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2012 London Olympics opening ceremony: Queen as Bond Girl, uninvited guest "UFO" moves slowly across sky

Olympic rings light up in London 2012 during Opening Ceremony
Olympic rings lit with pyrotechnics - 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in London

bright flames in Olympic cauldron, London 2012
The Olympic cauldron burns during the Opening Ceremony on July 28.

Sir Steve Redgrave hands off Olympic torch to young athletes in London
Sir Steve Redgrave hands off the Olympic torch to seven young athletes representing Britain’s hopes for the future.

a person dressed as Queen parachutes into Olympic stadium
A person dressed as Queen Elizabeth II parachutes into the Olympic stadium during the Opening Ceremony.


A blimp or a glowing UFO above the opening ceremony of the London Olympics??

David Beckham at London Olympic games opening ceremony
Becks Bond? David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch with its torchbearer.

Red Arrows fly over London
planes in formation at Olympics 2012 in London  read more »

"Golf is a good walk spoiled." - Mark Twain

"Golf is a good walk spoiled."

"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."

— Mark Twain

Photos: bullfighter stare-down, lizard "spiderman", little girl at Olympics, 5000 ducks on a stroll, bird tugs on alligator tail

bullfighter stares down bull in Spain
An intense stare-down: Bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla kneels down in front of a bull during the last bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

slackliner high above the ground in Utah’s Moab Desert
Adventure-loving Andy Lewis, 26, slacklines at Fisher Towers playground in Utah's Moab Desert. The spectacular location, with towers ranging from 35 to 800 feet...

lizard looking like spiderman
Just in time for the film premiere on July 3. The Mwanza Flat Headed Agama lizard bears a striking resemblance to Spider-Man and even captures his crouching pose perfectly, albeit in Kenya rather than the Big Apple. (Let's not tell him Lizard is the villain in the latest flick.)

little girl squeezes between guards to see UK Olympic torch
A young girl squeezes between honor guard soldiers to get a glimpse of the Olympic torch on Saturday in Staffordshire, England.

farmer herding 5000 ducks on a stroll to the pond
Just 5,000 ducks out for a stroll. A farmer snarls traffic in China as he herds his huge flock three-quarters of a mile to a pond. With only the help of a colleague and long stick, the man claims he didn't lose one bird on the trip.

bird tugging on alligator tail  read more »

Olympic flame to be lit in ceremony in Greece before 1800-mile torch relay and the London 2012 Games

The flame is lit from the rays of the sun, representing 'purity'

The Greek relay starts in Olympia and finishes in Athens, taking in Crete

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The flame is lit from the rays of the sun, representing 'purity', by a 'high priestess' who captures the morning sun's rays in a parabolic mirror.

The ceremony comes amid political and economic turmoil in the home of the Ancient Olympics, where a week-long leg of the relay will be held.

The flame flies to Britain on 18 May for a 70-day relay around the UK.

The lighting ceremony takes place in front of the ruins of the Temple of Hera from 11:30 local time (09:30BST).

The flame - an Olympic symbol meant to represent purity because it comes from the sun - is then placed in an urn and taken to the stadium where the ancient Olympic Games were staged.

There, it will light the London 2012 torch of Liverpool-born Greek world champion 10km swimmer Spyros Gianniotis, who will carry it on the first leg of the relay around Greece. He will pass it on to Alex Loukos, 19, the first British torchbearer, a boxer and, in 2005, one of a delegation of east London schoolchildren who travelled to Singapore as part of London's final bid for the Games.

The torch is due to travel 2,900kms (1,800 miles) through the country, carried by 500 torchbearers, on a route circling the country and traveling out to Crete.  read more »

Makers of golf history: Ms. Yani Tseng is the youngest to win 4 major championships at 22; Mr. Tiger Woods, at 24

Left: Yani Tseng; Right: Tiger Woods

Yani Tseng of Taiwan hits from the rough on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale on July 30, 2010 in Southport, England.

Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. Federer has pledged unflinching support to Woods during turbulent times.

Tiger Woods' golf swing

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June 26, 2011 - Yani Tseng wasn't satisfied with merely winning the LPGA Championship and, at 22, becoming the youngest to win four LPGA majors.

Once she made the turn with a 10-stroke lead Sunday, the best female player in the world set her sights on making a little more history. "I was like, what's a new goal for me?" Tseng said. "And that's why I told myself I wanted to set a record, to make 20 under."

Tiger Woods won his fourth when he was 24. And Tseng's idol, Annika Sorenstam, was 24 when she won the first of her 10 majors - the 1995 U.S. Women's Open. "It's very special," Tseng said. "Now I'm thinking about a grand slam."

It's one step at a time for the top-ranked Tseng, who won her second LPGA Championship and has won three of the tour's last six majors. The only major she's missing is the U.S. Women's Open title, which she'll have an opportunity to complete her career slam in two weeks at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.  read more »

“We can save our poles & planet if we act now,” Eric Larsen, 1st & only man to have set foot on N Pole, S Pole & Mt. Everest

modern-day explorer and expedition guide Eric Larsen

halfway between the South Summit and the summit of Everest is a steep spur of rock and ice now called the Hillary Step

Save the Poles. North Pole, South Pole, and Mt. Everest

climbing Mt. Everest

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Eric Larsen – New World Record Created. After over 44 days on Mount Everest, Polar explorer Eric Larsen announced on October 15, 2010 that he was able to summit Everest, making him the first-ever human to successfully reach the South Pole, North Pole and summit of Mt. Everest in a continuous 365-day period: “I have been to the ‘front lines’ of Global Warming during my journeys to the North and South Poles,” Larsen says. “We can save the poles and our planet if we act now.” On January 6, 2010, Larsen and his team successfully completed a 750-mile, 48-day ski traverse to the Geographic South Pole. Larsen and a separate team reached the Geographic North Pole on April 22nd, Earth Day, after a 51-day, 500 mile push that included snowshoeing and skiing across shifting sea ice and sometimes even swimming across open water sections of the Arctic Ocean. His purpose for the Save the Poles expedition is to connect people with our last great frozen places and the environmental issues that are impacting them. Larsen uses these expeditions to promote individual action and national legislation on climate change issues.  read more »

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