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LOCOG Officials Optimistic Six Months From The Start Of Olympics
Published January 27, 2012
OPENING CEREMONY DETAILS: The GUARDIAN's Owen Gibson reports Boyle Friday for the first time unveiled a "handful of carefully selected details of his vision" for the Opening Ceremony. Nurses, children and the "biggest bell in Europe" will be part of the Opening Ceremony, which will be titled "The Isles of Wonder." The ceremony is "inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest." Stephen Daldry, who is overseeing the artistic vision, said the title encapsulates the "heritage, diversity, energy, inventiveness, wit and creativity that defines the British Isles." Boyle said that the ceremony "would not have the scale of Beijing in 2008 but would aim to match the humanity of Sydney in 2000." Boyle: "The scale of Beijing was breathtaking and the beauty of Athens is very inspiring. But I have to say that Sydney is something that has inspired us because it got the feel of a people's Games right. Given the economy, the reduction in scale is inevitable. But what has been amazing is that the stadium has already begun that process and has gone for an intimacy that we hope to make part of the Games" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 1/27).