They started filing happily into their seats not long after four o'clock, having made it past the clowns cavorting at the entrance gates – positioned perhaps in case anyone should be seen daring not to smile – and were still there six hours later, possibly wearied by the endless Britpop pumped around the stadium but still revelling in what was.
The audiences for this immense work ought to be disappearing. In fact, they're growing
Humid air heading up from France as we head for another sweltering Wednesday
Angry parents take to the streets after deadly outbreak of sickness at school in northern India
Sir Mark says EU regulation means not enough GM crops can be grown
Special report: The harsh weather has led to the loss of livestock and problems in both vegetable and cereal production
Crops from potatoes and peas to cereals are being hit, leading to increased reliance on imported produce
Players failed to make a presentation on how the side could improve
'Unique' combination of Varndell and Wade thrills crowds with fleet-footed frolics
Demand for basic commodities set to soar over the next 20 years
A friend emailed to ask where she could get a giant letter "M" that lights up for her husband's 40th birthday present. Certainly, the typography trend isn't going anywhere – and old, illuminated letters are a nice twist on our lexical love affair. But they're not easy to find; here's what's available…
Troubled Hovis maker Premier Foods is to close two bakeries and four distribution centres with the loss of 900 jobs as its bread division continues to be hit by soaring wheat prices.
Underneath a cloudless sky and surrounded by the greenest of English landscapes, two opposing forces assembled their ranks on a plot of land in the middle of Hertfordshire like two medieval armies readying themselves for battle.
Faced with a major security operation, campaigners withdraw to fight another day
Three senior scientists made impassioned appeals yesterday to anti-GM campaigners not to destroy a field trial of GM wheat that is the culmination of several years' work.
As scientists at Rothamsted's GM trials plead with activists not to sabotage their work, Michael McCarthy visits the battle field