Britain on Friday opened the London Olympics with a lavish, three-hour spectacle orchestrated by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. Drawing on a diverse array of cultural touchstones — from Shakespeare and Mary Poppins, to James Bond and the Beatles — the show was a frenetic survey of British history that included a provocative rendering of the Industrial Revolution, which ushered in Britain's domination of the globe in the colonial era. In comments before the ceremony, Boyle explained that he didn't want to whitewash his country's past. Queen Elizabeth II formally declared the opening of the games, which will last until August 12.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- How to live a long life, according to science
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future
- Beware of Splenda: The backlash against artificial sugars
- The culture war finally comes to the Catholic Church
- These two studies should be a wake-up call to natural-childbirth extremists
Subscribe to the Week