It all started with the lighting of the Olympic torch in the ancient city of Olympia, the sanctuary were the first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. Before lighting the fire, they perform a dance called "The Gable on the Hill". Then the high priestess lift the ancient pot of fire. This fire will be transfered to the Olympic torch. After that, a dove is freed. Peace is the sovereign now. An armistice was agreed among Greek "polis"
WRONG! There is no peace anymore during the Olympic Games. Don't you hear the news coming from Syria, for instance. Are Human Rights respected around the world? Therefore, the Olympic spirit has been lost.
The modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896 thanks to the efforts of Baron de Coubertin. The commemoration of the 100th anniversary should have taken place in Athens, however thanks to the pressure of a big entreprise of soda drinks based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Games were held in the USA. It was not until 2004, that Greece could have their Games back HOME.
Now it is time to tell why London has the Olympic Games for the third time (1908, 1948, 2012) in a little bit more than a century. If we think about the alternance of continents, this was Madrid time; opportunity flew away, among other things, thanks to the word of the princess of Monaco, Albert. Shame on the monarchy that it is reflected on never-getting-to-be-a-king Prince Charles of Wales, calling bastards to the press, the king of Spain as a poacher or his own daughter as a criminal, stealing money and not giving it back in a mourning country.
Back to London 2012, apart from football that kicked off in Cardiff two days ago, today is the official opening ceremony. I remember that year, the countdown in Trafalgar square, or the works at Leicester square. The most amazing thing will be the artificial beach at the Horse Guards Parade.
These are the mascots of London 2012:
Good luck to every country and athlete on the Olympic Games London 2012!Countdown is even closer now...
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