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#Opening Ceremony

# opening-ceremony - Thursday 14 June, 2018

From The42 Robbie Williams kicks off World Cup with obscene gesture Controversy This post contains videos

Robbie Williams kicks off World Cup with obscene gesture

The former Take That frontman raised his middle finger at the end of his performance.

# opening-ceremony - Saturday 6 August, 2016

In photos: The opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

The 2016 Olympic Games are officially underway.

# opening-ceremony - Friday 5 August, 2016

From The42 'It was a great time in my life, only about 20 other Irish people have ever done that' For One Night Only

'It was a great time in my life, only about 20 other Irish people have ever done that'

Eight years after carrying the Irish flag at the Opening Ceremony in Beijing, Ciara Peelo looks back on the most surreal experience of her life.

# opening-ceremony - Tuesday 2 August, 2016

Olympics opening ceremony axes bizarre scene involving staged mugging of supermodel

The scene has caused much controversy in crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro.

# opening-ceremony - Friday 18 September, 2015

From The42 Rapper and royalty open Rugby World Cup as 'The Bull' Hayes makes guest appearance Rwc 15

Rapper and royalty open Rugby World Cup as 'The Bull' Hayes makes guest appearance

As far as opening ceremonies go, it wasn’t bad.

# opening-ceremony - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

From The42 Celtic Park hosts Queen Elizabeth for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony Glasgow 2014

Celtic Park hosts Queen Elizabeth for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

40,000 people packed into Celtic’s home ground to get the 20th Games under way.

# opening-ceremony - Thursday 12 June, 2014

PHOTOS: Athletes ready as Special Olympics Ireland get underway Limerick This post contains images

# opening-ceremony - Friday 7 February, 2014

From The42 19 of the best pics from the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Review This post contains images

19 of the best pics from the Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Russia produced a spectacular show as one of the year’s most hotly-anticipated sporting events got underway.

From The Daily Edge The best Twitter reactions to the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony Sochi Fail

The best Twitter reactions to the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony

From broken rings to dancing beards and lads in ludicrous shorts the Opening Ceremony certainly captivated the online community.

From The42 The Winter Olympics Google Doodle has a message for Russia's anti-gay law Sochi2014

The Winter Olympics Google Doodle has a message for Russia's anti-gay law

The rainbow-coloured image is linked to the Olympic Charter, which speaks about human rights and solidarity.

# opening-ceremony - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

In pics: The Paralympic Opening Ceremony Paralympics This post contains images

In pics: The Paralympic Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the Paralympic opening ceremony took place tonight. Here’s a quick snapshot.

From The42 Stephen Hawking to star in Paralympics opener Ready To Go

Stephen Hawking to star in Paralympics opener

Other famous faces including Ian McKellen and Queen Elizabeth II will also be involved.

# opening-ceremony - Friday 3 August, 2012

Indian Olympic parade gatecrasher apologises for 'error of judgement'

Madhura Nagendra was in the cast for the opening ceremony – and accidentally walked out with her country’s team.

# opening-ceremony - Monday 30 July, 2012

Opening ceremony hospital beds to be donated to Tunisia London 2012 This post contains images

Opening ceremony hospital beds to be donated to Tunisia

The 320 beds will have all lights and wiring removed before they are donated to hospitals in Tunisia.

# opening-ceremony - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Poll: did you watch (and enjoy) the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: did you watch (and enjoy) the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony?

Over one billion people tuned in. Did you?

VIDEOS: the highlights of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Pomp And Ceremony This post contains videos

VIDEOS: the highlights of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Didn’t want to sit through three whole hours of British pomp and ceremony (they do it well, though, don’t they)? Here are the main bits.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning…here’s nine things to know before breakfast time.

# opening-ceremony - Friday 27 July, 2012

From The42 As it happened: London 2012, Olympic Games opening ceremony London 2012

As it happened: London 2012, Olympic Games opening ceremony

Fireworks, some mystery guests and a whole load of farmyard animals. It’s just another Friday night, if you ask me.

From The42 Olympics 2012: All eyes on London ahead of opening ceremony Curtain Raiser

Olympics 2012: All eyes on London ahead of opening ceremony

The finishing touches are being put to tonight’s extravagant spectacle.

From The42 The Magnificent Seven: memorable opening ceremony moments London2012

The Magnificent Seven: memorable opening ceremony moments

It’s here and there’s no getting away from it. Quench your inescapable Olympic thirst with these classic opening day moments.

# opening-ceremony - Thursday 26 July, 2012

From The42 London 2012: 8 reasons why the Olympics will be awesome Optimism

London 2012: 8 reasons why the Olympics will be awesome

There have been some less-than-glowing remarks made about the event of late, but here are some reasons to be positive.

From The42 Bigger than 'Slumdog': Boyle tackles the Olympics Lust For Life

Bigger than 'Slumdog': Boyle tackles the Olympics

The director of Trainspotting and The Beach faces his biggest challenge as he tries to pull off London’s opening ceremony tomorrow night.

# opening-ceremony - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

From The42 Open thread: who should carry the tricolour at the Olympic opening ceremony? London 2012

Open thread: who should carry the tricolour at the Olympic opening ceremony?

A decision on Ireland’s Olympic flag bearer is expected to be announced later this afternoon. Who should get the job?

From The42 London 2012: Muhammad Ali to take part in opening ceremony? London 2012

London 2012: Muhammad Ali to take part in opening ceremony?

The boxing legend is in London to present an award tonight, sparking speculation that he may take part in Friday’s opening.

From The42 Spoiler alert: Olympic opener will be spectacular but not secret Olympi Leaks

Spoiler alert: Olympic opener will be spectacular but not secret

Pointless pageantry or the greatest show on earth? Most of the opening ceremony has already been revealed.

# opening-ceremony - Sunday 15 July, 2012

From The42 Congress fumes following revelation that US Olympic uniforms are made in China London 2012

Congress fumes following revelation that US Olympic uniforms are made in China

“They should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them,” declared Senator Harry Reid.

# opening-ceremony - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

From The42 The $42million Olympic opening ceremony will include 70 sheep, 12 horses and 10 chickens London 2012

The $42million Olympic opening ceremony will include 70 sheep, 12 horses and 10 chickens

Film director Danny Boyle has big plans for next month.

# opening-ceremony - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

From The42 It's official: Snow Patrol to headline Olympic concert CONFIRMED

It's official: Snow Patrol to headline Olympic concert

The Northern Irish band will be joined by the likes of Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini at the opening ceremony.

# opening-ceremony - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

From The42 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies to cost £7m per hour London 2012

Olympic opening and closing ceremonies to cost £7m per hour

David Cameron is reported to have personally intervened to double the budget for the four events to over £80m.

# opening-ceremony - Friday 9 September, 2011

From The42 Hugh Cahill's New Zealand diary: Day 3 On The Mic

Hugh Cahill's New Zealand diary: Day 3

“Donal did mention that if one more fella came up to him with his tongue out shouting like a lunatic he was gonna knock him out. I was praying someone would…”