Opening Ceremony

Team Scotland's Got The Blues

Christina Miller | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Miller

Sunday night. Family dinner. Glass of red in hand, we moved from the dinner table to the sofa and, as families do these days, picked up our smartphones to scan Facebook. It seemed everyone was "talking" about the same thing: Scotland's parade uniform for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow...

Why Are We So Excited About Kenzo?

Alexandra Murphy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Murphy

Perhaps FlowerbyKenzo is the prevailing memory of most because it's simply the most memorable thing that came out of the confusing decade that followed Takada's retirement from the brand in 1999.

The Opening Ceremony: The Night We Had Been Waiting For

One Young World | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
One Young World

It was the night we had all been waiting for. Some have been waiting longer than others but all anxious. It was the first night that the 1,250 delegates from all four corners of the world were gathered under one "roof"... in this case, the incredible Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Feel the Power, It Is in You

One Young World | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
One Young World

The One Young World Summit opened yesterday in Johannesburg, the City of Gold and what a great affair it was. It was full of colour, music, and jubilation. It is the first time that an event of this kind has made its way to Africa.

An Olympic Effort: Fashion Curating at the Museum of London

Timothy Long | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Style
Timothy Long

Objects such as the Olympic torch, competitor kit and costumes contribute to the display. This includes Tom Daley's swim trunks and Beth Tweddle's gymnastics kit, as well as over 60 ensembles worn at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics; from punk heads to policemen and NHS nurses to Mary Poppins.

A Wondrous New Year's Manifesto for a Republic of Great Britain

Chris Wickett | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Wickett

London now suffers more countries-per-monarch than any other city in Europe. This economic burden is just one of many constitutional injustices our head-of-state inflicts upon her subjects. So why did support for the monarchy reach a record high in 2012?

Never Mind the Mayans, Here's the Apocalypse

Mark Borkowski | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home
Mark Borkowski

If I could have one Christmas wish, it would be for our politicians to stop being too embarrassed to stand by culture and support it for fear of being branded 'elitist'. The Arts are for everyone, and nothing embodies this better than the volunteers who worked tirelessly to create the opening ceremony this summer.

Yoko-No? Artist's Flamboyant New Fashion Line Links To Lennon

The Huffington Post UK | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 29.11.2012 | Home

Yoko Ono and John Lennon were possibly the most famous creative couple ever. So it's hardly surprising that her latest creation is celebrating their m...

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.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest and Nobody's There to Tweet it...

Tamara Sword | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Standing in the stadium crowd watching Lady Gaga earlier this month, I along with 55,000 other fans lifted my phone and took a photo. On my way home from the gig, I flipped through the montage of photos, gifs and videos I had made during the evening and one image stood out from all the rest.

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

Janan Jay | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Janan Jay

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.

Parallel Lines

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Sport
Shaun McCarthy

The Paralympics have come a long way since 1948 when the "Parallel Games" were held for recuperating people at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

Countdown to 2015: The Race Has Started...and Disabled People Across the World Should Be Among the Winners!

Dominic Haslam | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Sport
Dominic Haslam

Given the levels of attention and excitement in the country over the Olympic Games, the Paralympics could easily have been overlooked. Instead it appears to have been embraced with as much enthusiasm as the Olympics. But, with all this, I can't help but wonder what The Games' lasting legacy will be?

"Look Up at the Stars and Not Down at Your Feet"

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

The opening ceremony was a spectacular welcome to the athletes that have been sponsored by their nations and sent over to represent their best. Of all the changes and education of the last four years it was the athletes parade that gave us the greatest example of change. 4200 athletes have arrived to compete from 164 nations, more than ever before.

Stephen Hawking To Feature In Paralympic Ceremony

PA | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK

The Paralympic opening ceremony will be an "exquisite journey of discovery" with Professor Stephen Hawking as a guide, its co-artistic director Jenny ...

NHS Abroad: Market The 'Brand' In Foreign Countries For Profits At Home

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics

Big name British hospitals like Great Ormond Street and the Royal Marsden are to be encouraged to export the NHS "brand" abroad - setting up services ...

An Olympic Sized Comedown

Daniel Warner | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

The Olympics have finished, turned off the flame, shut the door on the stadium and left the building.

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.

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.

Athlete 'Without A Home' To Make His Olympic Debut

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK

Three athletes caught the attention of millions a fortnight ago during the Opening Ceremony. High-fiving, laughing and dancing under the Olympic fl...

Fan Who Attended Every Day Of London Games Died After 'Heart Attack' In Velodrome

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK

Conrad Readman had booked two weeks off work, with prized tickets for every day of the London 2012 Olympic Games - but the super fan has died after su...

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...

The Olympics and Britain's Role in the World

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

I've never been the greatest enthusiast for London 2012 but I'll come clean... I enjoyed the Olympics opening ceremony despite trying really hard to discover things to sneer about.

The Olympics: Firmly in the Grip of Glorious Delusions

Michael Buerk | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Sport
Michael Buerk

The Olympic ideal is enshrined in an organising committee as self-serving and historically corrupt as any in world sport...and, believe me, that is a fierce competition. They demand the Zil lanes and the best seats which they are, apparently, too busy being lushed up to use.

Keep Calm and Don't Panic - It's Just the Olympics

Martin Newman | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Sport
Martin Newman

Trust that by the end of the Games there will be a swag of golds and silvers and bronzes to reflect back on. For there will be. In the meantime I'm watching the TV with the sound down.