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Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

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The Olympic cauldron is seen alight during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Fireworks are seen as the Olympic cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

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The Olympic cauldron is seen alight during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. REUTERS/David Gray

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The stems forming the Olympic Cauldron are lit by seven young athletes during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Seven young athletes carry the Olympic torch into the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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The Olympic flag is carried in during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

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Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Fireworks go off above the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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A performer wearing wings and riding a bike flies across the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies.

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Athletes take their places in the Olympic Stadium during the athletes parade at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Canadian athletes enter the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

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Canada's flag bearer, Simon Whitfield, waves the Canadian Flag as he leads the team into Olympic Stadium.

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Canada's athletes enter the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers are seen during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Beds are aglow from a scene during the opening ceremony meant to represent Britain's National Health Service at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers are seen during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England Friday, July 27/2012

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Mary Poppins floats down to be with the children during a scene from the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Children perform in a sequence meant to represent Britain's National Health Service.

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Actor Rowan Atkinson, known for his role as Mr Bean, performs during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers dance through the 80's during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers mosh through the punk era during the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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Performers roll over the crowd in a giant happy face ball during the Opening Ceremonies.

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Actors perform in a sequence meant to represent Britain's National Health Service (NHS) perform during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Britain's David Beckham (C) drives a powerboat with the Olympic torch as fireworks are launched over Tower Bridge during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Drummers wave their sticks during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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The Union flag is carried into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers pay tribute to the Beatles Sgt Pepper album during the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Kilpatrick

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Actors portraying the Queen and James Bond arrive via parachute after jumping from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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The Olympic rings are seen during a pyrotechnics display at the pre-show before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Evelyn Glennie performs on the drums during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers take part in a scene representing the industrial revolution at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers are seen during a scene representing the industrial revolution at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.

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Picture shows a general view of a pre-show at the Olympic Stadium before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Soldiers stand by the Great Britain's flag during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Actors perform during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Actors play soccer before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

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Performers hold up umbrellas during the pre-show before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

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People perform in a scene showing a pre industrial rural England during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers stand during a scene showing a pre industrial rural England at the pre show of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

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Performers stand during a scene showing a pre industrial rural England at the pre-show of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

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Performers run next to a horse-drawn wagon during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers take part in the pre-show of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

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Performers take part in a pre-show at the Olympic Stadium before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Performers during a scene from a pre industrial rural England during Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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Performers stand during a scene showing a pre industrial rural England at the pre-show of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Actors perform during a pre-show in the Olympic Stadium before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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