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27 Jul 2012

The Games are on the way!

All eyes will be on London this evening

The time has come at long last: this evening, at 9 pm London time, the Opening Ceremony will mark the official start of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Naturally, there is a great deal of curiosity on the show that will be put on and the organizers have only revealed a few aspects of the ceremony. First, its duration: it will last three hours and a quarter, with the fastest ever team parade (one and a half hours versus the almost three hours of Beijing 2008). It is known that director Danny Boyle has thrown in music by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paganini and Mike Oldfield. The evening's presenters will be actors Daniel Craig and Rowan Atkinson. In addition to the information coming from official sources, further details have been leaked by those who attended the general rehearsals. To avoid spoiling the surprise, we will only say that the British national anthem, in honor of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, should be performed in sign language by a choir of deaf and hearing children and that some of the ensuing choreographs should draw inspiration from 007, Mary Poppins, Captain Hook and Harry Potter. We'll have to just wait and see. Happy viewing, everyone!