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1936 Berlin: Preppy prescience - There were, of course, rather more political issues at the heart of these Games than what the athletes were wearing – but note the preppy prescience of the British team's apparel as they gather around diver Katinka Larsen for this group shot. They could easily all have been wardrobed by Gap. Side-partings were an optional extra, but oh for the days when a swimming costume like this was chic rather than prudish.

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The woman who upset Indian athletes by gate-crashing their parade at the Olympic ceremony and walking with them was a “slightly over-excited” member of the opening event’s cast.

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So was Aidan Burley right: was the opening ceremony "leftie multi-cultural crap"? Should Danny Boyle have kept to the Red Arrows and Shakespeare, and not the NHS, the Jarrow marchers and the Industrial Revolution?

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The Olympic flame has completed its journey on the Gloriana on the final leg of its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around the United Kingdom ahead of tonight's opening ceremony.

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They must have been tempted to call it Rowlocks of Fire surely? True, Bert and Dickie has an alluringly salacious note to it – as if it might be rhyming slang for a rushed act of sexual congress – but it was clear from the very beginning that the inspiration for William Ivory's Olympic drama lay in Hugh Hudson's 1981 film about the runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. Like Chariots of Fire, it had English class snobbery, the notional charms of British amateurism and a rousing moment of patriotic triumph to finish with. Unlike Chariots of Fire, there was no God and the field of battle was a stretch of the Thames near Henley.

Sir Steve Redgrave: Squeaky-clean persona and fistful of gold medals makes the renowned rower a clear bookies' favourite, though he thinks it unlikely as he has been asked to run a leg on 10 July - 17 days before the Games begin

Sir Steve Redgrave not approached to light Olympic flame at London 2012 opening ceremony

Sir Steve Redgrave today revealed he had not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'For such a bastion of Home Counties values, Lord Coe has quite the gene pool'

Who knew that Olympics overlord Sebastian Coe is one quarter Punjabi? His grandfather, Sardari Lal, was among the first wave of Indians who came to England to study. He met and married Sebastian's maternal grandmother, Vera Swan, while a London University law student in the 1920s.

Roger Black: Some are there to win, some to have a good time

If you're with mates, hanging out with people you like socially, you'll have a lot of fun, but it's not for everyone
Meadows does not wish to deprive fellow athlete Lynsey Sharp of her 2012 place

'Stunned' Jenny Meadows won't fight London 2012 snub

British athlete left out of home Games on day she becomes European champion

Stuart Pearce is felt at the FA to have enough on his plate already

Harry Redknapp gives Stuart Pearce 'credit for being brave' after dropping David Beckham from Olympics squad

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Great Britain Olympics football coach Stuart Pearce "can kiss goodbye to a knighthood" after he opted to leave David Beckham out of his squad, but hailed Pearce's bravery for selecting the side he wanted.

Colourful Bradstock turns the javelin into performance art

Standing at trackside at the Alexander Stadium in his 1984 British Olympic rain-suit yesterday, Roald Bradstock was asked if he could recall the last time he made the rostrum at a national championships cum major games trials. "Er, no," the veteran javelin thrower and award-winning artist replied. "But, then again, my memory goes a little bit, so I'm not quite sure … Where am I?"

How Elliott got hate mail for depriving Coe of place

When Peter Elliott stepped off the track after winning the 1500m final at the 1988 Olympic Trials in Birmingham he walked straight into the biggest Olympic selection storm in British athletics history.

Flight of fancy: Two-time Olympian Roald Bradstock holds the world records for throwing iPods and goldfish

Roald Bradstock: Still throwing caution to wind after half a century

It was on 10 June 1984 that Roald Bradstock took part in his first Olympic trials. "It was in Gateshead, and on my very first throw I pulled my groin," recalls the javelin thrower and professional artist who has come to be known as "the Olympic Picasso". "It was the most excruciating pain. I just had that one throw – 74 metres – with one hand in the air and one hand on my leg."

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