UK Olympics

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...

'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...

Olympics: What's in a Flame?

Neil Sinclair | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Neil Sinclair

I have always loved the Olympics and really wanted my troopers to experience the excitement of the greatest sporting event on earth first hand. So I tried everything I could to get tickets: I entered the ticket lotteries for the Olympics and Paralympics, and every competition to win tickets that I could find. But it was all to no avail. I could not get a single ticket. It would be fair to say I was bitterly disappointed.

Olympic Opening Ceremony: Minute-By-Minute Reaction

Jackie Barrie | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jackie Barrie

I'm particularly looking out for my friend - apparently, she's wearing a long dress and a curly wig and appears in the centre ring in the first section. For me, that will be the most exciting bit of the whole Games! They're all volunteers, you know, and have been rehearsing for weeks.

'This Is For Everyone'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Big name singers, actors and even the inventor of the world wide web spoke of their pride at being a part of London 2012's live opening ceremony. A...

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...

London Olympics: Function and Form

James Dyson | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
James Dyson

For the two weeks of the Olympics, London will be the most watched city in the world, seen by over a billion people. More than just an event for sporting achievement, the games are, for two weeks, a projection of London. But a look at the legacy of past games offers a cautionary tale that hosting the Olympics needs to be seen not just as a short-term event but a long-term investment. If China was the Olympics' golden darling, Britain is the austerity Olympics. The elaborate games in Beijing reflected a booming economy -- exports had grown a whopping 22%. The UK has taken a more modest approach: a reflection of a sobering market and steep cuts in government spending.

Red Arrows Perform Olympic Fly-By

PA | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

The Red Arrows flashed across London on Friday in a thrilling flypast as the countdown to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games entered its final hours....

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...

Chin Chin! Scots Create ‘Anti-Olympics’ Beer Containing ‘Banned’ Ingredients

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re thinking of cracking open a bottle of beer to celebrate to London 2012 Games, why not take a swig of ale that would have Olympic trainers ...