illustration by Jean Jullien
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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.
Olympic legacy: a year of progress towards lasting change
Almost £10 billion economic boost and an upsurge in volunteering show strong progress against legacy commitments.
The inspirational power of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is delivering lasting change in sport, communities, the economy, East London and awareness and perceptions around disability.
“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
When he was 19 years old, Orlando Cruz competed in the Sydney Olympics. He had a girlfriend in Puerto Rico and a growing reputation as a fast, tough, counter-punching lefthander. Before he left for home, he had his first sexual experience with a man, pitching him into a state of complete confusion. “I was wondering, ‘What is wrong with me? Am I crazy? What is going on?’” Cruz says.
the exhibition was in a woeful state of un-readiness, and its roads and pathways were ankle-deep in mud…and yet one heard very little grumbling
Almost every house and shop in the principal thoroughfares of Shepherd’s Bush displayed flags, conspicuous among them being the Union Jack and the French tricolour
Also contains some fascinating maps for the map fans out there.
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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We’ve had the Olympics closing ceremonies and the the Paralympics closing ceremonies, but Londoners just wanted to say goodbye one more time.
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.
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What an amazing night - relive the closing ceremony & look back on the summer of 2012 with the Guardian
(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.”
Love that they used Public Enemy for the soundtrack.
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.