The 2012 Olympic Games opened Friday, with a ceremony that included James Bond and Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the stadium, flyovers, rippling Union Jacks, Shakespeare, sheep and fireworks. Host Scott Simon talks to Simon Hoggart, political sketch writer for The Guardian about the opening ceremony.
Many of the world's best marathoners come from a highland region where they run along mountainous dirt roads at 8,000 feet above sea level. They're competing for Olympic gold, but real gold inspires them, too.
The London Olympics' opening ceremony is a "show," director Danny Boyle says, that celebrates Britain, from the Industrial Revolution to its music and literature — even its socialized medicine. There's also time for thousands of athletes to enter Olympic Stadium. "We don't get lost in show business," Boyle says.
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