1. OLYMPICS

    Spectacle Launches London Games

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    With a wild opening ceremony directed by Danny Boyle, the 2012 Olympic Games are officially beginning. Boyle’s vision for the highly anticipated ceremony includes a homage to preindustrial England, a journey through the decades of British pop music, and a skit combining the forces of James Bond and the monarchy. The New York Times is live blogging the event, following as flag-bearing teams from across the globe enter the stadium and as famous Britons like Daniel Craig, Rowan Atkinson, J.K. Rowling, and, of course, Queen Elizabeth II make appearances.

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    ‘Mr. Bean brings in the Olympics!’

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