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Great Britain’s Wheelchair Rugby captain Steve Brown has a wicked sense of humour. When a Blue Peter presenter took part in a training session with the squad two years ago, he advised him to “lean forward when you’ve got the ball, to protect it.” Blue Peter shouldn’t have taken that tip at face value.

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British beach volleyball duo Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin say they are like a married couple after spending four years training and attending competitions together.

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Boris Johnson praises Team GB for not winning too many medals

An irreverent Boris Johnson has commended the British for exhibiting the politeness of hosts by not winning too many medals in the opening days of the Olympics.

Great Britain’s Shauna Mullin (right) and Zara Dampney celebrate fighting back to beat Canada yesterday

Rules? 'Sex sells' is the only one that matters

David Hoskinson, a photographer who has been covering Olympic events for 20 years, has firm opinions on why women's beach volleyball is so popular with corporate sponsors. "You know this, you're a bright girl," he sniffs at me. "It's a three-letter word. It's not complicated. Sex sells."

Action from Horse Guards Parade, where empty seats were not in evidence

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Laurie Penny gains an insight into the corporate mindset as she mingles with the crowd at the beach volleyball

The preliminary beach volleyball matches are being held at Horse Guards Parade

Beach volleyball: Big Ben meets Bondi

London is not a natural home for beach volleyball but the sport's stars are honoured to be playing in such a historic venue, writes Jack Pitt-Brooke

Michael Phelps: If the man with more gold than an oligarch's wife can get his flippers on three more medals, he will become the most successful Olympian ever; 7.30, BBC1

London 2012: Olympics: Ready... set... watch!

The action begins for real today and some of the Games' biggest names could claim their first golds. You can't see it all, but definitely try to catch these, writes Simon Usborne

Performer's view of the Olympic opening ceremony: 'For a moment the eyes of the world were on me, and I've never had a buzz like it'

It may have been only for a few seconds, but for a short time the eyes of the world were on me. And it was great. I was one of the performers in the Jarrow Crusade part of Pandemonium. It was really cool to be part of it. I've never had a thrill like that before.

Beach volleyball: Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson poised to make history

Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson are hopeful the unique atmosphere of Horse Guards Parade will blow the opposition away when they take to the sand on the opening day of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

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