Giant Rings Unveiled to Herald 100 Days Until Olympic Games

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It's one hundred days to go until the opening of the London 2012 Olympics and the excitement and hype just keep on coming.

This week we had the Horse Guard Parade: two hundred and sixty members of the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh guards stood at Horse Guards Parade in central London to form the number "100."

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At London's Kew Gardens five massive rings, 50 metres long, were unveiled. Each ring is planted with 20,000 plants, that's 100,000 in all. Its big selling point is that it will be "visible from the Heathrow airport flight path". Yes, that's a quote, they really said that.

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The flowers were planted over a period of five days and consist of Pansy ‘Light Blue’, Viola ‘Clear Yellow’, Viola ‘Black Delight’, apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) and Viola ‘Red Blotch’ plants. Hmmmm, considering that they are using annuals (which flower all summer but die at the end), rather than perennials...this may be green but it isn't very environmental.

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This is sweet: at Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions, a giant sandcastle has been built featuring the Olympic Rings.

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School children at a local primary school got into the mood as well. The indomitable Sarah Hyndman, who continues to create an Olympic Logo a day, worked with this class to make their mark. It's very appropriate, given that LOCOG (London 2012 Organizing Committee) today unveiled the motto for the Games – 'Inspire a generation'.

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On a more environmental note, 40 'Coubertin Oaks' oak trees are being planted around the country. These trees are grown from acorns taken from an oak planted in 1890 during the visit of the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin.

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