London Gets Its Games On: Highlights from the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

As eager spectators take in the much anticipated London 2012 opening ceremony, the Olympic Stadium is filled with montages of everyday life in the British Isles: performers playing cricket, smokestacks rearing out of the ground and sheep lazily grazing in the grass. Here, TIME presents the best moments from London's Olympic coming-out party.

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As eager spectators take in the much anticipated London 2012 opening ceremony, the Olympic Stadium is filled with montages of everyday life in the British Isles: performers playing cricket, smokestacks rearing out of the ground and sheep lazily grazing in the grass. Here, TIME presents the best moments from London’s Olympic coming-out party.

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olympfanusa4
olympfanusa4

please,please,please put a video of the opening ceremony! I was in bed when it happend there! So please,please,please!!!! GO TEAM USA!!!!!!!!

Aksa8
Aksa8

I think the media have simply flushed down the toilet the part of the global audience that was sound asleep at 1:30am local time and missed the live coverage. Now those poor second rate citizens of the world are obliged to be content with a few stills from the event. No replay of even the highlights for them on any of the official media websites.

kiefo
kiefo

Why was the British socialized medicine disaster a part of the Olympic (OLYMPIC!) ceremony?  Has a Death Panel event been added to track and field whereby javelin throwers attempt to strike six-year-old orphans running around the field?  Who is the whack-job lunatic who created that farce of a ceremony? 

vbandbbmother
vbandbbmother

Now I get it from birth to death. Honestly the grim reaper photo didn't make sense at first. I am glad I read things to the end.

Nikki Jayne
Nikki Jayne

Well you know, it's nice to not have a bill after a trip to Aamp;E and end up going bankrupt when someone is diagnosed with cancer. You should try it sometime.

BanjoBuxby
BanjoBuxby

oddly enough, there isn't a trolling event in the olympics either. nice try.

Will Happen
Will Happen

 "Death Panel"?  I suspect that, in reality, you know nothing whatsoever about the NHS.

Spider's Web
Spider's Web

Erm...I think you'll find that the Brits are very proud of their NHS! I know it's hard to believe, but you get FREE healthcare at the point of delivery. No need to worry about getting insurance or losing your home to pay medical bills, it's there when you need it! Sure, it has it's problems but they'll NEVER turn you away until you're all better. 

Anyway, trampoline beds in hospital: why has nobody ever thought of this before?! :-)

nick price
nick price

Remaking the Industrial revolution at the opening ceremonies

tarek
tarek

دورة اولمبياد لندن من اعظم الاولمبيادات التي حدثت من قبل ..من حيث التنظيم وحفل الافتتاح .

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