Olympics and Paralympics: our summer of love | Editorial

The irresistible human stories of the past weeks have simply erased the scepticism of the previous seven yearsJust the victory parade to go, and then Britain’s summer of love will be over. London 2012, the capital’s greatest party in living memory, is done. At the risk of using up the entire annual quota of Guardian […]
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Unthinkable? An opening ceremony every year | Editorial

It’s time to replace the state opening of parliament with an annual festival on Parliament Square and along WhitehallAfter the dizzying success of the opening ceremonies for the Olympics and the Paralympics there will be producers and directors who now yearn to emulate Danny Boyle and get their hands on ceremonial occasions that combine great […]
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Edwina Currie accused of patronising Paralympians

Former health minister draws condemnation after tweet describing Italian team as ‘gorgeous even in wheelchairs’Former health minister Edwina Currie was forced to defend herself against accusations she patronised Italian Paralympians by describing them as “gorgeous even in wheelchairs”.Her comment, posted on Twitter, drew condemnation from other users of the website, but Currie insisted she was […]
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Labour can make the most of a Britain alive with Olympic spirit | Tim Soutphommasane

All parties will claim the triumph of the Games. But Ed Miliband is best poised to turn it into a new national purposeBy now, Britons may be growing weary of post-Olympic celebration and reflection. But let me add an Australian voice of congratulations to London and Britain. The Games were a stunning triumph. Many Australians […]
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London 2012: Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony history is only a partial truth | Polly Toynbee

The Olympics ceremony celebrated the best of Britain. But in the past three decades so much of that has gone into reverseThanks, Danny Boyle, for that magnificent parade of Britain as the deep-dyed social democratic nation it feels itself to be. That was an exuberant hymn to imagination, ingenuity and irreverence. But above all, thanks […]
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Olympics opening was ‘Trojan horse for socialist values’

Backbencher Paul Flynn praises Danny Boyle for ‘smuggling’ ideas on NHS and pacifism into Olympic showA backbench Labour MP has fuelled a row over political bias in the Olympic opening ceremony by claiming the event was used as a “Trojan horse” for socialist values.Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West, praised Danny Boyle for highlighting the […]
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Olympics opening ceremony was ‘multi-cultural crap’, Tory MP tweets

Conservative MP Aidan Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide for attending Nazi-themed stag party, rails against Danny Boyle’s work on TwitterDavid Cameron will face pressure to remove the Tory whip from the Conservative MP Aidan Burley after he tweeted that the Olympics opening ceremony was “multi-cultural crap”.Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial […]
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Chip-hungry Olympic workers celebrate freedom from McDonald’s monopoly

Staff working on opening and closing ceremonies allowed to eat chips served outside branches of fast food chainThe great London 2012 Olympic chip embargo has cracked. No longer will hungry workers at the games be denied pie and chips, chicken and chips or even just chips because of a monopoly enforced by McDonald’s, a major […]
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Olympic food prices are hard to swallow

We have a super summer of sport ahead of us, but the 2012 organisers might regret their food and drink choicesIt was bad luck for the Olympics organisers that their test events last weekend were held on one of the dreariest, greyest, coldest May days most of us can remember. It was even worse luck […]
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