London Olympics 2012 Opening ceremony
London: London is all set to dazzle the world with a grand opening ceremony to launch the greatest show on earth featuring over 10,000 athletes over the next fortnight, a spectacle that has seen the cost escalating to £9.3 billion ($14.5 billion).
The British capital will set itself apart, as it has so often down the centuries, by being different. Beijing`s curtain raiser featured 2,008 pounding drummers and a cauldron-lighter who seemed to float in the air of the Bird`s Nest stadium. London will have 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens and nine geese - recruited by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle along with a cast and crew of 10,000 to present a quirky, humorous and vibrant vision of quintessential Britain, its history and future to an expected global television audience of 1 billion.