The Olympic torch was paraded around London on Thursday after spending 70 days traveling through 1,019 cities, towns and villages in the British Isles. It probably got lost in Wales, trying to find Crwyggstnplff, but then everybody does.
The Torch Relay has generated a sense of pride that the British conceal beneath their wicked sense of humor.
Unexpectedly large crowds have lined the route.
Seven years of construction and disruption culminate with London’s official welcome to the world Friday, with Opening Ceremonies entitled “Isles of Wonder,” directed by Danny Boyle. It’s sure to be a loving, clever look at this place layered with so much history.
Walk inside Westminster Abbey and find yourself stepping on the gravestone of Charles Darwin.
Climb around the Tower of London and you’ll wind up in the quarters where Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned.
Blue historical plaques turn up on the sides of houses with impressive frequency. It’s fun to keep a list, the same way bird watchers do, and you just might add Lawrence of Arabia when exploring the streets near Parliament.
Over the next two weeks, the Olympics will be a showcase for London and Great Britain. The home team is also excited about its medal prospects.
Contenders include Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy in cycling; Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah in track and field; Tom Daley in diving; and Rebecca Adlington in swimming. Rowers, sailors and equestrian athletes will shine. Andy Murray gets another shot at Wimbledon.
But what if, while sitting at a pub with your mates, you had to create an all-time, all-star cast? A dream team.
Here are suggestions to get you started: