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The Opening Ceremony: WTF?

Grunge Union Jack John McMurdo

Friday night, Facebook shook under the swear words coming from a particular American friend's keyboard. It started innocently enough. "Ooof England." Then it escalated to "Holy Shit England". Finally, it was "STOP LONDON. JUST STOP" (thereby proving that strong statements need not include f-bombs).

London 2012: Roger Federer scrapes past Alejandro Falla at Wimbledon

Wimbledon - View From Court 7

It was Wimbledon but not the real thing. Perhaps over the next few days the Olympic spirit will permeate a tournament searching for some sort of London 2012 mood but the first day produced little more than curiosities, not the least of them the near departure of the reigning Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer.

Olympic cauldron lit by sport stars of future

Olympic Header

In the end it was neither an Olympic hero, nor the bookies' favourite, Sir Roger Bannister. In keeping with the London 2012 "inspire a generation" motto, the cauldron was lit by a group of young athletes nominated by former Olympic legends.