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Sochi 2014: Princess Anne Reads A Book During Olympic Opening Ceremony

07/02/2014 16:50 | Updated 07 February 2014

Despite ploughing millions of rubbles into the Sochi Olympics, Princess Anne couldn’t keep her nose out of a book during the opening ceremony, preferring to flick through her tome rather than watch the athletes’ parade.

It is not known whether Her Royal Highness was engrossed in David Starkey's A History of England through the Monarchy or perhaps E L James 50 Shades Of Grey but either way it looks like a real page-turner.

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07/02/2014 19:04 GMT

Goodnight

That was an enjoyable opening ceremony bolstered by the classical music soundtrack and some wonderful choreography, despite some notable omissions from Russia's historic timeline.

Here's the Cauldron burning brightly

olympic flame

07/02/2014 19:02 GMT

More Maria

olympic flame

07/02/2014 18:59 GMT

Fireworks

It looks pretty extraordinary even from an armchair, let alone inside the stadium. It's still ongoing and the Olympic Village for these Winter Games looks incredibly impressive at night.

07/02/2014 18:57 GMT

Shara

maria sharapova

07/02/2014 18:56 GMT

It's aliiiiiight!

The Olympic Cauldron burns brightly in Sochi, an incredible fireworks display goes off and the crowd, I imagine, are going berserk. The Winter Olympics are well underway as Bolshoi plays.

07/02/2014 18:54 GMT

The Flame

Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole vaulter, followed by Greco-Roman wrestling greatAleksandr Karelin, then Alina Kabayeva, gymnast, and then ice hockey master Vladislav Tretyak also carried the Flame.

07/02/2014 18:51 GMT

Olympic flag

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07/02/2014 18:50 GMT

Maria Sharapova

The four-time Grand Slam winner and 2004 Wimbledon champion, born in Sochi, brought the flame into the stadium.

07/02/2014 18:49 GMT

The Olympic Flame...

Has belatedly arrived. No Andrei Arshavin on a speedboat, though.

07/02/2014 18:45 GMT

"A wonderful moment to acknowledge the incredible technicians"

Robin Cousins, still with us, remarks. It's all gone a bit Starlight Express, which was a traumatic experience when I went to see it as a seven-year-old.

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A bunch of famous Russian people we have not heard of around here in the press area have just brought in the flag.

— Sarah Lyall (@sarahlyall) Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"07/02/2014 18:33 GMT","title":"Here comes the Olympic Flag","tweet_link":"89_here-comes-the-olympic-flag","entry_text":"

Don't let the fact Shami Chakrabarti carried it at London 2012 ruin that memory.

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Don't let the fact Shami Chakrabarti carried it at London 2012 ruin that memory.

"},{"id":"88","created":"07/02/2014 18:32 GMT","title":"Instead, it's Coronation March","tweet_link":"88_instead-its-coronation-march","entry_text":"

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"},{"id":"87","created":"07/02/2014 18:31 GMT","title":"Why couldn't we have had this the last 20 minutes?","tweet_link":"87_why-couldnt-we-have-had-this-the-last-20-minutes","entry_text":"

Cultured stuff and very, very Russian. Sleeping Beauty may be an inappropriate score for mobile athletes but it'd go down a treat.

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Cultured stuff and very, very Russian. Sleeping Beauty may be an inappropriate score for mobile athletes but it'd go down a treat.

"},{"id":"86","created":"07/02/2014 18:29 GMT","title":"Socialism","tweet_link":"86_socialism","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"85","created":"07/02/2014 18:27 GMT","title":"Tchaikovsky","tweet_link":"85_tchaikovsky","entry_text":"

Swan Lake, to be precise.

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Swan Lake, to be precise.

"},{"id":"84","created":"07/02/2014 18:27 GMT","title":"Kronsteen speaks!","tweet_link":"84_kronsteen-speaks","entry_text":"

Sorry, I mean Putin speaks. He has opened the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

","short_text":"

Sorry, I mean Putin speaks. He has opened the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"},{"id":"83","created":"07/02/2014 18:25 GMT","title":"These speeches are like those scenes in Airplane...","tweet_link":"83_these-speeches-are-like-those-scenes-in-airplane","entry_text":"

When Ted Striker tells passengers his life story and they commit suicide.

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When Ted Striker tells passengers his life story and they commit suicide.

"},{"id":"82","created":"07/02/2014 18:21 GMT","title":"So what did Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the organising committee, say?","tweet_link":"82_so-what-did-dmitry-chernyshenko-president-of-the-organising-committee-say","entry_text":"

\"Hello. You athletes are very impressive. Russia is a nice country. The Olympics are a pretty cool thing, aren’t they? Thanks for watching. And for volunteering! That last bit was mainly aimed at the volunteers.\"

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\"Hello. You athletes are very impressive. Russia is a nice country. The Olympics are a pretty cool thing, aren’t they? Thanks for watching. And for volunteering! That last bit was mainly aimed at the volunteers.\"

"},{"id":"81","created":"07/02/2014 18:17 GMT","title":"IOC president Thomas Bach","tweet_link":"81_ioc-president-thomas-bach","entry_text":"

He's stepped up to the podium now. No, Jacques Rogge stepped down a while ago.

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He's stepped up to the podium now. No, Jacques Rogge stepped down a while ago.

"},{"id":"80","created":"07/02/2014 18:16 GMT","title":"War and Peace","tweet_link":"80_war-and-peace","entry_text":"

Yes, they're still jabbering on

\"sochi

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Yes, they're still jabbering on

"},{"id":"79","created":"07/02/2014 18:14 GMT","title":"That little girl","tweet_link":"79_that-little-girl","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"78","created":"07/02/2014 18:11 GMT","title":"Oh Christ","tweet_link":"78_oh-christ","entry_text":"

It's speech time.

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It's speech time.

"},{"id":"77","created":"07/02/2014 18:08 GMT","title":"Baby boom","tweet_link":"77_baby-boom","entry_text":"

Getting industrial #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/LAEGktsj5t

— Olympics (@Olympics) February 7, 2014

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Getting industrial #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/LAEGktsj5t

— Olympics (@Olympics...Read More"},{"id":"76","created":"07/02/2014 18:05 GMT","title":"50s Russia","tweet_link":"76_50s-russia","entry_text":"

It looks remarkably like 50s America. They're rock 'n' rollin', cruisin' in their cars and dressed in glorious technicolor. It's the film The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could have been, perhaps.

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It looks remarkably like 50s America. They're rock 'n' rollin', cruisin' in their cars and dressed in glorious technicolor. It's the film The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could have been, perhaps.

"},{"id":"75","created":"07/02/2014 18:04 GMT","title":"Very good","tweet_link":"75_very-good","entry_text":"

Ah, this is the bit where they finish the media hotels..

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) February 7, 2014

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Ah, this is the bit where they finish the media hotels..

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) February 7, 2014

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Choreography and imagery really impressive in these sections as 20th century Russia arrives. pic.twitter.com/pB1AOX1g2i

— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) Read More"},{"id":"71","created":"07/02/2014 17:57 GMT","title":"Saint Basil's Cathedral tribute","tweet_link":"71_saint-basils-cathedral-tribute","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

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"},{"id":"70","created":"07/02/2014 17:57 GMT","title":"Another London 2012 similarity","tweet_link":"70_another-london-2012-similarity","entry_text":"

Like the Brunel construction of the Olympic rings, it looks like they're about to assemble a train to symbolise the revolution and rise of Communism.

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Like the Brunel construction of the Olympic rings, it looks like they're about to assemble a train to symbolise the revolution and rise of Communism.

"},{"id":"69","created":"07/02/2014 17:55 GMT","title":"Red Army!","tweet_link":"69_red-army","entry_text":"

Here comes the 1917 Revolution, via a train...

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Here comes the 1917 Revolution, via a train...

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\"sochi\"

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"},{"id":"67","created":"07/02/2014 17:49 GMT","title":"Strong","tweet_link":"67_strong","entry_text":"

we are seeing a beautiful ballet; they have left out the part where they throw acid at each other.

— Sarah Lyall (@sarahlyall)
February 7, 2014

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we are seeing a beautiful ballet; they have left out the part where they throw acid at each other.

— Sarah Lyall (@sarahlyall) ...Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"07/02/2014 17:49 GMT","title":"Ballet","tweet_link":"66_ballet","entry_text":"

That's how War and Peace is being played out, so it's a graceful and serene sequence of the ceremony. No Natalie Portman yet, though.

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That's how War and Peace is being played out, so it's a graceful and serene sequence of the ceremony. No Natalie Portman yet, though.

"},{"id":"65","created":"07/02/2014 17:47 GMT","title":"A bit of Tolstoy now","tweet_link":"65_a-bit-of-tolstoy-now","entry_text":"

War and Peace. The stadium is being transformed into an elaborate imperial ballroom for the segment.

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War and Peace. The stadium is being transformed into an elaborate imperial ballroom for the segment.

"},{"id":"64","created":"07/02/2014 17:45 GMT","title":"The crowd are hoarse, and there's a horse","tweet_link":"64_the-crowd-are-hoarse-and-theres-a-horse","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

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"},{"id":"63","created":"07/02/2014 17:43 GMT","title":"Welcome, comrade","tweet_link":"63_welcome-comrade","entry_text":"

Welcome to #Sochi2014 #OpeningCeremony Peter the Great! pic.twitter.com/SSQRi92sgR

— Sochi 2014 (@Sochi2014) February 7, 2014

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Welcome to #Sochi2014 #OpeningCeremony Peter the Great! Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"07/02/2014 17:42 GMT","title":"Now it's the rise of Imperial Russia","tweet_link":"62_now-its-the-rise-of-imperial-russia","entry_text":"

And that of Peter the Great. So, like Boyle's show, this is a bit of a history lesson as well. Some very impressive set designs so far.

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And that of Peter the Great. So, like Boyle's show, this is a bit of a history lesson as well. Some very impressive set designs so far.

"},{"id":"61","created":"07/02/2014 17:41 GMT","title":"The Jamaicans","tweet_link":"61_the-jamaicans","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"60","created":"07/02/2014 17:40 GMT","title":"That little girl at the start","tweet_link":"60_that-little-girl-at-the-start","entry_text":"

Her dream has finally been realised and Russia has risen. She had to endure thousands of athletes in the process, but it's been worth it, it seems.

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Her dream has finally been realised and Russia has risen. She had to endure thousands of athletes in the process, but it's been worth it, it seems.

"},{"id":"59","created":"07/02/2014 17:39 GMT","title":"Medieval carnival","tweet_link":"59_medieval-carnival","entry_text":"

There's a flamboyant mock up of Saint Basil's Cathedral at the moment, with plenty of dancing and Russian folk music (which sounds like a bagpiper on speed) but the Fisht Olympic Stadium has brightened up.

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There's a flamboyant mock up of Saint Basil's Cathedral at the moment, with plenty of dancing and Russian folk music (which sounds like a bagpiper on speed) but the Fisht Olympic Stadium has brightened up.

"},{"id":"58","created":"07/02/2014 17:37 GMT","title":"The mascots","tweet_link":"58_the-mascots","entry_text":"

And then it got a little weird. #Sochi pic.twitter.com/domS2Af8Zg

— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) February 7, 2014

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And then it got a little weird. #Sochi pic.twitter.com/domS2Af8Zg

— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) Read More"},{"id":"57","created":"07/02/2014 17:36 GMT","title":"Now for some Tchaikovsky","tweet_link":"57_now-for-some-tchaikovsky","entry_text":"

Rite of Spring, to be precise.

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Rite of Spring, to be precise.

"},{"id":"56","created":"07/02/2014 17:34 GMT","title":"The Simpsons have already done the whole opening ceremony thing ","tweet_link":"56_the-simpsons-have-already-done-the-whole-opening-ceremony-thing-","entry_text":"

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"},{"id":"55","created":"07/02/2014 17:32 GMT","title":"More...","tweet_link":"55_more","entry_text":"

Latest: Passenger with bomb claim tried to divert plane to Sochi as Olympics begin http://t.co/Lgjwx6quhN

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 7, 2014

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Latest: Passenger with bomb claim tried to divert plane to Sochi as Olympics begin http://t.co/Lgjwx6quhN

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"07/02/2014 17:32 GMT","title":"This from AP","tweet_link":"54_this-from-ap","entry_text":"

\"A Turkish official says security forces are searching a plane that landed at an Istanbul airport after a passenger claimed there was a bomb on board.

The official said the plane from Kharkov, Ukraine, to Istanbul, landed safely on Friday and was parked in a “safe area” at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport where it is being searched.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules that bar civil servants from speaking to journalists without prior authorisation.

The official denied a Dogan news agency report that a passenger on board tried to divert the plane to Sochi, Russia. News reports said the plan was a Pegasus Airlines flight. A spokeswoman for the airline declined comment.\"

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\"A Turkish official says security forces are searching a plane that landed at an Istanbul airport after a passenger claimed there was a bomb on board.

The official said the plane from Kharkov, Ukraine, to Istanbul, landed safely on Friday and was...Read More"},{"id":"53","created":"07/02/2014 17:29 GMT","title":"A massive bear has appeared","tweet_link":"53_a-massive-bear-has-appeared","entry_text":"

Along with a massive rabbit and a cat. They're apparently the mascots. Commendably, Hazel Irvine and Robin Cousins are making a good stab at small talk.

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Along with a massive rabbit and a cat. They're apparently the mascots. Commendably, Hazel Irvine and Robin Cousins are making a good stab at small talk.

"},{"id":"52","created":"07/02/2014 17:25 GMT","title":"Kazakhstan ","tweet_link":"52_kazakhstan-","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"51","created":"07/02/2014 17:22 GMT","title":"Oh, those Russians","tweet_link":"51_oh-those-russians","entry_text":"

They've arrived to some questionable music, but Robin Cousins likes it. Sounds like a Queen remix, with a dash of Tatu produced by Daft Punk.

","short_text":"

They've arrived to some questionable music, but Robin Cousins likes it. Sounds like a Queen remix, with a dash of Tatu produced by Daft Punk.

"},{"id":"50","created":"07/02/2014 17:21 GMT","title":"Huge cheer for the Jamaicans","tweet_link":"50_huge-cheer-for-the-jamaicans","entry_text":"

Sadly, John Candy couldn't be there.

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Sadly, John Candy couldn't be there.

"},{"id":"49","created":"07/02/2014 17:21 GMT","title":"USA! USA!","tweet_link":"49_usa-usa","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"48","created":"07/02/2014 17:20 GMT","title":"Sweden","tweet_link":"48_sweden","entry_text":"

They've been kitted out in H&M, who also produce underwear designed by David Beckham.

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They've been kitted out in H&M, who also produce underwear designed by David Beckham.

"},{"id":"47","created":"07/02/2014 17:18 GMT","title":"Brighter than the glare on the slopes","tweet_link":"47_brighter-than-the-glare-on-the-slopes","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"46","created":"07/02/2014 17:16 GMT","title":"Bon soir, France","tweet_link":"46_bon-soir-france","entry_text":"

We've been expecting you, only not this late, since your name begins with an \"F\".

","short_text":"

We've been expecting you, only not this late, since your name begins with an \"F\".

"},{"id":"45","created":"07/02/2014 17:11 GMT","title":"The Sochi dog","tweet_link":"45_the-sochi-dog","entry_text":"

A stray dog just strolled into the stadium ahead of the Sochi opening ceremony. Volunteers chased him away. pic.twitter.com/UJa8Ny3i5z

— James Ellingworth (@jellingworth) February 7, 2014

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A stray dog just strolled into the stadium ahead of the Sochi opening ceremony. Volunteers chased him away. pic.twitter.com/UJa8Ny3i5z

— James Ellingworth (@je...Read More"},{"id":"44","created":"07/02/2014 17:09 GMT","title":"Here come the Americans","tweet_link":"44_here-come-the-americans","entry_text":"

In their rad and loud Polo outfits. No cold reception from the Russians...

","short_text":"

In their rad and loud Polo outfits. No cold reception from the Russians...

"},{"id":"43","created":"07/02/2014 17:06 GMT","title":"Opening ceremony in pictures","tweet_link":"43_opening-ceremony-in-pictures","entry_text":"

Here's a great gallery of some of the best snapshots from the Sochi showpiece so far

\"sochi

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Here's a great gallery of some of the best snapshots from the Sochi showpiece so far

"},{"id":"42","created":"07/02/2014 17:04 GMT","title":"Canada's sea of red","tweet_link":"42_canadas-sea-of-red","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"41","created":"07/02/2014 17:03 GMT","title":"Germany's rainbow rhythm","tweet_link":"41_germanys-rainbow-rhythm","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"40","created":"07/02/2014 17:02 GMT","title":"It's Hubertus von Hohenlohe!","tweet_link":"40_its-hubertus-von-hohenlohe","entry_text":"

The 55-year-old Mexican prince has arrived

Mexico's Hubertus von Hohenlohe going for 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' look in #Sochi2014: http://t.co/J5kbDi0IFw pic.twitter.com/aUA3amVP3C

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) January 27, 2014

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The 55-year-old Mexican prince has arrived

Mexico's Hubertus von Hohenlohe going for 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' look in #Sochi2014: Read More"},{"id":"39","created":"07/02/2014 16:57 GMT","title":"Halfway there","tweet_link":"39_halfway-there","entry_text":"

\"M\" is for Malta, and there are just 13 more letters to get through.

","short_text":"

\"M\" is for Malta, and there are just 13 more letters to get through.

"},{"id":"38","created":"07/02/2014 16:55 GMT","title":"The British are here","tweet_link":"38_the-british-are-here","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"37","created":"07/02/2014 16:54 GMT","title":"Our live blog splash","tweet_link":"37_our-live-blog-splash","entry_text":"

Great headline on the @HuffPostUK splash - http://t.co/vcnKCHGdpN pic.twitter.com/PeV6IRUTyG

— Paul Vale (@PaulVale) February 7, 2014

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Great headline on the @HuffPostUK splash - http://t.co/vcnKCHGdpN pic.twitter.com/PeV6IRUTyG<...Read More"},{"id":"36","created":"07/02/2014 16:52 GMT","title":"Canada","tweet_link":"36_canada","entry_text":"

They've got so many athletes it resembles a mini-invasion. They're snugly attired in red winter coats and some patterned hats.

","short_text":"

They've got so many athletes it resembles a mini-invasion. They're snugly attired in red winter coats and some patterned hats.

"},{"id":"35","created":"07/02/2014 16:50 GMT","title":"Alphabetical order has gone out the window","tweet_link":"35_alphabetical-order-has-gone-out-the-window","entry_text":"

Zimbabwe have appeared, and now Spain have come out. We're still on \"I\"...

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Zimbabwe have appeared, and now Spain have come out. We're still on \"I\"...

"},{"id":"34","created":"07/02/2014 16:49 GMT","title":"Ireland","tweet_link":"34_ireland","entry_text":"

They look like they've arrived for a day of paint-balling. Very camouflagey.

","short_text":"

They look like they've arrived for a day of paint-balling. Very camouflagey.

"},{"id":"33","created":"07/02/2014 16:48 GMT","title":"The Germans","tweet_link":"33_the-germans","entry_text":"

And here are the Germans in their Putin baiting rainbow outfits...#gcamSochi pic.twitter.com/rxE4hvHEzx

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) February 7, 2014

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And here are the Germans in their Putin baiting rainbow outfits...#gcamSochi pic.twitter.com/rxE4hvHEzxRead More"},{"id":"32","created":"07/02/2014 16:47 GMT","title":"Putin watches on","tweet_link":"32_putin-watches-on","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"31","created":"07/02/2014 16:45 GMT","title":"Germany","tweet_link":"31_germany","entry_text":"

They've donned some rainbow garb for the occasion, although Robin Cousins thinks it's a take on the Olympic rings. I think Robin is wrong.

","short_text":"

They've donned some rainbow garb for the occasion, although Robin Cousins thinks it's a take on the Olympic rings. I think Robin is wrong.

"},{"id":"30","created":"07/02/2014 16:43 GMT","title":"Great Britain emerges!","tweet_link":"30_great-britain-emerges","entry_text":"

Jon Eley carries the flag, as was promised. Each country seem to be allocated about 30 seconds airtime.

","short_text":"

Jon Eley carries the flag, as was promised. Each country seem to be allocated about 30 seconds airtime.

"},{"id":"29","created":"07/02/2014 16:42 GMT","title":"Fireworks","tweet_link":"29_fireworks","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"28","created":"07/02/2014 16:38 GMT","title":"Which continent was barred?","tweet_link":"28_which-continent-was-barred","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"27","created":"07/02/2014 16:36 GMT","title":"Athletes parade time","tweet_link":"27_athletes-parade-time","entry_text":"

This is almost always the lowlight of any Olympic opening ceremony, and we're still on \"A\" nearly five minutes after Greece emerged. So for some escapism, here come some pictures...

","short_text":"

This is almost always the lowlight of any Olympic opening ceremony, and we're still on \"A\" nearly five minutes after Greece emerged. So for some escapism, here come some pictures...

"},{"id":"26","created":"07/02/2014 16:33 GMT","title":"Here come the Greeks","tweet_link":"26_here-come-the-greeks","entry_text":"

Traditionally the first set of athletes to emerge, their first ever ski-jumper is competing at the Winter Olympics.

","short_text":"

Traditionally the first set of athletes to emerge, their first ever ski-jumper is competing at the Winter Olympics.

"},{"id":"25","created":"07/02/2014 16:31 GMT","title":"What the rings were supposed to look like","tweet_link":"25_what-the-rings-were-supposed-to-look-like","entry_text":"

Here's what those rings were supposed to look like #gcamSochi pic.twitter.com/14Tj5tovKJ

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) February 7, 2014

","short_text":"

Here's what those rings were supposed to look like #gcamSochi pic.twitter.com/14Tj5tovKJ

&md...Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"07/02/2014 16:31 GMT","title":"Torch relay montage time","tweet_link":"24_torch-relay-montage-time","entry_text":"

It arrived in early October and has embarked on a 40,000-mile journey across the country. It's even travelled on a nuclear-powered ice breaker.

","short_text":"

It arrived in early October and has embarked on a 40,000-mile journey across the country. It's even travelled on a nuclear-powered ice breaker.

"},{"id":"23","created":"07/02/2014 16:29 GMT","title":"The Russian anthem is being impressively belted out","tweet_link":"23_the-russian-anthem-is-being-impressively-belted-out","entry_text":"

Meanwhile...

We've just been handed a paper with the five torch bearers. One of them is Alina Kabayeva, gymnast long reported to be Putin's mistress.

— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 7, 2014

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Meanwhile...

We've just been handed a paper with the five torch bearers. One of them is Alina Kabayeva, gymnast long reported to be Putin's mistress.

— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) <...Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"07/02/2014 16:26 GMT","title":"Just the four rings","tweet_link":"22_just-the-four-rings","entry_text":"

","short_text":""},{"id":"21","created":"07/02/2014 16:25 GMT","title":"Here comes Putin","tweet_link":"21_here-comes-putin","entry_text":"

A mixture of cheers and boos for the Russian president who wants to put Russia back on the world map. He's brought the Games to his own personal favourite city, so this is the realisation of a dream, we are told.

","short_text":"

A mixture of cheers and boos for the Russian president who wants to put Russia back on the world map. He's brought the Games to his own personal favourite city, so this is the realisation of a dream, we are told.

"},{"id":"20","created":"07/02/2014 16:24 GMT","title":"Malfunction!","tweet_link":"20_malfunction","entry_text":"

One of the rings that make up the Olympic logo didn't illuminate.

","short_text":"

One of the rings that make up the Olympic logo didn't illuminate.

"},{"id":"19","created":"07/02/2014 16:23 GMT","title":"Tatu","tweet_link":"19_tatu","entry_text":"

They've come and gone, it seems.

\"sochi

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They've come and gone, it seems.

"},{"id":"18","created":"07/02/2014 16:22 GMT","title":"London 2012","tweet_link":"18_london-2012","entry_text":"

There are parallels with Danny Boyle's Green and Pleasant Land from 18 months ago, with a nocturnal twist.

\"Robin, it's a beautiful start,\" Irvine says.

\"It's an exquisite start,\" Cousins replies.

","short_text":"

There are parallels with Danny Boyle's Green and Pleasant Land from 18 months ago, with a nocturnal twist.

\"Robin, it's a beautiful start,\" Irvine says.

\"It's an exquisite start,\" Cousins replies.

"},{"id":"17","created":"07/02/2014 16:19 GMT","title":"Lubov","tweet_link":"17_lubov","entry_text":"

Is the Russian word for love. A girl is \"flying\" on a journey across Russia in a dream. It's part Peter Pan, part magic mushroom hallucination.

","short_text":"

Is the Russian word for love. A girl is \"flying\" on a journey across Russia in a dream. It's part Peter Pan, part magic mushroom hallucination.

"},{"id":"16","created":"07/02/2014 16:14 GMT","title":"And it's started...","tweet_link":"16_and-its-started","entry_text":"

Hazel Irvine sounds like a Scottish Alan Partridge reeling off the Russian alphabet.

","short_text":"

Hazel Irvine sounds like a Scottish Alan Partridge reeling off the Russian alphabet.

"},{"id":"15","created":"07/02/2014 16:11 GMT","title":"Want to know Britain's nine gold medal winners at the Winter Olympics?","tweet_link":"15_want-to-know-britains-nine-gold-medal-winners-at-the-winter-olympics","entry_text":"

Well here they all are

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Well here they all are

"},{"id":"14","created":"07/02/2014 16:09 GMT","title":"That would explain it","tweet_link":"14_that-would-explain-it","entry_text":"

The pre-show of the #OpeningCeremony has begun! Please take your seats. pic.twitter.com/2sx2Ukc9VZ

— Sochi 2014 (@Sochi2014) February 7, 2014

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The pre-show of the #OpeningCeremony has begun! Please take your seats. pic.twitter.com/2sx2Ukc9VZRead More"},{"id":"13","created":"07/02/2014 16:08 GMT","title":"Well, it looks impressive","tweet_link":"13_well-it-looks-impressive","entry_text":"

But Clare Balding is chatting to some British bloke

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But Clare Balding is chatting to some British bloke

"},{"id":"12","created":"07/02/2014 15:59 GMT","title":"The highlight of the show?","tweet_link":"12_the-highlight-of-the-show","entry_text":"

Tatu, backed by dancers in rainbow track suits #gcamSochi pic.twitter.com/WggKIRG2TB

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) February 7, 2014

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Tatu, backed by dancers in rainbow track suits #gcamSochi pic.twitter.com/WggKIRG2TB

— Owe...Read More"},{"id":"11","created":"07/02/2014 15:59 GMT","title":"This man enjoyed Russia","tweet_link":"11_this-man-enjoyed-russia","entry_text":"

Nemanja Vidić will leave Manchester United in the summer

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Nemanja Vidić will leave Manchester United in the summer

"},{"id":"10","created":"07/02/2014 15:53 GMT","title":"Robin Cousins","tweet_link":"10_robin-cousins","entry_text":"

He's in the house and is promising \"some ballet, some opera\". Zdorovye!

\"robin

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He's in the house and is promising \"some ballet, some opera\". Zdorovye!

"},{"id":"9","created":"07/02/2014 15:49 GMT","title":"Don't worry","tweet_link":"9_dont-worry","entry_text":"

This man will not be presiding over the opening ceremony for the BBC

\"trevor

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This man will not be presiding over the opening ceremony for the BBC

"},{"id":"8","created":"07/02/2014 15:45 GMT","title":"Sochi by night","tweet_link":"8_sochi-by-night","entry_text":"

\"sochi

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"},{"id":"7","created":"07/02/2014 15:45 GMT","title":"Some Sochi-related blogs, dear readers","tweet_link":"7_some-sochirelated-blogs-dear-readers","entry_text":"

Ben Walters - Tom Daley's Coming Out Video Is the Perfect Rebuttal to Russian Olympic Bigotry

Matt Clough - With Pressure on Qatar Mounting, Russia Is Getting Away With It

Robin Lustig - Letter from Sochi

Peter Tatchell - If Homophobia Was a Winter Olympic Sport, Russia Would Be a Gold Medal Contender

Stephen Fry - An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

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Ben Walters - Tom Daley's Coming Out Video Is the Perfect Rebuttal to Russian Olympic Bigotry

Matt Clough - With Pressure on Qatar Mounting, Rus...Read More"},{"id":"6","created":"07/02/2014 15:42 GMT","title":"Skiing from Sochi","tweet_link":"6_skiing-from-sochi","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

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"},{"id":"5","created":"07/02/2014 15:39 GMT","title":"\"I know what you're thinking, First Lady... You want me dead.\"","tweet_link":"5_i-know-what-youre-thinking-first-lady-you-want-me-dead","entry_text":"

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"},{"id":"4","created":"07/02/2014 15:35 GMT","title":"Thanks, Meredith","tweet_link":"4_thanks-meredith","entry_text":"

May the odds be ever in your favour... We're covering the #Sochi2014 Winter Olympics live NOW http://t.co/KYA3YMdIWn pic.twitter.com/4I1SJfKeyp

— Charlotte Meredith (@chmeredith) February 7, 2014

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May the odds be ever in your favour... We're covering the #Sochi2014 Winter Olympics live NOW http://t...Read More"},{"id":"3","created":"07/02/2014 15:28 GMT","title":"Journalists","tweet_link":"3_journalists","entry_text":"

(Un?)fortunately I'm not in Sochi, but other journalists are. Charlotte Meredith did a corking round-up of their hilarious/horrific experiences

","short_text":"

(Un?)fortunately I'm not in Sochi, but other journalists are. Charlotte Meredith did a Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"07/02/2014 15:20 GMT","title":"One is a megalomaniacal villain...","tweet_link":"2_one-is-a-megalomaniacal-villain","entry_text":"

The other plays chess

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The other plays chess

"}]
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