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2:33pm

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

As It Happened: The London Olympics' Opening Ceremony

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Animals and actors enter the stadium for a British meadow scene.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II declared the London Games open. The Olympic cauldron is lit.

It came after a staggering and cinematic opening ceremony that celebrated all aspects of British life — from its bucolic beginnings to the industrial revolution to modern-day Britain.

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2:32pm

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

London Opens Up, In Danny Boyle's 'Warm-Up Act' For The Summer Olympics

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 4:33 pm

Animals and actors enter the stadium for the British meadow scene prior the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Every recent opening ceremony of the Olympics went for glitter and glamour, in an escalating war of excess. Ceremony fanatics consider the Beijing opening ceremony the gaudiest of all — and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (the director of Slumdog Millionaire) had $42 million to try to outdo the Chinese organizers.

Instead, Boyle says, "You can't get bigger than Beijing. So that, in a way, kind of liberated us. We thought, 'Great. Oh good. We'll try and do something different, then.' "

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1:30pm

Fri July 27, 2012
The Salt

Seven Strange Food Museums To Spice Up Your Summer Travel Plans

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:33 am

A tunnel timeline showcasing the history of instant ramen at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan.
Travis Sanders Flickr

The Olympics begin this afternoon, and the stores are filling up with school supplies, meaning that you only have a few more weeks to fit in a summer vacation. And if you'd like to add a quirky food-themed museum to your getaway plans, The Salt has compiled a few suggestions that are certainly off the beaten path.

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10:32am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

London Olympics: Watching The Opening Ceremony, And This Weekend's Events

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:46 am

The Olympic torch is delivered by row boat to the royal barge, Gloriana, on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in London ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.
Kyodo/Landov

The London 2012 Summer Games are set to begin in earnest, with today's opening ceremony kicking off a weekend of gold-medal competitions. But if you're in America and you hope to watch the Opening Ceremony live, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed: NBC is tape-delaying its broadcast until Friday night.

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9:11am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

'It's What We Have': Spain's Athletes Sigh, And Put On Olympic Uniforms

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 11:56 am

Taking One For The Team: Field hockey player Alex Fabregas modeled Spain's Olympic outfit in this photo he posted on Twitter. Athletes have been publicly stoic about the colorful clothing, which was provided for free.
Alex Fabregas/Twitter

Spanish Olympians are learning a painful lesson as they suit up for Friday's opening ceremony in London: You get what you pay for.

With Spain on the brink of bankruptcy, its Olympic committee decided to save money this year. It got its Olympic uniforms for free, from the Russian designer Bosco, which also provided kits for the Russian and Ukrainian teams.

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