On Wednesday, celebrations took place across the UK to mark 100 days to go until the
London 2012 Olympic Games.
260 Guardsmen from Guard mark 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Shown are Horse Guards Parade in central London – venue for the Beach Volleyball competition.
Giant Olympic Rings in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Rings, 15.5 metres each in circumference, are made up of a total of 20,000 plants and are visible from the Heathrow flight path.
Weymouth and Portland – location for the London 2012 Sailing competitions – have marked 100 days to go to the Olympic Games by building a giant sandcastle featuring the Olympic Rings on Weymouth beach.
Aerial view of the Olympic Park showing the Olympic Stadium with the Orbit, a steel sculpture and observation tower, to the left.
Aerial view looking south through the Parklands, with Olympic Park in the upper right and central London in the distance.
Olympic Park at night with thousands of lights of London. This aerial image shows the number '1' mown into the grass in the Olympic Stadium, starting the celebrations to mark one year to go until the Games begin.
Measuring 11 metres high by 25 metres wide, a set of giant Olympic Rings travel on a barge past London's Canary Wharf, on the River Thames.
And, of course, what would the Olympics be without controversy. Starting with the Olympic logo below, generally regarded as ugly and strange. Then there are obligatory mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, also strikingly creepy (did the blue guy wet his pants?) and they come with
their own Stephen Fry-narrated videos explaining their purpose, or not really.
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