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London Olympics begin with a flourish in Opening Ceremony
London Olympics begin with a flourish in Opening Ceremony

With Shakespearean flourishes and pogoing punk rockers, and featuring the actor who plays James Bond on service to his actual majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom opened the Olympic Games on Friday night in a hip and humorous fashion. The much-anticipated ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle, launched the 2012 Games that promise as good of a show — the final swims of Baltimore swimmer Michael Phelps, among them, who on Saturday faces his toughest challenge against rival Ryan Lochte. But Friday night was about spectacle not sport, and to the 60,000 in the Olympic Stadium as well as a worldwide audience estimated at four billion, it was a jolly good show. It told Britain's...

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