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A look at preparations as the London Games draw close

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Workers prepare membrane covered with meadow flowers and turf outside the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Opening Ceremony in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 13, 2012.

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Sheets of membrane covered with meadow flowers and turf are laid out outside the Olympic Stadium in the London 2012 Olympic Park, in Stratford, east London July 13, 2012.

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An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium in east London, Friday, July 13, 2012, as its is prepared for the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic summer games which start on July 27.

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Work continues on the roof of the Water Polo Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 12, 2012.

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The Olympic rings are seen outside the London 2012 Olympic summer games Aquatics centre at the London 2012 Olympic Park Friday, July, 13, 2012.

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An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Park, with the Olympic stadium top left, with the Accor Mittal 'Orbit' Tower, centre, the Aquatic centre, bottom left, and the Water Polo pool just above the aquatics centre seen Friday, July 13, 2012.

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An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Park, showing the two pink and blue hockey pitches next to the River Lea, Friday, July 13, 2012.

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An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympics summer games Aquatic centre, bottom, and the Water Polo pool in the Olympic Park, Friday, July 13, 2012.

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Work continues on preparing the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Opening Ceremony in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 12, 2012.

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A London 2012 water polo ball floats in front of the Olympic Rings during a media preview of the Water Polo Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 13, 2012.

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Seating is pictured during a media preview of the Water Polo Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 13, 2012.

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The water polo pool is seen during a media preview of the Water Polo Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 13, 2012.

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The water polo pool is seen during a media preview of the Water Polo Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 13, 2012.

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Workmen fix a sign in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 12, 2012.

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A worker drives a fork lift past Olympic Rings above an entrance to the Basketball Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in London July 12, 2012.

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