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Thought The Olympic Ceremony Was Good? Wait Till You See North Korea...

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home

This summer we gasped as 7,500 volunteers performed simultaneously to create Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony. Meanwhile, behind the closed d...

The Most Inspiring TV Moment Of All Time?

PA | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Entertainment

Danny Boyle's triumphant Olympic opening ceremony has been hailed as one of the most inspiring TV moments of all time second only to the moon landing,...

'Doing a Newcastle'

Emily Sargent | Posted 05.02.2013 | Home
Emily Sargent

Newcastle City Council's Labour leader Nick Forbes claims he has no choice but to axe much of the Council's arts spend; but is he instead trying to execute a dangerous bid for more government money by holding the city's culture hostage?

Sam Parker

Cultural Icon Of The Year: Cast Your Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Parker | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home

After 430 years observing the Gregorian calendar, we've become a species of habits. At this time of year chief among them is looking back on the pr...

Danny Boyle And Dame Judi Dench Triumph At Theatre Awards

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 26.11.2012 | Home

HuffPost UK Culture was on the star-studded red carpet of the 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday night, talking to the finest theat...

Danny Boyle: 'Forget Weatherspoon's Pubs And John Terry - Support Local Theatre'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 16.01.2013 | Home

British towns and cities would be more enriched if the love of "Wetherspoon's and Walkabout pubs and Mario Balotelli and John Terry" was replaced with...

'Old Flo' Sculpture Is Latest Victim Of Government Cuts

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home

A council has gone ahead with the controversial sale of the Henry Moore sculpture Draped Seated Woman to claw back money lost in budget cuts, it emerg...

Five Jobs Obama Could Do If He Loses

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics

It's the thought sending a shiver down the spine of the rest of the world - well, except Pakistan. What if we wake up tomorrow to see President Oba...

The Book Behind Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony

Adam Forrest | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Adam Forrest

It hurts, just a little, to refer to the London Olympics in the past tense. We waited so long for the Games, and then they came along, and they were completely brilliant, and now they are gone.

#thiswondrousisle - Or the Couch Potato's Guide to Being Part of the Olympic Legacy

Jim Thornton | Posted 16.11.2012 | Home
Jim Thornton

As the last of the bunting is swept up and empty bottles gathered for recycling, thoughts inevitably turn towards The Legacy. Legacy was a cornerstone of our bid, and up until that opening scene of the opening ceremony had only really ever been contemplated in terms of the sporting legacy. "Good sport make good people do good sport..."

Have the Olympics and Paralympics Inspired a Better Cult of Celebrity‏?

Janan Jedrzejewski | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Janan Jedrzejewski

The past six weeks have been refreshing and maybe we're ready for a long-term change. Once pessimistic and cynical, morale has been sky high throughout Great Britain. We cheered, instead of deriding. Headlines splashed across papers gave use pride.

Can We Forget the Recession Until the Paralympic Games Are Over?

Mark Hillary | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Hillary

Sometimes the line between patriotism and nationalism can seem paper-thin. When I stood in the crowd at the Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool last month, the St George's flags and swastikas were clearly visible, yet the same crowd roared with approval when a Jamaican, Usain Bolt, won the 100m sprint final.

Coronation Street and Making Life Safe for Many Kenyans

Musa Okwonga | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

This Friday night at 9pm, four stars of Coronation Street will appear in Corrie Goes to Kenya, the first of two documentaries on ITV1. The programmes follow Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent and Ben Price as they visit Mombasa, where they will use their thespian skills to challenge the misconceptions around HIV/AIDS.

The Coolest Place on Earth

David McAlmont | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
David McAlmont

I had no intention of watching the thing, but it was the polite thing to do.

Not Just Sh*t But Also Dangerous

Chris T-T | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK
Chris T-T

What Gavin's Closing Ceremony has done is to throw Britain back in the box and slam it shut; fiercely and unquestioningly placing current hegemonies back in charge.

Olympic Competition Ends With the Modern Pentathlon, or Sports Day Writ Large

Josh Cowls | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Sport
Josh Cowls

As it turned out, it was very appropriate that the last sporting action of London 2012 should be the Modern Pentathlon. It showed the Olympics for what they ultimately are: an international sports day stretched over a fortnight.

The London 2012 Olympics is Over Shame About the Closing Ceremony

David Lintott | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
David Lintott

As the 30th Olympiad of the Modern Era, or The Olympics, drew to a close on Sunday night, a nation wept. This may have had more to do with the paucity of talent on display and the omnipresence of Lord Coe than the fact that London 2012 had reached its conclusion, though.

Re-framing Britain

Indra Adnan | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK
Indra Adnan

Against all my own expectations, the Olympic Games have emerged like unexpected blossom on a tree that only flowers erratically. When was the last time GB could stand so proudly tall? I'm reminded of the post war years when the response to the end of WW2 was to implement the Beveridge Report and build the welfare state. Am I comparing a few sporting triumphs to the construction of, amongst other things, the National Health Service? No - that would be pure bathos. But I am comparing a display of national character, where the choices that were made in a moment of coming together, were open, inclusive and dynamically forward looking.

Spice Girls Spotted Rehearsing For Games Closer

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparentl...

Spice Girls Spotted Rehearsing For Games Closer

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparentl...

How John Peel Fell For Tubular Bells, Helped Start Virgin...

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Entertainment

When John Peel decided to play a long instrumental album by an unknown musician on his radio show, he put the wheels in motion for a worldwide smash, ...

What Scared Wiggins?

Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Entertainment

Bradley Wiggins has revealed getting on his bike for the Olympic time-trial and competing under the pressure of a whole nation's hopes was not what sc...

Vaughan Williams and Englishness

Neil Simpson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
Neil Simpson

Danny Boyle's messianic opening to the Olympic Games gave the world a view of Britain. It was an image of an island rudely awakened from an idyllic pastoral slumber by an eruption of steam power, coal fired furnaces and soot covered satanic mills.

The Queen, the Olympics and the Signing Kids in Pyjamas: the Reality of Life for a Small Charity

Ruth Thorlby | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK
Ruth Thorlby

The choir was founded on a shoestring and has been run on a shoestring ever since. A week since the opening ceremony, a wave of public interest has engulfed them.

My Olympic Week

Catherine Lawson | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Sport
Catherine Lawson

It's the end of the first week of the London 2012 Olympics and I've learned two valuable life lessons: first, grown men will fight small children for the chance to sit at the front of the DLR and pretend to be the driver; and second, don't jump up for a full-on Mexican Wave whilst holding a plastic pint glass full of lager.