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James Bond, dancing nurses and Mr Bean - what does last night's Olympics ceremony tell us about British life? Syrian forces have bombed rebel positions in Aleppo. And are eBooks the saviour of the publishing industry?

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What did those who were at the opening ceremony think of it? The BBC's John Kay, who was at the Olympic Park, lets us know.

Diplomatic pressure is growing on Syria to call off a full-scale assault to wipe out the rebels in Aleppo. Our correspondent Jim Muir gives us the latest.

What did the rest of the world make of our Olympic opening ceremony?

Farayi Mungazi from the BBC African Service, Zhuang Chen from the BBC Chinese Service and Anastasia Uspenskaya, from the BBC Russian Service give us an insight into what was felt around the world.

Today, off the east coast of Australia there will be a record-breaking number of whales making their annual migration from Antarctica to the tropical breeding grounds. Australia has been at the forefront of efforts to conserve whale species, and has led opposition to Japan's hunting expeditions in the Southern Ocean. From Sydney, the BBC's Phil Mercer reports.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

What did the rest of the world make of our Olympic opening ceremony?

The BBC's Tim Franks was inside the stadium for the opening ceremony and he gives us a sense of how it was perceived.

The paper review.


A new documentary film called El Bulli - Cooking in Progress, gives a rare insight into the work of renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria. For six months of the year, the avant-garde chef, sometimes dubbed the "godfather of molecular gastronomy" would close his restaurant and work with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. What does the film tell us about the workings of this mysterious restaurant which served its last meal in July last year? Ruth Rogers, the chef and owner of the River Cafe and co-author of bestselling River Cafe Cookbooks and Allegra McEvedy, chef, writer and broadcaster, who co-founded LEON, the award winning healthy fast-food restaurant group, debate.

Reverend Roy Jenkins - Baptist Minister in Cardiff.


The morality of paying taxes re-entered the public debate last week when MP David Gauke said paying tradesmen cash in hand was 'immoral'. Dr Angie Hobbs, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Warwick and Stephen Glover, columnist for the Daily Mail, debate how Britain's history informs our views on taxation today.

Battles between President Assad's forces and rebels are continuing in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Activists say many people have died in shelling and helicopter gunship attacks. The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from the city and Shashank Joshi, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute analyses the situation.


Forty years ago a young British teenager Mark Fry released a psychedelic folk album in Italy. It was rather eclipsed with other Psychedelia in 1972 and bands like Pink Floyd touring Dark Side of the Moon. But in recent years critics have described Mark Fry's Dreaming of Alice as a classic - original pressings of the album are selling for more than two thousand pounds. A revival in psychedelic folk has inspired him to record again. He spoke to our reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

We've commissioned our own Olympic review from the author Lynne Truss. Was she won over by Danny Boyle's vision of Britain?

Four years ago in Beijing Great Britain won 47 medals including 19 Golds and came fourth in the medals table. Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, looks at what we can expect from the London games.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


There were sheep, a cricket game, nurses, Maypoles, an industrial revolution, and James Bond. But what was the opening ceremony trying to say about Great Britain? Was it a depiction that the British people themselves would recognise? What will people around the world think of us after seeing it? Frank Cottrell Boyce, screenwriter and novelist and part of the small team that helped Danny Boyle come up with ideas for the opening ceremony and he wrote the script for the ceremony, classicist Prof Mary Beard, classicist and Times columnist Giles Coren, review the ceremony.

The paper review.

An eBook festival is to be held at Kidwelly in South Wales. Chris Mullins is the former MP and author and Simon Rees is the novelist and librettist who is arts consultant for Kidwelly.

Cynics say the best thing that could have happened to whip up enthusiasm for the Olympics here was to have a high profile foreigner come here and rubbish them. Well it happened. And you don't get much more high profile than Mitt Romney, who might well become the next president of the United States. The BBC's Mark Mardell reports.

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