n Friday, the Olympic flame arrived in London after a tour around the world, marking the latest step toward the opening of the Games in a week's time. The flame was delivered by Martyn Williams, a British Royal Marine, who rappelled from a helicopter into the Tower of London carrying the torch. Hundreds of people watched the daredevil stunt from the banks of the Thames, a rare moment of uplift for an event that has been tainted by accusations of shoddy planning and complaints about congested traffic. In an op-ed in The Sun newspaper, London Mayor Boris Johnson addressed the grumblings directly, telling Londoners to "put a sock in it."
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