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London Olympics opening ceremony to focus on rural Britain

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle unveiled some of his plans Tuesday for the opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympic games, scheduled for July 27.

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This photo, released June 12 by the Olympic Organizing Committee LOCOG, shows a model of the rural English scene which will be the center piece for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Dave Poultney, LOCOG/AP

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London's Olympic Stadium will be transformed into a British meadow complete with fields, cows, ducks, a horse-drawn plow and a game of village cricket for the opening ceremony of this year's summer Games.

Film maker Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony which takes place on July 27, said on Tuesday he wanted to recreate a classic rural idyll for the opening scene of the three-hour event.

At either end of the stadium there will be "mosh pits" filled with standing members of the public.

One side will evoke the spirit of the Glastonbury music festival, a huge pop extravaganza held on a dairy farm in southwest England, while the other will reflect the Last Night of the Proms, an annual classical music celebration.

"It's a real meadow with real grass and real animals and it's actually something that we're very proud of," Boyle told reporters huddled around a model of the opening set for the ceremony.

"You begin with a certain kind of philosophy, which is, you think what were we, where have we come from, what's our heritage ... what are we now and where are we going?"

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