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Saturday 14th July 2012, 3:55am
The 2012 London Olympics will open with a glimpse
LONDON - The 2012 London Olympics will open with a glimpse of the British countryside, past and present - from cows and sheep to meadow and mosh pit. Brooks Robinson Jersey . Danny Boyle, the artistic director for the games July 27 opening ceremony, on Tuesday unveiled a model of the set, which will transform the Olympic Stadium in gritty, urban east London into a rural idyll.COWS AND SHEEPThe Olympic set will include grass and fields, sheep, cows and horses, a cricket match, picnicking families and a hill modeled on Glastonbury Tor, a landmark in southwest England.Below the hill spectators will fill a mosh pit, evoking the raucous Glastonbury rock festival and other rural music events that are a major summer motif in Britain. At the other end of the stadium is a more genteel standing-room-only area - one wag dubbed it the \"posh pit\" - that is meant to evoke the annual classical music fixture the Last Night of the Proms.There are even real clouds that Boyle says can produce real rain - in case the British weather fails to comply.The meadow is surrounded by a circular parade ground for the 10,500 athletes taking part in the games. Boyle has nicknamed it the M25, after the often-clogged commuter highway that rings London.BACK TO CHILDHOOD IDEALSBoyle, the filmmaker behind \"Trainspotting\" and the Academy Award-winning \"Slumdog Millionaire,\" said the set for the opening ceremony will evoke the \"green and pleasant land\" of William Blakes poem \"Jerusalem,\" an emblem of Englishness.He said the opening ceremony would be a \"reflection of part of our heritage,\" but would also depict Britains present and look to the future. The set is designed to evoke the site where the stadium stands: once countryside, then industrial land, bombed during World War II and now being regenerated as a park.Boyle unveiled the model to reporters at 3 Mills Studios, near the Olympic Park, where craftspeople are working to create almost 3,000 props and 23,000 costumes for the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.Boyle said even though most Britons now live in cities, \"its in our brains as part of ourselves, this ideal. Its like a childhood ideal, in a way.\"RING THE BELLThe opening ceremony will begin with the tolling of a 27-ton bell forged at Londons 442-year-old Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which made Londons Big Ben and Philadelphias Liberty Bell.The bell is inscribed with a line from William Shakespeares play \"The Tempest\" - one of Boyles main inspirations for the ceremony - in which Caliban says: \"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises.\"\"Its a wonderful thing that well be able to open our games with a symbol of peace, the ringing of a bell,\" Boyle said. \"You will feel different when youre in there and you hear it ringing.\"A FEW PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHINGSome 10,000 volunteers have begun rehearsing for the opening ceremony, which will be held in front of 60,000 spectators inside the stadium and a television audience estimated at 1 billion.Boyle acknowledged the challenges of staging a large-scale show for live TV - not least capturing the British sense of humour.\"You cant do a show about Britain, really, if you dont try to reflect our sense of humour,\" he said. \"Thats hard to do in stadium shows. They are the enemy of humour.\"But he said he hoped to create \"a sense of inclusiveness\" - and keep the running time to three hours. The ceremony starts at 9 p.m., and the International Olympic Committee says it must be over by midnight so athletes can get to bed on time.CEREMONY SECRETS THAT HAVE ALREADY SPILLEDBoyle hopes to keep many details of the ceremony secret, although some have already trickled out. Former Beatle Paul McCartney has revealed he will be the closing act and Boyle has said there will be a sequence celebrating the countrys National Health Service.A pre-recorded segment has been filmed inside Buckingham Palace, reportedly involving Queen Elizabeth II - who as British head of state will officially open the games - and Daniel Craigs James Bond.Boyle said the ceremonys creators had an impossible task: To offer a vision of Britain with something for everyone.\"Were bound to fail,\" he said. \"But were going to try very hard not to.\" Ryan Mathews Womens Jersey . 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Green Womens Jersey . - The San Jose Sharks serve as a sort of measuring stick for St.Milt Stegall wants fans in Winnipeg to fill the stadium for the Blue Bombers East Semi-Final game against the Edmonton Eskimos (Saturday at Noon et/9am pt on TSN and TSN HD). And to make it happen, hes willing to give the shirt off his back - literally. \"If we sell more than 29,000 tickets, the jersey that I wear in the game and the gloves that I wear in the game will be given to one lucky fan,\" Stegall said Tuesday. \"If we let these fans from Regina, Saskatchewan - is that the name of the province out there?\" Stegall joked. \"If we let them out-do us again, Ill be very disappointed.\" Stegall took it a step further, promising a win in exchange for a sellout. \"Now Im not a marketing major, Im not a numbers guy,\" Stegall said. \"But weve got to sell out this game. This is what were looking for. These fans come out, were guaranteeing a win. \"Did I just say that?\" Stegall asked with grin. \"We sell out the game, were guaranteeing a win, Ill say that.\" Jekyll and Hyde is a good way to describe the 2008 season for Winnipeg. The start of the season was an ugly monster as the Bombers won just two of their first ten games. Then, in a span of one week, things changed dramtically. The catalyst for the change? A couple of bold moves by general manager Brendan Taman, who pulled out all the stops in an effort to get his team back to the Grey Cup for the second straight season. \"They rattled the fences in terms of changing the hierarchy of players and performers here.\" said Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown. Willis McGahee Jersey. \"We needed a shakedown and thats what we got.\" Two blockbuster trades in that week got the ball rolling. The first deal saw Winnipegs all-time rushing leader, Charles Roberts, sent to the B.C. Lions for Joe Smith, who had led the CFL in rushing in 2007. It wasnt Smith, though, who made the difference on offence. It was former Bombers back up Fred Reid, who took over the starting job and became an East Division All-Star. \"I dont know if everyone just started coming together in the end, or if we just started playing better as a team,\" Reid said. \"I dont know. But I feel like Ive been contributing these last couple of weeks to the team. Ive just been coming out and playing my hardest - and thats all we can do.\" To help the defence, Taman brought in linebacker Zeke Moreno from Hamilton. Moreno was leading the league in tackles at the time and also ended up on the East Division All-Star team. \"I think we kind of lost track of that hunger that we once had, that fire that we had,\" said Moreno. \"And now theres that extra feeling that we just put on ourselves just to keep that flame going.\" Although the Bombers enter the post-season with a losing record, they do not consider themselves underdogs thanks to a recent hot streak that saw them finish with six wins in their last eight games. And they constantly remind themselves of 2001, the year an 8-10 Calgary Stampeders team beat the 14-4 Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup. Files from Shawn Churchill were used in this report. ' ' '
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