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Olympic flame goes boating on the Thames

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Olympic flame goes boating on the Thames


In London, with just hours to go before the opening ceremony, the Olympic flame is on its way down the River Thames on board the Royal Barge Gloriana surrounded by a flotilla of 50 other vessels, reflecting London’s naval heritage.

The £27 million opening ceremony will be performed in front of a live audience of 80,000 people including the Queen and is said, by Danny Boyle, the director, to be a quirky take on British life. It will be performed by 15,000 volunteers.

The Olympic flame has been on a 70-day journey around the British Isles, but the identity of the person who will actually light the Olympic torch is top secret, as is the question of whether or not the heavens will open.

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