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2012 London Olympics: Opening ceremony, full of surprises, features James Bond, Queen Elizabeth II
They called it the “Isles of Wonder,” but it was really a parade of British whimsy: sheep and milkmaids, factory workers, the Internet, Mary Poppins, the queen and a snippet of the Sex Pistols’ rendition of “God Save the Queen,” and, oddest of all, doctors and nurses jitterbugging on hospital beds in a tribute to the National Health Service.
— The New York Times
OPENING CEREMONY: A WHIMSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH BRITAIN’S PAST
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