Watching Danny Boyle's £27m spectacular, I was reminded of an old rhyme about a famous director of Hollywood epics.
Liverpool's Craig Bellamy scored Britain's goal, but Stuart Pearce's side could only claim a 1-1 draw in their opening Olympic match.
The opening ceremony is hours away, London 2012 is finally about to be officially declared underway, what are the public saying?
A Chelsea new-boy impressed while a midfielder Liverpool covet were among the shining stars as the men's Olympic competition kicked off.
Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potential gift for the US presidential election campaign when the presumptive Republican nominee blundered on his first diplomatic outing by questioning whether London was capable of staging a successful Olympic Games.
It must distil thousands of years of history into just over an hour, reflect a nation unto itself, promote Britain to the world, satisfy the demands of politicians and organisers, entertain 1bn viewers and bring the curtain up on the planet's biggest sporting event.
The US men’s basketball team caused a stir when they announced they’d be staying on a luxury cruise ship rather than roughing it in the Olympic village. But Jimmy Butler, the Chicago Bulls star, might have wished his team were with the other athletes in the spartan Rio dorms – he’s not a fan of the water.
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed 271 Russian athletes will compete in the Rio Olympics, a figure that will provoke outrage from those who argued for a blanket ban in the wake of state-sponsored doping revelations.
This weekend, Jack Beaumont was due to be racing with the junior boys at a regatta for his old rowing club in Maidenhead. Instead, he will be lining up on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in his first Olympic Games.