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(HZ) UK Volleyball
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Summary: The UK's volleyball beach in Brighton
Story No: 536002
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/11/2007 11:12 AM
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1. Various of Debbie Spokes and others playing volleyball

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Debbie Spokes, director at Beach Volleyball UK

"All we want to see is the game progress and to get further up in the World Series level and if that means we have to wear a small bikini, then we wear a small bikini. So once we have sand to play on and a good facility and a good coach, that's the way it is."

2. Various of women playing volleyball

3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Spokes, director at Beach Volleyball UK

"It might seem a little odd going to all the trouble of building a beach near London when Britain is an island and we're never more than an hour or two's drive away from the sea but unfortunately it's not quite as simple as that, because a lot of our beaches in the UK are not sand, they're gravel or stones, in some cases, large stones and rocks."

4. Pan of quarry

5. Processing tower

6. Various of sand piles

7. Various of Rhys Buckley, Industrial Sands Sales Manager

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rhys Buckley, Industrial Sands Sales Manager

"The coarse grain sand would be too coarse to use directly for a volleyball pitch, it would be slightly too abrasive and our medium grain or leisure sand may be slightly too fine so we've blended the two products together to give us a material which is soft enough to touch that it's not going to cause any abrasion but it's coarse enough to hold itself and have a bit of give and movement when people land and move around on it. If it's too fine it may just blow away."

9. Various of digger truck loading sand

10.Various of Horse Guards Parade

11. Pan of Brighton beach

12. Various of volleyball game

13. Various of Katie Randall, directors, Yellowave Inc.

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Katie Randal, director, Yellowave Inc.

"As you can imagine, United Kingdom does get a lot of rain but the grain of sand that we've got here is such that it is a little bit bigger which allows drainage so you can carry on playing despite it raining. In fact just two days ago we had pouring with rain but people were still playing with our weekly league that goes on, so I think, if you don't mind getting wet playing football in the park, why not get wet playing beach volleyball on the sand?"

15. Volleyball Game

16. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Jackman, detective in London

"It's not quite Rio de Janeiro but the sand under your feet while you're playing with your friends and fresh air, it's just a wonderful place to be."

17. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Kathy Jackman, nurse in London

"Wouldn't play in bikini, not this time of day."

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Caroline Wright, unidentified profession (jack of all trades, she said).

"Maybe a swimming costume." (Laughter).

19. Various of volleyball game

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Beach volleyball is the fastest growing Olympic sport but the UK continues to lag behind some of the sport's superpowers.

The vent will be showcased in the historic Horse Guards Parade during the 2012 games.

Now, the first permanent beach sport centre has opened in Brighton and other projects are underway.

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Beautiful white sand, blazing sun and four bikini-clad women playing volleyball, you could be in California or Brazil.

A closer inspection reveals a white picket fence with surrounding trees behind a high, brick garden wall. And no sea in sight.

This is an artificial beach a short train ride from central London and just a few minutes away from one of Europe's busiest motorways.

Located in the spacious grounds of the luxury hotel The Grove, this urban sandy space is more than just a new attraction for novelty-seeking guests.

For these four female volleyball players, the 8 by 16 meter court is one of the few sites with world class sand in the UK to train on.

Exhibition events like this one, gives these Olympic hopefuls a rare chance to show off their skills and to raise the profile of the sport, traditionally neglected in the UK.

As a prominent director at Beach Volleyball UK and still dreaming of making the 2012 Olympic team, Debbie Spokes says she has no problems wearing a bikini if it helps to attract fans and finance for new facilities.

The women playing beach volleyball have had more success than their male counterparts to make the sport popular around the world. In fact, beach volleyball is one of the world's top three participation sports as well as the fastest growing Olympic sport.

Beach Volleyball reached olympic status in Atlanta 1996.

Beach Volleyball UK hopes that initiatives such as this urban space in the Grove will help the sport reach the popularity it enjoys in America, Australia and much of mainland Europe.

David Spokes, a director at Beach Volleyball UK, says that although Britain's island geography means it is surrounded by beaches, many of them are made up of either gravel or stones.

For a venue to qualify for a beach volleyball tournament it needs sand more than athletes.

Any site hoping to host a world volleyball game has its sand approved by a group of Canadian sand judges who ensure that every granule of sand matches the standards set by the International Volleyball Federation.

So where do you create the perfect sand? One unlikely place, given its otherwise green and verdant setting, is a quarry in Reigate, southern England.

At this quarry, managed by Hanson Aggregates, a mix of silicates (minerals composed of silicon and oxygen) and minerals are classified in processing towers and discharged into stockpiles of varying grades of sand.

Rhys Buckley, Industrial Sands Manager, holds out two different piles of sand that to the naked eye, may look virtually identical but in fact vary in texture and use.

He explains that one variety is coarser and for industrial uses such as the manufacture of glass, while the other is finer and used in equestrian surfaces or golf courses. For beach volleyball, the perfect sand is a combination of the two. The texture has to be soft enough to land on but firm enough not to blow away too easily.

Sand engineering is nothing new to the volleyball, since the late 1980s in order to broaden its appeal and practice, the sport spread from the beaches of California and Brazil to non coastal areas of the world.

The creation of the perfect batch of sand starts with silica being dug up from the quarry face, transported in small piles along a conveyor belt to be washed and classified into different sizes, after which it is discharged into stock piles.

To create a standard volleyball pitch, a lorry will have to be loaded up to 60 times.

Rhys Buckley is confident that on the strength of the ideal volleyball pitch sand it has supplied, hoping that Hanson Aggregates will win the London 2012 Olympics contract to supply Horse Guards Parade with sand.

Hanson can already boast it has supplied sand for the UK's first permanent beach sports venue in Brighton, a popular coastal resort which is made up of pebbles.

The recently opened Yellowave Beach Sports can hold up to six beach volleyball courts and runs local leagues, as well as training for young children.

The brainchild for this centre is Katie Randall, who until recently was training alongside members of the British beach volleyball squad.

There are plans for at least three other Yellowave centres in other parts of the country.

Close to the south-west town of Bath, an indoor sand court for the top volleyball players was recently launched. And in the north west beach town of Blackpool, plans are also underway to create a sandy beach centre.

Katie says the sand at Yellowave was specially created to absorb water quickly, an important consideration in a rainy climate like Britain's. But in spite of unpredictable weather, she says that the average amateur beach volleyball players are undeterred by rain.

As the excited shrieks of the amateurs playing, its clear that enjoying yourself is more important than displaying the perfect winning combination shots.

Andy Jackman, a detective in London who is playing in Brighton for fun, says that Brighton may not be quite like Rio de Janeiro but playing with friends in the fresh air is wonderful.

His wife, Kathy Jackman, jokes that she wouldn't play in a bikini like the top female players, not during the colder times of year anyway.

The Brits still have to catch up with the American and Brazilian stars of the game, but for sportsmanship and camaraderie, these amateurs would win top medals.

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Subjects: Women's sports, Women's beach volleyball, Summer Olympic games, Beach volleyball, Volleyball games, Parades, Sports, Women's beach volleyball, Olympic games, Events, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team, Brazil Olympic Team
Locations: Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics
Title:
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Summary: Olympics flags raised to mark handover
Story No: 579870
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/26/2008 03:44 PM
People: Boris Johnson, Sebastian Coe, Christine Ohuruogu
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1. London Mayor Boris Johnson, chairman of London 2012 organising committee Lord Sebastian Coe and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell arrive at ceremony

2. Schoolchildren cheer and save flags

3. Olympic and British flags are raised as Tower Bridge slowly opens

4. Sailors stand to attention as British national anthem is played

5. Pull back from Olympic flag to wide of flags in front of Tower Bridge

6. Crowd applauds

7. Pan from Olympic flag to British flag

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

"It's a very proud moment for me and I hope for many people in this city and this country. It symbolises the transfer of responsibility from Beijing to London to produce the world's greatest festival of sport, and I've no doubt that we're going to do a great job."

9. Veterans of 1948 London Olympics line up alongside Boris Johnson

10. Close up of 1948 Olympians with Johnson

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ronald Cooper, 1948 Olympian:

"This one should be the best, because we had nothing in 1948. We'd just come out of the second world war. We had no food."

12. Close up of Olympic flag flying

13. Wide of crowds watching flags flying in front of Tower Bridge

STORYLINE:

The Olympic flag was raised over London on Friday, marking the countdown to the 2012 Games in the British capital in just under four years time.

London's iconic Tower Bridge was the backdrop for a colourful ceremony hosted by the mayor Boris Johnson, together with 2012 organising committee chairman Lord Coe and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell.

The gates of the bridge opened up in salute as the Olympic flag - together with the Paralympic and British flags - were slowly unfurled.

Hundreds of schoolchildren waved union jacks in bright sunshine as the ceremony took place.

The Olympic flag was unfurled by Christine Ohuruogu who won gold for Britain in the 400 metres in Beijing.

Paralympic rowing champion Helene Raynsford and Paralympic swimming champion Chris Holmes raised the Paralympic flag.

Mayor Johnson said he and his colleagues would spend the next four years working flat out to deliver an Olympic Games to be proud of.

The raising of the Olympic flag over London was a big moment, he said.

Also attending the ceremony were a number of British athletes who took part of the Olympics the last time it was held in London, back in 1948.

Ronald Cooper, now 80, competed in the 1948 Games as a boxer.

He said the 2012 Games, with its budget of 9.25 (b) billion pounds Sterling (17 (b) billion US dollars), would be a far cry from the modest Games he remembered from 64 years ago.

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Subjects: Paralympic Games, Disability sports, Events, Sports
People: Boris Johnson, Sebastian Coe, Christine Ohuruogu
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics
Title:
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Summary: Fears that global finance crisis will affect 2012 Games
Story No: 582284
Source: POOL, AP TELEVISION, VNR
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/16/2008 05:12 PM
People: Boris Johnson
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16 October 2008

1. Various of British athletes being paraded through London

2. Aerial of crowds awaiting athletes in Trafalgar Square

3. Fanfare as athletes are showered with confetti

4. Athletes waving to cheering crowd

5. Various of crowds celebrating and waving flags

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16 October 2008

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tessa Jowell, UK Olympics Minister:

"We bid for the Games in one economic climate, and we're hosting them and preparing for the staging of them in another. It's a matter of fact that there's less private-sector money at this moment than there was when we first won the bid. However, we have to expect that this will change over time."

7. Various of London mayor Boris Johnson chatting with athletes

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

"Obviously its tighter times than they were before, and we're now going to deliver the Games in very different economic circumstances from those in which we won the right - the privilege - to host them. But I think the international community understands this. They know that we're going to use British ingenuity, British inventiveness to deliver a Games that's every bit as wonderful as the Games in Beijing - but in our own way."

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FILE: Recent, exact date unknown

9. Wide of Olympic park construction site

10. Construction works

11. Construction vehicle passing Olympic sign

AP Television

16 October 2008

12. Wide of crowds in Trafalgar Square

13. Nelson's Column against cloudy sunlit sky

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Cameron, UK opposition leader:

"We've got to work very hard with the government and with everyone involved to make sure that we can fund the Games properly, and that we can bring in private money as well as public money. There are arguments that the government has left it a bit late to do that, and they haven't been particularly competent about that. But look, we've just got to get on and make sure we make these Games every bit as successful as I know they can be."

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13 October 2008

15. Wide of Lloyds TSB building

16. Close of Lloyds TSB sign

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16 October 2008

17. Lloyds TSB sponsorship officials in Trafalgar Square

18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nigel Gilbert, marketing director, Lloyds TSB:

"We have no wish to spend less - or more - than we'd originally planned. So we will be committed to this sponsorship as much as we ever have been throughout this period."

VNR (Olympic Delivery Authority) - ++No re-use/re-sale without clearance++

19. Computer generated images showing completion of Olympic stadium

STORYLINE:

Britain saluted its Olympic heroes on Thursday amid new uncertainty over the country's ability to fund the 2012 Games in London.

Thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital to watch the athletes parading from St Paul's Cathedral through to Trafalgar Square.

There, in the shadow of Nelson's Column, the athletes were feted with fanfares and cascades of confetti.

For officials charged with organising the 2012 Games, the parade was a brief respite from the challenge of grappling with the impact of the international financial crisis.

London mayor Boris Johnson insisted that 2012 wouldn't turn out to be a repeat of the so-called Austerity Games - a reference to the last time London staged the Olympics just after the Second World War - despite the recent downturn in the economy.

"Obviously its tighter times than they were before, and we're now going to deliver the Games in very different economic circumstances from those in which we won the right - the privilege - to host them," he said.

"We're going to use British ingenuity, British inventiveness to deliver a Games that's every bit as wonderful as the Games in Beijing - but in our own way."

The British government has set a budget of 9.3 (b) billion pounds (17 (b) billion US dollars) for the London Olympics.

The private sector is expected to contribute 2 (b) billion pounds (3.4 (b) US dollars) of the cost, of which around 650 (m) million pounds (1.12 (b) US dollars) would come from domestic sponsors.

Much of this has already been pledged, but there's concern the financial crisis may prompt new sponsors to give less than they intended to, or stay away completely.

Around 250 (m) million pounds (431 (m) million US dollars) has still to be found from private-sector companies.

"It's a matter of fact that there's less private-sector money at this moment than there was when we first won the bid," acknowledged Olympics minister Tessa Jowell.

"However, we have to expect that this will change over time."

The government has already indicated that some aspects of the 2012 Olympics, including the athletes' village, may have to be scaled back but it maintains that the overall scope of the project won't be affected.

Britain's opposition leader David Cameron questioned the government's approach to fundraising from the private sector, but said his party would work to ensure the success of the Games.

"We've got to work very hard with the government and with everyone involved to make sure that we can fund the Games properly, and that we can bring in private money as well as public money," he said.

"There are arguments that the government has left it a bit late to do that, and they haven't been particularly competent about that. But look, we've just got to get on and make sure we make these Games every bit as successful as I know they can be."

New uncertainty over sponsorship came earlier this week when the government part-nationalised four major banks, including one of the so-called Tier-1 Olympic sponsors, Lloyds TSB.

It's understood Lloyds TSB has agreed to sponsor the 2012 Olympics to the tune of around 80 (m) million pounds (139 (m) million US dollars), and any suggestion the bank might back away from this would create a serious shortfall in funding.

But bank officials emphasised Thursday they had no intention of cutting back their financial support for the Games.

"We have no wish to spend less - or more - than we'd originally planned," said Lloyds TSB marketing director Nigel Gilbert. "So we will be committed to this sponsorship as much as we ever have been throughout this period."

The challenge now for the Games organisers is to ensure other sponsors come forward to fill the funding gap that remains.

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Subjects: 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Financial crisis, Olympic games, Economy, Government and politics, Events, Business, Financial crisis, Financial markets, Sports
People: Boris Johnson
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics
Title:
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Summary: IOC inspectors praise massive progress in Olympic preps
Story No: 603883
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/23/2009 06:39 PM
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21 April 2009

1. Wide pan of main Olympic Stadium site

2. Various of IOC coordination commission inspectors at site

23 April 2009

3. Wide shot of news conference

4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Denis Oswald, Head of IOC Coordination Commission:

"We can confirm that London 2012 is on the right track. We had the opportunity to visit the park and for many of us it was the first time since May last year, so eleven months and we were really deeply impressed by the progress made in the construction of the different venues. The stadium is impressive."

5. Wide pan of news conference

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Denis Oswald, Head of IOC Coordination Commission:

"Well, I think this recession does not only hit this country, but it is a world problem. As I said before, I don't think the preparation of the Games is really affected because LOGOC (London Olympic Games Organising Committee) has been quite cautious and quite successful in their sponsoring programme."

21 April 2009

7. Various of Olympics Stadium site with building work underway

STORYLINE

The International Olympic Committee praised the "astounding" progress in preparations for the 2012 Olympics on Thursday and said the London Games have not been slowed by the global recession.

Denis Oswald, head of the IOC's coordination commission for London, said the games remain firmly on time and on budget despite the financial crisis.

"We can confirm that London 2012 is on the right track," Oswald said at the close of a three-day visit, the first since the panel's last trip a year ago.

He said the commission was "deeply impressed" by the progress made on the Olympic Stadium and other key construction projects in east London.

Last year, Oswald gave London organisers "9.75 out of 10" for their work. This time, he declined to give a specific rating but said it was "close to 10."

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe reassured the IOC that preparations have not been derailed by the economic downturn.

Organisers are confident they will stay within the 9.325 (b) billion pound (13.8 (b) billion US dollar; 10.6 billion euro) budget for venues, infrastructure and regeneration.

Oswald noted that the London organising committee, known as LOCOG, has already raised about 500 (m) million pounds (740 million US dollar; 567 million euro) of its domestic sponsorship target of 700 (m) million pounds (1 (b) billion US dollar; 794 million euro).

"LOGOC has been quite cautious and quite successful in their sponsoring programme," Oswald said.

"The recession does not only hit this country. It is a world problem," Oswald said. "I don't think that the preparation of the games is really affected."

However, because of a shortfall in private funds due to the downturn, the British government has dipped into the Olympic contingency fund to cover some of the costs of the athletes' village and other projects. But Oswald said he was confident there would be enough left in the contingency for any other needs.

Oswald defended the 9.325 (b) billion pound infrastructure budget, saying the money was an investment in regenerating the Stratford area of east London.

The panel visited the Olympic Park on Monday, including the construction site of the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium. The arena will be converted to a 25,000-seat venue after the games.

Construction is also under way on the athletes' village, aquatics centre, velodrome and media centre.

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Subjects: Financial crisis, National budgets, Government budgets, 2012 London Olympic Games, Olympic games, Recessions and depressions, Construction and engineering, Municipal governments, Sports governance, Financial markets, Business, Financial crisis, Economy, Government finance, Government business and finance, Government business and finance, Government and politics, National budgets, National governments, Summer Olympic games, Sports, Olympic games, Events, Industrial products and services, Industries, Local governments
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe, United Kingdom, European Union
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UK Olympics Torch 3
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Summary: Olympic torch arrives at Tower Bridge on Royal barge
Story No: 852072
Source: UK POOL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 07/27/2012 01:20 PM
People: Danny Boyle
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The Olympic torch neared the end of its 7,000-mile (12,900-kilometre) journey around the British Isles on Friday, completing a trip down the River Thames to Tower Bridge on board the Royal barge Gloriana.

It is now seclusion at City Hall before appearing at the opening ceremony to light the Olympic cauldron.

The identity of the cauldron-lighter, and the way in which it will be done, is the ceremony's most closely guarded secret.

It will be the climax of director Danny Boyle's extravaganza, which is titled "Isles of Wonder" and features 10,000 performers.

A panorama of Britain's past, present and future, the opening ceremony will be seen by 60,000 spectators inside the stadium and a global television audience estimated at one (b) billion.

1. Various of Olympic torch being carried by royal rowbarge Gloriana, travelling down Thames

2. Torchbearer re-lighting Olympic cauldron after it went out

3. Gloriana going past HMS Belfast

4. Wide of Tower Bridge, Gloriana in background

5. Mid of rowers raising oars

6. Gloriana reaching Olympic platform

7. Wide of Tower Bridge and platform

8. Torchbearer walking up to Olympic rings on platform

9. Reverse shot of platform with massive crowd watching from bank

10. Zoom in to massive crowd on Tower Bridge

11. Mid of Gloriana

12. Wide of Gloriana travelling under Tower Bridge

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Subjects: Olympic torch relay, 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Danny Boyle
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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Entertainmen UK Olympics Opening
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Summary: Smoke wafts from stadium as 'forged' rings emerge, 'Queen' parachutes to stadium
Story No: 852181
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 07/27/2012 11:56 PM
People: Bradley Wiggins, Paul McCartney, Danny Boyle, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip
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WITH ROYALTY AND ROCK, BRITAIN OPENS ITS OLYMPICS

Britain greeted the world on Friday (27 July) with an extravagant celebration to open the 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park in Stratford London.

The ceremony included Bond, a Beatle and the Queen.

London's seven-year countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games came to a crescendo with a stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic celebration of the host country.

To open the ceremony, children popped balloons with each number from 10 to 1, leading a countdown that climaxed with Bradley Wiggins, the newly crowned Tour de France champion.

Wearing his race-winner's yellow jersey, Wiggins rang a 23-ton Olympic Bell from the same London foundry that made Big Ben and Philadelphia's Liberty Bell.

Fighter jets streaming red, white and blue smoke roared over the Olympic Stadium, packed with a buzzing crowd of 60-thousand people, at 8:12 p.m. (1912GMT).

Helicopters lowered the glowing forged rings into the stadium.

An explosion of fireworks against the London skyline and Paul McCartney leading a sing-a-long wrapped up the three-hour show masterminded by one of Britain's most successful filmmakers, Oscar winner Danny Boyle.

Later, Queen Elizabeth II stood solemnly as the more traditional version of the anthem was sung by a choir of children.

The highlight of Boyle's $42 million production was a filmed sequence showing a stunt version of the 86-year-old monarch carried to the stadium by helicopter and parachuting in. At the same moment, real skydivers appeared in the skies over the stadium. And moments after that, the monarch appeared in person, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip.

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London - 27 July 2012

1. Wide of Olympic park, smoking rising

2. Mid zoom in of smoke rising from Olympic park

3. Mid of smoke rising from Olympic park

4. Various of Olympic 'forged' rings being lowered

5. Helicopter flying over Olympic park

6. Wide of Olympic park, helicopter flying over

7. Mid of helicopter, stunt version of the Queen parachuting in

8. Various of parachute landing

9. Wide of people watching ceremony from screens in Hyde park and reacting to arrival of the Queen Elizabeth II; UPSOUND cheering

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Subjects: 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Bradley Wiggins, Paul McCartney, Danny Boyle, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics Fireworks
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Summary: Spectacular fireworks display brings London 2012 ceremony to a close
Story No: 852224
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 07/28/2012 12:20 PM
People: Danny Boyle, Queen Elizabeth II
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STORYLINE

An explosion of fireworks against the London skyline wrapped up the three-hour opening Olympics ceremony masterminded by one of Britain's most successful filmmakers.

Danny Boyle, the director of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting", had a ball with his favoured medium, mixing filmed passages with live action in the stadium to hypnotic effect, with 15,000 volunteers taking part in the show.

Boyle's show took the expected global television audience of 1 (b) billion on a rich and textured journey through British history.

His challenge was daunting: To be as memorable as Beijing's incredible, money-no-object opening ceremony of 2008, the costliest in Olympic history.

Boyle drew from Shakespeare, British pop culture, literature and music, and other sources of inspiration that will speak to - and perhaps at times baffle - not just Anglophiles but people across the globe.

But the highlight of the Oscar-winning director's 42 (m) million US Dollar show was pure movie magic, using trickery to make it seem that Britain's beloved 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had parachuted from a helicopter into the stadium with film's most famous spy.

A helicopter was also used as Team GB entered the stadium, releasing 7 billion pieces of paper - representing every man, woman and child on earth - over the stadium.

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1. Various of firework display at culmination of London 2012 opening ceremony

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Subjects: 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Danny Boyle, Queen Elizabeth II
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Olympics Fans 3
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Summary: Olympics fans enjoy first day of full competition
Story No: 852283
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 07/28/2012 05:45 PM
People: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Rowan Atkinson, Daniel Craig
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STORYLINE

Supporters from across the world have been soaking up the Olympic atmosphere, as the first full day of competition began on Saturday.

Those fortunate enough to have tickets converged on the Olympic Park , while others gathered to watch the action at a special viewing area in Potters Fields Park, near London Bridge tube station.

Queen Elizabeth II was a surprise visitor to the Olympic Park on Friday, touring the grounds with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and drawing cheers from the crowd.

Kartik Gandhinathan, 29-year-old software engineer from Chennai, India, said he was thoroughly enjoying his experience in London.

"It's spectacular! Thanks to London 2012!," he said.

Paul Cappleman, 45, one of the police officers helping to provide security in the park, said he and his colleagues had volunteered to come to the capital.

Clear skies and warm sunshine greeted those who took advantage of the chance to follow the action on a giant outdoor screen in Potters Fields Park in the shadow of Tower Bridge.

Celina Davenport, 26, an archaeologist from Cambridge, said she chanced upon the Olympic festival event, while on a sight-seeing trip with friends.

"Well we decided that we just like have a walk down, we'd go, see Tower Bridge, we'd have a look at, like, HMS Belfast or just walking down really. Didn't know this was going to be here, saw it, you know, got an iced coffee, sat down, watched the rowing. It's a glorious day, what more do you want really?," she said.

Mayumi Nagahama, an artist from Tokyo, Japan, said she had been pleased at the way children had been involved in Friday's opening ceremony, while Australian Matt Quinley from Harvey Bay enjoyed the humorous moments featuring Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson and the Queen's appearance with James Bond star Daniel Craig.

Olympic Park

1. Olympic spectators walking in Olympic Park, past Olympic Stadium, pan up to Orbit Tower

2. Olympic spectators walking in Olympic Park

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kartik Gandhinathan, 29-year-old software engineer from Chennai, India

"We are truly enjoying it, it's spectacular! Thanks to London 2012!"

4. Royal vehicle carrying Queen Elizabeth II leaving after she and husband, Prince Philip, toured Olympic Park

5. Olympic spectators cheering as royal motorcade leaves

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Cappleman, 45-year-old police officer from Suffolk, UK

"Yeah, it's good, we all volunteered to do this, so it wasn't a case of 'you will be going to the Olympics'. We said: 'Who wanted to go?' And all the Suffolk officers decided 'Yeah, we wanted to go', so that's what we're doing here. It's good."

7. Olympic spectators enjoying the sun in Olympic Park

8. Olympic spectators on viewing hill, with giant screen showing Olympic action

9. Close-up spectators on viewing hill

10. Pan left to right along Olympic spectators dancing to music on viewing hill

11. Olympic spectators waving Union flag in support of Team GB

12. Olympic spectators enjoying the sun on viewing hill

13. Tilt up of two young Team GB supporters wearing clothing covered in Union flags and holding up Union flag

Potters Fields Park

14. Wide of spectators in viewing area at Potters Fields Park at the foot of Tower Bridge

15. Mid of Team GB fans enjoying picnic

16. Close-up of prams decorated with Union flags

17. Mid of couple sitting in the sun

18. Mid of fans looking at screen, with children wrapped in Union flags

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Celina Davenport, 26, archaeologist from Cambridge:

"Well we decided that we just like have a walk down, we'd go, see Tower Bridge, we'd have a look at, like, HMS Belfast or just walking down really. Didn't know this was going to be here, saw it, you know, got an iced coffee, sat down, watched the rowing. It's a glorious day, what more do you want really?"

20. Davenport and friends in viewing area

21. Wide of people sitting in front of screen

22. Young boy with Team GB stick on tattoos and wearing Team GB clothes

23. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayumi Nagahama, artist from Tokyo, Japan:

"I like it that many children took part in the (opening) ceremony and many volunteers took part as well, so it was more like a very homelike atmosphere. Never seen something like that before, so I really liked it."

24. Mid of Nagahama and friend waving Japanese flags

25. SOUNDBITE (English) Matt Quinley, from Harvey Bay, Queensland, Australia:

"I thought it was quite well done, yeah, yeah, very impressed. A few surprises and some funny moments with Mr. Bean and Beckham flying down the river and James Bond ringing the Queen. Yeah, it was really cool."

26. Close-up of spectator wrapped in Union flag

27. UPSOUND (English) Artist dressed as Indian maharaja "Welcome, welcome, welcome to the maharaja's British Olympics 2012. Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy!"

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Subjects: 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Rowing, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Rowan Atkinson, Daniel Craig
Organisations: India Olympic Team, Great Britain Olympic Team
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Oly Badminton 3
Title:
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Summary: IOC officials say badminton controversy "unacceptable"
Story No: 852759
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/01/2012 12:34 PM
People: Sebastian Coe
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STORYLINE:

Olympics officials on Wednesday described the controversy over eight badminton players charged with trying to throw matches to secure a favourable draw as "depressing" and "unacceptable".

Their comments at a news conference in London came before Indonesia's Olympics team leader said the players had been disqualified from the badminton doubles competition for unsporting conduct.

The Badminton World Federation investigated the doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia.

The federation found them guilty of "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" in matches Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, the chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, Sebastian Coe, described the incidents as "depressing" and "not acceptable".

" Who wants to sit through something like that?" Coe said.

Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, said the incidents were "not acceptable".

He said the Badminton World Federation "have a clause in their rules that players must make their best efforts and we would applaud that."

"Clearly that's what people come here to see," he added.

1. Wide of news conference

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lord Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Chairman

"Depressing. I mean, who wants to sit through something like that. And the sadness of it is, I was actually at badminton yesterday, I saw some, I saw a British competitor narrowly missing to progress, but the games were incredibly competitive in front of really large, enthusiastic audiences. It's unacceptable. I mean, I know the Badminton Federation really well. They will take that really seriously. It's not, it is unacceptable."

3. Cutaway of news conference

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Adams, International Olympic Committee spokesman:

"It's not acceptable. At this stage, as you probably know, there is a disciplinary commission by the sport into this, this morning. We are hoping to hear back any time. In the first instance, it's for them to look into. They have a clause in their rules that players must make their best efforts and we would applaud that. Clearly that's what people come here to see. Let's wait to see what comes out of the disciplinary. In the first instance it's for the sport, for badminton to decide. They are the ones with the expertise and we support them."

5. Wide of news conference

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Subjects: 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Badminton, Sports governance, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Sebastian Coe
Organisations: Great Britain Olympic Team, China Olympic Team, South Korea Olympic Team, Indonesia Olympic Team, International Olympic Committee
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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UK Oly Putin
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Summary: Russian President Putin arrives at Olympics to watch judo
Story No: 852963
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/02/2012 03:32 PM
People: Vladimir Putin, David Cameron
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STORYLINE:

Russian President Vladimir Putin took time out of his visit to see British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday to attend the Olympic judo competition.

Putin headed to the Exhibition Centre London (ExCeL) in a car flying the Russian flag, flanked by a police escort.

The Russian leader is an honorary member of the International Judo Federation, and it is believed to be his favourite sport.

This is his first visit to Britain since he returned to the Kremlin in May and it follows talks with the Prime Minister alongside May's G-20 meeting in Mexico.

Cameron earlier pushed Putin over Russia's refusal to back a tough new United Nations resolution that tries to halt the violence in Syria between regime forces and anti-government rebels.

1. Tracking shot of Russian President Vladimir Putin's convoy approaching the ExCeL (Exhibition Centre London)

2. Tracking shot of convoy arriving, with police officer at roadside

3. Wide of ExCeL, with spectators milling around outside

4. Close of sign reading: (English) "ExCeL London - London 2012"

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Subjects: Judo, Martial arts, Sports
People: Vladimir Putin, David Cameron
Organisations: Russia government
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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