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Olympic 'feel-good factor' over?

The creative director behind the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics believes hard financial times have made it difficult for the spirit of the Games to last.

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Danny Boyle believes people will return to their "private battles' now the Olympics are long gone. Credit: Reuters

Danny Boyle, who was praised for his work in masterminding the £27 million performance, said he felt the positive impact of the Games before they started and after they ended.

But he said the public will return to their "private battles", adding that it is "naive" to hope the optimism of the Games will continue.

The Oscar-winning movie director also told The Sun: "I think it would be naive to say it could last."

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British countryside is inspiration for Opening Ceremony

Workers at the Olympic Stadium have begun installing the set for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

Titled "Green and Pleasant", the scenery depicts a traditional and idyllic view of the British countryside, with a patchwork of green fields, meadows and rivers.

A model of the scenery for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
A model of the scenery for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. Credit: London Tonight

Real farmyard animals will feature in the production, including 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, three cows, three sheep dogs and two goats.

Artistic Director Danny Boyle with London 2012 volunteers.
Artistic Director Danny Boyle with London 2012 volunteers. Credit: LOCOG

Artistic Director Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) says the Opening ceremony "is not a pop concert". Instead, he is trying to make it feel "like you are watching a live film being made."

A scale model of the scenery.
The scenery features a patchwork of green fields. Credit: LOCOG

"The biggest thing any country does apart from mobilise for war"

Olympics Correspondent Simon Harris is at a special briefing on the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

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Boyle: Ambition is to keep the show as close to three hours as possible. @londontonight

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Show features one hour of culture, athletes' parade, cauldron lighting and fireworks. @londontonight

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Boyle on the Olympics: "The biggest thing any country does apart from mobilise for war." @londontonight

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Live farm animals to feature in Opening Ceremony

More details on the Olympic Opening Ceremony from our correspondent Simon Harris.

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Boyle: "Everyone's paid for this and everyone should benefit. " @londontonight

Glastonbury meets last night of the proms

Our Olympics Correspondent Simon Harris is tweeting from a briefing on the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

Artistic director Danny Boyle (who directed the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire) is describing his vision for the show.

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Danny Boyle describes opening ceremony as "elusive" and a "puzzle". @londontonight

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Ceremony will combine Glastonbury with the last night of the proms. @londontonight

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