Danny Boyle

Our Island Story

Sunder Katwala | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Politics
Sunder Katwala

"The isle is full of noises", read the tempestuous pledge on the giant Olympic bell. From the moment that our latest British sporting great, the Belgian-born cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, rang the giant Whitechapel bell, and Kenneth Branagh began to narrate a story of this sceptred isle, Danny Boyle's opening ceremony certainly delivered on the promise.

'Leftie Multicultural Cr*p' it Was Not - But Did the Opening Ceremony Give Us the Legacy of Diversity That We Need?

Malory Nye | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Malory Nye

The 2012 London Olympic games were born in the melting pot of multiculturalism. As we were reminded on Friday, the tragedy of 7/7 happened on the day after the announcement of the success of the London bid. The London games arrived in 2005 with the London bombings. Thankfully, we have come a long way since then.

Opening Ceremony 'NHS Hospital Beds' To Be Donated To Tunisia

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

More than 300 hospital beds which featured in the Olympics opening ceremony to celebrate the NHS are to be donated to hospitals in Tunisia. The lum...

A Tale of Two Cities

Lindsey German | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics
Lindsey German

There was a strange disconnect between the historical pageant which opened the Olympic Games and reality in London today-not to mention the plutocrats in the VIP seats. While people cheered the suffragettes, the CND symbol, the lesbian kiss, the Sex Pistols, and of course the NHS, in the real austerity Britain the politicians and businessmen watching are bringing us more wars, privatising everything in sight and curtailing the right to protest.

Opening the Games in Style

Ali Gokal | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ali Gokal

Just a few hours ago I was all ready to write a piece damning the Olympics Opening Ceremony. I had read the Guardian's guide to watching the coverage and I was suitably apprehensive. The only question was how I was going to execute the slaughter.

A Tale of Two Britains

Milena Popova | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Milena Popova

From teasers and early coverage of rehearsals for the Olympic opening ceremony (turning the stadium into a representation of rural Britain, complete with sheep and all that), I must admit I was expecting a continuation of that story, a sequel to the sickly-sweet pageantry of the Jubilee complete with miles of bunting.

My Life in the Opening Ceremony Soundtrack

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Laxmi Hariharan

So by now most agree that Beijing had money but the London Olympics opening ceremony had soul, and that it was gloriously, quirkily, quintessentially British.

Boyle Blows Away Beijing - Camp Bestival Gasped

Clare Macnaughton | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Clare Macnaughton

So, I think I have just about recovered myself from last nights Olympic Opening Ceremony, it was a late one......as I watched the ceremony in the jam ...

London 2012 Opening Ceremony - An Insider's View

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

Hearing the words, "The Queen will pass this room in five minutes, I'm going to have to block your door and not let you out for a short period, if you need the loo could you go now please?" was rather surreal. Almost as surreal as hearing, "The Queen left half a bottle of gin, anyone want some?"

The Olympics Opening Ceremony - Things Can Only Get Better

Nick Abbot | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Nick Abbot

For the past four years, ever since that bus exploded in the Beijing stadium and Catweazle played a guitar while the world's most famous custodian of haircuts booted a ball who knows where, we as nation have been moaning about the Olympics.

Olympic Fever: I Was Wrong

Ruth Dawkins | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ruth Dawkins

It was bonkers, and brilliant, and I completely loved it. For once, I am very, very happy to admit that I was wrong.

The Armchair Spectator: A Tale of Love, Loss, and Trevor Nelson

Ben Wakeling | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ben Wakeling

A few weeks ago I was one of those Scroogey, miserable types who got all hunched and huffy whenever anyone mentioned the Olympics. I'd scowl and look at the floor and mutter about the cost, or the traffic, even though I don't live anywhere near the capital.

Olympics Ceremony Sketch: The Show Must Go On and On

Richard Marsh | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Marsh

The Olympics opening ceremony is a difficult gig. Unmentioned in any of the hype - pre, post, or during the interminable thing itself - is that 90% of it consists of people walking past wearing funny, though not especially hilarious, clothes and taking pictures of each other with their smart phones.

Olympic and Mix: Diary of An Opening Day

Paddy Duffy | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Paddy Duffy

Danny Boyle and all his team played an absolute blinder. And you know the best thing? Olympic Breakfast starts in less than six hours!

A Nation at Ease With Itself

Iain Anderson | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Iain Anderson

Danny Boyle will etch himself on my life and the lives of millions in the UK.

The Name's Windsor, Lizzy Windsor

PA | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

Twitter erupted with surprised delight as the Queen made her entrance at this evening's opening ceremony. A short film showing James Bond actor Dan...

'Bloody Brilliant'

Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

Danny Boyle's "bloody brilliant" opening ceremony was hailed as a triumph tonight. The event, which featured a diverse cast including James Bond st...

London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony: Behind the Scenes

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Having never watched an opening ceremony to any Olympics, when a friend told me about open auditions I was excited but certainly didn't understand the enormity that was to follow.

London 2012 Is Here

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

The Olympic party kicked off at 20.12pm on Friday. Giant balls with cameras inside, floating clouds, shifting blue silk sheets and a digital electr...

PICTURES: Who Did The Queen Meet At An Olympic Reception?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

Thousands flocked to London's Olympic Park on Friday for the spectacular opening ceremony heralding the start of the 2012 Games. Seven years of pla...

PHOTOS: Olympic Torch Winds Up 8,000 Mile Journey

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

After 70 days and 8,000 miles, the Olympic flame has wound its way down the River Thames towards the London 2012 opening ceremony, as the Prime Minist...

Layla Anna-Lee Opening Ceremony Announcer

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport

Layla Anna-Lee, the host of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee party in Trafalgar Square, has revealed she is the announcer at London 2012's Olympic opening ...

Let the 2012 London Olympics Begin, Danny Boyle!

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

When Lord Sebastian Coe placed his bid for the 2012 summer Olympics to be held in London, he pledged that the bid would include a legacy which would make about two million people in the country take up sports and other physical activities thanks to the infrastructure hosting the games would bring.

Are You Ready? London Prepares To Take The Olympic Stage

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

The eyes of the world are on London as the final countdown to the start of the 2012 Olympics begins. Doorbells, handbells and church bells rang acr...

YouTube Videos Of Olympic Ceremony Removed To 'Save Surprise'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Rehearsal footage of the Olympic opening ceremony was removed from YouTube on Wednesday as organisers stepped up efforts to keep details of tomorrow's...