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Olympic Games underway in London

posted 28 Jul 2012, 04:44 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 28 Jul 2012, 04:44 ]

2012 Olympic Games underway in London. Julie Noce reports.

UK-OLY/OPENING - London's Houses of Parliament at Westminster were awash in images Friday night to celebrate the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.


Pictures depicting London's last Olympic Games from 1908 and 1948 were projected onto the buildings giving passers-by a glimpse into the past.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN SAYING:

"Well, I thought it was quite a good representation of how we got to here and what we've done before. I didn't know anything about 1908 even though I'm a really old man. I don't really remember 1948, well only vaguely, I knew it happened. But I thought it was very good and I enjoyed it."


The Games opening ceremony was a mix of all things British-- from the Queen, who was comically portrayed skydiving into the stadium, to an army of yellow submarines paying tribute to the Beatles.

Spectators found the event thrilling, if at times a bit strange.


UNKNOWN BRITISH MAN SAYING:

"My favourite bit was when the queen fell out of the helicopter but missed the stadium. That was amazing, amazing. Incredible show."


ROLAND, BRITISH MAN, LEAVING OPENING CEREMONY, SAYING;

"My favourite part.. Muhammad Ali, good to see Muhammad Ali. It was quite odd. Arctic Monkeys as well playing was really good. I liked that. And free tickets as well. Danny Boyle did a good job, I think, definitely."


The event ended with a massive display of fireworks.

More than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete in 26 sports over 17 days of competition.


Julie Noce, Reuters

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