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  1. London 2012: Isles of Wonder is Olympic ceremony theme

    London 2012's opening ceremony is to be called Isles of Wonder, organisers have revealed six months ahead of the Games.

    The ceremony's artistic director, Danny Boyle, revealed the name at a press briefing alongside creative director Stephen Daldry.

    Boyle said it would be about a land that has been poisoned by industrial legacy and the recovery of that land.

    It is anticipated the opening ceremony on 27 July will be watched by one billion TV viewers.

    Advertising experts estimate this is worth up to £5bn in airtime exposure.

    Bolye, who is best known for directing Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, said they had commissioned the biggest ringing bell in Europe to hang at one end of stadium and ring at opening of Games.

    It is to be inscribed with a quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest: "Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises".

    Boyle said he wanted people to hear it "for hundreds of years".

    'Fabulous opportunity'

    Talking about all four Olympic ceremonies Daldry said they were the "greatest shows on earth and the task was enormous."

    He said they represent one journey to the end looking at who we are, who we were and who we would wish to be.

    More detailed information will be released about the artists in April and the content of opening ceremony in June, he added.

    At the opening ceremony Boyle will again be collaborating with electronic musical duo Underworld whose 'Born Slippy' featured in Trainspotting.

    The pair have been named musical directors of the three-hour ceremony.

    Some 20,000 performers are being sought for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    London 2012 ceremonies

    • Cast of 15,000 volunteers
    • 23,000 costumes
    • 12 hours of music
    • 60 musicians
    • 15,000 sq m of staging
    • 13,000 propos
    • one million watt PA system with 500 speakers

    They will be drawn from members of the public and more than 10,000 have already been auditioned.

    Speaking earlier on Friday about the challenges that lay ahead in the next six months, London 2012 Chairman Seb Coe said it was a fabulous opportunity but a "heavy weight of responsibility".

    Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said it would be all about attention to detail as well as building the excitement and helping people to be a part of what will be "the greatest thing this city has seen in their lifetimes".

    A ceremony was also being held marking the handover of the Athletes' Village, on the Olympic Park in Stratford, from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to Locog.

    The 2,818 flats will now be fitted out to cater for 16,000 athletes and officials from 200 countries.

  2. I found this on another forum. I'm still trying to establish where it came from (it's probably from the middle of one of the dozens of publications the ODA has produced), but I thought it was quite a nice map showing the venues with all the seating in orange in the park:

    That's 154,000 seats right there:


    its from the other forum link I posted from the Orbit tower planning application............ :P

  3. I couldn't agree more.It's a mystery to me and to most Britons why on earth big,powerful,independent countries like Canada,Australia and New Zealand seem to want to cling on to the British monarchy??? :blink:

    Because of the history and what she stands for! also the idea of having a head of state above politics has

    some advantages and the fact your not having a change of office every four years etc.

    With the queen being head of state of democracies and a constitutional monarchy its up to

    the nation to invite her! that's a constitutional democracy!

    Australia in 2000 decided not to invite the queen to open the 2000 Olympic games as

    at that time there was a strong constitutional debate going on, and the Queen is above politics.

    At the end of the day its up to each of her realms to decide who they want as head of state!

    Up to now in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand its working ok, So why change something that

    works ok?

  4. ... if e.g. a french person became the british monarch he/she wouldn't have to become british?

    Queen Elizabeth has french and German ancestry as English, one of her predecessors was the dutch

    king William!

    Queen is head of state of Canada when in Canada the Governor General is below the Queen

    because the governor represents the queen when she is away from Canada.

    information is on http://www.royal.gov.uk/

  5. I just wonder: does Queen Elisabeth have the british, australian, canadian etc. etc...... nationality?

    Queen Elizabeth has a different constitutional role for each nation, as head of state

    her role is slightly different from say Canada to the UK

    full details on the site http://www.royal.gov.uk/ and under realm.

    as for commonwealth games the head of the commonwealth opens to games

    so as the queen is head of the commonwealth then she does that role.

    Queen is really above being a citizen of an individual nation as she is head of state

    of several.

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