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Tickets to watch the 2012 Olympic Games will be among the most expensive in British sporting history, it’s been revealed.

Sports fans will pay as much as £2,012 for the best seats at the opening ceremony, while the same seats at the closing ceremony will cost £1,500.

The most expensive sport will be the athletics, to be held at the new 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

A coveted ticket to the men’s 100m final will cost as much as £725 – the equivalent of £76 a second based on Usain Bolt’s world record.

Beach volleyball, gymnastics, diving and swimming will also be among the most expensive finals to watch, at £450 for the best seats, with the basketball finals close behind at £425.
The prices – which exclude corporate tickets – easily exceed those charged for the finals of the FA Cup, Wimbledon tennis and Premier League football matches.

LONDON 2012 TICKETS – THE FACTS

WHAT CAN I WATCH?
There are 26 Olympic sports but 39 disciplines in total. There will be 302 medal events and 649 sessions of sport to watch.

HOW MANY TICKETS WILL BE SOLD?
A higher-than-expected 8.8million.

HOW MUCH WILL THEY COST?
The price will vary according to the event. Each event will have different ticket prices, ranging from £20 to £725.

Organisers say 90 per cent will cost £100 or less, two-thirds will be £50 or less and 30 per cent £20 or less.

There will also be 11 free ticket sessions for sports such as triathlon, the marathon, race walking, road cycling and sailing.

ARE THERE SPECIAL OFFERS?
Yes, for around 220 sessions and 1.3 million tickets.
Children 16 and under on July 27 2012 will pay their age.

Those 60 and older on the same date will play a flat £16.

This offer will not include tickets for any final but will cover every sport.

Wheelchair prices include a companion seat.

Children will also be able to go along thanks to a ticket share scheme. 50,000 tickets have gone to the London Mayor, 50,000 to the Government and 25,000 to sporting bodies.

The Mayor’s tickets will go to children in London, the Government’s to secondary schools around the UK.

WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?
March 2011.

WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE?
Register online at http://www.tickets.london2012.com

However, games organiser Locog insisted taxpayers had not been priced out of the event they had funded and said 90 per cent of tickets would cost £100 or less.

A third of tickets will cost £20 or under, with Olympic chiefs unable to keep their promise that they would sell half of tickets at this price.

Some 1.3million tickets will be reserved at special prices for children and people over 60.

Under the ‘pay your age’ scheme, 10-year-olds will pay £10, 11-year-olds £11 and so on.

Those over 60 will pay a flat £16.

Event bosses face pressure to make £400million from ticket sales, while ensuring that the 26 sports remain affordable and that the stadiums are full – avoiding a repeat of the near-empty stadiums at some of the Commonwealth Games events in India this month.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe described it as ‘the daddy of all ticket strategies’, adding: ‘We have three clear principles for our ticketing strategy: tickets need to be affordable and accessible to as many people as possible, tickets are an important revenue stream for us to fund the Games, and our ticketing plans have the clear aim of filling our venues to the rafters.’

Events such as the marathon, cycling road race and time trial and triathlon will be free because they are on public roads, although grandstands at the finish area will be ticketed.

The cheapest events include the shooting finals with a top price of £40, sailing at £55 and the modern pentathlon at £75.

There are 8.8million tickets available, with 6.6million of these available to the public from March 2011.

The rest will go to broadcasters, sponsors and the 204 overseas Olympic committees.

Some 1.7million people have registered on the london2012.com website, which will guide them in applying for tickets for the 26 sports, split into 649 sessions.

The Government wants each school in Britain to receive six free tickets, but London Mayor Boris Johnson is trying to find sponsorship for a further 75,000 to be given to London pupils so one in eight can attend the Games.

Lord Coe said: ‘We made a promise to inspire young people to choose sport and our ticket prices will get as many young people as possible to the Games.’

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson added: ‘I am confident we will have packed stadiums and venues.’

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Oscar Wilde: Google doodle features The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, writer, poet, playwright, wit and gay icon. His 156th birthday is celebrated with a Google doodle

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures”, Oscar Wilde once said.

So it is fitting then that the Google doodle has changed again, this time to celebrate what would have been the 156th birthday of one of the greatest writers, poets and playwrights who ever lived.

The design pays tribute to the Irishman by featuring a portrait from The Picture of Dorian Gray – the first and only novel published by Wilde.

The work was published in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. It was revised and published as a novel a year later.

“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them,” Wilde wrote in the first chapter.

In a review of the 2009 film, starring Colin Firth and Ben Barnes, Darragh McManus said in the Guardian, “For me, Dorian Gray is special – not necessarily Wilde’s best work but unique in his canon – because it’s so sincere: ineffably, inescapably, absolutely. It’s a very good novel anyway: moving, exciting, full of dread, angst, horror, lucidity … and a great love, I think, for mankind and for the artist’s own self.”

Besides films, there have been plays, readings, exhibitions, walks and other events to mark Dorian Gray.

But Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, who came into the world in 1854 (“genius is born – not paid”, he once said), was most well known for his stage masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. It opened in 1895 in London.

His other short stories and poems include The Happy Prince and Other Tales. For the stage he wrote Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband.

In addition to his literary fame, Wilde remains a gay icon.

Although he married and had two sons, in 1891 the writer started an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, dubbed ‘Bosie’.

In 1895, Wilde sued Bosie’s father for libel as the Marquis of Queensberry had accused him of homosexuality.

He was arrested and tried for gross indecency, sentenced to two years hard labour for sodomy.

During his time in prison he penned De Profundis, a monologue and autobiography addressed to Bosie.

He also took up the issue of inhuman prison conditions in The Ballad of Reading Gaol, which he wrote on his release in 1897.

Wilde died broke in a hotel in Paris, aged 45, on November 30 1900.

One of many misconceptions about Wilde is that he died of syphilis, but recent research claims a rare ear infection took his life.

Writing about his “hero” in the Guardian last year, writer Michael Holroyd said, “What I came to value was the charming way he arrived at deeply unpopular opinions … He was an extraordinarily brave writer. ”

Wilde’s work touched many people. Even the Vatican’s official newspaper last year praised a book written about the playwright.

In 2000 Wilde fans marked the 100th anniversary of his death with a service in Westminster Abbey.

My personl favourite:

“It only tkes me one drin to get drunk, I just cant remember if its the 14th or 14th”

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