UK Olympics

Conditional Love for the Olympics

Michael Volpe | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Michael Volpe

A billion words have been written about the opening ceremony so I won't add to them, save to say that it has given a little boost to the nation's feelings for the Games which nevertheless still teeter on the line between a full embrace and complete intolerance.

Who's That Girl? In the Indian Olympic Contingent

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Laxmi Hariharan

The morning after the opening ceremony, here I was in London; still high from the emotions the event had evoked in me, moved by its passion, touched by its genuine soul, when my husband chuckled, "Have you seen the headlines in the Indian newspapers?"

Going For Gold

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport

Divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield will bid to continue the British medal success of Lizzie Armitstead and Rebecca Adlington on Monday as they compe...

Team GB have Their First Win, and Now Their Last Chance

Richard Berry | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

Team GB's men's football team have improved markedly in each of the first three games of their reincarnation. Although the opposition faced has been progressively weaker every time, the growing understanding among Team GB players has been very encouraging.

Could Team GB Suffer a Psychological Disadvantage in the Olympics From Being the Host Nation?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Dr Raj Persaud

New research about to be published by a team of Canadian psychologists suggests that Team GB may suffer a significant psychological disadvantage from competing in front of wildly supportive home audiences.

Team GB Handed A Heavy Defeat

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Sport

The men of of Great Britain's handball team were handsomely applauded off the court on Sunday night, despite suffering a comprehensive 44-15 defeat to...

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...

Troops, Students And Teachers Fill Gaps In Games

PA | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK

Troops, students and teachers could all be asked to fill gaps left in empty Olympic stadiums, Lord Coe has said. Members of the military are being ...

Are All Faiths Able to Participate in and Benefit From the Games?

Dr Emma Tarlo | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Dr Emma Tarlo

Many Muslim women both in Britain and around the world are excluded or discouraged from taking up sports owing to their desire to maintain stricter standards of modesty than sports clothes allow. And Muslims are not alone.

A Dream of the Nation We Might Strive to Be

Joseph Hayman | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics
Joseph Hayman

When the party is over, there will be much hard work to be done to address our anxieties and to rebuild our sense of community; for now, let us enjoy the Britain we saw and felt last night and not forget the dream of the secure, happy nation that we might strive to be.

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.

The British and Their Search for Happiness

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst the onset of hot weather and the start of the Olympic Games might give us a much needed boost of joy, we can rest assured that even if the rains return and team GB fails to win a single medal, the stoical people of Britain will still be able to muster a smile at themselves and continue their elusive search for happiness.

London 2012 Olympics: The Staging Ground for the Coming Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK
John W. Whitehead

"As London prepares to throw the world a $14 billion party, it seems fair to ask the question: What does it get out of the bargain?" asks the Christia...

The Couch Olympiad: The View from Down Under

Jacqui Evans | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jacqui Evans

The kettle was boiled. The tea was made. There we were, piled onto the sofa, waiting for the greatest show on earth to grace our television screen. I knew it was going to be good.

The Armchair Spectator: Dancing Horses, Flaming Arrows - and Handball

Ben Wakeling | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ben Wakeling

The sun has set on the first full day of the Olympics, although at the time of writing the matches are not yet over. In fact, I have one eye on Brazil v Turkey in the volleyball, and another on Natalia Partyka's excellent form in the table tennis. If I had a third eye, I'm almost certain it'd be watching the basketball or the boxing.

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.

Comedy and Creativity, Energy and Warmth - the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Sandie Dawe | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Sandie Dawe

Each Olympics opening ceremony says something about its host nation - and Friday night told a tale of Britain that made us proud, amused and delighted the world. The longest ad for Britain ever seen - and watched by an estimated one billion viewers.

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?"

Disappointed Cavendish, Disappointing Coverage

Gemma Wright | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Gemma Wright

After just one day of the Olympics it is already clear that the coverage will be on all day every day in the background in our flat. It's a strangely familiar scenario, long summer days of sport half watched whilst decorating, writing, reading the paper, or... just about anything else.

Let the Games Commence!

Gemma Wright | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Gemma Wright

I don't have much experience of Olympic opening ceremonies, but I think Great Britain lived up to its name last night.

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.

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.

Irish Olympic Athlete 'Bet On Own Event'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK

A member of the Irish Olympic team is under investigation after allegations that an athlete previously bet on an opponent to win an event in which the...

'I Declare These Games Open'

PA | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

The Queen opened the Olympic Games on Friday for the second time in her 60-year reign, launching the global event during a spectacular ceremony that l...

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...