The Olympic Games
The Greatest Sporting Events In The World
Many people agree that the Olympics are the greatest sporting events in the World. The Summer Olympics are held every four years. The 2012 Olympic Games were held in London. The city had been preparing for several years, reclaiming land, building new sports facilities and improving transport links. The very British Opening Ceremony was full of history, quirky and star-studded. Even Her Majesty the Queen had a cameo role, with James Bond 007.
The Winter Olympics are also held every four years. The last Winter games took place in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. The Summer Games of 2016 will be held in Rio, and the 2020 Games will be held in Tokyo.
I took this photo during a visit to the IOC headquarters, in Lausanne, in 2010. It shows the Olympic Rings in the form of a paperweight.
The Queen arrives at the Olympics, accompanied by James Bond
At the London Olympics, we expected the Queen to arrive with style, and she certainly did that!
The Cultural Olympiad
It's not just sport, you know!
The London Olympics wasn't only about the big well-known sports. It was also about the lesser known sports and pastimes, the arts, music, and more. The London 2012 celebrations featured a Cultural Olympiad. It was the largest cultural celebration in the modern Olympics. Beginning in 2008, the Cultural Olympiad included many projects and programmes inspired by London 2012. There were more than 3500 Open Weekend events around the United Kingdom, with nearly 4 million people taking part. Over 16 million people took part in or watched performances. There were more than 8000 workshops, and 2500 projects were awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark. All of this culminated in the London 2012 Festival, with free events all around the UK.
Mr Bean Takes Part In The Opening Ceremony
A little slice of British culture from the Opening Ceremony of London 2012!
The Indomitable Mr Bean Opens the Olympics
Mr. Bean always gets into a mess - he's a child in a grown man's body... a long-legged, funny-looking guy who creates mayhem wherever he goes. Mr. Bean doesn't speak, but has amazing array of facial expressions.
Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) sets up gags, carries them through, and then shows his mortification at the embarrassment and disasters that follow. If you enjoyed Mr Bean in the Olympic Opening Ceremony, you might enjoy his work on film.
This hilarious collection containing all fourteen episodes of the original series, plus two feature films, "Bean: The Movie" and "Mr. Bean's Holiday." Lots of bonus extras.
Sport, politics, sport politics, political sport...
Can sport and politics be separated? Is it fair on athletes to mix the two? Should sport be used as a lever to force political change?
What do you think about the cross-over between sport and politics?
Your views on the Olympics
Are the Olympic Games the greatest show on earth?
Find out more about the Olympics and International Sport
London 2012 Olympics: 55 Amazing Facts - that you won't know even if you watched it all!
A fun Kindle book answering questions like:
Which country won the most medals relative to the size of its population?
What inspired the scene where Mr Bean overtook his competitors in a car?
Why did Australia do so badly? And more
Find the answers to these questions and 52 more. They will surprise and amuse you!
Whether you watched every minute of the London 2012 Olympic Games or just the highlights, this book will amuse you with curious facts and amazing snippets of information.