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Olympics to open in an English meadow

/ 06:23 PM June 12, 2012

Work continues on the London 2012 Olympic Park to make it ready for the opening ceremony and the competing athletes in London. AP/Alastair Grant

LONDON — The 2012 London 0lympics will open in an English meadow, complete with cows and sheep, a cricket match — and a mosh pit.

Danny Boyle, artistic director of the games’ opening ceremony, unveiled Tuesday a model of the set, which transforms the Olympic Stadium into a rural idyll.

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It comes complete with grass, livestock and a hill modeled on Glastonbury Tor in southwest England. Spectators will fill a mosh pit, evoking the raucous Glastonbury music festival.

There are even real clouds that Boyle says can produce real rain — in case the British weather fails to comply.

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Boyle said the set evoked the “green and pleasant land” of William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem,” an emblem of Englishness.

Some 20,000 volunteers have begun rehearsing.

The games run July 27-Aug. 12.

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