Welcome! A volunteer entertains fans waiting to watch athletes compete in the swimming stage of the Women's Triathlon in Hyde Park

How are we doing? What the world thinks of London 2012

Away from the medals, have we been as successful in making the games a great experience for athletes and tourists alike?

Transport chiefs insisted the introduction of the lanes had 'gone well'

London 2012: Nearly 2,500 drivers slapped with Olympic Games Lanes fines

Nearly 2,500 drivers have been hit with fines for using road lanes reserved for London 2012 Olympics VIPs, transport bosses have said.

Spectators were disrupted by problems on the Tube

London 2012: Olympic spectators hit by Tube delays

Spectators travelling to the Games today have been affected by delays on three Tube lines.

London 2012: Central Line reopened after suspension on busiest day of Games so far

The Central Line has been reopened after trains were suspended to and from the Olympic Stadium due to signalling failures.

Westfield Stratford City shopping centre will have limited access to the public over the next 48 hours

London 2012: Westfield Stratford to close doors on non-ticket holders

The Westfield Stratford City shopping centre will have limited access to the public for the next two days to prevent overcrowding.

'Hi folks! This is the Mayor here' - Boris is silenced as TFL pull Tube announcements

Boris Johnson’s disembodied voice was first heard booming around train stations and on buses in the capital in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games in a bid to warn commuters about the impending travel chaos.

Twins jailed for terrorism fundraising

Identical twins who raised thousands of pounds for their brother while he was undergoing terrorism training in Somalia were jailed for three years each today.

One of the Olympic lanes

London 2012: Many Olympic 'Games lanes' reopened to public after officials opt to travel by public transport

London Mayor Boris Johnson admitted that 'a lot' of the sections of road were not needed this morning

The Get Ahead of the Games Campaign (GAOTG) is Transport for London’s guide during the Games

Trending: Meet the official Olympic Eeyore

It's probably fair to say that, amid the post opening-ceremony giddiness, a sober, sensible voice is one that ought to be heard.

London 2012: Severe delays hit several vital Olympic routes

Passengers suffered delays on several of London’s most important Olympic routes after a series of problems hit the transport network just a few days before the games begin.

Pre-Olympic Games road restrictions 'cause delays'

Road restrictions in place ahead of the Olympics caused some long delays today, according to traffic information company Inrix.

The game-like appearance of Recce

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Taking a recce at Recce – a mobile map of beauty

In my 18 months using an iPhone, I can count with one finger the numbers of apps that have elicited an audible gasp. That finger represents Recce – a glorious-looking new real-time 3D mapping tool.

Bus drivers accept Games cash offer

London bus workers have voted to accept an offer of an Olympics bonus, ending the threat of another strike.

London bus strike off as talks over Olympic pay continue

A planned strike by London bus workers tomorrow in a row over an Olympic bonus has been suspended to allow further talks.

Transport bosses in cash offer bid to avert bus strikes

Transport bosses today offered to share any additional revenue during the Olympics with bus staff in a move to avert threatened strikes.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links