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Arise, Sir Danny
Formerly known as the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle is now a national hero who gave us cycling doves, dancing suffragettes, five golden rings, the Queen's acting debut and Tory MPs frothing at the mouth about multi-culturalism. We smell a New Year's Honour.

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Alex James (left) with chef Jamie Oliver

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August 12, 2012: Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium

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Dom Joly: In France, there is just a hint of bitterness

I'm in the Ardèche on a family holiday, so my Olympic viewing has been via French television. I am not allowed access to British TV on my laptop although I can get the radio. This can be extremely frustrating as the French's priorities are obviously not the same as mine. I can be all set to watch some crucial long jump when coverage is abruptly cancelled and we swing over to a very long and dull interview with a French judo medallist. I can't blame them, of course: I'm sure that British TV is hardly fascinated by the exploits of French athletes unless they are being thrashed by a Brit. Certainly, BBC radio has lost all sense of its legendary impartiality as foreign listeners are battered with stories of continual British victory over the rest of the world.

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Steve Richards: Political satire is dead, but not comedy

Politics is partly highly charged theatre, as ambitious players make their moves on a crowded stage. Sometimes the reverse is also true. Theatre can be highly political. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was an example of both – intoxicating political theatre which also showed why politics is so theatrical.

Leading article: Only three days gone – but we're off to a flier

Just one euphoric night and three days in, we realise that we risk being awarded the wooden spoon in the sport of rushing to judgement. Even at this early stage in the London Olympics, however, it can escape no one that there are lessons that have been, and can still, be learnt.

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For all the many wondrous visions that the £27m Olympics opening ceremony presented to the watching world, one element missing from that visual feast was anything that looked like a stage for sport.

Olympics soundtrack races into British charts

London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony raced into the British charts on Sunday with a collection of music from the kaleidoscopic extravaganza becoming the week's fifth-best selling compilation album after just 24 hours on sale.

The ceremony ached with cleverness, wit, and subversion

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