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London counts down to the start of the Olympic Games

With just six days until the start of the Games workers are putting the finishing touches on venues and the city of London is abuzz with anticipation

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Jo shows Arthur, 3, a picture of himself in front of the Olympic Rings on the River Thames at Battersea in central London July 21, 2012.

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James Carretero, center, of Spain, jokes around as he and other workers install the Sacrilege, a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Greenwich, London.

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The photo provided by LOCOG shows torchbearers Nadia Comaneci, right, and John Amaechi posing with the Olympic Torch on the viewing platform of the North Greenwich Arena, London, Saturday, July 21, 2012.

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People walk through the Olympic park in Stratford, east London, July 21, 2012.

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Rebecca Adlington (L) of Britain's national Olympic swimming team laughs as she prepares to race one of the team's backroom staff during a training session for the London 2012 Olympics, in Edinburgh, Scotland July 21, 2012.

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An aerial view of the Olympic Park in Stratford, the location of the London 2012 Olympic Games, located in east London July 20, 2012. The London Olympic Games begins in six days. Picture taken June 20, 2012.

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British triple jumper Phillips Idowu carries the Olympic Flame on the relay leg between Newham and Tower Hamlets, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, in east London July 21, 2012.

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A tourist takes a photo of himself in front of road closure signs for a London 2012 Olympic venue on the Mall, central London, July 21, 2012.

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A London 2012 shop selling official merchandise in Green Park, central London, July 21, 2012.

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Staff work in a London 2012 shop selling official merchandise in Green Park, central London, July 21, 2012.

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Workers prepare an official London 2012 merchandise store at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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A member of staff work in a London 2012 shop selling official merchandise in Green Park, central London, July 21, 2012.

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Team London Ambassadors wait to help London 2012 Olympic visitors in Green Park, central London, July 21, 2012.

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A worker mows grass in the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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A soldier walks past the stadium in the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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Workers prepare the BMX track in the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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Workers and visitors walk by the stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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Thrill seekers ride a fairground attraction overlooking the London Eye (L) and Houses of Parliament, next to the Thames river in London July 21, 2012.

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The Youth Music Voices perform at the BT River of Music festival as a clock, at right, counts down to the opening of the 2012 London Olympics on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Trafalgar Square in London. The event, held at six different locations, celebrates music from around the world to mark the upcoming Olympics.

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Attendees of the BT River of Music festival crowd near a clock counting down to the opening of the 2012 London Olympics on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Trafalgar Square in London. The event, held at six different locations, celebrates music from around the world to mark the upcoming Olympics.

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People walk by an Olympic mascot, painted in the likeness of a member of Parliament, across the River Thames from Parliament on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in London. The statue is one of 84 fiberglass sculptures of the mascots Wenlock or Mandeville that were painted by various artists and erected across the city for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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A tourist is photographed in front of Big Ben, in the distance, near an Olympic mascot painted in the likeness of Big Ben, at left, on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in London. The statue is one of 84 fiberglass sculptures of the mascots Wenlock or Mandeville that were painted by various artists and erected across the city for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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A sign is displayed in the Olympic Park, referencing the approaching 2012 London Olympics, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in London. Opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

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The stadium is reflected in a mirror at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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A worker glues sand to the ground to prepare the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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Wenlock branded pens are seen in an official London 2012 merchandise store at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, July 21, 2012.

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