Olympic Games begin with a bang

The world has been waiting to see what Beijing would bring to the world stage, and despite political turbulence and natural disasters, the dazzling opening spectacle did not disappoint, writes Mairtin O’Riada in Beijing.

9th August, 2008

The world has been waiting to see what Beijing would bring to the world stage, and despite political turbulence and natural disasters, the dazzling opening spectacle did not disappoint, writes Mairtin O’Riada in Beijing.

After seven long years of clockwatching and waiting, the Chinese Olympic Games are finally underway. Seven years buckling under the expectations of 1.3 billion people and pressure from the country’s leadership have passed, beset almost daily by controversies and...

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