‘The bells, the bells’ is a phrase normally associated with Paris, but today it was London’s turn as chimes rang out across the city, country and British embassies all over the globe ahead of the official opening of London 2012.
Parliament granted special permission for Big Ben to ring outside its regular working hours and at 8.15am cet the bongs rang out.
It has not been the best year for British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the gaffes just keep on coming. The politician rang his bell so enthusiastically that the end broke off, flew through the air and hit a publicist on the leg, much to his embarrassment.
The opening ceremony created by Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle gets underway later.