Licence to thrill! London welcomes the world with spectacular three-hour Olympic Opening Ceremony celebrating Great Britain
From his speedboat, David Beckham handed the torch to Sir Steve Redgrave, who in turn passed the glory moment to the next generation of athletes. Redgrave is a British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984-2000.
London 2012 Olympic Cauldron - Petal - design by Thomas Heatherwick studio - after the games the cauldron will be dismantled and each competing country will take home one of the 204 petals. via http://www.dezeen.com
Even before the Games start, there are losers. Although Paris was a frontrunner to win the Olympics from the beginning, last minute lobbying from Tony Blair clinched it for London. Paris lost the Games by four votes.