ for online audiences. Sure, we needed fuck wits Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, to give us all “context”. If you were watching in the U.S., the broadcast was utter shit, not only did we have to suffer through Lauer and Viera’s insipid color commentary (twitter user BackpackingDad Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira  are helpfully translating the ceremony from “English” to “Moron”. #Olympics), there were commercials an average of 5-7 minutes, with what was quite possibly the worst Apple ad I’ve seen in the history of the company. Also, the network cut the 7/7 tribute, here is the tribute NBC didn’t want you to see. Blaaaaahka….but when all was said in done, and despite the stupidity of NBC, the ceremonies were quite fantastic.

I’m so sorry for you, mister.

BBC coverage in Britain was brilliant if you get a chance to watch it online.

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crookedindifference:

NASA Goes to the Olympics – View all the cities that have hosted the modern Summer Olympics, starting with Athens in 1896 thru London in 2012. There have been 29 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities. Repeating host cities include Athens, Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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London 2212

olympicopeningceremony:

Two hundred years from today, a master bell-maker will set out from Whitechapel, with instructions to retune the great Olympic Bell. The bell-maker has never seen the bell, but she knows it will still be there.

There are some objects that history tiptoes round, and leaves undisturbed, rocks in the river of change. The bell-maker will stroll through leafy London. The mad roads and high-density housing are gone now, all overgrown. London 2212 is mostly trees.

No one really builds things any more, not since we learnt to manipulate vegetable DNA. Why build a house when you can grow one? A house that grows as your family grows. A house you can prune when it gets too big. A house that grows food on the kitchen wall. A house that breathes oxygen. The biggest breakthrough came when we learnt to grow computers – computers that climb up from the patio and pull information down from the cloud like sunshine.

The bell-maker, for instance, is following a trail of smartleaves that rustle directions as she strolls through the Forest of Bow. There, in a clearing, its wooden gantry covered in creepers, she’ll find the bell. The size of it surprises her. She had no idea it would be this big. It takes all her strength to get the clapper to swing hard enough to strike a note from the huge metal dome. And what a note – vast, rich and complex. Its tones and overtones and half tones unfolding like petals as it breezes through the forest. Every cell in her body vibrates.

When the sound passes through the cloud, it will activate all the memories that were stored there on the day the bell was first rung – the ancient Facebook likes and recommends, the digital photo, blog entries, texts – and these will be downloaded to the bell-maker’s memory in a shower of smartpollen. When she breathes in, she’ll inhale the rhythm of drums, the flash of fireworks, the happy screams of children, the waves of the athletes and the lyrics of songs. But what will she make of those lyrics? Will she wonder who, apart from tigers, had tiger feet? Was it a good thing? And what is tiger light? Does it burn bright in the forests of the night?

Will she try to figure out what exactly that Starman was waiting for in the sky? Will scholars try to work out who Scaramouche was and whether he ever did do the fandango? And what Galileo and Figaro have to do with it? And why everyone was shouting about it? Or will she already know that the best pop lyrics are often nonsense. Even the lyrics of the greatest, and the most important pop songs. ‘Wopbopaloobop a whop bam boo’ for instance. Or ‘Na, na, na, na-na-na naaaa’. ‘Hey Jude’ – possibly the Beatles’ biggest-selling single – ends with almost four minutes of ‘na na nas’. Anyone who has ever stood in a vast crowd and na na na’d along with it, knows that meaning doesn’t matter. The important thing is the way that chorus allows us to karaoke ourselves into the moment. It binds us together, both as members of the crowd and as part of the ongoing reverberation of that summer afternoon in Twickenham in 1968 when four young men first recorded it.

Because the lyrics are a handle – a way of holding onto the song, keeping it in your memory, bedding it into your hard drive. In a way, the more meaningless they are, the more power the song has. The less it said, the less there is to disagree with. Clever people have often tried to prove that pop music is important by showing us how deep and meaningful the lyrics can be. But we don’t want meaning from a pop song really. Pop isn’t important for what it says. It’s important for what it does. Or what it lets us do. It lets us play and when we play we do amazing things.

Popular music and technological innovation are brother and sister. The first computer programmes were the cards which bell ringers made to help them remember the order of ringing. Ever since then music and computers have walked together. Bands like Pink Floyd and musicians like Mike Oldfield and Brian Eno searching for new sounds and new ways to create music had a massive impact on the development of computers.

File sharing and downloading were the catalysts of social networking. And in recent years – in the Arab Spring, for instance – they’ve been agents for social change. Like the bells that first inspired them, they are part of the story of liberty. What’s the point of playing if you don’t share? We play best when we’re together. Maybe that’s what we really want from all public art – not insight or knowledge but an excuse to get together in a state of pleasant perplexity, to be part of each other’s lives. Because, in the end, what matters most to us is each other.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, London 2212