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There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Kindled from the rays of the sun at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, the Olympic Torch has spent 70 days travelling around the UK, carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers chosen by their own communities for the light that they bring to the lives of others.

The journey ends this evening as the final Torchbearer lights the Cauldron, marking the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

During the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, a fire was kept burning to symbolise and remind people of the Olympic Truce.

The Torch is therefore a living, vulnerable reminder that the true ambition of the Olympics is not victory but peace. The first Torchbearer was Prometheus, who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it as a gift to mankind.

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History says, Don’t hope on this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.

The Cure at Troy, Seamus Heaney

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Olympic Truce

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Olympic Oaths

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Olympic Anthem

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Olympic Flag

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Let the Games Begin

The flags you can see waving in the mosh pit were all created by British children whose schools are involved in the London 2012 education programme, Get Set, which encourages them to learn about the more than 200 countries taking part in the Games.

The flags are designed to express the Olympic ideals of peace and friendship and to welcome the world’s athletes to this world city.
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Real birds haven’t been used in the Olympic Opening Ceremony since Barcelona 1992.

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Arctic Monkeys

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Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.


Albert Einstein in a letter to hisson Eduard, 1930

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To ride a bicycle properly is very like a love affair – chiefly it is a matter of faith. Believe you do it, and the thing is done; doubt, and, for the life of you, you cannot.

The Wheels of Chance, HG Wells