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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 in London

This information has been collected from Wikipedia and videos are from You Tube.  The pictures and Paul Mac Cartney's show video are mine and have been taken directly from my camera while watching a TV transmission of the Opening Ceremonies.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known informally as London 2012, began in London, United Kingdom on 27 July and will continue until 12 August 2012. 
Construction in preparation for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, particularly themed towards sustainability. The main focus is a new 200 hectares (490 acres) Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London

The costs of mounting the Games are separate from those for building the venues and infrastructure, and redeveloping the land for the Olympic Park. While the Games are privately funded, the venues and Park costs are met largely by public money.
The original budget for the Games was £2.4 billion, but this was increased almost fourfold to about £9.3 billion ($14.46 billion) in 2007. 

 Unpaid volunteers known as Games Makers will perform a variety of tasks before and during the Games.Sebastian Coe said in February 2012, "Our Games Makers will contribute a total of around eight million volunteer hours during the Games and the Games simply wouldn't happen without them".
In Great Britain, ticket prices range from £20 for many events to £2,012 for the most expensive seats at the opening ceremony. Free tickets were given to military personnel, as well as to survivors and families of those who died during 7 July 2005 London bombings Eventually, more than 7,000,000 tickets were sold.
 The cost of security has also increased from £282 million to £553 million. This will be the biggest security operation Britain has faced for decades. The figure of 13,500 armed forces personnel is more than Britain currently has deployed in Afghanistan
Approximately 4,700 Olympic and Paralympic medals have been produced by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant.

They were designed by David Watkins (Olympics) and Lin Cheung (Paralympics).
Each gold medal is made up of 92.5 percent silver and 1.34 percent gold, with the remainder copper. The silver medal (which represents second place) is made up of 92.5 percent silver, with the remainder copper. The bronze medal is made up of 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin. The value of the materials in the gold medal is about $644, the silver about $330, and the bronze about $4.71 on the current market.
The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics was held on 27 July and called "Isles of Wonder". Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was its artistic director, with the music directors being the electronic music duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of Underworld.
The Games were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
A short comic film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond and the Queen as herself was screened during the ceremony, as was a gentle mockery of the event in the shape of Rowan Atkinson playing Chariots of Fire.


Another popular video was that of Mr. Bean and the London Symphony Orchestra



Sir Paul McCartney performed the song "Hey Jude" at the end of the ceremony


According to reports, the gala opening ceremonywas watched by 27 million UK viewers, and it had a final cost of 27 billion dollars.
The Olympic flame arrived on flight BA2012 on 18 May 2012 from Greece.[105] The relay lasted 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations and six island visits, and involved about 8,000 people carrying the torch a distance of about 8,000 miles (12,800 km), starting from Land's End in Cornwall.[106] The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics is scheduled to take place on 12 August 2012. The ceremony is planned to include a handover of the Olympic flag by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, to Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[123]
Around 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate.
This is a group of pictures which I took from the Inaguration of the Olympic Games 2012 in London.